Stephen O. Schultz

Of Counsel | 517.381.0100
Practice Areas: Labor & Employment, Municipal

Overview & Experience

Since 1978, Steve has dedicated himself to the representation of municipalities across the state of Michigan and protecting the interests of employers in both the private and public sectors.

Steve’s practice focuses on the representation of cities, townships, libraries, and other local governments in a wide range of matters including those arising under the Home Rule Cities or township enabling statutes, the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, Michigan’s Public Employment Relations Act, the Downtown Development Authority Act and myriad other statutes affecting municipalities across the state.

Through the years, Steve has served as a city attorney, township attorney, library attorney, and counsel to counties, DDAs, and other specialized authorities throughout Michigan, from the Sault to St. Joseph to the Detroit area. He is a committed advocate for the interests of municipalities and a firm believer in the benefits of local control of local concerns.

In addition, Steve is a recognized expert in employment and labor law. Representing private and public employers alike, Steve has bargained hundreds of contracts with every labor union in the state of Michigan, arbitrated myriad contract disputes, and represented employers in delicate employment matters.

His expertise is valued by clients and colleagues alike, particularly related to municipal law for townships and cities. Prior to co-founding FSBR, Steve was a partner with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.

Outside of work, Steve enjoys time with his family at their cottage, playing golf, skiing, and generally enjoying the great outdoors.



  • City Attorney, City of Fenton: Advice and counsel to the mayor and city manager on virtually every issue the City faced as it transformed itself into a truly cool city.
  • Township Attorney, Meridian Charter Township: Advice and counsel to the Township Board and Manager of a recognized “best place to live” in Michigan.
  • Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources: Representing a coalition of natural resource, sport fishing, and other related interest groups in a complex, long-running federal court case addressing the scope and extent of Native American rights under the Treaty of 1836 between the United States and five Michigan tribes.

Publications & Presentations

Steve is a frequent speaker and writer on topics of interest to employers and municipalities. He has presented an untold number of seminar sessions on a wide variety of topics relevant to townships, cities, and employers in both the private and public sectors.

Over the years, Steve has served as the Chair of the governing council of the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and Editor of the “Public Corporation Law Quarterly.” He has also served as an instructor of Local Government Administrative Law for the Master of Public Administration Program at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and authored dozens of articles and contributed to publications for many years on a wide range of topics.

Honors & Education


  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1978
  • Michigan State University, M.A., Political Science/Public Administration, 1975
  • Oakland University, B.A., Political Science, 1973


  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


  • Best Lawyers in America, since 2005
  • Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law–Management, 2012, 2016, 2018
  • Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year, Municipal Law, 2020

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Public Corporation Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, 2000–2001
  • Council Member, Public Corporation Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, 1988-2018
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation, 2000- Present
  • Master, American Inns of Court, 2002- 2018