Michael Vogt


A member of the firm’s Troy office, Michael Vogt helps clients resolve complex real estate issues and disputes. Whether guiding clients through the zoning entitlement process or  representing clients in disputes related to the purchase, sale, development, leasing, and management of commercial real estate, Michael works hand in hand with clients to understand their goals and then form practical strategies to reach them.  In his national zoning practice, Michael counsels clients throughout the entire zoning process—from the initial due diligence and strategy formation through the final approvals needed for the client to begin operations.  For more than a decade, he has successfully led clients through the zoning approval process in several states and across a variety of industries, including renewable energies, industrial uses, medical offices, auto dealerships, cannabis, telecommunications, retail, and restaurant.

Michael also regularly represents landlords and tenants in lease disputes and has litigated or negotiated settlements in numerous complex cases involving both eviction procedures and high-exposure claims for damages.  His pragmatic approach to dispute resolution enables clients to minimize risk, limit exposure, and resolve disputes efficiently so they can get back to focusing on the success of their business.

Education & Credentials


John Marshall Law School


Michigan State University

B.A., Psychology

Bar Admission

  • Illinois
  • Michigan


    • Michigan Super Lawyers
      • Rising Star for Real Estate: Business, 2013–Present
    • Best Lawyers in America®
      • Real Estate Litigation, 2021

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, RPLS Land Use & Zoning Committee, Co-Chairperson, 2018-present
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Real Estate Committee Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan


  • Roundtable Presenter, “Winning the Difficult Zoning Approval,” ICSC, 2023
  • Author, “SOL Won’t Save Illegal Property Use,” State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section Newsletter, March, 2023
  • Moderator, Real Estate Forecast, Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, March, 2023
  • Author, “Knowing Your Zoning Appeal Deadlines Could be the Difference Between Development and Disappointment,” State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section Newsletter, November, 2020
  • Co-Author, “Preparing for Eviction and Lease Litigation in the Wake of the Pandemic, REjournals.com, July, 2020
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