Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Moment with Attorney Rhonda Welburn

Dickinson Wright Attorney Rhonda Welburn didn’t set out to become a lawyer, but when she was thinking about selling a business she owned, her mind went to law.  As an entrepreneur, Rhonda started to wonder if the lawyers supporting her business were giving her sound, quality legal advice.

“I owned a franchise that I eventually sold,” says Rhonda.  “While I was transitioning I began to realize that one of the biggest challenges of owning a business was trying to determine if I was getting adequate, sufficient legal advice from my lawyers.  I couldn’t tell so I decided to go to law school to learn more.”

After summering with Dickinson Wright, she joined the firm in the mid-1990s as an Associate.  She has never left and now is a bond lawyer that specializes in municipal financing at both the state and local levels.  She serves as bond counsel to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority which provides various forms of financial assistance in support of housing for low and moderate income families and has served as issuer’s counsel in well over 100 financing transactions for short and long-term debt issued by public school academies.

“In my type of practice, what helps me is that it is non-confrontational,” says Rhonda. “All parties to each transaction are working toward the same goal and that is to provide tax-exempt funding to be used for a public purpose.  You’re not only helping the issuer in municipal financing transactions, but society at large by making tax-exempt funding available for programs and public improvements that help the community and enhance our quality of life.  It’s a win-win for everybody.”

Rhonda is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. She is recognized by Best Lawyers in America as a leader in the fields of Municipal Law and Public Finance Law. She is also very active in her community, serving on the boards of the Detroit Medical Center Foundation, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Medical Center Legacy Board.

To learn more about Rhonda Welburn and her practice, please click here.