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Dickinson Wright’s Real Estate practice is sophisticated and diverse. More than 60 lawyers are actively involved in real estate matters, regularly representing a wide variety of clients in all aspects of real estate investment and development. Many of our clients have portfolios that span North America, and they rely on our significant experience in nearly every U.S. state and Canadian province to help them maximize value and increase management efficiency. And, with offices located strategically across North America in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Ontario, we readily serve clients wherever they need us.

Our team helps every client achieve their individual objectives. We represent a broad range of entities – including developers, contractors, lenders, landlords, corporations, nonprofits, REITs, banks, and governments – involved in all aspects of real estate. From single property owners to Fortune 500 companies, we provide every client with customized and practical advice for overcoming obstacles and getting deals done.

Our Services

  • Commercial Lending



We understand that deals don’t happen singularly. Working closely with our lawyers in environmental, corporate, insurance, tax, litigation, and banking law, we offer our clients strategic and comprehensive advice with full appreciation of the business context and potential risks of their real estate transactions. At Dickinson Wright, we seek not only to meet our clients’ legal needs, but also to provide a level of client satisfaction that inspires them to tell our story to others. Our success is founded on five key drivers: high-quality legal work, superb value for fees, building our knowledge and experience in our clients’ industries, applying business acumen to legal issues and treating our clients with an unsurpassed level of care.


Thought Leaders in Real Estate Law


Leading industry publications such as Chambers USA®, Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers®, and Law360 regularly name members of our Real Estate group as some of the top lawyers in the country. Our attorneys have also published authoritative works like ALI-ABA’s top-selling construction law treatise, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s highly regarded Michigan Real Property Law set, and numerous real estate articles and analyses.


We frequently present on trends and best practices at seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and other programs, and we actively participate in professional groups such as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), and various national, state, and local bar and industry organizations.

Representative Case Matters


–Represented large corporations, developers, real estate private equity firms, lenders, and real estate investment companies in the acquisition, development, leasing, financing, construction, and disposition of office, retail, industrial, mixed-use, and entertainment projects throughout the U.S. 

–Lead counsel to a real estate investment and development company in its acquisition of an upscale shopping center and other significant acquisitions throughout the U.S. 

–Represented a developer in a mobile home and organic farming project in Louisiana for victims of Hurricane Katrina. 

–Served as lead counsel to one of the largest owners of thoroughbred horse racetracks in North America on numerous projects. 

–Represented a real estate investment company in connection with the acquisition and disposition of two separate hotels. 

–Counseled wind developers in real estate development, acquisition, financing, power purchase, and in the regulatory aspects of wind farm development, including projects involving the largest public and largest independent wind developers in North America. 

–Counseled biotechnology, healthcare organizations, manufacturing, industrial, nonprofit, schools, professional, hospitality, distribution, retail and development clients in multi-million dollar strategic leasing, development, construction, and real estate acquisition and disposition projects, specifically including green building and leasing projects. 

–Represented lenders in complex, multi-state workouts, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and foreclosure of real estate secured loans, loan modifications and loan origination for permanent and construction financings, as well as mezzanine financing. 

–Lead counsel to national institution lender on a $38 million commercial loan secured by eight properties in five states. 

–Represented the borrower in a $1.2 billion CMBS loan on a high profile shopping center, and represented the borrower in reviewing offering circulars for the stand alone securitization of the loan. 

–Counseled banks and borrowers in post-foreclosure REO properties and in multi-million dollar large corporate and middle market syndicated loan originations, including international facilities.


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