John M. Kamins

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Northwestern Highway 28411
Southfield 48034 MI US

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.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1970
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1968

Bar and Court Admissions:

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


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Northwestern Highway 28411
Southfield 48034 MI US
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