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Press Release

For Immediate Release:
October 9, 2009

Contact:
William Mathewson
MML General Counsel,
734-669-6305

Municipal Attorneys Group Recognizes Grand Rapids Attorney
Richard A. Wendt

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For lifetime commitment to Michigan communities, Richard A. Wendt, a member of the Dickinson Wright law firm in Grand Rapids, was chosen to receive a 2009 Excellence in Municipal Law and Governance Award from the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA).

The Award honors select individuals whose careers embody significant achievement in and contribution to municipal governance and to the understanding and practice of municipal law.

Wendt was presented the Award during the October 6 Grand Rapids City Commission meeting by William Mathewson, Michigan Municipal League general counsel and MAMA secretary-treasurer.

As part of the Award ceremony, retired Grand Rapids City Attorney Phil Balkema said, "Praised by clients and colleagues alike, people speak of Dick's patience, demeanor, skill and work ethic, of his fairness, deep knowledge and clear thinking."

With more than 30 years of experience specializing in municipal law and public finance, Wendt has made outstanding contributions to the cities of Grand Rapids, Hudsonville and Lowell and provided special counsel for numerous other communities and public authorities in the region.

Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong said, "Mr. Wendt has delivered incredible value for our team over a career of distinguished service. He has been central to the accomplishments of our most critical economic development projects and capital financing."

The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, in conjunction with the Michigan Municipal League, aids member municipalities by providing educational opportunities and resources regarding municipal law.   For more information, visit Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

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