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Brian H. Holt

Troy Resident Director




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

Brian represented a regional developer who wanted to acquire a parcel of land that was held by more than 20 separate co-owners. The parcel had complex title issues stretching back over 40 years involving multiple generations of owners. Brian's client was concerned that the title issues were too great to overcome and that the transaction might have to be abandoned. Through extensive research, persuasive negotiation and meticulous attention to detail, Brian was able to devise and execute a plan to resolve the issues and guide the transaction to completion.

Complex commercial real estate and development transactions including construction of office, retail and industrial projects, acquisition of vacant and improved land; condominium development; entity formation; real estate financing including "securitized loans" and commercial leasing.


Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law 2013-present

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

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, Construction Law Committee, 2008-present

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter, 2012 Leadership Class

Leadership Oakland XVI, Graduate, Class of 2006


"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