Jonathan Borenstein is a national industry leader in the market multifamily sector, representing some of the largest private multifamily companies in the country. He also represents national and regional real estate owners, operators, and developers of commercial, hotel, office, and industrial properties, as well as lenders, contractors, and investors. Jonathan is a frequent speaker on various real estate and financing-related topics before trade and professional real estate organizations.

  • Possesses over 30 years of experience handling numerous aspects of legal services, including multistate acquisitions, institutional financing and equity capitalization, syndications, development, and new construction, including land-use and zoning matters
  • Possesses particular experience in historic and low-income tax credits, tax increment and bond financing, and related transactions and programs
  • Provides counsel in real estate dispute resolution and litigation support related to controversies among private parties and government agencies
  • Holds national recognition for skills in Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) portfolio and capital markets execution financing



Representative Matters

  • Handled the buyout and the corporate and partnership restructuring of one of the largest Midwest private multifamily real estate companies and its related real estate portfolio
  • Led and participated in the development of some of the largest high-rise multi-use redevelopments in the Midwest, involving complex financing and capital structures
  • Worked out numerous portfolios involving commercial and industrial properties with conduit, bank, and insurance company financing
  • Structured and closed many major, multi-use public-private projects involving bond financing and other enhancements
  • Closed approximately $1.5 billion in real estate acquisitions, refinancings, and recapitalizations in the past three years






  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2024
    • Recognized in practice area of Real Estate Law
  • Law Bulletin Media
    • Leading Lawyers, Real Estate Law: Commercial, 2023
    • Leading Lawyers, Real Estate Law: Finance, 2023
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2013, 2015-2018, and 2023-2024
  • Michigan Super Lawyers,  2006-2008 and 2015-2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Real Property Law Section
  • National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC)
    • Debt Finance Subcommittee, 2012-present
  • Apartment Association of Michigan (AAM)
    • Executive Board Officer, 2010-present
  • Cranbrook Educational Community
    • Former Trustee and Former Chair of the Schools Board
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
    • Partnership 2000 Committee, past member
    • Pathways to Community Leadership Committee II, past member
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee
    • Member, Michigan Council
    • Past member, National Council

News & Insights


  • Jonathan R. Borenstein quoted in Multi-Housing News article “MARKET SNAPSHOT: Positive Auto Industry News Provides Cautious Optimism to Detroit Apartment Industry”
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  • Transacting Business in the Electronic Age: Further Updates Post-UETA
    Publication | Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 35, N. 1, P. 23 | Spring 2008
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