Gary David Strauss graduated, Magna Cum Laude from the Detroit College of Law (now known as Michigan State University College of Law). While at the Detroit College of Law, among numerous distinctions, he was a member and published author of Detroit College of Law Review and International Law Review, a Research, Writing & Advocacy Teaching Assistant and recipient of the Detroit College of Law Faculty Scholar Award. He also earned a Teaching Certificate in 1984 after graduating from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and earned a B.A. with distinction in 1972 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He began his legal career working with Ackerman & Ackerman, PC, one of Michigan=s most successful law firms representing property owners in condemnation lawsuits. During his tenure at Ackerman & Ackerman, he was actively involved in a wide array of land use issues. After leaving Ackerman & Ackerman, he joined Finkel Whitefield, where he represented the Michigan Department of Transportation and various cities, townships, counties and airports throughout the State. He started his own practice in January of 2003, concentrating on various areas of land use law.

He is a member of the Real Property Section of the Michigan State Bar as well as the International Right of Way Association, where he was appointed co-chair of the IRWA=s law and legislation committee. Mr. Strauss is a frequent speaker on eminent domain and property issues and has been invited to speak at the IRWA's Fall Education seminars since 1999. He has had numerous articles published which deal with various condemnation and land related issues.

Mr. Strauss has practiced in numerous counties throughout Michigan and has been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern Division and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.