Board of Trustees
Linda M. Orlans, ’87, President Emerita
Linda M. Orlans served as Chair of the MSU Law Board of Trustees from 2013 until 2016. She is the Founder and Executive Chair of Orlans Group (est. 1998).
Linda Orlans is a practicing attorney, lean law advocate and the quintessential entrepreneur. A lifelong resident of Michigan. Ms. Orlans is Founder and Executive Chair of Orlans Group, which is comprised of Orlans Associates, P.C., Orlans Moran, PLLC, Atlantic Law Group, LLC, eTitle Agency, Inc., eAMC Agency, eVantage Services and Towne Auction. Orlans Group develops creative solutions for real property transactions for sophisticated clients in 28 states and employs over 500 professionals.
Under her leadership, Ms. Orlans’ companies have produced continuous growth and represent investors, lenders, banks and servicers in the mortgage banking and real property industries. For the past 10 years, Ms. Orlans, has been rated by her peers, to be awarded the distinguished rank of AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and in 2009 she received her bar admission to the Supreme Court of The United States.
Ms. Orlans’ philanthropy and commitment to the communities in which she lives and conducts business is well known. Her companies’ corporate values encourage financial and social responsibility, innovation, compassion and accountability – all of which she actively brings to the community at large. She is especially passionate about helping underserved children through education, honoring America’s Servicemembers and women’s issues. In 2014 Ms. Orlans established the Emerging Leaders for Women in Metro Detroit. Orlans Group is proud to serve as a founding partner of the Homes 4 Wounded Heroes Program whose mission is to award mortgage-free homes and financial mentoring to wounded heroes injured during combat in service to our country.
Ms. Orlans serves in leadership roles for a number of organizations including Beaumont Hospital’s First Words Society, Board of Directors at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Michigan Opera Theater as well as Inforum Center for Leadership and The Heat and Warmth Fund. She also serves on the Advisory Board at Beyond Basics. Linda is an active alumni member of Michigan State University where she serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the College of Law. Ms. Orlans was also a founding member of the Detroit Home Ownership Preservation Enterprise.
A graduate of Wayne State University and Michigan State University College of Law, Ms. Orlans was awarded the MSU Hon. George Bashara, Jr., Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. In 2013 Linda Orlans received the Winning Futures Sam Cupp Impact Award as Business Leader of the Year, Birmingham Community House Award for Philanthropy and Leadership and the Northwood University’s 2013 Distinguished Women’s Award. Ms. Orlans was named one of metro Detroit’s top women leaders in dBusiness Magazine’s 2012 Powered by Woman issue. And, in 2009 Linda Orlans was honored with the Ernst & Young Central Great Lakes Entrepreneur of the Year Award and named a Top Lawyer by dBusiness Magazine.
Under Ms. Orlans leadership, Orlans Group has stood the test of time, which is truly a great accomplishment and is something that is quite rare in today’s disposable society. The firm prides itself in putting clients at the center of all that we do to meet their needs and expectations so that they can meet their goals.