CHARLES A. FIEDLER, CPA, JD
3948 Hunter’s Ridge Dr. #4
Lansing, MI 48911
- Economic Development Law
- Technology Transfers
- Business Transaction Law
- Venture Capital
- Non Profit Organizations
- Entertainment Law
- Accounting Functions
A results proven professional with over twenty years of diversified experience in effectively utilizing both CPA & bar licensures. Positions have involved progressively greater responsibility. Recent experiences have involved the effective application and practice of economic development law, business transaction law, corporate law, and tax law/accounting toward assisting a broad range of clients including the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (the “MEDC”). Prior experiences have involved accounting positions with Department of Treasury (Internal Revenue Service) and Department of Defense (U.S. Army Audit).
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Juris Doctorate, Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law at, East Lansing, MI, 1984.
Bachelor of Arts, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Moorhead, MN, 1976.
Various Seminars, Workshops and Conferences.
LICENSURES AND AFFILIATIONS
CPA, State of Michigan, 1979.
Admitted to the State of Michigan Bar, 1985.
Admitted to U.S. Federal District / U.S. Tax Court, 1985.
Admitted to State of Washington Bar 2004
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Business Advisor, Officer and Director to various organizations.
1986-Present Private Practice Attorney– Currently with Sentinel Law Group, P.C., Lansing, MI
Shareholder with total responsibility for the management of a boutique law firm. This has involved: Business development including the acquisition and management of clients, design and implementation of the policies & procedures manual, budgeting and management of cash flow, setting up computer systems and networks, procurement of resources, hiring and separation of employees, employee compensation plans, stockholder compensation plans, and supervision of a group of associate attorneys along with the support staff.
Client Services. Proven capabilities in the delivery of client services involving matters of finance, accounting, business development, business management, and all related legal matters, such as, economic development law, corporate law, business transaction law, mergers and acquisitions, new ventures, taxation, and contract law. This has involved: Structured and advised regarding several research joint ventures involving large corporations, structured private/public partnerships for economic development, advised, researched and wrote legal documents such as IRS rulings and successfully defended taxpayers before the IRS and state tax authorities on a variety of issues, including involvement political campaign activities. Demonstrated proficiency in transactions in support of security offerings, shareholder agreements, business developments, financial transactions and service contracts. Developed and implemented equity based employee incentive plans. Provided corporate and tax counsel on a wide variety of transactions including formation, mergers, shareholder agreements and foreign branches. Prepared public and private security offering in technologies and education industries.
MEDC Legal Counsel. Proven capability as legal counsel to the MEDC since its inception in 1999 and General Counsel and Secretary to the MEDC from May, 2002 to the April, 2004. Participated in the drafting of the executive order and interlocal agreement, which formed the MEDC and obtained favorable federal and state tax rulings. Effectively managed and worked with MEDC’s internal legal affairs unit and outside counsel. Provided legal advice and drafting of a variety of MEDC program related transactions, including Life Sciences Corridor, Next Energy, Michigan Magnet Fund (New Market Tax Credit) and the redevelop of the former Willow Run GM manufacturing site. Provided legal advice to MEDC’s executive committee, CEO, COO and other senior management on a broad range of legal issues. Effectively worked with the MEDC’s Treasurer on legal issues concerning loan and investment portfolio, contracts and grants. Effectively worked with governor’s legal counsel and attorney general’s office regarding various legal matters concerning the MEDC.
1/85-3/86 Tax Supervisor – Grant Thornton; Southfield, MI
Performed tax compliance tasks, auditing and completed tax returns for individuals, partnership, and corporations. Assisted clients during IRS audits.
10/82-1/85 Internal Revenue Agent – IRS; Detroit, MI
Performed audits of businesses and individuals to investigate tax compliance. Completed a year of training concentrating in tax law and IRS procedures. Made recommendations for further investigation for review or settlement.
9/77-10/82 Auditor – Army Audit U.S. DOD; Warren, MI
Prepared and performed operational and financial audits of the U.S. Tank Automotive Command and Red Cross Chapters.