Stephen L. Burlingame

Stephen L. Burlingame

Attorney / Lansing


  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1976)
  • Andrews University (B.A., 1972)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

Stephen L. Burlingame has nearly 40 years of experience representing financial institutions on commercial loan transactions. His work spans the full spectrum of commercial loans, from drafting and reviewing documents and business entity structures to loan collections and workouts. Most recently, he was honored as 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing by The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law.

Steve devotes his practice to working alongside business leaders, counseling his clients on every day matters. He is highly qualified in buy-sell agreements, leases, mergers, and security agreements, to name a few. He also provides counsel on the acquisition and disposition of real estate, and provides legal opinions for transactions.

Through the years, Steve has held many leading roles in the legal industry and the local community. He has served as President of Fraser Trebilcock, Chair of the Business Law Section of the Ingham County Bar Association, and on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of Central Michigan. He has been active in the Lansing Rotary Club, and is a former-chair of the Capital Area United Way.

Professional Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Business Law Section
    • Real Property Law Section
  • Ingham County Bar Association
    • Business Law Section (Chairman, 1987)
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee (Chairman, 1988)
  • Lansing 150 History Committee (Chair)
  • Capital Area United Way (Chairs and Panels)
  • Legal Aid of Central Michigan (Treasurer and Board of Directors)
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Lansing Rotary Club (Legal Counsel; Member, Board of Directors)
  • MCA of Greater Lansing (Member, Board of Directors)
Honors & Distinctions
  • Achieved an AV© peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing by The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law
  • Selected as a '2016 Leading Michigan Lawyer' by Leading Lawyers for Closely & Privately Held Business Law and Publicly Held Corporations Law
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law 2019; first listed in 1995
  • President, Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C. (1987-1989)
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law (1989-2010 editions)
  • Who's Who in America (1999-2010)