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Karen R. Pifer

Leader, Hospitality and Lodging Practice Group
Member, Executive Committee
Member, Board of Directors


University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
Albion College, B.A.
  • cum laude

Prior Employment

  • Dykema Gossett PLLC, Attorney, 1994-2000

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

  • Government Relations Committee, 2011-17
  • Michigan Continuing Education Program Planning Committee Mentor
    • Roundtable Program Chair, 2012, 2013

State Bar of Michigan

  • Real Property Law Section

Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber

  • Executive Committee, 2010-2013
  • Board of Directors, 2007-2013

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Detroit

  • Past Programs Chairperson

Leadership Oakland

  • Graduate, 1997
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Karen Pifer is a real estate attorney who advises and represents clients in various types of real estate transactions, including the acquisition, sale, development, financing, and leasing of shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, and other real estate projects.

  • Counsels landlords and tenants, including publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REIT), in connection with retail and office leases
  • Possesses extensive experience in negotiating and financing credit tenant leases
  • Counsels hotel owners in the acquisition and finance of hotels in major markets
  • Represents borrowers in mortgage loan transactions throughout the U.S.
  • Advises and represents clients in workouts, foreclosures and restructuring of debt transactions
  • Serves as a member of the firm's Board of Directors


  • Assists Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust in the leasing of more than 75 shopping centers located throughout the country
  • Counsels a publicly traded retail tenant in leasing space throughout the country
  • Counseled Phillips Edison and Company on the acquisition and financing of shopping centers located throughout the country
  • Represented a national developer in the acquisition, financing, and leasing to a national drug store chain
  • Represented an office building owner in the leasing of multiple office buildings in the metropolitan Detroit area
  • Represented a life insurance company in closing approximately $5 billion of credit tenant loans

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Seminars & Events


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2020
    • Recognized in practice area of Real Estate Law
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2013-2015, 2017, and 2018
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Real Estate Law: Commercial
      • Real Estate Law: Finance