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Lansing

With a population of nearly 115,000, Lansing is Michigan’s state capital and its fifth largest city. It’s also the base of operation for Warner’s growing Government Affairs Practice Group, allowing for daily contact with lobbyists, political action committees, legislators and state agencies. Our office is located one block from the Capitol Building and less than a quarter mile from most departments of state government, administrative agencies and the courts.

But we don't just work in Government Affairs. We also are experienced in energy law, litigation, government affairs, election law, lobbying, administrative law, campaign finance, environmental law and related matters. We know not only the substance and process of the law, but also the people who make, enforce and interpret the law at the seat of state government. And just like the attorneys in our other eight Michigan offices, we have access to the intellectual capital of the entire firm.

In addition to government, the Lansing area is an educational hub. Nearly 45,000 students attend Michigan State University in neighboring East Lansing. They come from more than 100 countries to study business, education, engineering, life sciences (MSU has three medical schools), law, physics, agriculture and other subjects. Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Lansing Community College also call Lansing home.

The three education institutions are significant employers in the region. Other major industries include insurance, healthcare and manufacturing. Lansing is home to four national insurance companies and a several information technology and biotech firms. General Motors has a high-tech manufacturing facility in Lansing. Nearby, Spartan Motors manufactures vehicles for the U.S. Military and chassis for Isuzu trucks.

Cultural and educational opportunities are plentiful throughout the region. Lansing hosts jazz, blues and folk festivals in addition to its Common Ground Music Festival, which brings national headliners to multiple stages each summer. There’s also Potter Park Zoo and the historic Turner Dodge House. MSU draws world-class performances to its Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in nearby East Lansing. East Lansing also hosts an annual Art Fair and the Great Lakes Folk Festival.

MSU also brings Big Ten sports to the area. On the gridiron, the Spartans have won or shared six national championships and seven Big Ten championships, including in 2010. The men's basketball team won the national championship in 1979 and 2000 and made it to the NCAA’s Final Four as recently as 2010. The women’s basketball team won the Big Ten championship in 2011.

If baseball is more of your thing, the Lansing Lugnuts, a Class A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, play in Thomas M. Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing, the main attraction in the city’s renovated Stadium District.

The myriad recreational opportunities available in the Lansing area, along with the city’s economic stability, affordable housing, quality workforce and advanced education opportunities, earned Lansing a “Five Star Quality of Life Quotient” rating from Expansion Management magazine.

Directions

To Lansing from Detroit:

  1. Take 1-96 West.
  2. Take Exit 106-B to merge onto 1-496 west/US-127 north toward Downtown Lansing.
  3. Continue to follow 1-496 west.
  4. Take Exit 7A for Grand Avenue toward Downtown.  Move into the right lane until you exit onto Grand Avenue. (You will now be traveling north).
  5. Travel on Grand Avenue north (move into left lane) - you will cross Lenawee St., Kalamazoo St., Washtenaw Ave., Allegan St., and then Michigan Ave.  Immediately past Michigan Ave., you will pass the Radisson Hotel on your left. The next street is Ottawa.
  6. Continuing on Grand Ave., pass Ottawa St.  The North Grand Parking Ramp will be immediately on your left after you pass Ottawa St.  Enter the ramp on the left hand side.
  7. You will receive a spitter ticket at the gate when first entering the ramp
  8. Drive up the ramp bearing left.  Park in an available spot on Level 2 or Level 3. After parking, exit ramp using the south stairwell or the elevator/stairwell on the west side of the building.
  9. Walk directly south across Ottawa Street to the One Michigan Avenue Building (located on the southeast corner of Washington Square and Ottawa Street, and back-to-back with the Radisson Hotel.)

To Lansing from Grand Rapids:

  1. I-96 East (toward Detroit).
  2. Travel approximately 57 miles.
  3. Merge onto 1-496 East toward Downtown Lansing.
  4. Travel approximately 5 miles.
  5. Take Exit 6- Pine/Walnut St.
  6. Turn left (north) at second light onto Walnut St.
  7. Travel 7 blocks to Ionia St. (you will cross Hillsdale, Lenawee, Kalamazoo, Washtenaw, Allegan and Ottawa Streets).
  8. Turn right (east) onto Ionia St.
  9. Travel 3 blocks (you will cross Seymour, Capitol Ave., and Washington Square.).
  10. Upon crossing thru the Ionia-Washington intersection, you will see a PARKING sign on your right.
  11. Turn right (south) into the North Grand Parking Ramp (THIS IS THE REAR ENTRANCE OF THE RAMP).
  12. Take a spitter ticket at the gate at ramp entrance.
  13. Park on Level 2 or Level 3.  After parking, exit ramp using the south stairwell or the elevator/stairwell on the west side of the building.
  14. Walk directly south across Ottawa Street to the One Michigan Avenue Building (located on the southeast corner of Washington Square and Ottawa Street, and back-to-back with the Radisson Hotel.)

Return to Grand Rapids from Lansing:

  1. Exit ramp by turning right onto Ottawa Street and travel one block west to Capitol Avenue.
  2. Turn left (south) onto Capitol Ave.
  3. Take Capitol Ave. to St. Joseph Street.
  4. Turn right (west) onto St. Joseph.
  5. Stay in left lane on St. Joseph, follow signs to 1-496 West.
  6. I-496 west exits into I-96 West from right lane.