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Joseph B. Urban

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Joseph Urban is a trusted advisor to boards of education as they confront the complexity of governing their school districts.

Joe counsels school districts and public school academies on the operational issues involved in administering educational organizations, including compliance with the Revised School Code, the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and other laws governing public bodies.

Joe represents school employers in the areas of collective bargaining, grievances and arbitration, unfair labor practices, wrongful discharge, and day-to-day matters arising in personnel administration.

Listed in the exclusive Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace (the “Red Book”), Joe has represented Michigan school district and municipal clients, as well as private entities, providing financing to these organizations for over a decade. He regularly serves as bond and underwriter’s counsel for school districts, public school academies, and other governmental units as well as counseling them in the acquisition and disposition of real property and the design and implementation of deficit elimination plans.

In his two and a half decades of practice, Joe has worked collaboratively with Boards, Superintendents, and stakeholders to engineer real-world solutions to many of the complex problems confronting educators and schools.


J.D., cum laude, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 1997
B.S., cum laude, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, 1994


National Association of Bond Lawyers

The Bond Club of Detroit

Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers, President

State Bar of Michigan Labor Section

State Bar Licenses