Michelyn E. Pasteur

Of counsel
Michelyn E. Pasteur

Areas of Expertise

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Medicaid and Elder Law


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1991
  • Michigan State University; B.A., Economics, 1968; Masters of Labor and Industrial Relations, 1970

Prior Professional Experience

  • Director, Bureau of Local Development Services, State of Michigan, Department of Commerce
  • Executive Director, Grand Rapids Area Employment and Training Counsel (GRAETC)
  • City of Grand Rapids, Human Resources Department • Chief Planning Officer

Community Service

  • Michigan State University Alumni Association
    Board of Directors, Mid-Michigan Chapter, 2004-06, President 2006, 2012; Registration Coordinator, Steve Smith Alumni Golf Outing
  • Rotary Club of Lansing 2003—present • Board of Directors, Rotary Foundation, 2011-present
    Catholic Social Services/St. Vincent Home • Board of Directors, 1993-2000; Chair, 1998-2000
  • Board of Directors and Legal Counsel, 1992-1999
    The Governor’s Rural Advocate, 1989-1991 
    Michigan Enterprise Zone Authority
  • Chairperson, 1986-1991
    Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Professional Honors & Associations

  • American Bar Association Member
  • Federal Bar Association Member
  • State Bar of Michigan Member
  • Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Ingham County Bar Association
    • Member of Board of Directors 2006-2009
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors 2008-2009 
    • Co-Chair Probate and Estate Planning Law Section 2005-2011
    • Co-Chair Bankruptcy Law Section 2002-2005
  • Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council
    • Past Member of the Board of Directors
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Elder Law
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America as Elder Law Attorney of the Year (2012-2013)
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers in the area of Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate, and Business/Corporate Law
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Vice-President, Foster Zack Little Pasteur & Manning, P.C. 2001-2008
  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Publications & Speaking Experience
    • Estate Recovery is Now in Play, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 31, Winter 2011, No. 1 
    • Michigan’s Estate Recovery Law, co-author, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 27, Summer 2008, No. 3
    • Medicaid Update: The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and Michigan’s Response, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 21, Winter 2007, No. 1
    • Common Myths About Medicaid Eligibility – Part II, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 22, Spring 2003, No. 3