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Nyal D. Deems Partner

Nyal Deems Real Estate Law
Grand Rapids
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Sherrill Helms, 616/336-6847

Real Estate Law Experience

Nyal is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group. He focuses his practice on conveyance and lease transactions, land use approvals for various development projects including shopping centers, resorts, residential subdivisions, marinas and commercial projects, construction and permanent lending, on behalf of lenders and borrowers and real estate investment trusts. He has unique municipal experience having served as a member of the East Grand Rapids City Commission and Chairperson of its Planning Commission, Mayor of East Grand Rapids, and Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Council. Nyal served as a supply officer in the United States Navy. He was recently named Grand Rapids Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by U.S. News - Best Lawyers.


  • A Practical Guide to Winning Land Use Approvals and Permits, co-author, (1 Volume, Matthew Bender, 1989)
  • Real Estate Development of Business, Commercial, Industrial and Major Residential Properties, co-author, (4 Volumes, Matthew Bender, 1988)
  • Michigan Real Estate Sales Transactions and Michigan Real Estate Practice & Forms, author; Michigan Business Formbook and Michigan Basic Practice Handbook, contributing author, (University of Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education)
  • "Land Use: Through the Maze", co-author, (Grand Rapids Business Journal,1988)
  • "New Reporting Requirements for Sales or Exchanges of Real Estate Described in Recent Regulations", co-author, (Taxation for Lawyers, Warren, Gorham & Lamont, Inc., 1987)
  • "Michigan Water Law: A General Review", author, (Michigan Bar Journal, 1987)
  • "Another Acronym Comes of Age, or Will New FIRPTA Withholding Requirements Freeze Foreign Investment in the U.S.?", co-author, (Taxes - The Tax Magazine, Commerce Clearing House, 1985)


  • University of Georgia School of Law
    Athens, Georgia
    J.D., with honors, 1976
    Notes Editor and Summer Editor (1975), Georgia Law Review
  • Miami University
    Oxford, Ohio
    B.A., with honors, 1969


  • Best Lawyers in America® since 1991
  • Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2011
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leader in the field of Real Estate, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Real Estate Attorneys
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys (Past President)
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan: Real Property Section (Past Chair)
  • Georgia Bar Association
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