Frank C. Aiello


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B.A. Michigan State University 1998
J.D. Wayne State University Law School 2001
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Professor Frank C. Aiello has expertise in commercial finance, bankruptcy, land use planning, zoning, conservation, and LGBTQ related issues.

Before joining WMU-Cooley, Professor Aiello was an associate with Bodman LLP. He represented financial institutions in the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of commercial and real estate loans, including construction and end mortgage loans, working capital arrangements, acquisition and mezzanine facilities, leveraged buyout financings, and agented and syndicated transactions. He represented several banks in complex real estate transactions, involving retail, office, residential, and office projects located throughout the United States.

Professor Aiello has provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal service to land trusts in Michigan, assisting them with the acquisition of real property held for natural preservation. Professor Aiello also served as the original editor of the Michigan Model Conservation Easement, a project hosted by the Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy, where he is also a member of the board of directors. He involves WMU-Cooley students in his work whenever possible. Professor Aiello also encourages WMU-Cooley students to involve themselves in matters of environmental law and policy as a faculty adviser to the WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills Environmental Law Society.

Professor Aiello’s interest in land use policy issues began early when, while still a student at Michigan State University, he was appointed to the East Lansing City Council and became its youngest member at the age of 20. Since then he has been involved in many state and federal political campaigns.

Professor Aiello is active in WMU-Cooley’s efforts to support student career development and placement. To further the relationship between the school and Bar he frequently participates in Bar-related functions and is a past member of the board of directors of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.

Professor Aiello currently focuses his scholarship and service on issues that affect the LGBTQ community. He is an active member of the board of directors of Affirmations, Metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their allies, where he served as president for four years and continues to serve on the executive committee. He is also a member of the LGBT Section of the State Bar of Michigan and serves as faculty adviser to the Auburn Hills campus OUTLaws.

Professor Aiello has provided support to the school’s leadership related to these matters on a special project basis. Professor Aiello teaches Property Law and Secured Transactions.


Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

  • Frank Aiello, Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve:  Custodial Standing of Non-Biological Same-Sex Parents for Children Born Before Marriage Equality, 24 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 469 (2016).
  • Frank Aiello, Real Property, 61 Wayne L. Rev. 641 (2016).
  • Frank C. Aiello, Property Law: Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 57 Wayne L. Rev. 1103 (2011).
  • Frank C. Aiello, Not Losing the Forest for the Trees: Distinguishing Conservation Transfer Fees from Other Private Transfer Fees, 64 Me. L. Rev. 1 (2011).
  • Frank Aiello, Note, Gambling with Condemnation: An Examination of Detroit’s Use of Eminent Domain for Riverfront Casinos, 46 Wayne L. Rev. 1639 (2000).


  • Frank C. Aiello, Presentation, Where to Draw the Line? – Conservation Easement Negotiation Exercise (Lansing, Mich., Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy Member Summit Nov. 2009).
  • Frank C. Aiello, Presentation, Public/Private Partnerships for Wetland Conservation (Portland, Ore., Land Trust Alliance Rally Oct. 2009).
  • Frank C. Aiello, Presentation, Where to Draw the Line? – Conservation Easement Negotiation Exercise (Columbus, Ohio, Land Trust Alliance Midwest Conference Apr. 2009).
  • Frank C. Aiello, Presentation, Michigan Model Conservation Easement Revision Project Status Update (Lansing, Mich., Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy Member Summit Dec. 2008).
  • Frank C. Aiello, Presentation, Land Acquisition Primer (Flint, Mich., Genesee County Regional Greenways Summit Jan. 2008).
  • Frank C. Aiello, Facilitator, Panel Discussion on Conservation Easement Best Practices (Lansing, Mich., Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy Member Summit Dec. 2007).
  • Frank C. Aiello, Presentation, Feels Good and Saves You Money: The Conservation Easement (Pontiac, Mich., Tax Section of the Oakland County Bar Association Oct. 2007).


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