Mitchell Meisner is an accomplished real estate attorney who counsels clients in various aspects of real estate development and finance. He possesses a wealth of knowledge on tax increment financing, New Markets Tax Credit, and other credit assisted financing, as well as on real estate financing legal opinions.

  • Represents both U.S. and international clients, lenders, and borrowers as local counsel in large project and multi-state real estate financing
  • Advises clients benefiting from federal, state, and local development incentive programs
  • Represents private businesses in public/private contract and development relationships with state and local entities and has represented several municipalities' Tax Increment Finance Authorities and Downtown Development Authorities in similar arrangements with private businesses
  • Possesses experience in hotel and vacation industry acquisitions, financing, and workout transactions, including major hotel financing challenges and acquisition, financing, and disposition of timeshare and fractional interest properties
  • Counsels clients in development of both urban and rural projects using New Markets Tax Credits, historic tax credits, and low-income housing tax-credit-assisted affordable housing



Representative Matters

  • Counseled on high-rise residential condominium development projects on Chicago's lakefront
  • Advised shopping center owners and developers on properties located in Michigan, California, and Virginia
  • Counseled clients on industrial developments throughout the U.S.
  • Advised on office, residential, and retail developments and municipal redevelopment projects in Southeastern Michigan and downtown Detroit
  • Represented a major automobile manufacturer in connection with significant office and plant facility acquisitions and development projects in downtown Detroit, other parts of Michigan and numerous other states, which included creative conversion of major office buildings to governmental uses
  • Represented an international paper manufacturing company in using New Markets Tax Credits and various state incentive programs for a biomass-based alternative energy plant
  • Acted as the lender's Michigan project financing counsel for Detroit's new major league baseball park development
  • Advised several long-term healthcare and skilled nursing home facility operating companies in connection with acquisition, leasing, financing, and related matters and represented a major residential developer in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Counseled clients regarding wind energy facility development
  • Counseled clients in bankruptcy disposition of multiple timeshare resort properties
  • Represented both debtors and creditors in the disposition of extensive real and personal property assets in bankruptcy through direct sales and through creation of liquidating trusts
  • Advised a major, publicly traded automobile manufacturer on tax-increment bond financing issues

Academic Appointments

  • Michigan State University, International Relations, Assistant Professor
  • University of California – Santa Cruz, Political Science and International Relations, Assistant Professor
  • Western Washington State University, Political Science, Instructor
  • Iowa State University, Political Science, Instructor






  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Real Estate Law, 2010-2024
      • Land Use and Zoning Law, 2023-2024
  • Law Bulletin Media
    • Leading Lawyers, International Business & Trade Law, 2017, 2023-2024
    • Leading Lawyers, Real Estate Law: Associations & Condominiums, 2017, 2023-2024
    • Leading Lawyers, Real Estate Law: Commercial, 2017, 2023-2024
    • Leading Lawyers, Real Estate Law: Tax, 2017, 2023-2024
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2013-2017, 2022
  • Ksenia Kapranova Award for judging Russian National Rounds since 2009, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2018
  • Special recognition for continuing service as a judge, Canadian National Rounds, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • International Law Section
    • Real Property Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
      • International Investment in Real Estate Committee, Co-Chair
  • Michigan Community Resources
    • Legal Team on Limiting Post-Foreclosure Vacancies, Chair
      • Developed model Retaining Occupancy on Foreclosure (ROOF) Agreement
    • Planning Detroit Legal Team, Co-chair
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
    • Participates as a judge in the national and international competitions, including in the U.S., the U.K., Russia, China, and Canada
  • City of Huntington Woods
    • Zoning Board of Appeals, Chair
  • Temple Emanu-El (Oak Park, Michigan)
    • President, 2011-2013

News & Insights


  • Mitchell R. Meisner profiled in the Detroit Legal News article “International man of moot court” regarding his participation as a judge in Jessup International Law Moot Court competitions
    Media | Also profiled in Oakland County Legal News, Macomb County Legal News and Ingham County Legal News |
  • Mitchell R. Meisner quoted in “Pro Bono 2010: Early Intervention” featured in AmLaw Daily
    Media |
  • Mitchell R. Meisner quoted in The Detroit News article "Foreclosure rights often unknown to Michigan renters"
    Media |



  • Real Estate Ownership: Michigan
    Publication | Practical Law Company |
  • Foreign Investment in Real Estate: Michigan
    Publication | Practical Law Company |
  • Vacant Property Legal Manual
    Publication | Community Legal Resources |
  • Federal and Michigan Law Changes Affecting Private Purpose Tax Exempt Financing, Tax Increment Financing and Special Assessments
    Publication | Michigan Real Property Review | Winter 1987
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