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Troy M. Cumings

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Biography

Troy Cumings chairs the firm’s Government Affairs Group and serves as the Executive Partner of the firm’s Lansing office. Troy has over 20 years of experience working on government policy in Michigan, other states, Washington D.C., and around the world. He focuses his practice on policies impacting businesses and organizations with a Michigan presence. Troy works within the intersection of law, policy and politics. He specializes in achieving solutions to complex and contentious issues, and has served as a primary advocate for some of the most high-profile issues in Michigan over the past 10 years. He is regarded as one of the lead advocates in the state on environmental policy but has extensive experience with myriad other policy areas, including healthcare, child welfare, tax, economic incentives, labor, energy, mining, licensing, religious issues and banking. In addition, Troy is one of the top campaign-finance and election lawyers in the state—with experience representing statewide candidates and ballot initiatives, local and state public officials, PACs, nonprofit entities and political parties.
 
Governmental appointments
  • Transition Director, Michigan Office of the Attorney General Elect, 2010
  • Assistant Attorney General, Michigan Office of Attorney General, 2011-2012
  • Environmental Advisory Rules Committee, Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinvention (Chair, Remediation Subcommittee) – 2011-2012
  • Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 2012
  • Criteria Stakeholder Advisory Group, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 2014-2015
  • Landscape Architect Ad Hoc Committee, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Professional Licensing – 2020-present

Political appointments
  • Michigan Statewide Co-Chair – Lawyers for Romney, 2011-2012
  • Michigan Statewide Chair – Republican National Lawyers Association, 2019-present

Business appointments
  • Vice chair, Michigan Chamber Energy and Environment Committee, 2019-present
  • Chair, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee, 2010-present
  • Friends of West Michigan Business Political Action Committee, 2010-present
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, 2013-present
 
Judicial experience
  • Federal District Court, Judge Andrew P. Rodovich, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 1999-2000
  • Federal District Court, Judge Gordon J. Quist, United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2000
 
Legislative experience
  • Representative Ken Sikkema (R-Grandville), 1996-1997
  • Representative James “Mick” Middaugh (R-Paw Paw), 1997
  • Representative Jack Horton (R-Vergennes Township), 1998

Education

  • Valparaiso University J.D. 2001 cum laude
  • Michigan State University B.A. 1997 with honors

Admitted

  • 2001, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Experience

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations Practice, 2013-Present
  • Received inaugural Guardian Award from Bethany Christian Services, 2019

Publications

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • West Michigan Air and Waste Management Association
  • National Brownfields Association
  • Republican National Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

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