Attorney Paula C. Spicer - Fraser Trebilcock

Paula C. Spicer

Attorney / Lansing



Education

  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School (law review)
  • Michigan State University (cum laude)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Michigan
  • State of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Experience
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Paula C.R. Spicer is an attorney with Fraser Trebilcock with expertise in complex real estate and commercial transactions; property tax appeals; health care facility formation and business operations; structure of high-complexity laboratory facilities; multi-family affordable housing financing through HUD (Housing and Urban Development); family law; juvenile justice law; mental health law; neurological disorders; specialized "state of mind" defenses in criminal law; business law; and zoning laws.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Spicer had 13 years of experience in the private practice of law. Additionally, she 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; 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 the statewide treatment providers to improve funding and access to treatment. She testified at hearings for the successful changes to Michigan’s Licensing & Regulatory Rules relating to compliance mandates and expanded treatment options at opioid medical treatment centers throughout Michigan.

Outside of work, Ms. Spicer enjoys family, art, chess tournaments, home renovations with her husband, and helping those less fortunate through advocacy organizations.

Professional Associations
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  • Genesee County Bar Association
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Ingham County Health Department: Ingham Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative (IOAPI)
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness
Honors & Distinctions
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  • Dean's List, Law Review & Cum Laude
  • State Board of Ethics, Michigan Civil Service Commission, Legal Counsel to the Board on behalf of Attorney General Kelly
  • Juvenile Justice, comprehensive rewriting of proposed legislation for Michigan's Juvenile Justise laws
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (Michigan Chapter) Legislative Liaison: Recognition of Dedication in the comprehensive rewriting of the Michigan Mental Health Code
  • Outstanding Young Women of America Award
Publications & Presentations
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  • Appointed by Michigan House of Representatives to monitor and report on the Trial Court Assessment Commission in its restructuring of Michigan trial courts
  • Appointed Chairperson of Sub-Committees by Senator for developing and writing comprehensive proposed legislation to the Michigan Mental Health Code
  • Law Review Article for the Honorable Theodore Wallace, "A Dark Cloud Caste Upon Michigan's Sunshine Laws." Detroit College of Law
  • Panel speaker for the State Bar of Michigan on legislation and legal issues
  • Presentations to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Michigan Chapter
  • Speaker for Michigan House of Representation on Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Law Reforms
  • Speaker for Office of Attorney General on the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Act