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Ross Bower - Michigan Property Tax Attorney

Ross K. Bower II

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Ross joined Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC shortly after it opened in 2008, bringing his experience as a municipal, property tax, and drain attorney to the Okemos law firm.  In recognition of his work on behalf of his public sector clients, Ross has been selected each year as a "Rising Star" in Michigan's Super Lawyers publication since 2010.  He has also been recognized as one of the "Top 5" attorneys under the age of 35 in Ingham County, and became a partner in Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC in 2014.

Ross graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2004 and went on to obtain his law degree cum laude from Cooley Law School in 2007. In law school, Ross worked with various public service agencies, including the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, City of Lansing Teen Court, and Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office.

Since graduating from law school, Ross has focused his practice on Michigan municipal law, Michigan property tax law, and Michigan drain law with an emphasis on zoning, building and planning, property tax appeals and special assessments, and Michigan’s Drain Code. As part of the firm’s Municipal Practice Group, he provides expertise and responsiveness to public officials and clients as Township Attorney, Village Attorney, and City Attorney, and as counsel to County Drain Commissioners throughout Michigan where he handles litigation in administrative, trial, and appellate courts.

Ross was President of the Ingham County Bar Association's Young Lawyers' Section and is a member of the Michigan, Ingham, and Eaton County Bar Associations, and the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, an Associate Member of the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners, and admitted in all Michigan State and Federal Courts.  He has also volunteered as a youth soccer coach, volunteers in local classrooms, and serves as a volunteer moot court judge for local high school students. In addition, Ross served as general counsel for the Erickson Learning Center Foundation, where he served on the foundation's board of directors.

Ross has presented on topics including Township Law, Constitutional Law, Property Tax Law, and the Freedom of Information Act at seminars and conferences throughout the state, and has authored articles in various publications on Property Tax issues, Civil Litigation, Drain Law, and Township Law.


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