John M. Kamins - Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

John M. Kamins

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

John Kamins is known for his work with clients in diverse, high-level business, finance, securities, entertainment and governance matters.  He joined Foster Swift in 2009 with a well-established practice in public finance, corporate and securities, non-profit corporate law and entertainment law.

His bond financing clients have included state and local governments, underwriters, trustees and conduit borrowers.  He has served as corporate counsel to publicly traded and privately held companies and 501(c)(3) entities for financings, securities offerings, private placements, SEC reporting, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and governance issues.  All these factors is what makes John a highly sought out finance lawyer and bond attorney in Detroit.

John's entertainment clients have included talent, companies and investors in the movie and music industries.

He is a frequent speaker to legal and industry groups and associations.  His most recent topics include financing charitable and educational facilities, municipal borrowing in a down economy and making movies in Michigan.

John has also been a leader for years in charitable organizations, both nationally and in Greater Detroit.  These include The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Goodwill Industries as well as active involvement in the Michigan and Florida bar associations.

Additional Information

Court Admissions — U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C.
Experience Representative Matters
  • John assisted a VEBA trust for a large county's retiree medical benefits in 2007. He devised and helped to implement an unprecedented securities transaction for funding over $500 million of unfunded accrued actuarial OBEB liabilities.
  • A publicly traded electric utility corporation wanted to finance stranded costs in connection with its state's deregulation of electricity. John helped it to accomplish a complex $1.75 billion securitization bond offering in 2001.
  • In February 2010, John advised the board of directors and management of a charitable non-profit on their duties and actions to address and resolve an urgent and confidential matter. He regularly provides counsel of this kind for crisis control and communications.
  • A large, multi-state, multi-hospital health care corporation wanted to enter a new non-mortgage master indenture to coexist with an outstanding mortgage master indenture for more than $1 billion of tax-exempt bond debt until a future triggering event. The company relied on John, who in a period of 42 consecutive hours drafted contractual and disclosure language for the first bond offering under both indentures.
  • John successfully briefed and presented oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, upholding a small new company's federal trademark registration over the opposition of one of the world's largest breakfast cereal companies.
University of MichiganBA 1968University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1979
Michigan State Bar Foundation

Office Location

32300 Northwestern Highway, Suite 230
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law