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Attorneys

 

Partner

Tom Lapka

Thomas L. Lapka is a partner in the law firm. His practice area primarily involves affordable housing, real estate development, corporate and business law, zoning and land use law, and commercial and residential landlord/tenant matters.

Mr. Lapka has a recognized practice providing comprehensive legal services for the developing and financing of affordable housing and community development projects. He represents numerous developers, non-profit agencies, local housing agencies and public housing authorities. He advises clients on the programs and requirements of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, HUD, FHA, and USDA-RD. He is experienced in single and multi-family housing, mixed-use development, bond financing including taxable bonds, all aspects of low-income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, new market tax credits and public housing development. He also assists clients with zoning, land use, and general real estate development issues, including tax abatement and PILOTS.

His experience also includes the formation of corporate entities, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited dividend housing association limited partnerships and non-profit housing corporations, the syndication of low income housing tax credits and conventional financing.

Tom is a member of the Ingham County Bar Association (Board of Directors 1993-1995; Member: Real Property Law Section); State Bar of Michigan (Delegate to Representative Assembly for 30th Judicial Circuit 1994 – 1998); Member of the Real Property Law Section and Business Law Section); Michigan Housing Council; Past President of Central Michigan University National Alumni Association (2000 – 2014); Mediator for the commercial law panel for Ingham County Circuit Court; President of the Capital Area Housing Partnership (current); and President of Grange Acres Non-Profit Housing Association (current).

 

Education

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
BBA, Finance 1978

THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude 1982

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Real estate development

  • Affordable Housing Development & Finance

  • Corporate Law

  • Land Use & Zoning Law

Activities & Affiliations

  • Ingham County Bar Association (Board of Directors 1993-1995)

  • Member of the State Bar of Michigan (Delegate to Representative Assembly for 30th Judicial Circuit 1994 - 1998 Bar Admission

  • Member of the Real Property Law Section and Business Law Section

  • Michigan Housing Council

  • Past President of Central Michigan University National Alumni Association (2000 – 2014)

  • Mediator for the commercial law panel for Ingham County Circuit Court

  • President of the Capital Area Housing Partnership (current)

  • Board Member of Grange Acres Non-Profit Housing Association (current)

 
 

 
 

Partner

Keldon Scott

Keldon K. Scott practices in the areas of domestic relations, appellate advocacy, domestic personal injury, and legal malpractice (domestic cases). Mr. Scott is a past Chairperson of the Michigan State Bar Family Law Section and the Ingham County Bar Association Family Law Section. He has also been a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section and its Family Law Torts Section. He has been very active in each of these sections, and has served on several committees. He has served the Michigan Supreme Court as a member of their Family Law Court committee and he has testified numerous times before the legislature on family law bills.

Mr. Scott is a former member of the board of directors of Pro Bono Legal Services and is a frequent lecturer and author for the Family Law Sections of the State Bar and the Ingham County Bar Association. He has been a frequent speaker, moderator, and organizer for many Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Michigan Judge’s Institute family law courses. He has authored numerous articles for the “Michigan Bar Journal” and the “Michigan Family Law Journal.” He is also an author of chapters for West’s Family Practitioner’s Series and ICLE’s Michigan Family Law. He has appeared on national television (“American Justice”) and several radio broadcasts. And, he loves singing and the Green Bay Packers.

 

Education

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL

J.D. 1988, Cum Laude

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN — Bachelor of Science Computer Science

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family Law (Trial and Appellate levels)

  • Mediation Services

  • Collections

  • Personal Injury

Activities & Affiliations

  • Family Law Section of the Michigan State Bar Association 1988 - present

    • Past Chairperson 1988 - present

    • Officer: Corresponding Secretary 1994 - 1995

    • Treasurer 1995 - 1996

    • Chairperson 1997 - 1998

    • Committees - Chairperson: Interest on Support Arrearages Committee 1992 - 1993

    • Legislative Committee 1992 - 1996

    • Family Law Court Committee 1993 - 1996

  • Michigan Supreme Court 1997 - 1998

    • Committees: Family Division of Circuit Court Rules Committee 1997 - 1998

    • Michigan Delegate: Summit on Family Law Courts 1997 - 1998

  • Family Law Section of the American Bar Association 1988 - 1995

    • Domestic Torts Committee 1990 - 1992

  • Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow 2002 - present

  • Ingham County Bench/Bar Committee 1999 - 2007

  • ICLE Family Law Advisory Board 1997 - 2018

  • ICLE Family Law Institute Planning Committee 2002 - present

  • Family Law Section of the Ingham County Bar Association - Chairperson 1989 - 1996

  • Member of the Legal Intervention in Violence Clinic 1990

  • Member of the Board of Directors for Pro Bono Legal Services 1989 - 1991

  • Super Lawyers 2012 - present

  • Board of Director for YMCA, Salt & Light Global, Grace Explorations, and Michigan School of Apologetics

  • Green Bay Packer Fan

  • Barbershop Quartet Member (“Four Now”) and Capitol City Chordsmen Chorus Member

 
 

 
 

PARTNER

Todd Selin

Todd S. Selin has practiced primarily domestic relations law for more than two decades.   He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (formerly The Thomas M. Cooley Law School) and his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.  He was an elected member of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council from 2000 to 2009.  Additionally, he was co-chair/chair of the Ingham County Bar Association Family Law Section from 2006 to 2012.

Mr. Selin has authored numerous family law articles, and has lectured to family law attorneys and judges (on family law related matters) dozens of times.  His lecture topics have included:  custody, parenting time, child support, eavesdropping, analyzing real estate appraisals, non-disclosure agreements, uncovering vulnerabilities in child custody experts, and a myriad of others.   He has also been a guest adjunct professor at Western Michigan University Law School  (formerly the Thomas M Cooley Law school)  on family law related issues and currently sits on the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Family Law Advisory Board.

In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Selin was appointed by the Michigan Court of Appeals as a domestic relations facilitative mediator. In 2014, he completed all of the requisite domestic relations mediation and domestic violence screening training to become a State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) approved domestic relations mediator. 

 

Education

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL
J.D., 1995

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
B.A., Psychology, 1991

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Domestic Relations

  • Mediation Services

  • Family Law (Trial and Appellate levels)

Activities & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan 1996-present

  • Family Law Section Member 1996-present

  • Family Law Council Member 2000-2009 (Elected by the Family Law Section at the 2000 State Bar Meeting; Re-Elected at the 2003 and 2006 State Bar Meetings)

  • Character & Fitness Committee 1999-2005 (Appointed by Board of Commissioners to three 2-year terms)

  • Selected as a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Association 2007

  • Michigan Court of Appeals Court Appointed Domestic Relations Facilitative Mediator 2006-2007

  • Ingham County Bar Association and Family Law Section Member 1996-present

    • Past Co-Chair/Chair of Family Law Section 2006-2012

 

 
 

Associate Attorneys

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Pamela Amato

Pamela Amato is an associate at Mallory, Lapka, Scott & Selin, PLLC. She received her Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude with a concentration in Taxation Law from Michigan State University College of Law and her Bachelors Degree in Chemistry/Biology and Mathematics from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Amato also has a Masters Degree in Finance and a Masters Degree in Project Management.

Ms. Amato is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Ingham County Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board for the Ingham County Bar Association as Secretary. Ms. Amato received the Jurisprudence Achievement Award for Small Business Enterprises and was a finalist for the George P. Doreghty Leadership Award. Ms. Amato was appointed as an Emergency Financial Manager by Governor Granholm in 2008. Ms. Amato has also guest lectured at Michigan State University College of Law on ethics and balancing a law career.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Amato was a solo practitioner with her primary focus being domestic relations law and estate planning. At Mallory, Lapka, Scott & Selin, PLLC, Ms. Amato has expanded her focus to also include landlord/tenant and property law.

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Emily Conway

Emily Conway is an associate and the office manager of Mallory, Lapka, Scott & Selin, PLLC. She graduated from University of Michigan-Flint with a Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in social work in 1998. Thereafter, she attended and graduated from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (formerly The Thomas M. Cooley Law School). She chose a career in law because she believes it is a meaningful extension of her social work degree. She has worked in the legal field since 1995 and has long term experience in assisting clients during difficult and stressful predicaments. Ms. Conway’s areas of practice include family law, collections, landlord-tenant, and real property taxation.

Ms. Conway is a Member of the State Bar of Michigan and Ingham County Bar Association. She was also a Hearing Referee with the Michigan Tax Tribunal, Small Claims Division (2012-2018). She is a past Board member of Caring About Kids (2011-2017), a private charitable group whose mission is to enrich the lives of foster children. She is also a member and current chair of the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Committee which recommends and supports programs that provide assistance to lawyers and judges faced with personal and professional problems related to addiction and stress. She has also lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and is a regular presenter at Focus on the Children, a program provided by the Ingham County Friend of the Court for parent education exploring the dynamics of divorce, separation, co-parenting, and the challenge of raising children in two households.

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Jessica Larson

Jessica Larson is an associate with Mallory, Lapka, Scott & Selin, PLLC in Lansing, Michigan.

She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University. Mrs. Larson attended Western Michigan University (formerly The Thomas M. Cooley Law School) with an honor’s scholarship. She graduated in the top ten percent of her class and received her Juris Doctorate Magna Cum Laude. While at Cooley, Ms. Larson served as a Senior Associate Editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review while gaining valuable knowledge and experience in legal research and writing.

Ms. Larson is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Ingham County Bar Association. Ms. Larson also serves as a board member of the Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation which offers scholarships and grants to Lansing School District students and teachers. Ms. Larson’s areas of practice include family law, estate planning, and general civil matters. Ms. Larson regularly handles high conflict custody matters. Ms. Larson is dedicated to addressing her client’s legal issues with courtesy and professionalism.