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Jonathan W. Anderson Partner

Jon Anderson Real Estate Lawyer
Office
Grand Rapids
Phone
616/336-6709
Fax
616/336-7000
Email
jwanderson@varnumlaw.com
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Assistant
Laura Visser, 616/336-6739

Real Estate Experience

Jon is a partner in the real estate group. His practice is transaction-oriented, assisting clients in real estate purchases, sales, exchanges, leasing, financing and development matters. He represents businesses, institutions, developers, and investors in their real estate needs. In addition to Jon’s current community commitments, he has been involved in a variety of community organizations over the years including the State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Campaign, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids, Habitat for Humanity, and the Circle Theater.

Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School
    Notre Dame, Indiana
    J.D., cum laude, 1982
    Member and Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
  • Calvin College
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    B.A., 1979

Professional Affiliations

  • Urban Land Institute
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of West Michigan
  • Commercial Alliance of Realtors
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Real Property Section, Founding Member and  Chairman, 1995 - 1996
  • State Bar of Michigan Real Property Section, Commercial Leasing Committee, Co-chair, 2007 - 2013; member, Condominium Committee

Recognitions

  • Named in Michigan Super Lawyers®
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 2007
  • Selected as one of the top ten area lawyers by Grand Rapids Magazine
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Publications and Presentations

  • "Shopping Center Leasing: What Every Real Estate Professional Needs to Know," International Council of Shopping Centers, Novi, Michigan (February 2017)
  • "Anatomy of a Shopping Center Lease:  Non-economic Provisions Boosting the Bottom Line," Panel Moderator, International Council of Shopping Centers, Novi, Michigan (February 2015)
  • "A Guide to Retail Development: A Checklist for Outlots, In-Fill and More," Panel Moderator, International Council of Shopping Centers, Novi, Michigan (February 2014)
  • "Overcoming Hurdles in 'Closing the Deal': How a Broker Can Facilitate a Signed Lease, a Rent-Paying Tenant, and a Well-Earned Commission," International Council of Shopping Centers, Novi, Michigan (February 2012)
  • "Leasing Fundamentals," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Plymouth, Michigan (May 2011)
  • "Issues in Re-tenanting Surplus Retail Space," International Council of Shopping Centers, Novi, Michigan (January 2011)
  • "Legal Perspectives on Leasing in Troubled Times," International Council of Shopping Centers West Michigan Alliance, Grand Rapids, Michigan (March 2010)
  • "Key Shopping Center Leases – It's a Whole New World," Panel Moderator, International Council of Shopping Centers, Novi, Michigan (January 2010)

Community Involvement

  • Cherry Street Health Services, Treasurer, 1997; Board Member, 1995 - 1998; Heart of the City Health Center Campaign Cabinet, 2010, 2014
  • Community Circle Theater, Board Member, 2005 - 2007
  • Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids, President, 1993; Board Member, 1988 - 1994
  • Habitat for Humanity of Grand Rapids, President, 1990 - 1991; Board Member, 1988 - 1992
  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Capital Campaign, Finance Team, 2010
  • Legal Aid of Western Michigan, President, 199; Board Member, 1998 - 2001
  • The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, member, 2013 - 2015
  • State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Capital Campaign, Regional Chair, 2004 - 2007
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