Scott W. Howard

Scott’s practice areas include real estate law; municipal law; zoning; and conservation easements and natural resource protection. Before joining Olson, Bzdok & Howard, Scott spent two years clerking for the Honorable Michael F. Cavanagh, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Scott is a cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School and the James Madison College at Michigan State University. When he is not practicing law, Scott can be found cross-country skiing, riding his bike or looking for the next outdoor adventure with his family.

Community Involvement and Professional Associations

  • TART Trails Board of Directors and Past President

  • Norte Youth Cycling Board of Directors


  • "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). 

Mailing Address

(For both locations)
Olson, Bzdok & Howard
420 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Traverse City

Olson, Bzdok & Howard
420 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Ph:   (231) 946-0044
Fax:   (231) 946-4807

Hours: M-F, 8:30am-5pm


Olson, Bzdok & Howard
427 Main St.
2nd Floor
Frankfort, MI 49635

Ph:   (231) 352-4412
Fax:   (231) 946-4807

Hours: By Appointment