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Former Michigan Senator Michael D. Bishop Joins Clark Hill PLC

January 7, 2011


– Former Michigan State Senate Majority Leader Michael D. Bishop has joined the national law firm of Clark Hill PLC, and will work out of the firm’s Birmingham, Michigan office. Bishop will be a member of the firm’s Government and Public Affairs Group, and will focus his practice on all areas of public policy, business law and government relations.

“Mike Bishop is the right addition to our team at the right time,” Government and Public Affairs Group Leader John Van Fossen said. “With business and government experiencing an unprecedented level of change, his experience as an attorney, business owner and leader in state government will bring a new level of value and perspective to our clients across the state of Michigan, and nationally.”

“Clark Hill really stands out because it is a full-service firm in every sense. The firm’s attorneys and professionals are connected to the most important solutions that clients need today,” said Bishop. “When I completed my service in the Legislature, I decided to return to my roots as an attorney, to help clients solve problems, particularly as Michigan is in the process of reinvention.”

Originally elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives in 1998, Bishop recently finished his term in Michigan’s 12th Senate District in December 2010. Following the 2006 election, he was nominated by his caucus and chosen by his peers to serve as the Senate Majority Leader. Throughout his term in the Senate, Bishop championed a wide variety of important causes, including sponsoring legislation to create the Michigan Child Protection Registry, which was the first of its kind in the United States. He also authored the Michigan Identify Theft Protection Act, which established identity theft as a felony. He served on a number of committees in the House and Senate, including chairing the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and was Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. As Senate Majority Leader, he chaired the Government Operations Committee which is charged with recommending to the full Senate whether to accept or reject Governor Granholm’s appointments to state agencies and commissions.

In addition to his accomplishments in office, Bishop has received numerous honors, including: Credit Union National Association Legislator of the Year, Small Business Association of Michigan Legislator of the Year, Dads and Moms of Michigan Legislator of the Year, Citizens for Traditional Values Leadership Award, Michigan Bankers Association Economic Impact Award, Michigan Food and Beverage Association and Michigan Business and Professional Association Distinguished Service Award. In 2006, Bishop was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40.

Bishop earned his B.S. from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law.

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