Representative Clients

LogoTo understand Olson, Bzdok & Howard, you must first understand our clients. Their needs drive and define the services that we offer. We represent local governments, community organizations, individuals and corporations in a wide variety of matters. Our firm enjoys long-standing relationships with its clients, driven by a shared desire for practical results to complex matters.

The following are just a few of the clients Olson, Bzdok & Howard currently represent or have recently assisted:



Grand Traverse County

Resort Township

Acme Township

Friendship Township

Village of Elk Rapids

Centerville Township

Maple Grove Township

Town of Blackwell, Wisconsin

Town of Laona, Wisconsin

Duncan Township

City of Marquette

Village of Lake Ann



Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians


Citizen & Community Groups

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation

Michigan Environmental Council

Natural Resource Defense Council

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Leelanau Conservancy

Michigan Land Use Institute

Audubon Society

Ecology Center

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

The Archeological Conservancy

Friends of the Crystal River

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed

Friends of Betsie Bay

Friends of the Jordan River

Glen Lake Crystal River Watershed Riparians

National Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail

Manistee Citizens for Responsible Development

Burt Township Association

Concerned Citizens for Pearl Lake

Elmwood Township Citizens for Sensible Growth

Lone Tree Council

Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council



The Minervini Group

Heron Wind Manufacturing

Cherry Capital Foods

Farmers Legal Action Group

Campaign for Family Farms

Missouri Rural Crisis Center

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Minnesota Land Stewardship Project

Illinois Stewardship Alliance


Kate Redman Discusses Crowd-Funding Rules in TC's Record-Eagle

“Investment crowdfunding has been leading the industry globally, but we should see a really startling growth in the U.S. once these new rules are effective,” said Kate Redman, attorney with Olson, Bzdok & Howard PC in Traverse City. Redman will offer training “labs” starting in May for businesses and nonprofits interested in investment crowdfunding. Contact her at for more information.

Traverse City Record-Eagle (01-24-16) 

The Traverse City law firms, Olson, Bzdok & Howard, P.C. and Sondee, Racine & Doren, PLC, are pleased to announce our formal affiliation as of January 1, 2016. Our firms will be working together closely to represent clients as a team, and provide our clients with a greater variety and depth of legal services.

Each firm will retain its own identity, but Sondee, Racine & Doren will be “of counsel” to Olson Bzdok & Howard. This means that all of our attorneys will have a close, continuous and regular professional relationship and that we all will work together for you.

Each firm will be maintaining its own office and staff, and all attorney contact information will remain the same.


Public Trust Framework Recommended for Great Lakes

The International Joint Commission (IJC) of the United States & Canada has issued a report recommending the application of a bi-national Public Trust framework to help fill regulatory gaps and guide decision-making that will ensure the protection of the long-term ecological integrity, economic stability, and the many public and private uses of the Great Lakes.

Firm founder Jim Olson has advocated for the active implementation of Public Trust principles in Great Lakes decision-making for decades, so this recommendation is both a welcome development, and a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations Jim!

Full Report (pdf): Protection of the Waters of the Great Lakes 

Kate Redman is one of TC's 40 under 40!

Kate Redman, Community Enterprise Attorney and Partner at Olson, Bzdok & Howard, has been selected as one of Traverse City's Most Influential Professionals under 40 for 2015. This is the second year in a row Kate has been selected by the TC Business News as part of TC's "40 under 40." Congrats Kate!

Sept. 1, 2015 

Partnership Announcement

Olson, Bzdok & Howard is pleased to announce that Ross A. Hammersley and Kate E. Redman became shareholders with the firm. Please take a look at their attorney profiles to learn more about these young legal trailblazers.

March 20, 2015