George D. Mercer, Chair of the Construction Law and Real Estate Sections

Experience

Mr. Mercer concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law and mortgage lending. He has closed numerous commercial real estate acquisitions, sales and mortgage loans and has assisted clients in the acquisition of vacant land. He counsels clients in all phases of project development, including re-zoning, sub-dividing, financing, site condominiums, and construction.

George has worked with owners, lessors and lenders managing distressed commercial properties, and managed workouts and foreclosures of operating properties. He has served as Michigan counsel for the Resolution Trust Corporation in foreclosing and reselling the landmark Pontchartrain Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. George also served as buyer’s counsel for the acquisition and financing of the American Center in Southfield, Michigan. He has coordinated and closed various sophisticated real estate financing transactions involving economic development bonds, tax abatements, taxable notes, securitized loans, master leases and ground leases.

Mr. Mercer has an “AV” Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability.

Practice Areas

  • Banking and Finance
  • Condominium Development
  • Construction
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Municipal
  • Real Estate

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction
  • Wayne State University, J.D., cum laude

Admitted to Practice

  • Michigan 1974