Jon is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice 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.
Represented Detroit Public Schools on a sale to Crown Castle of approximately 24 cell tower leases and future leasing rights, involving development of a Request for Proposals and bidder's list and negotiation of a Master Prepaid Easement to convey the leases and future lease rights via multiple closings.
Representation of developers of office buildings, medical office buildings, industrial facilities, shopping centers, business condominiums, and other commercial facilities.
Representation of investors in acquisition, disposition and financing of investment properties (apartment complexes, office buildings, retail facilities).
Representation of residential developers, including traditional condominiums and site condominiums.
Representation of businesses in leasing, acquisition, disposition, and financing of corporate, commercial and industrial real estate.
Representation of institutions in real estate transactions.
Counsel and advise clients with regard to land use issues, environmental issues, construction issues, corporate issues, tax issues and estate planning issues in relation to real estate matters.
Honors & Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2007 - present
Leading Lawyers: Real Estate Law - Commercial; Real Estate Law - Finance
Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Michigan State Bar Foundation, fellow
Who’s Who in American Law, 7th and subsequent editions
Building Owners and Managers Association
Commercial Alliance of Realtors
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Real Property Section
International Council of Shopping Centers
State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Section, Commercial Leasing Committee, co-chair, 2007 - 2013; Condominium Committee, member
Urban Land Institute
Cherry Street Health Services: treasurer, 1997; Board member, 1995 - 1998; Heart of the City Health Center Campaign, 2010 - present
Community Circle Theater, Board member, 2005 - 2007
Community Rebuilders, Housing First, Board member, 2018 - present
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
News & Publications
- August 27, 2018
- May 14, 2018
- August 16, 2017
- August 26, 2016
- November 18, 2015
- August 20, 2015
- September 3, 2014
- August 27, 2014
- September 6, 2013
- August 15, 2013
- November 26, 2012
- November 12, 2012
- September 24, 2012
- August 31, 2011
- August 16, 2010
- August 24, 2009
"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)
"Anatomy of a Shopping Center Lease: Exclusive Use Clauses," International Council of Shopping Centers, Novi, Michigan (April 2009)
"Land Contracts and Seller Financing in the Current Economy," Commercial Alliance of Realtors, Grand Rapids, Michigan (March 2009)
"Reviewing an Office Lease from a Tenant's Perspective," Grand Rapids Bar Association (May 1998)
University of Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame, Indiana
J.D., cum laude, 1982
Notre Dame Law Review, Member and Editor
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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