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Real Estate Attorney

Pete focuses on real estate, finance and municipal matters. His practice is transaction oriented, working with businesses, institutions, developers, and investors in real estate purchases, sales, leasing and financing projects, including shopping centers and other commercial developments. He also represents lenders in commercial loan transactions.

For more information, please contact Pete Schmidt at 616/336-6411 or paschmidt@varnumlaw.com

Experience

Experience

Represented Entente Spirits (Round Barn Winery, Free Run Cellars and Round Barn Public House) in acquisition of Tabor Hill Winery, including 25 acres of vineyards, a restaurant and three retail locations. Drafted purchase agreement and coordinated filings with Liquor Control Commission.

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.

Represented client in $20 million acquisition of companies that own and operate multi-family housing projects in south Florida, and advised on company and real estate due diligence and financing-related matters.

Represented client in acquisition of anchor unit in newly-formed condominium project.  Negotiated purchase agreement, master deed and bylaws; managed real estate due diligence and closing matters.

Managed the transfer of 175 parcels of real estate in connection with a client restructuring.

Represented shopping center developers and negotiated real estate leases with respect to various major national retailers and franchisee tenants.

Represented owners in negotiating design and construction contracts for build projects ranging from $2 million to $10 million.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2019

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2017

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Building Owners and Managers Association

International Council of Shopping Centers

Michigan Economic Developers Association

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Wisconsin

Community Involvement

Land Conservancy of West Michigan, past Board member

West Michigan Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, past Board member

News & Publications

Publications

Education

University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, Wisconsin
J.D., cum laude, 2007

Albion College
Albion, Michigan
B.A., English, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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