Ross A. Hammersley

Ross is a partner with the firm and his practice focuses on land use and zoning matters, environmental conservation, Brownfield rehabilitation and the redevelopment of distressed properties, energy policy and utility regulation, real estate, and oil and gas issues.  His time is primarily spent assisting local municipalities, governmental entities, and small businesses with contractual, zoning, and real estate matters, as well as helping condominium and summer resort associations, a number of business entities, non-profit corporations, and individuals and citizens all over the state of Michigan.

Ross majored in natural resource ecology in the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and is a cum laude graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law, where he focused on environmental law.  During law school, Ross served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan State Law Review, received Jurisprudence Awards in Water Law and NAFTA, organized a conference on water law issues as Vice-President of the Environmental Law Society, and took part in the Mexican Legal Studies program in Guadalajara, studying the comparative law of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas, NAFTA, and international environmental issues.

Previously, Ross practiced general civil litigation in south-east Michigan, and while in law school he was an intern with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Prior to law school, Ross worked on habitat restoration with the Audubon Society in southern California, as well as clean energy legislation and wilderness protection with a number of environmental non-profits. 

Ross is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and is admitted to practice throughout the state of Michigan, as well as in the United States District Courts of both the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.  He has published works on water law, wildlife conservation, energy law, and health law issues, and has given presentations to fellow attorneys on Michigan’s wetlands protection program as well as on a proposal to store low and intermediate-level radioactive waste in a deep geological repository beneath Lake Huron’s Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. 

Ross currently serves both as a Council Member on the State Bar of Michigan's Environmental Law Section Council and as the Vice-Chair of the Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee of the Section; he is also a member of the Board of Directors of both Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation (TART) Trails and Conflict Resolution Services.



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