American College of Bond Counsel

Directory of Fellows

Thomas D. Colis

Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

150 West Jefferson, Suite 2500

Detroit, MI 48226 Tel - (313) 496-7677 Fax - (313) 496-8450

Professional Affiliates


Fellow, American College of Bond Counsel

Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, 2010-present; 2019 Detroit Public Finance Lawyer of the Year

Michigan Super Lawyers: State, Local & Municipal Law, 2022-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Public Finance, 2011-present


Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors 2016-2021; Treasurer, 2019-2021; Finance Committee 2017-present & Chair of Finance Committee, 2018-2021

Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, Board of Directors 2017-2018; Professional Development Committee, 2005-present & Chairman, 2009-2017

The Bond Club of Detroit, Board of Directors, 2005-2011

Hellenic Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1993

University of Rochester, B.A., 1990


Thomas Colis represents cities, counties, townships, villages, schools, libraries and authorities on a broad range of financings and associated legal matters.

He has extensive experience providing guidance to his clients on the various available legal structures and preparing the necessary documentation to authorize the issuance and sale of bonds to finance buildings, water and sewer infrastructure, road and street improvements and other capital needs. He also has vast experience in tax-exempt financing for private activity bonds (solid waste and manufacturing facilities) and nonprofit financings, including private college and university financings.

In addition to serving as bond counsel on financing transactions, Thomas counsels his clients on other related matters such as millage and ballot proposals, elections, special assessments, state and federal tax issues, and other finance matters such as cash flow borrowings.

Thomas also represents investment banking firms as underwriter’s counsel in connection with their purchase and marketing of tax-exempt bonds.

Representative Experience