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Mr. Kershner focuses his practice in energy and corporate law, including acquisitions and divestitures of energy assets and other commercial matters for national and international corporations. Having served 25 years as in-house counsel, Mr. Kershner was most recently senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of CMS Energy Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy holding company. He is an expert in many aspects of the energy industry, including electric power production, oil and gas, and federal and state regulation.
He has led acquisitions and divestitures of enterprises valued in excess of $1 billion and has managed corporate and project finance transactions and formation and financing of new business enterprises. He has supported businesses in 20 foreign countries and has expertise in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As a member of the executive management team of CMS Energy, Mr. Kershner advised its board of directors and sat on boards of the company's largest subsidiaries. Mr. Kershner's present practice focuses on production of conventional and alternative energy, energy infrastructure investment, formulation of energy policy and representation of energy consumers before regulatory agencies.
Mr. Kershner is a vice chair of the Electricity Committee and the Renewable Energy Committee of the American Bar Association's Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law sections and a member of the section's Council Group. He is a member of the Section Council of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and chairs that section's Energy Committee. He is a former member and chairman of the Board of Control for Michigan Technological University, as well as chair of its finance and audit committee.
Mr. Kershner has been invited to speak on topics such as raising capital for renewable energy projects, partnership and joint venture formation, energy opportunities in the U.S. for foreign investors, utility deregulation, project finance, privatization, and valuation of utility property. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Wayne State University and a law degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law.
Bar Admissions: Michigan
Law School: Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 1976
Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Undergraduate School: Wayne State University, B.S., business administration/finance, 1971
Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC, partner, 2003-present
CMS Energy Corporation, senior vice president and general counsel, 1988-2002
Assistant General Counsel, 1978-1988
ANR Pipeline Company
American Natural Resources
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
State Bar of Michigan
American Bar Association
Sections on Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law; and Environmental, Energy and Resources Law
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Michigan Leading Lawyers, 2014-2017
The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2018
Detroit Energy Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2014
dbusiness Top Lawyers, 2010, 2012-2014, 2016-present
Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006, 2011, 2012
AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Michigan Technological University
Former and Chairman of the Board of Control
Chair of Finance and Audit Committee
More than one third of Howard & Howard's lawyers had business careers before choosing to become lawyers, which means we have more lawyers with first-hand business experience than other firms our size. In fact, we operate our firm as a business. That perspective is valuable to our clients: coming from business makes working for business second nature to us.
We focus on providing value and core legal specialties to our clients that are crucial to modern business success. In turn, our growth and client attraction has come from our reputation for creativity, practicality and providing solutions in a cost-conscious environment. We are innovative in the fee arrangements and flexible billing structures we offer. We understand the relationship between fees and objectives, measuring our success by how much we improve a client's bottom line.