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Real Estate Attorney

Nyal is a partner and member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Team. 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 also served as a supply officer in the United States Navy.

Chambers USA, which ranks top lawyers and law firms, notes that Nyal "is a key member of the real estate department, maintaining well-established relationships with several major clients." Interviewees further note "his depth of regulatory experience" including a period serving as chair of East Grand Rapids Planning Commission.

For more information, please contact Nyal Deems at 616/336-6712 or



Condominium legal issues

Construction contracts and disputes

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, real estate investment trusts

Real estate financing, transactions and leases

Waterfront development and riparian law issues

Wetlands and other environmental issues regarding development


Honors & Recognitions

American College of Mortgage Attorneys, past president

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America® since 1991

Best Lawyers in America®, Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate Law, 2011

Chambers USA©, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Senior Statesman in the field of Real Estate

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers: Land Use and Zoning; Real Estate Law; 2019 and 2020

Leading Lawyers: Land Use, Zoning  Condemnation Law; Real Estate Law - Commercial; Real Estate Law - Finance

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2011

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Georgia Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan: Real Property Section, past chair

News & Publications



Lecturer and moderator for seminars sponsored by International Conference of Shopping Centers, Michigan ICLE, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Association of Realtors, Professional Education Systems, Inc., International Rights of Way Association, Builders Exchange, Western Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association, Construction Specifications Institute, Michigan State University, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Municipal League, and public sector consultants.


Public Service

Public Service

East Grand Rapids, mayor, 1985 - 1995

East Grand Rapids City Commission, 1983 - 1995

East Grand Rapids Planning Commission, 1980 - 1985; chair, 1981 -1985

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, chair, 1989 - 1995

United States Navy, 1969 - 1976


University of Georgia School of Law
Athens, Georgia
J.D., with honors, 1976
Georgia Law Review, Notes Editor and Summer Editor, 1975
Legal Research Instructor

Miami University
Oxford, Ohio
B.A., with honors 1969

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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