Fraser Trebilcock is pleased to announce the hiring of attorney Paula C. Spicer who will work primarily in the firm’s Lansing office.
Ms. Spicer joins Fraser Trebilcock with expertise in complex real estate and commercial transactions, property tax appeals, health care facility formation, business operations, zoning law, and structuring of high-complexity laboratory facilities. Ms. Spicer also worked as an attorney in multi-family affordable housing financing through HUD (Housing and Urban Development). During her 13 years of private practice, she focused on family law, juvenile justice law, mental health law, neurological disorders, specialized "state of mind" defenses in criminal law, and as co-counsel in criminal cases, winning extremely rare jury verdicts involving not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI).
Ms. Spicer served as Chief of Litigation for the Road Commission for Oakland County; Deputy General Counsel to Florida Housing Finance Corporation; Attorney to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA); Assistant Attorney General in the Executive and Special Litigation Divisions; and Chief Legal Counsel to the Michigan House Judiciary Committee.
Ms. Spicer previously worked as the Executive Director of a federally and state licensed opioid recovery medical clinic in Lansing. In her leadership capacity, she partnered with a large network of statewide treatment doctors and providers to improve funding and access to treatment. She testified at hearings for successful changes to Michigan’s Licensing & Regulatory Rules relating to compliance mandates and expanded treatment options at opioid medical treatment centers throughout Michigan. Ms. Spicer was also appointed as Legislative Liaison by the Michigan Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in the comprehensive re-drafting of the Michigan Mental Health Code. She was appointed by the Senate to chair subcommittees and present testimony to the Michigan Senate on behalf of NAMI. In her capacity as a lawyer with the House Judiciary Committee, Ms. Spicer was intricately involved with the policy impacts and re-drafting of the Michigan Juvenile Code. She has spoken for the State Bar of Michigan on numerous panels and to local government agencies.
Outside of work, Ms. Spicer enjoys family, art, chess tournaments, home renovations with her husband, and helping those less fortunate through advocacy organizations.
“We are excited to have Paula join the firm and are confident that she will continue the mission of providing excellent legal services to our clients,” said Mark E. Kellogg, President of Fraser Trebilcock.