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Courtney F. Kissel

Courtney F. Kissel



  • Administrative Law & Regulation
  • Gaming & Indian Law
  • Energy Regulatory
  • Education

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.


Courtney Kissel’s practice primarily focuses on government policy, including state constitutional law, election law, insurance law, Indian law, public finance, and public utility law.  Ms. Kissel is also significantly involved in Dykema’s appellate practice.

In her government policy practice, Ms. Kissel has represented a number of universities in relation to a variety of constitutional issues, including issues related to university funding, constitutional autonomy, and academic freedom. Ms. Kissel has also represented a variety of clients in analyzing issues under the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act, including applicability and compliance issues.  Ms. Kissel has also been hired to advise state executive officials on a variety of issues.  In Michigan, Ms. Kissel has been appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General on a number of regulatory issues.  And, in addition, the State of Wisconsin and the State of Indiana both hired Ms. Kissel to advise their respective Governors on various issues related to tribal gaming and the complicated jurisdictional issues that relate to tribal sovereignty for state governments.  Finally, Ms. Kissel has represented a number of energy companies, including electric cooperatives and independent transmission companies, on a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues.  Ms. Kissel has handled everything from routine regulatory filings with the Michigan Public Service Commission to managing complex cross-jurisdictional discovery dockets for an electric transmission company that sought numerous local, state, and federal approvals of a merger transaction, which included coordination of multiple outside legal counsel, in-house legal counsel, in-house technical specialists, and regulators.

Ms. Kissel has also represented a variety of clients, including insurance companies, energy companies, and nonprofit organizations, before the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court on dozens of appeals.

In her public finance practice, Ms. Kissel has served as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel to numerous state and local issuers. Some of the public finance transactions which Ms. Kissel has recently completed include:

  • Counsel to the Michigan Public Service Commission in connection with the approval of the issuance by the Detroit Edison Company of $1.75 billion of securitization bonds to recover certain costs in connection with the State's utility deregulation legislation.
  • Bond Counsel to the State of Michigan on two separate $900 million cash flow borrowings
  • Underwriter's Counsel in connection with a $493 million advance refunding bond issue for the State of Michigan Building Authority

Ms. Kissel graduated in the top ten of her law school class and served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review. While attending law school, she also was an extern for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and an intern for the General Counsel of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Ms. Kissel received awards for Academic Excellence in Substantive Criminal Law, Secured Transactions, and Constitutional Law II.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 2010

Wisconsin, 2010


University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Law Review, Note & Comment Editor
University of Michigan, A.B.
  • with highest distinction
Areas of Practice

Administrative Law & Regulation | Education | Energy Regulatory | Gaming & Indian Law | Government Policy & Practice | Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Organizations | Public Finance | Telecommunications Regulatory

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

While in law school, Ms. Kissel was an extern for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler, and she also interned for the General Counsel of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Professional Associations

    State Bar of Michigan
    Ingham County Bar Association
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    Federal Bar Association

Michigan’s New COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules: Enforcement of Regulatory Compliance May Increase – Is Your Business Compliant?
Dykema, May 2020

As more and more of Michigan’s economy is being reopened, Governor Whitmer set forth required workplace safeguards in a separate and standalone executive order. Executive Order No...

Is Your Business Ready to Reopen? Five Regulatory Items You Should Consider as Your Business Reopens in Michigan
Dykema, May 2020

Phased reopening of the economy is beginning all over the country. Unfortunately, there is no consistent or uniform way in which reopening is being handled. Every business should closely review not only state-level restrictions as they reopen but also local-level restrictions and federal guidance as well. Compliance with these requirements is not only important from a regulatory standpoint but also may help limit liability...

Automotive Manufacturing Workers Allowed to Resume Work Next Week in Michigan
Dykema, May 2020

Michigan Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 today, permitting manufacturing workers to resume work as part of the MI Safe Start Plan. Manufacturing workers, including workers in the automotive industry, are allowed to resume work on May 11, 2020, one week ahead of the planned restart date of certain Michigan automakers. See Executive Order No. 2020-77, Section 10(k)...

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