von Bernthal, Sara Engle
T: 248-433-7296
F: 844-670-6009


University of Michigan School of Business Administration

B.B.A., 1986
  • With Distinction

University of Michigan Law School

J.D., 1989
  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif (1989)
  • Michigan Law Review (1987-1989)

Bar Admission


Sara Engle von Bernthal

Of Counsel

Prominent Assignments

Extensive experience representing automotive industry clients in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and subleasing of office, warehouse and industrial properties.

Lead counsel in prominent sale/leaseback transaction in Van Buren Township.

Lead counsel representing a landlord on an office lease named “Lease of the Year” by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Counsel to clients in arena and theater leasing.

Lead counsel to automotive clients in build-to-suit industrial and warehouse lease transactions. 

Lead counsel to healthcare industry clients with respect to medical office leasing.

Represent commercial lenders in connection with mortgage loans, workouts and foreclosures.

Extensive experience representing clients in connection with the purchase and sale of commercial, industrial and retail properties.

Extensive experience acting as lead counsel on behalf of both landlord and tenant clients in retail leasing.

Representative Clients

  • Alidade Capital, LLC
  • Covenant Medical Center, Inc.
  • FCA Realty LLC
  • Hanon Systems USA, LLC
  • Health Management Associates, Inc.
  • Intermedia Outdoors
  • Oakland Pointe Partners, LLC
  • Toebe Construction LLC
  • Visteon Corporation

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Section
  • Oakland County Bar Association
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  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Michigan
  • DBusiness Weekly, Top Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated BV Distinguished Lawyer 2000-2015