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Daniel R. Martin

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Daniel R. Martin joined Thrun Law Firm in May of 2013.  He regularly provides advice and general counsel to cities, townships, and villages as well as to school boards.  He has assisted many municipalities in drafting and defending ordinances, including zoning ordinances.  Dan has also assisted municipalities in creating and amending Downtown Development Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Plans.  Dan has assisted both municipalities and school board in contract negotiations and drafting.  He has provided school boards with representation in hearings on labor, employment and tenure issues as well as on special education issues.  Dan has presented throughout the state on planning and zoning issues, the OMA/FOIA, road issues, special education issues, and labor and employment matters.

Dan is admitted to practice in Michigan and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan.  He is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys and the Michigan Council of School Attorneys (past president).

Dan was born and raised in a family of educators who taught him not only the importance of public education, but the importance of public service.  Dan previously served as the president of both the Ottawa County 2-1-1 and Community Access Line of the Lakeshore 2-1-1 (CALL 2-1-1).  In addition, he has served as pro bono counsel for both CALL 2-1-1 and Northeast Michigan 2-1-1, assisting those organizations in obtaining designation from the Michigan Public Service Commission as being the regional 2-1-1 call centers to provide coverage for their respective portions of the northern half of the lower peninsula.

Dan earned his Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School in 1995, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Albion College in 1992. While at Albion, he played defensive back on the football team, which won three consecutive MIAA titles from 1989-1991.

Dan is a past president of the Grand Haven Schools Foundation Board.  He also served on the Tri-Cities Ministries Counseling Board.

Dan lives in Grand Haven with his wife and two children.  He enjoys photography, reading, and engaging in various outdoor activities with his family, depending on the season.  He currently teaches middle school Sunday School at the United Methodist Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven.