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Mischa M. Boardman

Litigation Attorney at Farmington Hills, MI

5.0   1 review

also known as Mischa M. Gibbons

  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 22 years
    Michigan - MI 23 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2001
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2000
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mischa

Learn Mischa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas

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.





Zausmer August & Caldwell PC
31700 Middlebelt Rd Ste 150
Farmington Hills, MI, 48334-2301

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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer. Extremely diligent and exceptionally sharp. An adversary to many of my positions, but fair and courteous at every turn.


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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Zausmer, August & Caldwell
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Zausmer, August & Caldwell
  • 2000 - 2010


  • University of Michigan
  • J.D.
  • 2000
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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.
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  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Michigan Top Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 2018 Top Lawyers
  • DBusiness Magazine
  • 2017
  • Women in the Law
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • 2015
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  • IRWA Magazine
  • Easement Drafting Nuts and Bolts: How to Write Easements to Withstand the Rigors of Eminent Domain
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Mischa
Real estate Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mischa is an exceptional attorney who represents all of her clients with dedication and passion. I've worked with Mischa for six years and seen first hand the creativity and energy she brings to our field. She devotes herself to every case, ranging from smaller disputes to some of the largest infrastructure projects in Michigan. Mischa's advocacy and problem-solving are an invaluable asset for all of her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Ms. Boardman for many years as co-counsel on numerous cases. She is by far the most creative and solution oriented lawyer I have ever worked with. With her superior legal acumen and high ethical conduct she consistently achieves results in the most efficient manner for her clients. She is truly a lawyer who understands her clients and zealously advocates for their position. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking the best and highest qualified legal counsel."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mischa is one of the most respected eminent domain attorneys in Michigan and has excelled at breaking down barriers in a field traditionally dominated by male attorneys. She is an outstanding advocate for her clients and is remarkably proficient in communicating even the most complicated legal issues in a way that both judges and juries can easily understand. Mischa is also smart, personable, and well-liked by everyone she encounters. She has been an outstanding colleague and mentor from the moment I started working with her nearly seven years ago."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Smart, savvy, great business acumen."
Commercial real estate Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mischa Boardman’s effectiveness as a lawyer comes from her litigation talents, business acumen, and keen understanding of client objectives and goals. She capably handles a large docket of eminent domain and commercial disputes, but recognizes that negotiation and out-of-court resolution is often a better long-term strategy – a perspective that has made her a valued and trusted advisor to her clients."
Real estate Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mischa is one of Michigan's top lawyers in her field of practice. I have worked closely with her on multiple occasions and she has my complete trust and confidence in handling complex real estate and eminent domain matters. By way of example, I referred my own clients to Mischa in a real estate dispute involving a very large utility company and the clients were incredibly happy with her work. Mischa's involvement in the case was absolutely critical in helping my clients achieve a favorable settlement that was far beyond initial expectations. I can't offer a stronger endorsement for Mischa."
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