Nicholas M. Oertel

Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

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South Washington Square 313
Lansing 48933 MI US

Nicholas Oertel is a business and securities lawyer, concentrating his practice in the areas of start-ups/early stage companies, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, non-profit law, and Michigan tax disputes.  Nick is a member of the firm’s Business and Tax Practice Group. He is also the leader of the firm’s Information Technology (IT) Group and member of the State and Local Tax Group.

Nicholas regularly advises start-ups and early stage companies on issues ranging from entity selection, intellectual property issues, private placement, crowdfunding, and venture capital financing. He is a regular commenter and presenter on the topic of investment crowdfunding.  Nick also offers low-cost fixed fee LLC organization packages for business and individuals forming Michigan LLCs.

Nicholas has experience representing businesses in non-property tax disputes and appeals, including sales tax, use tax, corporate income tax, tobacco tax, and officer liability assessments.  He has successfully represented dozens of taxpayers in matters before the Michigan Tax Tribunal and informal conference referees.

Nicholas represents purchasers and sellers with respect to asset and stock transactions, as well as mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Nick also counsels clients on a broad array of business issues, including director duties, corporate governance, and general corporate compliance matters.  He also regularly assists clients with contract review, negotiation, and drafting.

Nicholas regularly represents corporations and individuals in establishing organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Section 501(c)(3) (charities) and 501(c)(4) (social welfare organizations).  He is also well-versed on other tax-exempt structures.


  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2009, summa cum laude
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 2006, high honors

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  • Michigan


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South Washington Square 313
Lansing 48933 MI US
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