Geoffrey S. Gallinger

Geoffrey S. Gallinger is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Troy office. He graduated from Michigan State University 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; $250M financing for multi-state portfolio; and as local counsel for numerous multi-state real estate portfolio financing transactions.

Mr. Gallinger is the immediate Past President of the Detroit Athletic Club and served the maximum of six years on the DAC Board of Directors.  Mr. Gallinger served two terms as DAC Corporate Board Secretary (2015-2017), Second Vice President, First Vice President, and has served and serves on numerous DAC committees, including current Nominating Committee Chair, current Master Planning Committee,  Executive Committee, Strategic Planning (Chair), Community Outreach (Vice-Chair), Finance Committee, Finance Committee and Athletic Committee;  other service activities include 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 Graduate of Larson Leadership Program; Executive Committee of Greater Detroit Business Association, as well as numerous Board positions with privately-held corporations.

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.


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


Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2018-2022; Corporate Law, 2021-2022

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Real Estate Law, 2012, 2014, 2021 & 2022; Land Use & Zoning, 2021 & 2022


  • Michigan


Detroit Athletic Club - Acting President

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


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