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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 on the Real Estate Team. 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. 

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

  • 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
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • State Bar of Michigan: Real Property Section, Commercial Leasing Committee, co-chair, 2007 - 2013; member, Condominium Committee
  • Urban Land Institute

Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® since 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Who's Who in American Law (7th and later editions)

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
  • Legal Aid of Western Michigan, president, 1999; Board member, 1998 - 2001
  • Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, member, 2013 - 2015
  • State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Capital Campaign, regional chair, 2004 - 2007
  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Capital Campaign, Finance Team, 2010
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