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Jason T. Hanselman

Jason T. Hanselman



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

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ABA Group
Gaming/ Gambling Group

Michigan, U.S.A.


Jason Hanselman advises clients in highly-regulated fields, such as energy, elections, education, and health care. He regularly represents those clients in complex business matters, legislative drafting on multiple jurisdictions, litigation before state and federal courts, and regulatory proceedings before administrative boards and commissions.


Mr. Hanselman regularly practices before the Michigan Public Services Commission and has advised and represented public utilities and other energy providers on complex matters involving rate increase requests, power supply and gas cost recovery, and certificates of public convenience and necessity for various types of facilities. Mr. Hanselman regularly represents Michigan’s electric cooperatives on business, governance, and regulatory matters and serves as outside general counsel for Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative. Mr. Hanselman assists clients in negotiating and drafting power purchase agreements and retail sales agreements.  Additionally, on behalf of several public utilities, he has facilitated franchises and consents with hundreds of municipalities in Michigan.


Mr. Hanselman also advises candidates, committees, and businesses regarding state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics, and financial disclosure. He has advised Presidential campaigns, United States Senate campaigns, and gubernatorial candidates, as well as state house, senate, and judicial candidates. He also has advised a variety of local and statewide ballot questions and voter initiated proposals. Mr. Hanselman successfully defended President-Elect Trump and Detroit’s incumbent mayor in two of the largest recounts in Michigan’s history and has defended Michigan’s Attorney General and more than a dozen state legislators against efforts to recall elected officials from office. He has also been appointed to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the Michigan Secretary State in obtaining approval under the federal Voting Rights Act for Michigan’s redistricting plan.


Mr. Hanselman's education clients include public universities, community colleges, and intermediate school districts. Mr. Hanselman’s counsel has been instrumental in forming dozens of new public charter schools, and he regularly advises those clients regarding public school law, sunshine law compliance (open meetings act and freedom of information act), conflicts of interest, and other related issues.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 2000


University of Miami, J.D., cum laude
  • Journal of Psychology, Public Policy and Law, Student Editor
Michigan State University, B.A.
  • with honors
Areas of Practice

Administrative Law & Regulation | Education | Energy Regulatory | Gaming & Indian Law | Government Policy & Practice | Health Care | Health Care Administrative Law & Regulatory Appeals | Hospitality | Long-Term & Post-Acute Care Providers | Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Organizations | Political Compliance, Elections & Campaign Finance

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Republican National Lawyers Association
  • Michigan Society of Association Executives
  • American Bar Association
  • Ingham County Bar Association Publications Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Publications and Website Advisory Committee
  • Michigan Association of School Boards Council of School Attorneys


  • 2007 - Republican National Lawyers Association Election Law School - "Importance of Roving Legal Teams and Legal Issues Facing Poll Watchers on Election Day"
  • 2006 - Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers Seminar - "Roles and Responsibilities of Charter School Boards"
  • 2004 - Michigan Society of Association Executives Law Seminar - "Campaign Finance Law for Trade Associations"
  • 2001 - Michigan Society of Association Executives 2001 Trade Association - "Legal Audits for Trade Associations"


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...

What Does The Michigan Stay Home Executive Order Mean For Your In-Person Energy Operations?
Dykema, March 2020

  On March 23, 2020, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 (“EO 2020-21”), which orders all Michigan residents to stay at home or in their place of residence unless exempted until April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m...

Are Your Corporate Documents COVID-19 Ready?
Dykema, March 2020

With many companies facing increased teleworking, supply chain issues, or health uncertainties because of COVID-19, your corporate documents and policies must be ready to address potential issues that arise...

Additional Articles

  • 2007 - Ingham County Bar Association BRIEFS "Drawing Lines: Effect of Recent, Upcoming Elections on Redistricting"
  • 2007 - Ingham County Bar Association BRIEFS "Privatizing Michigan''s lottery: Playing with numbers and Michigan''s financial future"
  • 2007 - Ingham County Bar Association BRIEFS "Civic Resurgence: Record Turnout Takes Country and State in New Directions"
  • 2006 - Ingham County Bar Association BRIEFS "2006 Ballot Proposals: A matter of life, death...for the doves"
  • 2006 - Michigan Business Law Journal "Shuffle Up and Deal: A Primer on Charitable Gaming in Michigan"
  • 2005 - Ingham County Bar Association BRIEFS "Politics as Usual: Don't Litigate - Legislate"
  • ICLE's Michigan Business Formbook, Nonprofit Entities, Second Edition
  • "Why Does A Contractor Need A Gaming License?", Construction Association of Michigan
  • Gaming Lawyers Website "http://www.gaminglawyers.net"
  • "Michigan Voucher Proposal and the Future of School Choice", with Richard D. McLellan and Sandra M. Cotter, presented by Richard D. McLellan on May 3, 2001 to the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

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