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Douglas Edward Mains

Administrative law Attorney at Lansing, MI

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also known as Doug Mains

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 12 years
    Mississippi - MS 13 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2011
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MS
    Acquired 2010
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Douglas

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Douglas Mains specializes in government relations and regulatory law, with a particular emphasis on providing strategic advice to clients regarding public policy, legislation, and regulatory issues. After serving as a Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Legal Counsel to the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Mr. Mains has extensive contacts throughout the Capitol and is particularly adept at helping clients positively interact with state agencies, elected officials, and executive and legislative staff. Moreover, Mr. Mains is also at the forefront of Michigan’s evolving medical marijuana law, and is frequently asked to speak on legislative and legal developments in that industry.

In his current role, Mr. Mains:

  • Represents and advises individuals, entities, and trade associations involved in the medical marijuana industry;
  • Drafts proposed legislation, ordinances, and ballot initiatives on a wide array of issues, including education, insurance, tax policy, and medical marijuana;
  • Represents clients in various administrative matters before state regulatory bodies, including the Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Liquor Control Commission; and
  • Regularly appears on behalf of clients before legislative bodies, including committees of the Michigan Legislature, the Detroit City Council, and the Lansing City Council.

In his past roles, Mr. Mains has:

  • Helped to draft and advocate for the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, 2016 Public Act 281, which created a licensing and regulatory framework for medical marijuana businesses in Michigan;
  • Drafted and advocated for 2016 Public Act 283, which remedied the effect of a Michigan Court of Appeals case and allowed Michigan medical marijuana patients to lawfully possess and use marijuana-infused products;
  • Represented the Michigan House of Representatives, including several Representatives and House employees, in a $160 million federal lawsuit filed by a former legislator;
  • Represented the State of Michigan in an application for leave to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of a law mandating employee contributions to the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System;
  • Represented the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in employment matters and criminal investigations relating to lead contamination of the City of Flint water system;
  • Represented the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the criminal trial of two former state representatives; and
  • Served as election day legal counsel for a number of state and local candidates, and as counsel in several other electoral matters, including representing a presidential candidate in a statewide recount.



Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP
222 N Washington Sq Ste 400
Lansing, MI, 48933-1800


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Posted by Matthew | December 7, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
I cannot say enough good things about Doug. He is thorough, prompt, and honest. Doug has an unparalleled knowledge of the law and is attune to the ever changing political climate. It has been/is a singular pleasure to work with him. I would highly recommend his services, and am extremely glad I hired him.


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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Deputy Legal Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor
  • Michigan House Of Representatives
  • 2011 - 2014


  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2014
  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2010
  • Cornell University
  • B.A.
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sutika v Roscommon County Clerk
  • The Michigan Court of Appeals found that Defendant had no clear legal duty to count petition signatures where the signer had not personally written their address or date of signing on the petition. Reversed the trial court's grant of mandamus relief.


  • State of Michigan Appellate Defender Commission
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section
  • Chair, Rules and Laws Committee
  • 2016 - Present


  • Marijuana Law Section Journal
  • Industrial Hemp Law
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • SAAABA Annual Business Seminar
  • Accounting & Economic Impacts of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act
  • 2017
  • Michigan House of Representatives Law and Justice Committee Hearing
  • Overview of Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Laws
  • 2017
  • State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting
  • Updates on Marijuana Law...the Latest Information on Cases & Legislation
  • 2016
  • Marijuana Law Section Annual Conference
  • What's The Legislature Up To? The Latest News on Medical and Recreational Marijuana
  • 2016
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Lansing Administrative law Lawyer Douglas Edward Mains
Douglas Edward Mains
Administrative law Attorney
Lansing, MI
Licensed for 13 years