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John M. Kamins

28411 Northwestern Highway
Suite 500
Southfield, MI 48034
T 248.785.4727
F 248.538.2090


John Kamins works with clients in diverse, high-level business, finance, securities, entertainment and governance matters. Clients seek his counsel to help them navigate some of the biggest legal, business and financial challenges they face. John has extensive experience in public finance, corporate and securities, non-profit corporate law and entertainment law.

John has done bond financing work for state and local governments, underwriters, trustees and conduit borrowers. He has served as corporate counsel to publicly traded and privately held companies and 501(c)(3) entities for financings, securities offerings, private placements, SEC reporting, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures as well as governance issues. His breadth and depth of experience has made John a highly sought after finance and bond lawyer in the Detroit area.

He invented and had a pivotal role as structuring and underwriters’ counsel for the $1.4 billion City of Detroit public pension funding transaction that won national recognition as The Bond Buyer’s 2005 Midwest Regional Deal of the Year.

John also provides a wide range of services for entertainment clients, which have included talent, companies and investors in the movie and music industries.

He is a frequent speaker for legal and industry groups and associations. His most recent topics include financing charitable and educational facilities, municipal borrowing in a down economy and making movies in Michigan.

John has also been a leader for years in charitable organizations, both nationally and around Detroit. These include The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Goodwill Industries as well as active involvement in the Michigan and Florida bar associations.

Honors & Recognitions

AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2019 (Corporate Law)

The Bond Buyer's 2005 Midwest Regional Deal of the Year Award

Who's Who in America

Who's Who in American Law


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan; Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section, past chairman
  • State Bar of Michigan, Government Law Section (formerly named the Public Corporation Law Section), past chairman
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow 
  • The Florida Bar, Section of Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
    • Steering Committee for Bond Attorneys Workshops
    • Opinion Committee, past vice-chair
Community Involvement:
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
    • National Board of Trustees, past chairman
    • Board of Directors, past chairman
    • Michigan Chapter, past president
  • Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit Foundation, past president
  • Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, Board of Trustees, past president


Representative Matters

  • Assisted a VEBA trust for a large county's retiree medical benefits in 2007. He devised and helped to implement an unprecedented securities transaction for funding more than $500 million of unfunded accrued actuarial OBEB liabilities.
  • A publicly traded electric utility corporation wanted to finance stranded costs in connection with its state's deregulation of electricity. John helped it to accomplish a complex $1.75 billion securitization bond offering in 2001.
  • In February 2010, he advised the board of directors and management of a charitable non-profit on their duties and actions to address and resolve an urgent and confidential matter. He regularly provides counsel of this kind for crisis control and communications.
  • A large, multi-state, multi-hospital health care corporation wanted to enter a new non-mortgage master indenture to coexist with an outstanding mortgage master indenture for more than $1 billion of tax-exempt bond debt until a future triggering event. The company relied on John, who in a period of 42 consecutive hours drafted contractual and disclosure language for the first bond offering under both indentures.
  • John successfully briefed and presented oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, upholding a small new company's federal trademark registration over the opposition of one of the world's largest breakfast cereal companies



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University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1970

University of Michigan, B.A., 1968

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U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C.