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Honigman’s Lawrence D. McLaughlin elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers Board of Governors

October 25, 2010

Lawrence D. McLaughlin, Chair of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s (Honigman) Real Estate Department, has been elected to the Board of Governors of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). McLaughlin has been a member of ACREL for 10 years. He is a member of the Program Planning Committee and most recently served the organization as Chair of its Member Selection Committee.

The ACREL admits members by invitation only after a rigorous screening process. Its distinguished, nationally-known lawyers have been admitted to the organization based on their outstanding legal ability, experience and high standards for professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law.

McLaughlin’s legal practice focuses on representing developers of commercial, industrial and residential real estate. He has more than 30 years of experience in acquisitions, land use, entitlements, development incentives, partnerships and joint ventures, financing, construction, leasing, taxation, sales, workouts and restructuring.

McLaughlin’s significant projects include:

  • Taubman’s retail developments in New Songdo City, Korea and Macau
  • Reno Aces’ Stadium and Entertainment District in Reno, Nevada
  • Compuware’s headquarters in Detroit, Michigan
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Headquarters
  • General Motors’ acquisition and redevelopment of the Renaissance Center
  • Northwest Airlines’ (now Delta) Detroit Metropolitan Airport Midfield Terminal

McLaughlin has been recognized as a “star” in the legal field by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and a “leading individual attorney” in 2004 and 2006. “Real Estate titan Lawrence McLaughlin is ‘a master technician’ who chairs the department and draws widespread acclaim from peers and clients,” said Chambers in 2010. “He has achieved a virtually incomparable profile in Michigan . . . 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.’”

He also has been on the Best Lawyers in America list for 20 years and on the Michigan Super Lawyers listing since 2006. His leadership as Chair of the Real Estate Department has helped lead to its recognition by Chambers as the number one Real Estate Practice in Michigan since 2004.

In addition to ACREL, his professional involvement includes serving for seven years on the Law Conference Planning Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ annual meetings, where more than 1,000 legal professionals gain knowledge and insight from the country’s leading authorities.

McLaughlin has been an attorney at Honigman since he earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1977. He also earned a B.S.M.E. from the General Motors Institute.