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Dickinson Wright PLLC

Real Estate

7 ranked lawyersBand 1MichiganUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Active, well-resourced practice advising a range of prominent clients, including developers, banks and renewable energy providers. Draws on the strength of its national office network to offer comprehensive advice on a wide range of matters including acquisitions, zoning, finance and portfolio management. Acts for numerous clients with significant national real estate portfolios.


A client reports: "They consistently communicate with us about our needs and adjust their services to meet those needs."

"They have a wide range of experience and are dedicated and professional," a client adds.

A source says: "They're outstanding; they have a more broad-based practice."

Work highlights

Acted for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services on documenting and closing a $75 million acquisition loan secured by real estate, among other matters.

Notable practitioners

James Candler is noted for his decades of experience advising on leasing transactions, in addition to real estate sales and financing.
"He has a very broad base of knowledge and has provided insightful, impactful services. He goes above the norm to be available to respond to urgent matters in a time-sensitive manner."

John Cameron is well known for his wide-ranging insight into real estate and construction law. He has impressive knowledge of financing issues.
"His balance of knowledge and representation of his client's wishes creates an excellent blend to drive positive and thorough outcomes for his clients." "He is a real estate guru."

Katheryne Zelenock chairs the real estate finance practice. Her work sees her represent clients ranging from some of the largest commercial lenders in the country to a number of Michigan-based financial institutions.
"She is known for her expertise and is a very good lawyer." "She is one of the best technicians." "She is very capable."

Leslee Lewis is especially noted for her handling of real estate matters in the energy sector.
"She provides excellent counsel in the best practice and legal matters. She is fair and balanced in her approach to risk. Her approach ensures our success through the respect and trust that she earns from those with whom we are negotiating."

Monica Labe has a broad range of impressive experience in real estate matters including permitting, leasing, acquisitions and zoning matters. Her client list includes major lenders and developers, as well as private equity houses and various other real estate investors.
"She is well known and highly skilled." "She is very capable lawyer and very well regarded." "She is solid, smart and capable."

Stephen Dawson is a considerable authority on real estate matters in Michigan, having written and lectured widely on the subject. He continues to provide the team with guidance on a wide variety of financings and acquisitions.
"He is a senior statesman. He is a very able lawyer and has a lot of experience." "He is a very fine lawyer."

Timothy Stoepker achieves recognition for his particular expertise in zoning and land use. His client base includes renewable energy providers.

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Dickinson Wright's real estate practice is sophisticated and varied. More than 60 lawyers are actively involved in real estate matters, regularly representing a wide variety of clients in all aspects of real estate investment and development. Our team understands that deals don't happen in a vacuum: working closely with our lawyers in environmental, corporate, insurance, tax, litigation and banking law, we offer our clients strategic and comprehensive advice with full appreciation of the business context and potential risks of their real estate transactions.

Many of our clients have portfolios that span North America, and they rely on our significant experience in nearly every U.S. state and Canadian province to help them maximize value and increase management efficiency. With offices in Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, Florida, Illinois Kentucky, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Ontario, we serve clients wherever they need us.

Our team offers the sophistication and presence to help every client achieve their objectives. We represent a broad range of entities - including developers, contractors, lenders, landlord, corporations, nonprofits, REITs, banks, and government entities - involved in all aspects of real estate.


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Dickinson Wright PLLC


500 Woodward Avenue

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MI 48226-3425

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Real Estate

James Candler
Senior Statespeople
John G. Cameron, Jr.
Band 2
Katheryne L Zelenock
Band 3
Leslee Lewis
Band 3
Monica Labe
Band 2
Stephen E Dawson
Senior Statespeople

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