Douglas Kelin is a real estate attorney who counsels clients in all aspects of real estate acquisition, sale, development, construction, leasing and financing. He represents developers and operators from a variety of industries, including retail, office, self-storage, industrial, multifamily, manufactured housing, hospitality, and construction. Douglas also has extensive experience in structuring joint ventures and assisting clients with fund formation and capital raising for real estate projects. His practice also focuses on the representation of landlords and tenants with industrial, retail and office leasing, including the negotiation of ground leases and build-to-suit projects. His representations include portfolio acquisitions, multi-property financing, sale lease-back transactions, condominium development, acquisition and sale of NNN lease properties, acquisition and disposition of apartment complexes, and industrial facility leasing.



Representative Matters

  • Joint venture for acquisition of extended stay hotel for conversion into apartment complex in Michigan, and construction loan financing.
  • Negotiated lease for a new 260,000+ industrial facility on behalf of heavy vehicle and contract automotive manufacturer in Michigan
  • Acquisition and financing of 70,000+ sq ft shopping center in Ohio, with anchor tenant grocery store, and numerous other tenants
  • Disposition of apartment complex in North Carolina, and 1031 structuring for multiparty tenant in common sale.
  • Assemblage of parcels in Michigan and site plan approval for a mixed-used development
  • Acquisition and financing of portfolio of apartment complexes in South Carolina, structuring of joint venture with institutional partner, private placement memorandum and offering documents to non-institutional investors
  • Disposition of a portfolio of self-storage facilities located in Delaware, New York, New Jersey and additional states.
  • Acquisition and financing of 9 property industrial portfolio in Illinois
  • Sale-leaseback transaction of multiple industrial facilities in Tennessee to publicly traded company
  • Acquisition of portfolio of NNN leased retail condominium units in historic building in Pennsylvania

Prior Experience

  • Lipson Neilson Cole Seltzer & Garin, PC, Partner, 2009-2015
  • Citizens Financial Group, Inc., Legal Clerk, 2008






  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2024
    • Recognized in the area of Real Estate Law
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Recognized as an "Up and Coming" lawyer, 2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2013-2021

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Real Property Law Section
  • Urban Land Institute – Michigan
    • Housing and Community Development Local Product Council
      • Member, 2023

News & Insights


  • Office and Industrial
    Event | Birmingham, MI | | | Presenter
  • Key Provisions in LLC Operating Agreements for Real Estate Companies
    Event | Detroit, MI | | Presenter
  • Best Practices for the Acquisition of Apartment Complexes
    Event | Detroit, MI | | Presenter
  • Basics of Commercial Leasing
    Event | Detroit, MI | |
  • Legal Update
    Event | Detroit, MI | | | Presenter
  • Essential Terms of a Broker Listing Agreement
    Event | Novi, MI | | | Presenter


  • State Tax Commission Revises Klooster Case Memo
    Publication | State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section |
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