Elizabeth (Betsy) Allen is a real estate attorney focusing her practice on commercial and real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, financings, and leasing.

  • Drafts and negotiates leases for commercial clients (office, retail, industrial and medical) throughout the country
  • Represents real estate owners and developers in the acquisition, sale and financing of commercial properties throughout the country
  • Coordinates portfolio transactions, including drafting and negotiating loan and acquisition documents
  • Represents clients with respect to qualifying for tax incentives and tax abatements
  • Reviews title matters, including reviews of surveys, title commitments, and documents of record
  • Researches and drafts legal opinions regarding Michigan-specific real estate and tax law


Practice Areas


Representative Matters

  • Negotiated hundreds of lease amendments and settlement agreements on behalf of private and publicly-traded landlords in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Represented owners of mixed-use buildings in the leasing of more than 25 buildings in the Midwest
  • Represented shopping center owners in acquisitions, sales, leasing, and financings
  • Managed various aspects of a $100 million multi-property office condominium acquisition and financing
  • Represented real estate investment trust (REIT) in $50 million multi-property loan assumption for shopping centers in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, and Minnesota
  • Assisted in the acquisitions of landmark properties in multiple cities
  • Negotiated lease amendments on behalf of multiple affiliated landlords in connection with the bankruptcy of a national tenant
  • Aided in the sale of a large wireless cellular retailer
  • Served as an intern for Judge Audrey G. Fleissig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri






  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2023

    • Recognized in practice area of Real Estate Law

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2021-2022

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Real Property Law Section
    • Professional Education and Events Committee (2018)
  • Detroit Metro Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Urban Land Institute
    • Young Leaders Group Steering Committee (2017-2020)
    • Women's Leadership Initiative
  • ULI Michigan Larson Center for Leadership 2018
  • ICSC Ohio Kentucky Indiana Michigan and Pennsylvania Retail Development and Law Symposium Program Committee (Vice Chair 2022; Chair 2023)
  • Rivière28 Advisory Board, Member (2017-2018)
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Volunteer
  • Tutor Mate, Volunteer (2017-2018)

News & Insights

Seminars & Events

  • Event | San Diego, CA | October 23-25, 2019 | Workshop Presenter
  • Any Room? Concerns for Adding a Hotel to a Shopping Center, ICSC Ohio Kentucky Indiana Michigan Pennsylvania Law Conference
    Event | Columbus, OH | April 23, 2021 | Round Table Speaker
  • You Must Check This! A Checklist for Using the Other Side's Leasing Form, ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference
    Event | Orlando, FL | October 24-27, 2018 | Table Presenter
  • ULI Spring Meeting
    Event | Detroit, MI | May 1-3, 2018
  • Detroit: A Revitalization Case Study
    Event | San Antonio, TX | October 28, 2017 |
  • Real Estate Broker Continuing Education Program
    Event | Detroit, MI | 2017, 2018, 2019 | Presenter
  • The 'Ingredients' of Restaurant Leasing
    Event | Table Presenter | February 9, 2017
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