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J. Adam  Rothstein

Co-Chair, Real Estate Department
Leader, Retail Practice Group


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


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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. For more than 30 years, he has represented 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, self-storage and office building owners, investors and operators, including publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), as well as some of the largest privately owned real estate firms in the U.S. His advice and counsel ranges from the strategy to the transaction and through dispute resolution.

  • Represents clients with acquisitions, dispositions, and financings; joint ventures, syndications, and investment fund 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 hospitality clients; specialized restaurant and other leasing transactions; and construction and related contracting for hospitality clients
  • Represents shopping center and other REITs in negotiating credit and loan agreements


Representative Matters

  • Represented Phillips Edison & Company affiliates in the acquisition of more than 300 shopping centers in 44 states since 2003 and in more than $500 million in financings
  • Represented Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in acquisitions valued at approximately $1.9 billion since 2010
  • Represented Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in securitized loans, loan assumptions and unsecured loans exceeding $2 billion in value since 2011, including the then-largest single unsecured loan ever made to a lodging REIT in 2012



  • 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: 
      • 2019 - "Adam Rothstein represents clients in the retail and hospitality sectors in acquisitions, financings and leasing matters. Market commentators describe him as 'an outstanding practitioner.'"
      • 2018 - "Adam Rothstein is 'business-minded, practical and responsive,' according to one source. He is adept at handing acquisition and financing matters."
      • 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, 2006-2021
    • Recognized in practice area of Real Estate Law
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
  • 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
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
    • ICSC Law Conference Planning Committee, 2020
    • State of Michigan, State Director, 2012-2013
    • State of Michigan Government Relations Committee Chair, 2009-2012
  • JVS
    • Board of Trustees, 2014-present

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