Real Estate Litigation

Real estate transactions can sometimes give rise to complicated legal disputes that threaten the success of the project. When these issues arise, Dickinson Wright clients turn to our multidisciplinary team to deliver practical solutions designed to remove obstacles, bring parties to the table, and get the deal done.

Few firms have both the depth of Dickinson Wright’s real estate experience and the reputation and courtroom skill of our seasoned litigators. With attorneys in offices across the U.S. and in Canada, our team is positioned to serve our clients wherever they need us, and we work collaboratively across offices and across legal specialties to resolve even the most complex and contentious disputes.

A Mile Deep and a Mile Wide


Our team represents clients in local, multi-state, and cross-border matters involving a wide range of real estate developments:

• Residential properties and subdivisions
• Condominiums and apartment complexes
• Retail space and shopping centers
• Office, commercial, and healthcare properties
• Manufacturing and industrial sites
• Hotels and resorts
• Entertainment, gaming, and sports facilities

In addition to our experience with a broad array of developments and project types, we regularly assist our clients across the full spectrum of real estate disputes:

• Condemnation, eminent domain, and inverse takings
• Planned unit and condominium matters
• Design, defect, and construction disputes
• Leasing and landlord-tenant disputes
• Disputes concerning purchase agreements and other contracts
• Warranty and misrepresentation claims
• Environmental regulatory compliance
• Insurance coverage
• Title and title policy disputes
• Licensing and permitting issues
• Native American and First Nations’ rights
• Oil, gas, and mineral rights
• Receiverships
• Zoning and land use planning
• Infrastructure funding and permits
• Natural feature approvals (wetlands, rivers, lakes, streams, woodlands, and dunes)

World-Class Dispute Resolution


Working together, our team strategically counsels clients towards favorable resolution of real estate disputes. We regularly pursue opportunities to resolve matters in our clients’ best interests through effective use of early dispositive motions, and we have broad experience in domestic and international arbitrations, mediations, private facilitations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. But when informal resolution is not possible, our litigators aggressively represent clients in court to achieve the best possible outcomes consistent with their objectives and budget concerns.

Outstanding In Our Field


Dickinson Wright’s real estate and litigation practice groups have been recognized for excellence by highly regarded publications such as Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, Best of the Midwest, Law360, and Super Lawyers. Additionally, we were honored with the DuPont Challenge Award, given in recognition for our representation of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company and the value of the services we offer all of our clients.

Our attorneys have proudly served as elected members, active participants, and leaders in industry organizations such as the following:

• American College of Civil Trial Mediators
• American College of Real Estate Lawyers
• American College of Trial Lawyers
• American Law Institute
• Litigation Counsel of America
• National Defense Research Institute