Geaneen M. Arends is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel's Detroit office. She is a Vice President of Butzel Long and serves on the firm's Board of Directors. She also serves as Chair of Butzel's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. 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, 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 is an alumna of Leadership Detroit, Class XXVII. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Public Television, and is a member of the Detroit Board Leadership Program Advisory Board. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Primary Practice Areas
All Related Practice Areas
- Acquisition & Disposition
- Commercial Lending
- Corporate and Finance
- Education Industry Team
- Financial Services
- Land Development
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Minority Business Enterprise Specialty Team
- Non Profit Organizations
- Real Estate
- Real Estate Industry Team
- Title Insurance
- Womens Leadership Committee
Boston College Law School Law School 1998, J.D.
Michigan State University Undergraduate 1994, B.A.
- Karmanos Cancer Institute, Board of Directors
- Detroit Regional Chamber's Detroit Board Leadership Program Advisory Board
- Detroit Public Television, Board of Trustees
- Detroit Economic Club, Gold Member
- Detroit Historical Society, Board of Trustees
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Classical Roots Steering Committee
- Detroit Board Leadership Program, Advisory Board Member
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow
- ICLE Real Property Law Advisory Board Member
Awards & Recognitions
Awards & Recognitions
2021 Diversity Business Leader Honoree by Corp! Magazine
Crain's Detroit Business - Notable Executives in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 2021
Crain's Detroit Business - Notable Woman Attorney, 2017
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; Corporate Law, 2018 & 2022, 2023; Real Estate Law, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2020-2023; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2018, 2020
News & Events
- Firm News, 11.15.2022
- Detroit, MI, 10.4.2017
- Detroit, MI, 1.8.2015
Alerts & Publications
- Client Alert, 2.27.2023
- Client Alert, 8.17.2022
- ICLE, 6.18.2019