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Leonard M. Niehoff

Of Counsel
Leader, Appellate Advocacy Practice Group


University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • Raymond K. Dykema Scholarship Award; Louis Honigman Memorial Award
  • Journal of Law Reform, Associate Editor (1983) and Articles Editor (1984); Research Assistant to Professor Lee Bollinger; Who’s Who Among American Law Students
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • Honors Program
  • with high distinction; highest honors in English; Class Honors, 1978-79, 1979-80; National Dean’s List

Prior Employment

  • Len Niehoff & Associates, 2010-2011
  • Butzel Long, P.C., Shareholder, 1984-2010

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

National Association of College and University Attorneys

  • Board of Directors, 2010-present
  • Journal of College and University Law, Editorial Board, 2001-present
  • Employment Law Section, Co-Chair, 1999-2000
  • West’s Education Law Reporter, Authors Committee, 1997-1998

American Bar Association

  • Forum on Communications Law, Board of Governors, 2010-present
  • Litigation Section, Member
  • First Amendment and Media Litigation Newsletter, Editor, 1998-2000

United States Supreme Court Historical Society, Member

  • State of Michigan Membership, Former Chair

Federal Bar Association

  • Eastern District Executive Board, 1995-2001
  • Bench/Bar Conference
    • Co-Chair, 1998-1999
    • Planning Committee, 1996

State Bar of Michigan

  • Communications Committee, 1998
  • Constitutional Law Committee
    • Chair, 1991-1995
    • Member, 1987-1991
    • Associate Member, 1985-1987
  • Michigan Bar Journal Advisory Board, 1990-1999
  • Law and Media Committee, 1990-1997
  • Supreme Court Review Column, Editor, 1989-2002

Institute for Continuing Legal Education

  • Litigation Advisory Committee, Member, 1997-present
  • Civil Litigation Institute Planning Committee, Member, 1997

Washtenaw County Bar Association

  • Trial Practice Section, Chair, 1995-1997
  • Federal Practice Section, Member

Media Law Resource Center, Ethics Committee, Chair, 2011-present

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

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Mr. Niehoff possesses more than 25 years of experience focusing in the areas of media law, higher education law and appellate litigation.

  • Handles libel, privacy and access matters for high-profile local and national media clients
  • Represents public and private universities in various litigation matters, and has served as legal counsel to a number of private institutions
  • Author or co-author of more than 100 publications regarding evidence, litigation strategy, media law, professional responsibility and Supreme Court history
  • Serves as a Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School, teaching civil procedure, evidence, media law, appellate advocacy and legal ethics

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Seminars & Events


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2003-2011, 2013-2017
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2011
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2009, 2013-2015
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2010
  • Crain's Detroit Business, recognized as one of Crain's "40 under 40" Metropolitan Detroit business leaders under the age of 40
  • Nominated to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association “Patriot Award” in recognition of service educating the public about constitutional law issues
  • Litigation Counsel of America (honorary society consisting of one half of one percent of American lawyers), Fellow
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America

Academic Appointments

  • University of Michigan Law School
    • Professor from Practice, teaching civil procedure, evidence, legal ethics, appellate advocacy and media law, 2010-present
    • Adjunct Professor, teaching evidence, legal ethics and media law, 2002-2010
  • Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University Law School, teaching evidence, 1989-1992
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Detroit-Mercy Law School, teaching First Amendment, antitrust and professional responsibility, 1988-1991