Real Estate


“ Honigman lawyers have been an integral part of The Taubman Company's business since its inception. We deeply value the intensity, skill and experience that they bring to our business operations. ”

Bill Taubman, Chief Operating Officer
The Taubman Company LLC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Honigman’s Real Estate department is nationally prominent with a deep bench of attorneys acknowledged as leaders in their areas of practice. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a well-recognized client- and peer-review publication, describes Honigman's "stellar" real estate practice in the 2017 edition as "known for the depth of its expertise across the full spectrum of real estate matters, including complex development financings for commercial and residential properties." Chambers USA has ranked our Real Estate practice at number one in the state of Michigan for well over a decade.

We are known not only for our deft handling of sophisticated, high-profile transactions but also for our legal and business knowledge and industry relationships that allow us to produce results and efficiencies in real estate transactional work. We are especially known for our work in retail, multifamily housing, office, hospitality, and gaming. Some of our national clients include Agree Realty Corporation; Cabela’s; Dillard’s, Inc.; Evergreen Partners; General Motors Company; Churchill Stateside Group; Meijer Stores; Pebblebrook Hotel Trust; Philips Edison & Company; Ramco-Gershenson Properties, L.P.; The Taubman Company; Village Green; and The Wishcamper Companies, Inc.

Our clients include developers, owners, and operators of retail facilities, office buildings, industrial facilities, industrial parks, distribution facilities, manufactured and multifamily housing (market rate and affordable), student housing, hotels, entertainment facilities, hospitals, power plants, pollution control facilities, and solid waste management facilities. We further represent banks, institutional and individual lenders, insurance companies, pension funds, securitization underwriters, real estate investment trusts (REIT) and umbrella partnership real estate investment trusts (UPREIT), and contractors and design professionals.

Real estate law has been at the heart of Honigman's practice since the firm's creation and continues to be one of its core strengths. Our real estate team has a long-standing reputation as a provider of timely and high-quality business counseling, structuring, orchestration, and problem-solving skills. Our clients rely on us to service their day-to-day needs and major transactions alike.

We have an exceptionally deep bench of outstanding attorneys, many of whom have significant national reputations with five American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) Fellows (including one former ACREL governor); 20 listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017; four listed in Chambers USA 2017; two fellows of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys; five in leadership roles with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); two former chairs of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan; a former president/chairman of the Michigan Housing Council; one on the executive board of the Michigan Apartment Association; and one on the Real Estate Executive Council.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Bedrock Real Estate Services and its affiliates in the acquisition of properties containing office space in downtown Detroit
  • Represented Rock Ohio Caesars in the development of casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati
  • Represented The Taubman Company in the development of more than 30 shopping centers nationally, including in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, and Virginia
  • Advised Phillips Edison & Company with respect to its real estate work, including the acquisition of five shopping centers, the sale of 12 shopping centers, and the refinancing of approximately 70 shopping center properties, totaling approximately 13 million square feet of shopping center space
  • Provided legal counsel to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in real estate acquisitions, including the purchase of five "upper upscale" hotels (the Sofitel in Philadelphia, PA; the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA; the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica, CA; the W Boston in Boston, MA; and the Viceroy in Miami, FL)
  • Advised Ramco-Gershenson Properties, L.P., in connection with its formation and the acquisition, management, leasing, and financing of its entire portfolio of properties, as well as in financing of the company
  • Represented Churchill Stateside Group, the nation’s largest provider of debt and equity financing for multifamily projects, in structuring debt financing with FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, solar loans, tax credit syndications, and public employee pension funds as private placements, including General Retirement System for the City of Detroit, Police and Fireman Retirement System for the City of Detroit, and Wayne County Employees’ Retirement System
  • Provided legal counsel to Carmeuse Lime and Stone in connection with quieting title and consolidating mineral interests owned in fee and several mineral interests involving multiple parcels
  • Represented Evergreen Partners in the acquisition of an affordable housing development in Georgia that contains 200 units and the preservation of such development as affordable housing
  • Represented The Wishcamper Companies, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of existing affordable housing developments in South Carolina and Connecticut containing approximately 300 units and the preservation of such developments as affordable housing
  • Represented Village Green with respect to the development, acquisition, financing, and recapitalization of over 40 apartment communities representing over 50,000 (Randolph Tower, MDA and Fisher Building City Apartments in Chicago, Mill District, Lake Calhoun, Eitel Building and Soo Line City Apartments in Minneapolis, Millender Center and Detroit City Apartments in Detroit, and Village Green of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor City Apartments)
  • Advised the New York State Common Retirement Fund in forming a joint venture with Simpson Housing Fund LLP for the acquisition of more than $600 million in assets, including initial closing valued at $220 million
  • Represented Team Schostak Family Restaurants in connection with the acquisition and equity and debt financing of 65 Applebee’s Restaurants in Michigan
  • Represented Atlas Holdings LLC in acquiring a steam facility from Detroit Thermal including incentives and tax exempt financing
  • Represented the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in the development of its Detroit Headquarters facility
  • Counseled Compuware Corporation in connection with its $350 million headquarters facility completed in downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius
  • Counseled General Motors Company with regard to its non-dealership real estate transactions nationally
  • Advised General Motors Company in connection with its global headquarters project in the City of Detroit, including acquisition of Renaissance Center Phase I, the River East property adjacent to the Renaissance Center, the Millender Center and Renaissance Center Phase II
  • Advised Northwest Airlines in connection with the construction of the $1.5 billion Midfield Terminal and related improvements at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport
  • Counseled Borealis Transportation Infrastructure Trust, a subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System, in a complex transaction to acquire 50 percent interest in the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership 

Representative Clients

Agree Realty Corporation  

Kojaian Properties

Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation


Atlas Holdings LLC  

Nemer Management Company


Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Churchill Stateside Group

Phillips Edison & Company

Coastwood Capital LLC

Ramco-Gershenson Properties, L.P.

Compuware Corporation

Rock Ohio Caesars LLC

Detroit Institute of Arts

Schostak Brothers & Company, Inc.

Dillard’s, Inc.

Steelcase Inc.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch

The Taubman Company

The Forbes Company, LLC

Trinity Health Services

Friedman Real Estate Group, Inc.

Village Green

General Motors Company

Walbridge Aldinger

The Hayman Company

Westin Hotels

Holtzman & Silverman Realty

The Wishcamper Companies, Inc.

Kellogg Company


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