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Ronald E. Hodess

Real Estate Group Leader




Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1985

University of Michigan, B.B.A. 1982

Bar Admissions

Ron Hodess brings practical expertise to legal transactions involving large-scale real estate and construction projects. His track record also includes representing corporations on hundreds of millions of dollars worth of economic development incentives for various projects throughout the NAFTA region.

Ron’s commercial real estate expertise includes real estate finance, construction law, commercial leasing and all aspects of commercial development. He also handles procurement, negotiation and consulting on state and local economic development incentives and tax abatements. For the construction industry, his expertise includes construction law, construction risk management, construction contracts, architect agreements, construction claims and liens, bonding, surety law, insurance issues and bidding issues.

Ron has worked on more than $12 billion worth of real estate and construction projects throughout the U.S.

Representative Matters

Ron is recognized in Chambers USA, which states he "leads the group and often advises on complicated multi-state, multi-million dollar development and construction projects where clients appreciate his 'excellent attention to details.'"

Ron and his team helped a client save more than $49 million in state, county and local tax incentives in a case he considers particularly rewarding because it allowed the client to achieve its goals while providing positive economic impacts to the community.


Named to "Leaders in the Law - Class of 2013" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, March 2013

Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Real Estate, 2005-present

Best Lawyers in America, Construction, Real Estate Law 2006-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, Real Estate 2006-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Real Estate 2011-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; Construction Law Forum

State Bar of Michigan, past Chair, Special Committee on Construction Law; Real Property Law Section

Oakland County Bar Association, Real Estate Section

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

The Friendship Circle, Executive Committee; Board of Directors

Autism Alliance of Michigan, Executive Committee, Board of Directors

Autism Society of America, Oakland County Chapter, past Co-chair, Annual Fundraiser

JARC (Jewish Association for Residential Care), past Board of Directors

Leadership Oakland IV, Oakland County, Michigan

Jewish Community Council, past Member Board of Directors

Autism Insurance in Michigan (AIM), Co-Leader


"Foreign Direct Investment in U.S.," Presentation at the U.S. Embassy, Madrid, Spain, June 2013

"Real Estate Law," (Guest Lecturer), Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, September 2009

Michigan Bankers' Association Seminar on Financing Urban Redevelopment, (Panel member), April 1993

"Lender Environmental Liability: EPA Rules Create New Guidelines for Secured Lenders," Risk Management Association, August 1992


"Design-Build Construction Contracts," Hot Points, Fall 2001

"Real Estate Development Incentives," Hot Points, Summer 2001

"New Land Development Law," Hot Points Summer 1997

"Third Party Legal Opinions: The Next Generation," (Co-author), Michigan Real Property Review, Fall 1992

"Plain Language in Title Insurance Policies," Michigan Bar Journal, February 1990

"Revisions to the ALTA Title Insurance Policy Forms," Michigan Bar Journal, Spring 1988