Attorney Stephen L. Burlingame - Fraser Trebilcock

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

For the last 20 years running, Stephen L. Burlingame has been honored by fellow attorneys for his exceptional work as a Lansing business lawyer. 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.

Teaching Experience: 

  • Lecturer at seminars throughout the state on Real Estate, Employment, and Environmental Law. 
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 '2019 Leading Michigan Lawyer' by Leading Lawyers for Closely & Privately Held Business Law; Publicly Held Corporations Law; Real Estate Law: Commercial; and Secured Transactions Law; first named in 2014
  • 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)