Geoffrey S. Gallinger

Shareholder
Bloomfield Hills
gallinger@butzel.com | P 248 258 1095 | F 248 258 1439

Geoffrey S. Gallinger is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office. He graduated from Michigan State University (DCL) College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1987) and Michigan State University (B.A., Business Administration/Pre-Law, 1984).

Mr. Gallinger's practice includes counseling clients regarding general business and corporate planning needs, including all forms of real estate transactions and developments, acquisitions, leasing, financing and condominiums. He also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, shareholder matters and general business transactions. His areas of specialty are corporate and business transactions, real estate transactions, development and financing, troubled asset and work-out restructuring and financing.

His representative transactions include the acquisition of McClouth Steel Trenton and Gibraltar plants and property; acquisition of Hotel Pontchartrain; acquisition of Aurora Hospital; acquisition of Kindred Hospital; negotiation and administration of ASC, Incorporated office and industrial plants portfolio sales; financing and restructuring of new plants, property and equipment financing for $30M+ loan Participation; entity structure and stock acquisition of Japanese corporation; negotiation of lease and design/build project for 400K sq ft distribution facility; negotiation of stalking-horse Purchase Agreement for purchase of warehousing and distribution center property in bankruptcy; purchase and development acquisition of Book Tower Building; and $250M financing for multi-state portfolio.

Mr. Gallinger currently serves on the Detroit Athletic Club Board of Directors and served as Corporate Secretary (2015-2016), and serves on numerous DAC committees, including Executive, Strategic Planning (Chair) and Community Outreach (Vice-Chair);  Downtown Detroit Partnership Stakeholder's Committee; Board of Directors (and Past Chair) for The Salvation Army Detroit Metropolitan Advisory Board; Board of Directors (and Past Chair) of the Denby Children's Home Advisory Board; Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Detroit Harbor Light Advisory Board; Board of Directors of the Booth Legal Aid Clinic;  Detroit Economic Club Gold Club Member; Member of Urban Land Institute and Larson Leadership Program.

Mr. Gallinger is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, and Business Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Real Property Law, Business Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a lecturer and author of articles for corporate and trade groups, bar association sections and business and professional seminars regarding real estate, and contract law and employment matters.

  • Michigan State University Undergraduate 1984, B.A.
  • Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Law School 1987, J.D.

Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2018

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Real Estate Law, 2012, 2014

  • Michigan

Detroit Athletic Club - Board of Directors – Corporate Secretary

The Salvation Army Detroit Metropolitan Advisory Board - Board Member (Past Board Chair 2009-2011

Denby Children's Home – Board Member (Past Board Chair 2005-2009)

Metropolitan Detroit Harbor Light - Advisory Board member

Booth Legal Aid Clinic - Advisory Board member

American Bar Association - Real Property Section, Probate and Trust Law Section, Business Law Section, and Labor and Employment Section

Detroit Urban Land Institute – Member

Detroit Economic Club – Gold Member

ULI/Larson Leadership Program  - Class 2014-2015

State Bar of Michigan - Real Property Law Section, Business Law Section

  • Created loan/financing structure for capital acquisition and industrial expansion for Canadian and U.S. structure and operations
  • Acted as lead counsel in negotiating and structuring large industrial design/build lease, including coordination of all aspects of financing and project oversight
  • Developed and negotiated industrial lease for major manufacturers
  • Representation of automotive company in loan participation and restructuring; acquisition of Canadian US operations