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Alexander J. Thibodeau

Associate
1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2209

Overview

Alex is a member of the firm’s Municipal practice group and works in the Grand Rapids office where he focuses primarily on representing cities, counties, villages and townships, libraries, and special authorities served by the firm. He also represents a number of businesses and individuals in a wide range of litigation matters. Representative matters include:

  • Drafting complex litigation and litigation-focused oral advocacy
  • Drafting ordinances, resolutions and administrative policies
  • Drafting and analyzing contracts and agreements
  • Drafting regulatory frameworks
  • Utility service agreements
  • State and local property tax
  • Zoning
  • Special assessment districts
  • Municipal ethics
  • Telecommunications: METRO Act and Small Cell Wireless (5G)
  • Commercial and residential real estate
  • Construction Litigation
  • Landlord/Tenant Rights

Alex attended the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. In law school, Alex was elected as the President of the Student Bar Association, was appointed as Executive Fellow for the Center for Constitutional Democracy, served as Notes Editor of the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality and sat on the Executive Board for the Indiana Journal of Constitutional Design. During his first summer, he clerked for former Chief Justice Robert P. Young of the Michigan Supreme Court and was selected for the prestigious Stewart Fellowship – an opportunity which allowed him to work closely with a Senior Advocate to the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi. Alex qualified for Oral Advocacy Honors and was presented the award for “Most Outstanding Contribution to Student Life” for his graduating class.

Alex completed his undergraduate education at DePaul University in Chicago with degrees in Political Science and Journalism. Before attending law school, Alex worked as an on-air contributor for Chicago’s NPR-affiliate station and taught journalism to at-risk youth on Chicago’s west side. Alex also worked as a consultant for a national healthcare technology firm that worked to help public health facilities adjust to the regulatory dimensions of the Affordable Care Act.

Honors & Recognitions

Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA) "3 in 10" Award, 2021

Affiliations

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • SBM Young Lawyers Section, Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    • DEI Committee, Chair
    • Social Interaction Committee, Member
    • Young Lawyers Section, President
  • The Floyd Skinner Bar Association
    • Minority Clerkship Committee, Member
  • Federal Bar for the Western District of Michigan

Communications

Publications

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News & Events

Speaking Engagements

  • Municipal Regulation of Wireless Telecommunication Facilities in the Public Right of Way: Guidance for Counsel, Strafford, October 29, 2020
  • Understanding the General Law Village Act, Michigan Municipal League (Capital Conference & Annual Expo), March 19, 2019

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Education

Indiana University School of Law, J.D.

DePaul University, B.A., Political Science

Bar and Court Admissions

Michigan

Federal Bar for the Western District of Michigan

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Floyd Skinner Bar Association