Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude
  • Wayne Law Review, Article and Book Review Editor
General Motors Institute, B.S.M.E.

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)

  • Board of Governors, 2011-2014
  • Member Selection Committee, 2008-2010
  • Program Committee, 2005-2011

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

  • Law Conference Planning Committee
    • Chair, 2016
    • Co-chair, 2014-2015
    • Member, 2004-2014

American Bar Association

  • Forum on the Construction Industry

State Bar of Michigan

  • Real Property Law Section
    • Council Chair, 1995-1996
    • Council Member, 1986-present
  • Continuing  Legal Education Committee
    • Chairperson,1989-1993
  • Construction Law Committee
    • Chairperson, 1985-1986
News & Resources


Mr. McLaughlin is a real estate attorney who represents developers of commercial, industrial and residential real estate.  He advises clients regarding acquisitions, land use, entitlements, development incentives, entity formation, joint ventures, financing, construction, leasing, taxation, sales, workouts and restructuring.  Mr. McLaughlin is chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department and is recognized by many independent resources as one of Michigan's leading real estate attorneys.

  • Represents shopping center developers in construction, development, acquisition, leasing, financing and sale of retail properties located throughout the United States
  • Represents developers of urban properties in construction, development, public/private partnerships, acquisition, leasing, financing and sale of properties located throughout the United States
  • Represents restaurant operators and franchisees
  • Represents lenders and borrowers in mortgage loans, structured finance, workouts and reorganizations
  • Represents owners, architects and contractors in negotiating construction agreements and contract disputes
  • Serves as general counsel to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy on numerous matters
  • Represents Schostak Brothers & Company, Inc. regarding its real estate transactions and restaurant operation
  • Serves on the firm’s Board of Directors and Compensation Committee


  • Represented the purchaser in the acquisition and financing of 65 Applebee’s restaurants
  • Represented the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) in connection with the passage of the Michigan Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act (Public Act 67 of 2012)
  • Represented The Taubman Company in the development of regional shopping centers across the nation
  • Represented the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in the development of its Detroit headquarters
  • Represented General Motors in the acquisition and redevelopment of the Renaissance Center and Millender Center
  • Represented Compuware Corporation in the development of its new Detroit Headquarters
  • Represented Northwest Airlines in the construction of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Midfield Terminal Project
  • Advised Cranbrook Educational Community in connection with numerous capital projects


Metropolitan Affairs Coalition

  • Board of Directors

Wayne State University Law School

  • Board of Visitors, 2012-2013

News & Resources


Press Releases


Seminars & Events


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2016
    • Recognized as a "Star Individual" or a number one rating in all editions in the Real Estate field in the state of Michigan; Chambers reports:
      • 2016 – "Head of the firm's real estate group, Lawrence McLaughlin has extensive experience handling transactional matters including purchases, sales and the formation of joint venture agreements. Interviewees find his 'knowledge is vast' and he is 'extremely thorough and efficient.'"
      • 2015 – “Lawrence McLaughlin is well known for his involvement in mixed-use development, and has a broad practice that includes a range of financing transactions. Sources say he 'has deep expertise and is a fine person to negotiate with.'"
      • 2014 – “Standout performer Lawrence McLaughlin is chair of the firm’s real estate department and represents clients in matters spanning commercial, industrial and residential real estate. Sources describe him as ‘an expert in the field with a great depth of knowledge.’”
      • 2013 – "Lawrence McLaughlin is considered 'one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the market' by impressed sources. He is experienced at handling transactional, finance and land use-related issues.
      • 2012 – "Department chair Lawrence McLaughlin is widely acknowledged as the leading real estate lawyer in the state by sources, who say 'he is undeniably in a class of his own.' Clients particularly praise his 'exceptional financial and legal acumen.'"
      • 2011 – "Lawrence McLaughlin is the undisputed leader in Michigan's real estate market, described by one client as 'the best development attorney I have ever worked with.' Both clients and peers offer unparalleled praise to his superb practice, particularly drawing attention to his skills as a 'brilliant technician.'”
      • 2010 – "Real estate titan Lawrence McLaughlin is 'a master technician' who chairs the department and draws widespread acclaim from peers and clients. He has achieved a virtually incomparable profile in Michigan, with more than 25 years' experience in dealing with almost all aspects of real estate. Clients describe him as 'one of the smartest legal minds out there. He excels at crafting innovative ways to get results in seemingly impossible situations.'”
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1991-2017
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
    • Recognized in the Top 100 rankings, 2006-2016
    • Recognized as a "Top 50" Michigan Business Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
    • Named as one of the Top 10 Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006 and 2007
  • Crain’s Detroit Business, named as one of the “50 Names to Know in Real Estate," 2016
  • Midwest Real Estate News, named to the 2014 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2011 and 2013-2016
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, named one of 25 "Leaders in the Law" for 2011
  • Who's Who Legal: Real Estate, 2015
  • International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers: named in 2011 edition
  • The Lawdragon, Leading Litigators in America, 2009 and 2010
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers: named in 2008 and 2012 edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated