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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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West Michigan Attorney Mark Nettleton Honored by Peers

Nettleton Receives Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award from Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

DETROIT, Michigan (Oct. 1, 2013) – The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) has awarded the Distinguished Municipal Attorney of the Year award to Attorney Mark Nettleton of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC, Grand Rapids.

Nettleton serves as the Village Attorney for the Village of Middleville, and is general and special legal counsel for numerous villages, cities, townships, counties and public authorities throughout Michigan. He specializes in the public finance needs of Michigan’s municipalities.

Nettleton was honored by his peers during MAMA’s Municipal Law Program Sept. 20, 2013, in Detroit. Joining Nettleton at the awards ceremony were Middleville Village Manager Rebecca Fleury and Middleville Village Council Trustee Phil VanNoord.

In giving the award, MAMA President Lori Grigg Bluhm listed Nettleton’s many accomplishments in his eight years as corporation counsel for the Village of Middleville and counsel for numerous other villages, cities, townships and counties.

“As a distinguished attorney who has served municipal interest, Mr. Nettleton has established a level of excellence by which future Distinguished Municipal Attorney nominees will be judged,” Grigg Bluhm said.

In particular, Nettleton assisted the village in many difficult and sensitive matters and, as such, avoided unnecessary liability in a local park and trail project. Other accomplishments listed during the presentation included:

- Best use of bond financing and installment purchase agreements in tight financial times
- Review and amendment of utility, regulatory, and zoning ordinances, as well as DDA development and TIFF plans
- Participation in all aspects of long-term community planning and visioning

“I am thoroughly grateful to my colleagues for recognizing me for this prestigious honor and enjoy assisting my clients to make their communities better places to live and work,” Nettleton said.

Nettleton, who was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, New York, received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1995 and graduated from Fordham University, New York, in 1992. He is a member of MAMA as well as the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Public Corporation Law Section, National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. He also serves on the board of directors for the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Nettleton chairs Mike Meyers Local Government Practice Group.

The award is given for outstanding contributions to the practice of municipal law on behalf of cities and villages throughout Michigan, and acknowledges the highest level of professional accomplishment while also serving their colleagues through professional organizations such as MAMA and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. View past recipients here:

For photos of Nettleton receiving the award go to this set on flickr:


About the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys: The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) is a chartered section of the Michigan Municipal League, which is a Michigan non-profit corporation. MAMA was established in 1935 as an affiliated organization of the League. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the member municipal attorneys. Membership consists of every city and village attorney, who represents a member of the Michigan Municipal League, their deputies and assistants, and League staff members duly admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. Any attorney admitted to practice law in Michigan who has a substantial interest in municipal law may become an associate member upon application and approval by the Board of Directors. Any student enrolled in a recognized law school may be a law student member upon application and approval by the Board of Directors.




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