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Brian P. Foley


Brian Foley is a member in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office. He represents financial institutions, companies, and individuals in real estate matters, with an emphasis on commercial real estate secured financing transactions.  He also regularly advises clients, as both lead and local counsel, in purchases and sales of real property (including sales of lender owned property), real estate workouts and foreclosures, loan sales (both performing and distressed), leasing transactions, and other general real estate matters.

Education & Credentials


Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2007
  • cum laude
  • Order of the Coif

Michigan State University

M.S., Agricultural Economics, 2004
  • magna cum laude

Kalamazoo College

B.A., 2002
  • cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Michigan
  • Indiana

Prominent Assignments

Lead counsel to various state and national banks in connection with origination of commercial real estate term, line of credit and construction loan facilities with loan sizes ranging from $1,000,000 to $50,000,000.00.

Represented purchaser in connection with the acquisition, financing, redevelopment and sale of multifamily property in Detroit, Michigan.

Real estate counsel for automotive manufacturing company in connection with an approximately $50,000,000.00 purchase and development of vacant land for its North American research and development headquarters.

Represented CMBS special servicer in connection with 14 separate sales of foreclosed light industrial buildings located in Pittsfield Township, Michigan.

Ongoing representation of the wealth management division of a major national bank in connection with origination of commercial real estate secured portfolio loans across the country.

Representation of private equity fund on an approximately $5,500,000 investment in the $20,000,000 redevelopment (public, private, and federal historic tax credits investments) of the historic Strand Theatre in downtown Pontiac, Michigan.

Representation of private equity fund in the $32,000,000 redevelopment (public, private, federal historic tax credit and new market tax credit financing) of the Metropolitan Building in Detroit into an Element extended-stay hotel.

Program and closing counsel for a New York-based CMBS lender specializing in loans secured by pools of single family rental homes, often located in multiple states.

Represented a New York-based lender in connection with origination of line of credit bridge loans secured by the membership interest in the borrower, and the subsequent conversion of those bridge loans to term loans secured by pools of numerous single-family rental homes.

Represented a large state bank in connection with a significant amendment and modification of a $44 million real estate loan secured by a single-tenant commercial building located in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Represented a large, national bank in connection with numerous sales of foreclosed commercial property and numerous sales of non-performing loans.

Represented a CMBS special servicer (in its capacity as secured creditor) in connection with the sales of 37 retail centers located in 17 states pursuant to a confirmed Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization.

Represented a large Michigan bank in connection with negotiating a new lease of a 90,000 sq. ft. single-tenant office building, as well as the subsequent sale of the building.

Represented a CMBS special servicer in all aspects of foreclosure and receivership litigation concerning a $95 million loan secured by a shopping center in suburban Indianapolis.

Represented a large Michigan bank, as co-lender, in connection with review and negotiation of numerous syndicated commercial real estate loans.

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
    • Member of Governing Council
    • Co-Organizer of 2018 and 2019 Summer Conference
    • Organizer of 2021 Winter Conference
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • President – Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
  • Regular provider of pro bono counsel

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court
    • Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Sixth Circuit


• Presentation on CMBS financing to large, privately owned real estate development and brokerage firm.
• Presentation to CMBS special servicer regarding real estate workout and foreclosure remedies in Midwest states.

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