Because of the close relationships Mischa Boardman has with her clients, she works even harder to deliver the best possible outcomes in their business disputes, commercial litigation, and eminent domain matters. She can achieve these outcomes because she knows her client, their business strategy and can tailor the legal strategy to support and accelerate the business outcomes. She invests herself deeply and personally – for her, the client’s problem is her problem.
Mischa is adept at taking on complicated issues, distilling them to their simplest form, and developing practical strategies to drive the solutions her client desires. Her communications with her clients require no prompting and yield no surprises. Anticipating their needs, Mischa ensures her clients have the right information at the right time to align internal and external stakeholders with the latest information available and more importantly, how it impacts their strategy. She is process-driven and knows how to navigate issues fluidly to give her client peace of mind. She creates a seamless interface with her clients to reduce stress and unnecessary activities.
We all have blind spots and Mischa makes it her mission to ensure she sees the blind spots, and acts to prevent or avert unwelcome surprises. Simply put, Mischa has your back. She has represented individuals, municipalities, and companies across a variety of industries, including publicly traded REITs, Fortune 500 corporations, and small businesses in commercial, property, construction, intellectual property and eminent domain disputes.
Her abilities to drive results are exemplified particularly well by her representation of the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company. To build its infrastructure and expand the service it offers its customers, Mischa and her team of attorneys worked arm-in-arm over a number of years with the Company to help it grow and achieve successful results.
Mischa has also garnered the respect of her peers in the practice. In August 2015, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selected Mischa for its annual class of “Women in the Law,” an honor recognizing her professional accomplishments, commitment to her clients, charitable and community involvement, and the new trails she has blazed for women in law and business. She has been a named Michigan Top Lawyer and a Michigan Super Lawyer, and frequently speaks to industry associations and professional groups on legal topics.
Throughout her entire legal career, Mischa has called Zausmer, August & Caldwell home, and considers herself fortunate to collaborate with a team of the smartest, most dedicated, and most talented attorneys she knows and the clients whose trust they earn every day. Among her management responsibilities, she leads the firm’s marketing and associate development efforts.
Mischa earned her undergraduate degree with honors, from the University of Michigan, where she was also a James Angell Scholar. She remained in Ann Arbor for law school, earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000.
An avid Wolverine football and basketball fan, Mischa continues to live in Ann Arbor with her husband and two daughters.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2001||10/27/2019|
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2000||07/25/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyer||Michigan Top Lawyers||2017|
|2018 Top Lawyers||DBusiness Magazine||2017|
|Women in the Law||Michigan Lawyers Weekly||2015|
|Shareholder||Zausmer, August & Caldwell||2010 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Zausmer, August & Caldwell||2000 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|IRWA, Chapter 7||Co-Chair Legal Affairs Committee||2017 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit||Member||2017 - Present|
|County Road Association||Associate Member||2017 - Present|
|Association of Women in Energy||Member||2017 - Present|
|Michigan State University College of Social Science Consortium on Female Leadership||Founding Member||2014 - Present|
|International Right of Way Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan - Appellate and Litigation Sections||Member||2000 - Present|
|American Bar Association||member||2000 - Present|
|IRWA Magazine||Easement Drafting Nuts and Bolts: How to Write Easements to Withstand the Rigors of Eminent Domain||2017|
|University of Michigan||J.D.||2000|
|University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||BA||1997|
|Michigan Boundaries and Easements Seminar||Easements||2017|
|IRWA Michigan Chapter Spring Conference||"Adverse Possession & Prescriptive Easements"||2017|
|IRWA 2nd Annual International Electric and Utility Symposium||"Easement Drafting Nuts & Bolts: How to Draft Utility Easements Ahead of Time to Ensure a Successful Project"||2017|
|63rd Annual International Education Conference||From Legislation to Litigation: Michigan's "Thumb Loop" Transmission Line||2017|
|"Girls Night In" Seminar Series||Womens Leadership||2015|
|CLE Real Estate Section||"Eminent Domain - Practice and Pitfalls"||2014|
|Barel v. International Transmission Company||After 3 days of testimony, the Court confirmed ITC's ability to perform extensive tree trimming in order to maintain the safety of the transmission line. The Court also denied the property owners request to have the utility pole moved.|
|International Transmission Company vs. Elenbaum||No increase in compensation owed for the easement.|
|International Transmission Company vs. Baur||No increase in compensation owed for the easement.|
|International Transmission Company vs. Zimmer||No increase in compensation owed for the easement.|
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Wed Aug 16 2017