About Kate. . . 



Kate Redman practices community enterprise law in northern Michigan.  She founded Commonplace, a nonprofit community incubator hub in Traverse City, and Commonplace Law, which provides legal services to support the Commonplace mission of enlivening healthy, connected, and creative organizations and communities.   She works with nonprofits and community-orientated enterprise  in every life stage.   Her areas of specialization include: legal and tax structure,  501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, crowdfunding, social enterprise and hybrid nonprofit/for profit entities, governance, contracts, collaboration, zoning, real estate, and mergers/sales.   Kate is involved in efforts to promote and grow local investment and investment crowdfunding and is a frequent presenter & writer on topics related to community-based crowdfunding.

Kate is a fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center.  She received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.  Before founding Commonplace in 2017, Kate was a partner at Olson, Bzdok & Howard, PC, specializing in nonprofit, business, and local government law, and clerked for Justice Michael F. Cavanagh of the Michigan Supreme Court.  

Kate spends her free time geeking out on local investment and organizational development; and enjoying the many joys of northern Michigan  -- whether running, kayaking, biking, skiing, camping, eating, or just meandering along a beach trail somewhere.

Kate is licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan.