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Brian H. Holt

Real Estate Group Leader




University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1999

Hamilton College, B.A., 1996

Bar Admissions

Brian Holt has an extensive background in complex commercial real estate, construction and property development transactions. From office construction to retail and industrial projects, from land acquisition to condominium development, Brian knows all the ropes in the real estate industry. He also expertly handles all areas related to real estate financing, including securitized loans, as well as commercial leasing, including complex sale-leaseback and build-to-suit transactions.

Brian's practice area also encompasses the negotiation of construction, architectural, design/build contracts and subcontracts on behalf of owners, contractors and design professionals. He counsels his clients on construction risk issues and plans for dispute resolution.

Brian helps his clients manage multiple complex transactions simultaneously. He assists clients as they concurrently pursue the acquisition of real property or assets, the lease of small office space or more than 100,000-square-foot industrial facilities, as well as multifaceted design and construction projects. Brian's dedication, efficiency and organization ensure that each of his clients' numerous projects is expertly handled.

Representative Matters


Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2013-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2015-present, Rising Star, 2010-2013

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Real Estate Law & Litigation, 2020-present

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate, Rising Star, 2011-12

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate, & Trust Law Section

State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section, Co-Chair, Summer Conference, 2016-2017

State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section, Co-Chair, Construction Law Committee, 2008-2016

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter, 2012 Leadership Class

Leadership Oakland XVI, Graduate, Class of 2006


"Relating to Your Tenants Through Crisis," Urban Land Institute Michigan webinar, April 27, 2020

"Only Fools Rush In: The Fundamentals of Real Estate Due Diligence," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March 2010

"Top Ten Construction Risk Management Issues," Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, July 2006


"When Decommissioning Makes Sense," Hot Points, Summer 2006

"Is this deal for real? Synthetic Leases Subject to Scrutiny," Hot Points, Spring 2003

"Construction Subcontracts: Shifting the Risk of Non Payment Through "Pay If Paid" Clauses," Michigan Real Property Review, Spring 2003