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J. Adam  Rothstein

Vice Chair, Real Estate Department
Leader, Retail; and Hospitality and Lodging Practice Groups


University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • Economics and Political Science

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Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

International Council of Shopping Centers

  • State of Michigan, State Director, 2012-2013
  • State of Michigan Government Relations Committee Chair, 2009-2012
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Adam Rothstein has a national real estate practice with clients located throughout the U.S., engaging in transactions from coast to coast. He represents a wide range of real estate owners, operators, and users in various real estate and other business transactions. His clients include shopping center, hotel, multifamily, and self-storage and office building owners and operators, including publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REIT), as well as some of the largest privately owned real estate operators in the U.S.

  • Assists clients with acquisitions, dispositions, and financings; joint ventures, syndications, and investment funds creation; major tenant leasing for both landlords and tenants; loan workouts and restructurings with lenders, servicers, and special servicers; creation and negotiation of management and other operating agreements for lodging clients; specialized restaurant and other leasing transactions; and construction and related contracting for lodging clients
  • Represents shopping center and other REITs in negotiating credit and loan agreements


  • Represented Phillips Edison & Company affiliates in the acquisition and financing of more than 250 shopping centers in 37 states since 2003 and in the sale of more than 35 shopping centers since 2009
  • Represented Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in acquisitions valued at approximately $1 billion since 2010
  • Represented Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in securitized loans, loan assumptions and unsecured loans valued at approximately $1 billion since 2011, including the then-largest single unsecured loan ever made to a lodging REIT in 2012



  • Board of Trustees, 2014-present

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  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2012
    • Recognized as one of America's leading business lawyers in the Real Estate field in Michigan; Chambers USA states: 
      • 2017 – "Adam Rothstein has three decades of experience advising on real estate matters, with a particular focus on the retail and hospitality sectors. One client says that he 'has a great skill in simplifying the complex and communicating it clearly and concisely. He is also very persuasive, business-minded and practical.' Recently, he advised Phillips Edison on its acquisition of 44 shopping centers across 17 US states, with a combined value of $778.1 million."
      • 2016 – "Adam Rothstein acts for a range of real estate clients across the hospitality and retail sectors, including REITs, involved in high-value commercial deals across the country. Observers find he has 'very good technical skills and attention to detail.'"
      • 2015 – "Adam Rothstein has a wide range of transactional expertise and maintains a fine reputation for his work in the hospitality and retail industries."
      • 2014 – “[Adam] focuses his practice on the retail, hospitality and gaming industries. He is recognized for his abilities across a wide range of real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions and specialized leasing transactions.”
      • 2013 – "Adam Rothstein acts for owners and operators in major real estate transactions. He has notable experience of advising on retail, hotel and office building projects."
      • 2012 – "Clients value Adam Rothstein's negotiation skills and his ability to execute a strategy effectively, describing him as 'very relationship-focused, efficient and business minded.' He has recently represented Phillips Edison & Company in shopping center acquisitions and refinancings."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2018
    • Recognized in practice area of Real Estate Law
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Real Estate Law: Commercial
      • Real Estate Law: Finance
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2011, and 2014-2017
  • Honored by BTI Consulting Group as a 2016 Client Service All-Star
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated