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Devin S. Schindler

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  • Grand Rapids

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Devin Schindler is a Professor at Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School. He has argued 3 times in the Michigan Supreme Court and has litigated numerous constitutional issues at all levels of state and federal courts. Professor Schindler is a frequent legal commentator whose remarks have appeared in Time Magazine, The New York Times and many other media outlets.


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  • University of Michigan J.D. 1986 magna cum laude
  • Michigan State University B.A. 1983 with honors


  • 1988, Michigan


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 1994

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Honorable J. Clifford Wallace

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Business Law, Pro Bono, Environmental Law and Litigation sections
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Program, Pro Bono, Law Day, and Community Relations Committees

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Guest lecturer, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College and Davenport College
  • Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School


  • Regional Land Use Counsel for Cricket Communications, Inc.
  • General counsel for NPI – Omnipoint Wireless (NOW), a regional telecommunications company.
  • General counsel for two mid-sized regional brokerage firms.
  • General counsel for National Trade Association of Tele­phone Directory Publishers.
  • Successfully handled over 500 land use disputes, at all levels including the Michigan Supreme Court.
  • Successfully defended numerous medical practices and hospitals in criminal and civil investigations and alleged fraudulent billing.
  • Former nationwide coordinating counsel for all civil litigation involving billing issues for Medaphis, Inc.
  • Successfully defended large castings manufacturer in first criminal action brought by the Attorney General’s office under the Michi­gan Environmental Response Act. All charges were dismissed following trial.
  • Successfully defended the first private cost recovery brought to trial under the Michigan Environmental Response Act.
  • Represented owners of mineral interest in an inverse condemna­tion case brought against the State of Michigan. Obtained the largest verdict against the State in its history.
  • Successfully developed three wireless telephone networks com­prising a total of 900 sites. Work included site development, lease negotiations, zoning and litigation.
  • Lead attorney on eight separate lawsuits under the telecommuni­cations act of 1996 involving placement of wireless telephone facilities. All eight lawsuits resulted in construction of facilities on the proposed locations.
  • Represented Pharmacia & Upjohn Company in class and derivative actions related to sales of sleep medication Halcion®.
  • Successfully represented an auto manufacturer in multimillion-dollar environmental action.
  • Defended local television station in libel suit where plaintiffs sought over $1,000,000 in damages. A favorable jury verdict was obtained.
  • Defended, on a pro bono basis, prisoners in a civil rights suit involving First Amendment issues. The Court ruled in favor of the defendants following trial. Successfully defended action on appeal.
  • Represented Pharmacia & Upjohn Company in an action to recover costs resulting from a voluntary cleanup of environ­mental contamination. A favorable settlement was obtained shortly before trial.
  • Defended several white-collar criminal defendants charged with crimes in Western District of Michigan and Sixth Circuit.
  • Served as general counsel for fourteen different independent tele­phone directory publishers on a variety of telecommunica­tion, antitrust and First Amendment issues.
  • Successfully defended on a pro bono basis Leelanau Trails Asso­ciation in litigation brought by local municipalities to stop development of a bike trail.
  • Defended major book publisher in hostile takeover litigation brought by minority shareholders. The Court dismissed all claims brought by plaintiff following an evidentiary hearing.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Health Care Law, 2008-10
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2006
  • Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Executive Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Recipient of Howard Cublentz Award for Outstanding contributions as editor of law review
  • Recipient of Scribes Award for outstanding student publication
  • Recipient, Rayjmond K. Dykema Award
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity
  • Recipient of National Honor Society Merit Scholarship
  • Justic, Michigan State Unviersity Anti-Discrimination Judiciary Board


  • “Recommit Your Practice to Compliance,” Principal Health News
  • “Environmental Criminal Enforcement,” Shoreline Business Journal
  • “Navigating the Shoals of the Campaign Reform Act,” Michigan Republican Newsletter
  • “Self Reporting and Audit Privileges,” Shoreline Business Journal
  • “Insuring Compliance Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996,” Treatise (pending publication)
  • “Treading in the Waters of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act,” MLRA Journal, May, 1993
  • “Criminal Responsibility for Environmental Contaminants,” Shoreline Business Monthly, August 1999
  • Treatise on “Liability for Fraudulent Billing Under Medicaid” (privately distributed)
  • Treatise on “Computer Software Compliance Issues” (privately distributed)
  • Treatise on “Network Development Under the Telecommunica­tions Act of 1998” (privately distributed)


Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Asociation

Community Affiliations

  • Perch Lake Association, President
  • West Michigan Federalist Society, President

Speaking Engagements

Over 40 speaking engagements on First Amendment, white collar criminal liability and wireless network development, including:

  • Federal Bench-Bar conference, “Liability Issues under Sarbanes-Oxley”
  • NBI Environmental Update, “Avoiding Criminal Liability for Violation of Environmental Laws”
  • MMGA, “Medicare Medicaid Compliance Issues”
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, “Litigation Concerns for Limited Liability Corporations”
  • Annual Environmental Law Update, “Criminal Environ­mental Liability”
  • Executive Institute, “Environmental Enforcement Initiatives”
  • “Medical Compliance Concerns for the New Millennium” (numerous seminars)
  • “Coding and Billing Compliance” (numerous seminars)
  • Michigan Medical Managers Association, “Corporate Compliance Issues for Hospital-Based Medical Practices”
  • Westshore and Grand Rapids Medical Managers Association Annual Meeting, “Compliance Initiatives Under STARK II”
  • Michigan Broadcasters Association, “First Amendment Protections”
  • “Software Licensing and Piracy” (numerous seminars)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, “Handling the High Profile Case”
  • Annual Medicare Update Conference, “Criminal and Civil Liability for Billing Fraud”

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