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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  • Defended against several claims of injury related to alleged mold exposure.
  • Leasing of numerous offices on behalf of major advertising clients throughout the country
  • Represented Shopping Center landlords and tenants for national retail and big box stores as well as smaller and more local retail stores
  • Multiple retail property transactions throughout New England for a national retail tenant.
  • Lease for insurance company
  • Recovered a multi-million dollar settlement in favor of landowner client on property damage claims against commercial tenant
  • Leasing - Land Lord Counsel
  • Advised client concerning purchase, tax incentives and the remediation of a contaminated site to redevelop into residential units
  • Leasing - Landlord's counsel
  • Represented developer in negotiation and financing of land acquisition from Downtown Development Authority and acquisition of the hotel from prior owners
  • Negotiated numerous lease transactions for national & international locations
  • Sale of property for development in Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • Successfully prosecuted several contested case proceedings related to wetland permit denials.
  • Series of victories achieved in trial and appellate litigation involving the proposed sale of Michigan's Northville Psychiatric Hospital.
  • Leasing of an entire Shopping Center on behalf of landlord
  • Represented hotel owner to bid in and purchased all hard assets of bankrupt onsite restaurant and obtained a full release from lease
  • Leasing of major New York City office building on behalf of Landlord
  • Represented developer of numerous hotel development projects including acquisitions, financing, operations, licensing and sales
  • Negotiated the 8th largest leasing transaction in New York City on behalf of a financial services tenant
  • Subleased space for sub-tenant
  • $200,000 judgment for lessor in commercial lease dispute; litigation counsel for real estate investment firm
  • Negotiated the acquisition of a 150,000 square foot industrial facility on behalf of the purchaser
  • Representation of lender in mortgage transactions in amounts from $150 million to $1,500 million, secured by "trophy" office buildings, hotels and industrial properties
  • 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
  • Represented an international logistics company in a lease of 1,086,000 square foot manufacturing facility for supplier services
  • Leases & Sub Leases
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Purchase of land for construction of office building
  • Negotiated cell tower leases on behalf of landlords or tenants
  • Obtained dismissal by summary judgment in a quiet title action
  • Leasing - Land Lord Counsel
  • Negotiated long term mortgageable ground lease on behalf of developer for construction of physicians office building adjoining surgical center
  • Obtained dismissal by summary judgment in a quite title action
  • Purchase of land for residential development
  • 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
  • Leasing of retail and commercial space on behalf of Landlord
  • Lead lawyers for conversion of a City of Detroit housing project into multi-use, residential property under federal program
  • Lease dispute for major exposition center
  • Working with a developer to obtain DEQ permit to fill wetlands and negotiating an agreement with a nearby conservancy
  • 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
  • Multiple relocations throughout the East Coast
  • Represented developer of waterfront residential condominium development
  • Negotiated price reduction of mortgage loan balances and sales of shopping center properties
  • 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
  • Negotiated restaurant leases on behalf of landlords or tenants throughout the country
  • 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
  • Negotiated Retail Store leases on behalf of landlords or tenants
  • Representation of tenant in subleasing 170,000 square feet to social service organization and negotiation of complex arrangements to obtain landlord’s consent
  • 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
  • Negotiations for numerous mobile home park developments including; Acquisitions, financing, operations, licensing and sales
  • Negotiated synthetic lease transactions
  • Represented owner of land next to landfill due to methane gas migrating onsite
  • 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
  • Financial lending for development of Bloomfield Park
  • Successfully negotiated multi-party settlement in complex real estate transaction
  • Negotiated the purchase of a building and assumption of indebtedness for major health care organization
  • Represented major commercial tenant against real estate management company and landlord for breach of commercial lease agreement
  • Leasing - Landlord's counsel
  • Represented client in obtaining Brownfield and SBT credits ($1 million)
  • Leasing for multinational investment company in NY, Chicago, San Francisco, Hong Kong and London
  • Successful representation of investment bank against former managing directors for breach of confidentiality and non-solicitation provisions.
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