Geaneen M. Arends

Shareholder
Detroit
arends@butzel.com | P 313 225 7022 | F 313 225 7080

Geaneen M. Arends is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office. She concentrates her practice on general business law and commercial real estate.

Ms. Arends assists business clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned/disadvantaged business certification, insurance and risk management issues and general business contracts. She has also advised business clients on a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development and leasing of multi-family residential, retail, office and industrial properties throughout the United States. She has represented both borrowers and lenders in multi-million dollar real estate financing transactions. Prior to joining Butzel Long, Ms. Arends was in-house counsel for a real estate investment and property management firm and previously practiced in the real estate groups of two prominent Detroit law firms.

Ms. Arends is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., History, 1994) and of Boston College Law School (J.D., 1998). She is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

Ms. Arends serves on the Board of Directors for Michigan Community Resources (formerly known as Community Legal Resources), a non profit organization that provides technical assistance and free legal services to non profit organizations revitalizing and bringing economic development to underserved communities in Detroit and throughout Michigan. Ms. Arends is an alumna of Leadership Detroit, Class XXVII. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Historical Society and Detroit Public Television.

  • Michigan State University Undergraduate 1994, B.A.
  • Boston College Law School Law School 1998, J.D.

M&A Advisor - Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year (over $50MM – $100MM), 2016

Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit - All Star Deal of the Year Over $50 Million, 2015

Michigan Lawyers Weekly - Women in the Law, 2014

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Nonprofits/Charities Law, 2014; Real Estate Law, 2014, 2017; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2017

  • Michigan

Detroit Public Television, Board of Trustees

Michigan Community Resources, Board of Directors

Gold Member of the Detroit Economic Club

Detroit Historical Society, Board of Trustees

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Classical Roots Steering Committee

ICLE Real Property Law Advisory Board Member

Royal Oak Woman's Club

Royal Oak Historical Society

Royal Oak Nature Society