Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2009, summa cum laude

Michigan State University, B.A., 2006, high honors

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Nicholas M. Oertel
T: 517.371.8139
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Nicholas M. Oertel

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T: 517.371.8139
F: 517.371.8200

Nick has been a member of the Firm's Business and Corporate Group since joining the firm in 2009. He focuses his practice in the areas of corporate transactions, Michigan non-property tax disputes and business planning.

A more detailed listing of Nick's services follows:

  • Sales & Use Tax Appeals: Representation of businesses in Michigan sales & use tax disputes, including informal conference representation and appeals before the Michigan Tax Tribunal and Court of Claims.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Purchase and sale of businesses; asset sales; tax-free and taxable transactions.
  • General Counsel: Corporate governance; business entity selection; organization and planning; shareholder agreements.
  • Securities Law: Private offerings, and reporting and compliance.
  • Tax Exempt Organizations: Representation of corporations and individuals in establishing organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Sections 501(c)(3) (charities) and 501(c)(4) (social welfare organizations). 

Representative Matters

  • Won summary disposition in a Use Tax dispute at the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The client's use tax assessment was reduced from $500,000 to $0. 
  • Assisted in a $20 million merger/consolidation of various insurance agencies.
  • Successfully represented client at informal conference in an officer liability sales tax dispute. The client's sales tax assessment was reduced from $30,000 to $0.
  • Handled the registration of $20 million of securities.
  • Assisted client in connection with private offering of equity securities under Regulation D totaling $2 million.
  • A non-profit organization discovered that its federal income tax exemption had been revoked by the IRS. Nick helped the client reinstate its tax exemption.
  • Assisted Michigan manufacturer in connection with a multi-million dollar asset purchase.


Speaking Engagements


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Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Ingham County Bar Association
Industry & Professional Associations: 
  • Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan, Board of Directors