Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude
  • Wayne Law Review, Articles Editor (1980-1981)
Wayne State University, M.P.A.
Wayne State University, B.S.
  • with high distinction

Bar Admissions


  • Chief Justice G. Mennen Williams, Michigan Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1981-1983

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Business Law Section
  • Probate & Estate Planning Section
  • Real Property Law Section

American Bar Association

News & Resources


Mr. DeMars is a well-respected real estate attorney with a wealth of experience advising and representing individuals and business clients in various types of business workouts, foreclosures, joint venture arrangements, multifamily debt and equity financing, real estate transactions and in real estate financing through mortgage and other secured and asset-based lending. 

  • Represents lenders, owners and guarantor in numerous types of financing, especially in workouts and foreclosures
  • Represents owners of restaurants, food service providers and food and beverage distributors in connection with the establishment of new restaurants and businesses, along with the acquisition of liquor licenses from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission
  • Assists lenders and developers in the affordable housing (Section 42 HUD and otherwise) debt and equity industry
  • Counsels construction and permanent lenders in the financing of the installation and ownership of photovoltaic panels for commercial projects and other alternative energy projects


Representative clients
  • Arbor Commercial Mortgage
  • Pillar Capital Finance
  • NorthPoint Capital
  • Churchill Stateside Group
  • Andiamo Restaurant Group
  • National Coney Island


The Guild of St. John Hospital and Medical Center

  • Board of Directors, 2014-present

De La Salle Collegiate

  • Board of Trustees, 2015-present

Regina Catholic High School

  • Board of Directors, 2012-2014

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Seminars & Events


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2008-2016
    • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, as one of America's leading business lawyers in the Real Estate field in Michigan; Chambers adds:
      • 2016 – “Greg DeMars regularly assists clients with the structure and negotiation of complex financing transactions including secured and asset-based lending. He is particularly praised by commentators for his strong technical abilities and work ethic. He is also well versed in workouts and restructurings, to the benefit of his real estate clients."
      • 2015 – “Greg DeMars is singled out as being 'very smart and very talented - he does an excellent job!' He is recognized for his strengths in workouts and restructurings, among other areas, and is an authority on affordable housing matters." 
      • 2014 – “is ‘very smart’ and ‘a talented real estate attorney,’ according to sources. He leads the firm’s affordable housing group and is involved in matters relating to real estate financing, workouts and foreclosures.”
      • 2013 – "Greg DeMars concentrates his practice on real estate finance, with a strong emphasis on workouts, foreclosures and multifamily financing. He is considered a 'dominant' presence in the market.
      • 2012 – "Greg DeMars is known for his expertise in representing creditors and borrowers in loan workouts, foreclosures and real estate financings. He recently advised Churchill Mortgage Investment on construction loan financing for the installation of solar power generation facilities."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2017
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2011, 2013-2016
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated