The attorneys and staff of the Grosse Pointe Farms-based firm Axe and Ecklund, which advises governmental entities on the best way to issue municipal bonds and notes, have joined the Detroit office of Clark Hill, an entrepreneurial, full service law firm.
“We are delighted to add our existing suite of bond counsel services to Clark Hill’s broad range and depth of legal services,” says John R. Axe, shareholder of Axe and Ecklund, who will join Clark Hill as senior counsel.
Axe has more than 50 years of experience as a practicing bond attorney and financial consultant in municipal issues, and is the co-author of “Michigan Municipal Law.”
In 1992, he was appointed a member of the Permanent Adjunct Faculty at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. In 2012, he was appointed to the Michigan Judges Retirement Board by Gov. Rick Snyder, and in 2013, Axe was appointed to the Pontiac School District Financial Review Team.
In addition to Axe, attorney Peter S. Ecklund Jr., shareholder of Axe and Excklund, will also join Clark Hill as a member.
Ecklund has experience in municipal and legislative issues, specifically in public finance. He has been the lead attorney in more than 300 municipal bond and note offerings, and works with clients in ordinance, millage, and legislative drafting.
“This is a great opportunity for our firm to expand our municipal bond expertise and the range of services we can offer our municipal and finance clients,” says Jeffrey J. Conn, group leader of Clark Hill Banking and Finance Practice Group.
With offices in Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and West Virginia, Clark Hill employees more than 350 attorneys and professionals.