Mark A. Burton joined Honigman LLP’s economic development incentives group as partner and co-leader. Based in the Lansing office, he will also serve in the government relations and regulatory practice. Burton was most recently CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Headquartered in Detroit, Honigman LLP has more than 60 practice areas with offices in cities including Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Washington, D.C.
Burton began his role as CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., an advocate for marketing the state, in March of last year. He oversaw the MEDC’s creation and deployment of COVID-19 relief programs that provided financial relief to Michigan businesses and led the corporation in distributing more than $240 million in relief. Burton also helped secure $15 million in funding for the Pure Michigan campaign.
Before his role at the MEDC, Burton was Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s chief strategist. He also served as her chief of staff during her tenure as Michigan Senate Democratic Leader, and was general counsel to the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mark to Honigman,” says David Foltyn, chairman and CEO of the firm. “His impressive 20-year track record of economic development and legislative experience will serve our clients extremely well and complement our growing and diverse team.”
Burton holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a juris doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law. He studied International Human Rights Law at Oxford University in England.