Margaret Greene is a real estate attorney who concentrates her practice exclusively on construction project planning and contracting and resolution of disputes during the construction phase. With more than 30 years of construction law experience, she has negotiated numerous design and construction contracts, understands the customary industry engineering and construction practices followed in the field, and possesses significant experience analyzing and resolving construction disputes and claims. Margaret is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Accredited Professional with comprehensive knowledge of the LEED certification process and requirements.

  • Represents project owners on construction project planning and contracting and resolution of issues during the course of design and construction
  • Advises clients on resolution of construction claims, being familiar with typical claim theories and calculation of damages along with alternative dispute resolution practices and litigation proceedings
  • Reviews, negotiates, and drafts architect and engineer agreements, construction contracts, construction management agreements, design/build and turnkey agreements, purchase orders, equipment fabrication and installation contracts, consulting agreements, subcontracts, bidding documents, general and special conditions, development agreements, construction easement agreements, lease provisions, and other project agreements
  • Consults with project owners regarding planning and structuring of complex construction projects, selection of appropriate construction delivery models, and project administration procedures and issues
  • Possesses familiarity with cost implications of contractual allocation of design and construction risks, alternative contractual pricing formats, typical cost concerns and business practices of contractors and suppliers in bidding and performing contracts, project financing considerations, development incentives, and typical construction lending and disbursement arrangements
  • Knowledgeable regarding:
    • Critical path and other standard scheduling methodologies and practices
    • Standardized form contracts published by the American Institute of Architects, National Society of Professional Engineers, Associated General Contractors, and the Design-Build Institute
    • Customary industry indemnification, insurance, and bonding requirements and forms and surety requirements
    • Partnering arrangements
    • Building Information Modeling
    • Lean construction and Integrated Project Delivery
    • Construction Specifications Institute “Master Format” specifications system and American Institute of Architects “Masterspec” specifications format
    • Fast-track construction and construction phasing considerations
    • Industry standard practices regarding payments, schedule extensions, and pricing of extra work
    • Change-order procedures and documentation
    • Industry practices regarding substitutions
    • Shop drawing submittal procedures
    • Quality control testing and contract administration
    • Typical state statutory requirements regarding payments, indemnity agreements, licensing, and lien rights and forms
  • Represents and advises client regarding a very diverse range of projects, including hospitals and other medical facilities; industrial, manufacturing, and process facilities; bridge, highway, tunnel, and heavy construction; high-performance buildings, LEED-certified construction, and other green developments; alternative and renewable energy projects; residential and affordable housing developments; office, retail, and mixed-use developments; hotel, gaming, and casino facilities; existing facilities renovation; various public projects and public/private developments; museum projects; Native American tribal developments; environmental control, remediation, and demolition projects; water and wastewater treatment plants; and power plants







  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2023
    • Recognized in practice areas of Construction Law and Real Estate Law
    • Detroit Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2022
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2011, and 2013-2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2020
    • Named as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers, 2006-2009
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Construction Law
      • Real Estate Law: Commercial
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Real Property Section
    • Construction Law Committee
    • Insurance and Indemnity Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
      • Design and Construction Committee
      • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Environment, Energy, and Resources Section
  • Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
    • Executive Committee, Past Chair

News & Insights



  • Structuring and Documenting the Owner-Contractor Relationship
    Publication | Inside The Minds: Client Strategies For Working with Construction Firms, Aspatore Books |
  • Representing the Owner at the Project Planning Stage
    Publication | Michigan Bar Journal, State Bar of Michigan |
  • 10 Key Decisions from the Owner’s Point of View
    Publication | Building Profits, Construction Financial Management Association | January/February 1997
  • A Guide to the Never-Never Land of Residential Building Contracts
    Publication | Residential Construction, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan |
  • The Fundamentals of Structuring and Documenting the Owner-Contractor Relationship
    Publication | Michigan Bar Journal, State Bar of Michigan |
  • How To Control Construction Costs
    Publication | The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, American Bar Association |
  • What Do You Do When It Is Time to Sign the Contract?
    Publication | Michigan Construction Law, National Business Institute, Inc. |
  • Use of AIA Owner-Contractor Construction Documents
    Publication |

Seminars & Events

  • Executive Strategy Session
    Event | Novi, MI | | | Panelist
  • A-MAZE-in Green: A Practical Examination of Issues Surrounding Green Building and the Path to Turning Green into Gold
    Event | Columbus, OH | | | Presenter
  • From Green to Gold in a Troubled Economy
    Event | Novi, MI | | Presenter
  • Green Building: Sustainable Residential and Small Commercial Development
    Event | Lansing, MI | | | Presenter
  • Implementing Renewable Energy Installations on Real Estate
    Event | Plymouth, MI | | | Presenter
  • Design Law for Michigan Architects and Engineers
    Event | Lansing, MI | | | Presenter
  • Addressing Construction Contract Requirements and Safeguards and Monitoring Contractor Performance
    Event | Mount Pleasant, MI | | Presenter
  • Construction Liens: Contract Provisions and Issues
    Event | Dearborn, MI | | | Presenter
  • Drafting Construction Agreements
    Event | Auburn Hills, MI | | | Presenter
  • Michigan Construction Issues
    Event | Dearborn, MI | | | Presenter
  • Construction Contracts: Indemnification and Insurance Provisions
    Event | Las Vegas, NV | | | Presenter
  • What You Should Know About Entering Into Environmental Service Contracts
    Event | Detroit, MI | | | Presenter
  • Construction Contracts: Protecting the Owner
    Event | Atlanta, GA | | | Presenter
  • Michigan Construction Law: Contracts, Disputes and Resolutions – A Systemic Guide
    Event | Dearborn, MI | | | Presenter
  • Construction Contracts and Cost Issues
    Event | Detroit, MI | Fall 1993 | | Presenter
  • Subcontractor Involvement in Partnering Agreements
    Event | Detroit, MI | Fall 1993 | | Presenter
  • The Right Contract for the Application
    Event | Pontiac, MI | | | Presenter
  • Partnering Agreements: Legal Aspects of Partnering
    Event | East Lansing, MI | | | Presenter
  • Residential Construction Contracts and Warranties
    Event | Grand Rapids and Auburn Hills, MI | | | Presenter
  • Construction Contract Cost Issues
    Event | Detroit, MI | Fall 1992 | | Presenter
  • Dealing with the Troubled Subcontractor
    Event | Detroit, MI | | | Presenter
  • Michigan Construction Law: What Do You Do When…
    Event | Southfield, MI | | | Presenter
  • Controlling Costs on Construction Contracts: Addressing the Concerns of the Owner
    Event | Chicago, IL | | Presenter
  • How Does the Law View Construction Management?
    Event | Lansing, MI | May 18, 1989 | | Presenter
  • In-house seminar on construction contracts and administration of construction contracts by the project owner
    Event | Bloomfield Hills, MI | November 1989 | | Presenter
  • In-house seminar on subcontract terms and conditions and administration of subcontracts
    Event | Detroit, MI | Fall 1988 | | Presenter
  • Construction Contracts and Contract Administration
    Event | Providence, RI | March 1988 | | Presenter
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