Real estate development and transactions continue to grow in variety and complexity, involving activities ranging from creation of financial instruments, leases, zoning, condemnation, and tax issues to mineral rights, environmental assessments and permitting. Butzel's industry-leading attorneys have a nationally recognized depth and breadth of experience and the resources to address all aspects of a real estate issue, regardless of the size or complexity of the transaction.

Butzel attorneys have been involved in large real estate developments and transactions that have occurred in the last decade. Our experience ranges from major urban redevelopment projects and downtown office facilities to greenfield development of office, industrial, research and technical centers, retail, hotels and residential properties. We take a cross-disciplinary team approach that allows us to handle the most complex real estate related matters with leading lawyers in various practice specialties.


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  • Leasing of numerous offices on behalf of major advertising clients throughout the country
  • Defended against several claims of injury related to alleged mold exposure.
  • Represented developer of numerous hotel development projects including acquisitions, financing, operations, licensing and sales
  • Purchase of land for residential development
  • Subleased space for sub-tenant
  • Leasing of retail and commercial space on behalf of Landlord
  • Negotiated the acquisition of a 150,000 square foot industrial facility on behalf of the purchaser
  • Lease dispute for major exposition center
  • Successfully prosecuted claim of seller of a business for increase in purchase price based on terms of stock-purchase agreement and post-closing adjustment process
  • Defended New York City real estate operators involving ownership of a New York City hotel, and claims of breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and fraud
  • Negotiations with landlord on behalf of tenant regarding violation of exclusive use clause
  • Leases & Sub Leases
  • Represented developer of waterfront residential condominium development
  • Represented an international logistics company in a lease of 1,086,000 square foot manufacturing facility for supplier services
  • Served as counsel for the acquisition of multiple parcels of land for major mixed use residential/commercial development
  • Served as counsel for the acquisition of vacant land and related construction financing
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of large-scale residential developer and dismissal of claims brought by adjoining landowner
  • Purchase of land for construction of office building
  • Representation of minority shareholders in connection with litigation arising out of buyout of interest by majority shareholder.
  • Convinced MDEQ to reverse its policy not to process permit applications for wastewater discharges from treatment plants until proper zoning is in place
  • Obtained dismissal by summary judgment in a quite title action
  • Negotiated Retail Store leases on behalf of landlords or tenants
  • Leasing - Land Lord Counsel
  • Represented several manufacturing home park clients in obtaining ground water discharge permits.
  • Acted as principal attorneys for the developer of a complex $180,000,000 historical rehabilitation, conversion, retrofitting of a 32 story jewel in downtown Detroit, including all aspects of financing
  • Represent developer in the obtaining of a wastewater discharge permit from a manufactured home park, including fighting the State's decision not to issue a permit through a contested case proceeding
  • Lead lawyers for conversion of a City of Detroit housing project into multi-use, residential property under federal program
  • Negotiations for numerous mobile home park developments including; Acquisitions, financing, operations, licensing and sales
  • Negotiated an administrative order for a landfill client with the DNRE resulting from alleged violations of the laws and regulations regarding the operation and maintenance of solid waste landfills
  • Represented owner of land next to landfill due to methane gas migrating onsite
  • Represented major commercial tenant against real estate management company and landlord for breach of commercial lease agreement
  • Multiple relocations throughout the East Coast
  • Financial lending for development of Bloomfield Park
  • Working with a developer to obtain DEQ permit to fill wetlands and negotiating an agreement with a nearby conservancy
  • Negotiated the purchase of a building and assumption of indebtedness for major health care organization
  • Successful representation of investment bank against former managing directors for breach of confidentiality and non-solicitation provisions.
  • Leasing - Landlord's counsel
  • Negotiated price reduction of mortgage loan balances and sales of shopping center properties
  • Leasing for multinational investment company in NY, Chicago, San Francisco, Hong Kong and London
  • Recovered a multi-million dollar settlement in favor of landowner client on property damage claims against commercial tenant
  • Represented Shopping Center landlords and tenants for national retail and big box stores as well as smaller and more local retail stores
  • Negotiated restaurant leases on behalf of landlords or tenants throughout the country
  • Lease for insurance company
  • Leasing - Land Lord Counsel
  • Advised client concerning purchase, tax incentives and the remediation of a contaminated site to redevelop into residential units
  • Representation of tenant in subleasing 170,000 square feet to social service organization and negotiation of complex arrangements to obtain landlord’s consent
  • Represented developer in negotiation and financing of land acquisition from Downtown Development Authority and acquisition of the hotel from prior owners
  • Leasing of an entire Shopping Center on behalf of landlord
  • Sale of property for development in Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • Successfully prosecuted several contested case proceedings related to wetland permit denials.
  • Negotiated synthetic lease transactions
  • Negotiated the 8th largest leasing transaction in New York City on behalf of a financial services tenant
  • Leasing of major New York City office building on behalf of Landlord
  • Successfully negotiated multi-party settlement in complex real estate transaction
  • Representation of lender in mortgage transactions in amounts from $150 million to $1,500 million, secured by "trophy" office buildings, hotels and industrial properties
  • $200,000 judgment for lessor in commercial lease dispute; litigation counsel for real estate investment firm
  • Represented client in obtaining Brownfield and SBT credits ($1 million)
  • Prevailed on Motion for Summary Disposition on behalf of our client, an anchor tenant in a shopping center, and against the landlord who claimed wrongful termination of the lease
  • Multiple retail property transactions throughout New England for a national retail tenant.
  • Leasing - Landlord's counsel
  • Represented LG Chem in the acquisition of land, obtaining various government grants and tax incentives and the drafting and negotiating of the construction contract for a $303 million advanced lithium ion battery manufacturing facility.
  • Negotiated numerous lease transactions for national & international locations
  • Negotiated cell tower leases on behalf of landlords or tenants
  • Series of victories achieved in trial and appellate litigation involving the proposed sale of Michigan's Northville Psychiatric Hospital.
  • Obtained dismissal by summary judgment in a quiet title action
  • Represented hotel owner to bid in and purchased all hard assets of bankrupt onsite restaurant and obtained a full release from lease
  • Negotiated long term mortgageable ground lease on behalf of developer for construction of physicians office building adjoining surgical center
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