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


Larry McLaughlin is a real estate attorney who represents developers and owners 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. Larry is the chair of the firm’s Real Estate department and is recognized by many independent resources as the leading real estate attorney in Michigan.

  • Represents shopping center developers in construction, development, acquisition, leasing, financing, and sale of retail properties located throughout the U.S.
  • Represents developers of urban properties in construction, development, public/private partnerships, acquisition, leasing, financing, and sale of properties located throughout the U.S.
  • 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, joint venture agreements and contract disputes.
  • Serves as general counsel to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
  • Represents Schostak Brothers & Company, Inc., regarding its real estate transactions and restaurant operations.
  • Serves on the firm’s 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, 2004- 2017

Wayne State University Law School

  • Board of Visitors, 2012-2017

News & Resources


Press Releases


Seminars & Events


  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2005
    • Recognized in Real Estate field in all editions as either a "Star Individual" or with a number-one ranking in Michigan; Chambers USA states:
      • 2018 – "[Larry] chairs the practice and is a leading practitioner who often advises on real estate transactions. Interviewees highlight him as an 'outstanding talent' and report that 'he is creative in resolving issues efficiently.'"
      • 2017 – "[Larry] continues to uphold his extraordinary reputation in this field. One peer says: 'He is extremely hard-working, very intelligent and a great negotiator.' He recently acted for Forbes Miami on the $45 million joint venture for the development of the Miami WorldCenter shopping center."
      • 2016 – "[Larry] 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 – “[Larry] 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 – "[Larry] 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 – "[Larry] 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, 1991-2019
    • Recognized in practice areas of Real Estate Law and Litigation - Real Estate
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
    • Recognized as one of the:
      • Top 50 Business Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
      • Top 100 Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
      • Top 10 Super Lawyers, 2006 and 2007
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2011, 2013-2017, and 2019
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in the practice areas of:
      • Construction Law
      • Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation law
      • Real Estate Law: Commercial
      • Real Estate Law: Finance
    • Named as one of the:
      • Top 100 Leading Lawyers
      • Top 100 Leading Business Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal: Real Estate, 2015-2017
  • Crain’s Detroit Business, Named as one of the 50 Names to Know in Real Estate, 2016
  • Midwest Real Estate News, Named to the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame, 2014
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2008 and 2012
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Named as one of 25 "Leaders in the Law," 2011
  • The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, 2011
  • Lawdragon, Leading Litigators in America, 2009 and 2010
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated