(248) 851-4111 
Mischa M. Boardman

Phone: (248) 254-4816

Fax: (248) 254-4931

Because of the close relationships Mischa Boardman has with her clients, she works even harder to deliver the best possible results in their business disputes, commercial litigation, and eminent domain matters.

She can achieve these outcomes because she knows her clients, their business strategies, and can tailor the legal strategy to support and accommodate their goals. 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 forms, and developing practical strategies to drive the solutions her client desires. Her communications require no prompting. 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, knows how it impacts their strategy. She is process-driven and knows how to navigate issues fluidly to instill peace of mind. She creates a seamless interface with her clients to reduce stress and unnecessary activities.

Perhaps the best example of Mischa’s abilities and talents is seen in 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 with the company over several years to help it grow and achieve its short- and long-term objectives.

Mischa 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. We all have blind spots and Mischa makes it her mission to identify them and prevent or avert unwelcome surprises. Simply put, Mischa has your back.

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 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.


  • University of Michigan Law School,
    Juris Doctor, 2000
  • Clinical Law Program
  • University of Michigan,
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with honors, 1997
  • James Angell Scholar


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Appellate Practice and Litigation Sections
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • International Right of Way Association
    Co-Chair, Legal Affairs Committee, Michigan Chapter
  • Associate Member, County Road Association
  • Advancing Women in Energy
  • Association of Women in Energy


  • “Does Your Lawyer Have Your Back?” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, September 24, 2018
  • “Do You Hate Lawyers? Learn to Love Them and Create a Cohesive Team in the Process,” Right of Way (IRWA Magazine), May/June 2018
  • “Who Owns that Tree? Legal Issues Regarding Tree Removal in the Right-of-Way, Crossroads (Quarterly Journal of the County Road Association of Michigan), Spring 2018
  • “Just Compensation: the Art of Winning,” Right of Way (IRWA Magazine), January/February 2018
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Drafting Easements: Writing Easements that can Withstand the Rigors of Eminent Domain,” Right of Way (IRWA Magazine), November/December 2017

Volunteer, Charitable & Community Organizations

  • University of Michigan,
    CEW + Leadership Council
  • University of Michigan Diversity Equity Inclusion Leadership Council
  • Charter Member, Michigan State University College of Social Science Consortium on Female Leadership
  • Host Committee, City Year Detroit – Women’s Leadership Breakfast


  • “Maintaining Effective Relationships with Outside Legal Counsel, County Road Association, March 2019
  • “Don’t Strike Out: Navigating Attorney-Client Privilege Issues for In-House Counsel, Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2019
  • “360-Degree View of Easement Valuation, IRWA, 65th International Education Conference, June 2019, Portland, Oregon
  • “Strategic Use of Outside Counsel to Bring Value to the C-Suite,” ACC Michigan program, October 18, 2018
  • “Judges Have the Final Say on How to Value Easements,” International Right of Way Association (Michigan Chapter), Fall Education Seminar, September 2018
  • “Do You Hate Lawyers? Learn to Love Them and Create a Cohesive Team in the Process,” IRWA, 64th International Education Conference, June 2018, Edmonton, Alberta
  • “Easements,” Michigan Society of Professional Surveyor’s 77th Annual Meeting, February 2018
  • “Acquiring the Necessary Rights for ITC’s Thumb Loop Transmission Line,” International Right of Way Association (Ohio Chapter) Utilities Day Seminar, January 2017
  • “Land Ownership Rights in the Right-of-Way,” County Road Association Annual Legal Symposium, December 2017
  • “Tips and Tricks for Drafting Utility Easements,”International Right of Way Association (Ohio Chapter) Law Day Seminar, November 2017
  • “ITC’s Michigan Thumb Loop,” International Right of Way Association (Michigan Chapter), Fall Conference, October 2017
  • “Michigan Boundaries and Easements,” Half Moon Educational Seminar, July 2017
  • “From Legislation to Litigation: Michigan’s ‘Thumb Loop’ Transmission Line,” International Right of Way Association, 63rd International Education Conference, June 2017
  • “Adverse Possession & Prescriptive Easements,” International Right of Way Association (Michigan Chapter), May 2017
  • “Easement Drafting Nuts & Bolts: How to Draft Utility Easements Ahead of Time to Ensure a Successful Project,” International Right of Way Association, 2nd Annual International Electric & Utility Symposium, April 2017
  • “Eminent Domain – Practice and Pitfalls,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 2014

Honors and Awards

Mischa Boardman Women in the LawMichigan Top Lawyers
Boardman Avvo