Scott W. Howard

• Judicial Clerkship
• Publications

• Appellate Decisions

• Professional Presentations

• Community Involvement

Scott specializes in conservation easements and natural resource protection; municipal law; real estate; zoning; brownfield redevelopment; and appellate work. Representative clients include the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Grand Traverse County Board of Public Works, Resort Township, the Village of Elk Rapids, the Grand Traverse Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Minervini Group, the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, and the Michigan Land Use Institute.

Scott has done numerous professional presentations on conservation easements, natural resource protection and conservation law. He has also taught legal research and writing as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Michigan College. He has published in the areas of brownfield redevelopment and international law.

Scott is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University, and a cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School. He is also a member of the Order of the Coif, an honorary society recognizing outstanding academic achievement in the study of law.

Before joining Olson, Bzdok & Howard, Scott spent two years clerking for the Honorable Michael F. Cavanagh, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Scott is the President of TART Trails (a regional trails organization) and has served on the County Solid Waste Planning Authority. He a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Environmental Law Section, the Real Property Section, and the Appellate Law Section. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association.



Judicial Clerkship

  • Fall 1997 to Fall 1999:
    Law clerk for Justice Michael F. Cavanagh
    Michigan Supreme Court Lansing, Michigan


  • "Brownfield Redevelopment: Keeping an Eye on the Public Interest" with James M. Olson. Planning and Zoning News, April 2000, at 14.

  • "Terrorism, Aliens, and Due Process"
    Michigan International Lawyer
    (Spring 1996 at 19.)

  • "Limited Development Through Environmental Thresholds"
    Building Sustainable Communities Regional Cooperation Series
    (The Global cities Project 1993, No. R207, 1993)

  • "Coordinate Growth and Transportation"
    Building Sustainable Communities Regional Cooperation Series
    (The Global cities Project 1993,No. R208, 1993)


Appellate Decisions

Scott has appeared as an attorney or co-attorney of record in the following appellate decisions:

  • Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation v Nestle Waters North American Inc.
    269 Mich App 25; 709 NW2d 174(2005); aff'd in part, rev'd inpart 479 Mich 280; 737 NW2d 447 (2007). 
  • National Wildlife Federation v. Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co.,
    471 Mich 608; 684 NW2d 800 (2004).
  • Glen Lake–Crystal River Watershed Riparians v Glen Lake Ass’n
    264 Mich App 523; 695 NW2d 508 (2004).
  • Township of Bingham v RLTD Railroad Corporation
    463 Mich 634, 624 NW2d 725 (2001).
  • Friends of the Crystal River v Kuras Properties
    456 Mich. 950 (1998); recons'd 459 Mich 899 (1999); appl dism'd 465 Mich. 899 (2001).


Professional Presentations

  • Ask an Attorney Program (Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy “Advancing Conservancy Excellence” Program, February - April 2009).
  • Mineral and gas rights effect on conservation easements: Tips for minimizing damage and traps to avoid (Conservation Defense Network, June 2008).
  • Leftover Environmental Liabilities -- What's Not Covered by Your Prospective Purchaser Agreement (National Brownfields Conference Legal Symposium, May 2008).
  • Mineral Rights and Land Conservation in the Midwest Online Training (Land Trust Alliance, March 2008).
  • Mineral Rights and Land Conservation in the Midwest (Midwest Land Conservation Conference, March 2008).
  • Conservation Easement Best Practices Panel Discussion (Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy Third Annual Member Summit, December 2007).
  • Forests With Handrails? The ADA and Land Preservation (Land Trust Rally, October 2007).
  • Brownfield Redevelopment Panel Project Discussion (Michigan Brownfield Conference, July 2005).
  • Conservation Easements and Estate Planning (Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, June 2005).


Community Involvement and Professional Associations

  • President, TART Trails

  • North American Vasa Board of Directors

  • Member of the Grand Traverse County Solid Waste Planning Authority

  • Michigan Bar Association (MBA)
    - Environmental Law Section
    - Real Property Section
    - Brownfield Redevelopment Committee
    - Appellate Practice Section 

  • Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association
    -Law Library Committee
    -Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee



Partnership Announcement

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

March 20, 2015 

Larry McKay & Joan McKay have joined our firm!

Olson, Bzdok & Howard welcomes Larry McKay and Joan McKay into our firm as Of Counsel attorneys. Olson, Bzdok & Howard will continue to maintain offices in both Traverse City and Frankfort, so that we can more conveniently serve clients in the surrounding counties throughout northern Michigan.

January 1, 2015