Paul A. Thursam

Business Law & Commercial Transactions

Curriculum vitae

EXPERIENCE

Mr. Paul Thursam is a shareholder in the firm’s Business Practice Group, and Real Estate Practice Group. Mr. Thursam’s legal experience is broad and includes all matters of real estate financing and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, leases, business disputes, conveyancing, and banking transactions. Mr. Thursam’s clients are typically landlords, small business owners, banks, and borrowers.

Since beginning his career in 2008, Mr. Thursam has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by dBusiness magazine for 2012-2016, and 2017, and as a SuperLawyer “Rising Star” for 2012-2018. In 2014, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selected Mr. Thursam as an “Up and Coming Lawyer.” He was also selected for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s “Leadership Detroit” program and Crain’s Leadership Academy. He serves on the Board of Review for Grosse Pointe Shores; on the Board of Directors for the Wayne State Law School Alumni Association; and he is a past President of the Italian American Bar Association for Michigan. Mr. Thursam co-chaired two symposiums at U of D Mercy Law School and is published in the Michigan Real Property Law Section Journal. Mr. Thursam is “AV” Rated by Martindale Hubbell (4.9/5.0).

The firm’s summer clerk program is managed primarily by Mr. Thursam, who conducts interviews and makes recommendations to the firm’s hiring committee. Law students are encouraged to contact Mr. Thursam directly for more information.

Mr. Thursam is a graduate of the Ross School of Business, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate, he was awarded numerous Class and University Honors, including the William J. Branstrom Prize for academics. Later, he received his Juris Doctor from Wayne State Law School, where he was Assistant Editor of the Wayne Law Review.

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EXPERIENCE

Mr. Paul Thursam is a shareholder in the firm’s Business Practice Group, and Real Estate Practice Group. Mr. Thursam’s legal experience is broad and includes all matters of real estate financing and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, leases, business disputes, conveyancing, and banking transactions. Mr. Thursam’s clients are typically landlords, small business owners, banks, and borrowers.

Since beginning his career in 2008, Mr. Thursam has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by dBusiness magazine for 2012-2016, and 2017, and as a SuperLawyer “Rising Star” for 2012-2018. In 2014, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selected Mr. Thursam as an “Up and Coming Lawyer.” He was also selected for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s “Leadership Detroit” program and Crain’s Leadership Academy. He serves on the Board of Review for Grosse Pointe Shores; on the Board of Directors for the Wayne State Law School Alumni Association; and he is a past President of the Italian American Bar Association for Michigan. Mr. Thursam co-chaired two symposiums at U of D Mercy Law School and is published in the Michigan Real Property Law Section Journal. Mr. Thursam is “AV” Rated by Martindale Hubbell (4.9/5.0).

The firm’s summer clerk program is managed primarily by Mr. Thursam, who conducts interviews and makes recommendations to the firm’s hiring committee. Law students are encouraged to contact Mr. Thursam directly for more information.

Mr. Thursam is a graduate of the Ross School of Business, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate, he was awarded numerous Class and University Honors, including the William J. Branstrom Prize for academics. Later, he received his Juris Doctor from Wayne State Law School, where he was Assistant Editor of the Wayne Law Review.

Practice Areas

•  Business Law & Commercial Transactions
• 
Real Estate
•  Mergers & Acquisitions
•  Banking and Finance
•  Health Care & Medical Malpractice Defense

EDUCATION

•  University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, B.B.A., with distinction
•  Wayne State Law School, J.D.

Admitted to Practice

•  Michigan: 2008

Leadership

•  Co-Chair: Urban Farming Symposium, sponsored by UDM Law School (2012)
•  2011 Chairman, Troy Chamber of Commerce Business Referral Group IV
•  Serves on the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores Board of Review
•  Co-Chair: Urban Farming Symposium, sponsored by UDM Law School (2011)
•  Past President, Italian American Bar Association
•  Board of Directors, Wayne State University Law School Alumni Association

Memberships

•  State Bar of Michigan
•  Federal Bar Association
•  American Bar Association
•  Detroit Economic Club
•  Italian American Bar Association

Recent Projects

December 2018:

  • Corporate start-up – Trucking/logistics company; corporate formation; Buy-Sell Agreement
  • Represent contractor in negotiating Independent Contractor Agreement
  • Assist minority shareholder in Exchange transaction (repositioning/restructuring of parent company in contemplation of sale)
  • Represent seller in sale of business (stock; $9M)

November 2018:

  • Represent landlord in negotiation of new lease with anchor tenant (government entity tenant)
  • Represent seller in sale of business (asset deal; promotional sportswear)
  • Represent purchaser in acquisition of competing business (physical therapy)
  • Dissolution assignment – wind down business, work with remaining creditors, perform final liquidation

October 2018:

  • Opinion letter – Local counsel in construction lending matter
  • Represent purchaser in acquisition of large printing business and real estate ($3M)
  • Represent purchaser – Commercial real estate; business start-up; Buy Sell Agreement
  • Represent borrower in obtaining construction loan for new company headquarters (Flagstar)

September 2018:

  • Represent physician in dispute with landlord (downtown Birmingham)
  • Advise physician on retirement prospect, and issues in connection with same
  • Loan defeasance project (condominiums)
  • Corporate start up – Business to solicit, acquire, and deploy investment funds into real estate ventures

August 2018:

  • Advise real property “flipper” on general corporate and organizational matters
  • Advise city on real estate matters (general development and administrative)
  • Work with client on business dispute related to title/deed (post-closing real estate sale)
  • Represent seller in sale of office/manufacturing facility in Troy, MI

July 2018:

  • Land contract transaction (property in mid-Michigan)
  • Represent seller in sale of apartment complex (200+ units)
  • Represent new member of LLC in acquiring 20% of custom jersey company
  • Represent insurance company owners in retirement of founding partner, and restructuring of remaining ownership

June 2018:

  • Represent seller in sale of business (sale of stock; $6M)
  • Real estate refinance project (private lender)
  • Represent construction general contractor in updating form documents
  • Represent condo owner (New York central park) in lease matter

May 2018:

  • Real estate refinancing project (PNC)
  • Represent Mayor’s office in negotiating lease of school facility with purchase option
  • Sale of business – Negotiation of NDAs for potential buyers of regional foods company
  • Advise client in potential sale of business to competitor (marketing)

April 2018:

  • Phantom equity assignment – represent phantom equity holder
  • Acquisition of small business (needlepoint shop)
  • Business planning – represent children in acquisition of business from parents
  • Represent seller in sale of building (light manufacturing)

March 2018:

  • Represent officer in negotiation of employment agreement
  • Represent real estate holding company in restructuring ownership of various real estate assets
  • Represent private lender in loan to business
  • Dual representation – private loan; collateral arrangements

February 2018:

  • Represent retired professional athlete in managing certain real estate ventures
  • Represent landlord in negotiating with tenant in sublease matter (medical office)
  • Business planning – transition of business from founders to children (regional construction firm)
  • Corporate dissolution – represent client in winding down, paying creditors, and dissolving corporation

January 2018:

  • Assist client in buyout of 50% member of limited liability company
  • Represent purchaser in acquisition of business (stock transaction)
  • Represent client in administration of estate ($5 million)
  • Represent borrower in obtaining line of credit from Comerica Bank

December 2017:

  • Represent Buyer in acquiring 75% stake in SEO/marketing company
  • Advise client in possible acquisition of partner’s interest in real estate LLC
  • Business start-up (residential real estate and management company)
  • Business planning – transition of business from founders to children

November 2017:

  • Negotiate employment agreement for psychologist (Birmingham, MI practice)
  • Represent borrower in renegotiation of loans with Comerica Bank ($13MM)
  • Represent seller in sale of business to regional buyer (tooling industry; $35+MM)
  • Represent Seller in sale of vacant land (Clarkston)

October 2017:

  • Create exit strategy for retiring physician (operations and real estate)
  • Represent franchisee in lease negotiations with landlord
  • Represent seller in intellectual property sale transaction
  • Represent buyer in purchase of medical office building (8,000 SF)

September 2017:

  • Assist client with purchase of small medical office building
  • Advise CEO on contract negotiations with employer (stock options)
  • Assist client with purchase of cottage on land contract
  • Advise client on developing inventory of property, and creating plan for transferring property to trusts

August 2017:

  • Assist client in sale of business to children (business and real estate)
  • Represent client in licensing of parking lot to adjoining business
  • Represent borrower in refinancing of aircraft ($1.75M, Bank of the Ozarks)
  • Assist client with sale of residential property on land contract

July 2017:

  • Represent purchaser in acquiring controlling interest in e-marketing company
  • Represent seller in sale of business to regional buyer ($9.5M – oil & gas)
  • Represent buyer in purchase of commercial property, and development of condos
  • Represent seller in sale of business to regional buyer ($1.5M – insurance)

June 2017:

  • Reorganize family LLC and business to include 3 sons
  • Represent regional medical tenant in negotiation of 2 new office leases (Chicago area)
  • Represent condominium association in dispute with homeowners
  • Represent tenant in renewing existing lease with landlord

May 2017:

  • Assist owner of commercial property with defeasance transaction
  • Represent independent contractor in negotiating consulting agreement
  • Represent company in loan to officer
  • Assist client with application of appeal to health insurance company

April 2017:

  • Assist client landlord in renting apartment overlooking Central Park in NYC
  • Represent private lender in loan to downtown Detroit startup company
  • Represent client in business startup venture (steel forming and cutting)
  • Represent client in new food venture (food truck)

March 2017:

  • Represent borrower in obtaining line of credit from Grow Michigan, LLC
  • Represent buyer in purchase of residential property
  • Advise business owner (construction industry) on amendments to form general contracting agreement
  • Represent specialty grocer in renewal of lease with landlord

February 2017:

  • Represent borrower in obtaining line of credit from Comerica Bank
  • Represent borrower in refinancing loan obligations to take out partner
  • Work with family foundation to draft standard documentation for programming
  • Represent mobile home park owner in dispute with city and property manager

January 2017:

  • Conversion of partnership to LLC; sale of real estate
  • Represent purchaser in acquisition of real estate (industrial)
  • Advise general contractor on agreement with owner
  • Sale of business (technology sector) to regional private equity group

December 2016:

  • Begin work with large bio-medical company in preparation for sale of business
  • Advise client on ownership structure of several large land tracts in Clare County, Michigan
  • Assist client in buyout of partner in real property venture
  • Advise general contractor in dispute with owner ($5MM project)

November 2016:

  • Represent purchaser in acquisition of light industrial property in Utica
  • Assist client in assembling ownership team and corporate structure for new real property venture
  • Advise large city with respect to certain real property and possible development
  • Represent seller in sale of family cottage

October 2016:

  • Work with client to position company for sale (technology sector)
  • Restructuring of privately owned real property to decrease liability concerns
  • Advise client on possible condominium project near Rochester Hills
  • Act as local counsel for large refinance ($100M+) and prepare opinion letters

September 2016:

  • Represent client in purchase of large residence in Bloomfield Hills
  • Represent owner of parking facility in downtown Detroit with lease renegotiation
  • Represent client in dispute with business broker
  • Sale of business (healthcare sector) to large, regional private equity group

August 2016:

  • Startup project for new client (bulk purchase and sale of residential property)
  • Represent tenant in lease for retail space (downtown Birmingham)
  • Represent LLC in loan transaction with member
  • Work with longstanding client on comprehensive updates to governing documents

July 2016:

  • Represent seller in sale of building, and subsequent 1031 exchange
  • Represent borrower in loan transaction with family member ($250,000.00)
  • Represent purchaser of commercial building in downtown Royal Oak
  • Work with multi-national client on updating minute books for all subsidiaries

June 2016:

  • Prepare general contractor’s agreement for large construction project
  • Represent landowner in negotiation of easement agreement
  • Represent landlord/owner in sale/lease-back transaction
  • Prepare disclosure schedules and ancillary documents for sale of business transaction

May 2016:

  • Advise client on real estate matters in context of estate planning
  • Represent commercial borrower in loan transaction (Comerica)
  • Represent doctor group in acquisition of medical office building
  • Represent landlord in negotiating lease extension agreement

April 2016:

  • Represent homeowner in dispute with builder
  • Represent trustee in sale of trust assets (real property)
  • Advise borrower in refinance with bank (Fifth Third)
  • Advise bank on options with respect to defaulted loan

March 2016:

  • Negotiate and prepare lease amendment for large anchor tenant
  • Represent vendor in land contract sale (residential)
  • Represent buyer in purchase of medical office building
  • Assist client with business succession planning

February 2016:

  • Represent seller in sale of pizza franchise
  • Represent seller in IRS section 1031 exchange
  • Represent tenant in dispute with landlord (medical office)
  • Advise large corporation on use of drones for commercial purposes

January 2016:

  • Represent buyer in purchase of commercial parcel (Auburn Hills)
  • Advise client on proposed loan documents (Wells Fargo)
  • Assist client with potential boundary dispute
  • Represent client in sale of small business (financial services)

December 2015:

  • Represent buyer in purchase of large residential home
  • Represent new member in negotiating admission agreement
  • Comprehensive update of corporate minute book for large corporation
  • Assist client with transfer of ownership of LLC membership interests to third party buyer

November 2015:

  • Represent tenant in lease negotiation (medical office building)
  • Prepare cross-indemnification agreement for medical group
  • Represent borrower in refinancing transaction with 5/3 Bank
  • Represent lender regarding forbearance agreement with borrower

October 2015:

  • Represent large medical billing company in dispute with customer (nonpayment)
  • Represent landlord in eviction action (nonpayment)
  • Draft Motion for partial Summary Disposition in business litigation case

September 2015:

  • Represent landlord in negotiation and drafting of office lease (anchor tenant)
  • Prepare purchase agreement and land contract for sale of premium residential home
  • Represent new member in admission to existing company

August 2015:

  • Prepare subcontracting agreements for large auto supplier
  • Negotiate and prepare medical office lease on behalf of landlord (premium hospital tenant)
  • Represent purchaser in sale of industrial building
  • Assist lender in Article 9 sale of personal property

July 2015:

  • Advise landlord in lease negotiation
  • Represent borrower in CMBS loan transaction
  • Prepare Motion for Summary Disposition on behalf of lender in dispute with borrower
  • Represent Trustee in administration of duties under Irrevocable Trust Agreement

June 2015:

  • Prepare Asset Purchase Agreement for sale of medical practice
  • Local Counsel: Prepare Opinion Letter in CMBS loan transaction (subject property located in Michigan)
  • Represent dairy farmer in various corporate matters
  • Represent automotive supplier in refinancing business and personal loans

May 2015:

  • Represent seller in sale of office building (Detroit)
  • Advise buyer in planning acquisition of office building (Ann Arbor)
  • Represent university in acquisition of medical office facility in Detroit

April 2015:

  • Act as Receiver’s counsel in court ordered receivership matter (restaurant)
  • Assist corporate client with dissolution and wind-up of corporation
  • Represent medical billing company in business dispute
  • Represent seller in sale of prominent medical office building

March 2015:

  • Represent seller in sale of business (insurance agency) to insurance carrier
  • Represent borrower in CMBS loan refinancing
  • Advise minority shareholder of rights in potential business divorce
  • Prepare confidentiality agreement on behalf of business owner in connection with sale of business
  • Represent landlord in dispute with tenant (destruction of rental property)

February 2015:

  • Assist nonprofit with zoning and use restriction issues for property in Florida
  • Conduct creditor’s examination on behalf of lender
  • Represent landlord in eviction lawsuit
  • Draft purchase agreement for vacant lot on behalf of developer

January 2015:

  • Represent borrower in CMBS loan refinancing
  • Reorganize LLC (redemption agreements and admission agreements)
  • Represent developer in establishing new condominium project
  • Collateralize loan (mortgage, pledge agreements, UCC)
  • Represent lender in lawsuit against borrowers based on nonpayment
  • Prepare amendment to master deed and replat

December 2014:

  • Assist bank client with exercising remedies set forth in loan documents
  • Represent seller in asset sale transaction (medical billing)
  • Represent home buyer in land contract transaction
  • Assist large tenant with obtaining letters of credit for two leases
  • Represent seller in sale of apartment complex

November 2014:

  • Organize new LLC on behalf of medical practice
  • Prepare several subleases on behalf of anchor tenant (medical office building)
  • Incorporate new condominium association and prepare condominium documents
  • Negotiate complex commercial lease on behalf of large, regional tenant
  • Wind down and dissolve LLCs

October 2014:

  • Prepare mineral deeds for client in connection with estate planning
  • Advise client on sale of building and proposed amendments to operating agreement
  • Work with client on obtaining approval for lot split (Birmingham)
  • Prepare complaint for damages; breach of loan documents
  • Prepare application package to Veterans Administration for loan approval

September 2014:

  • Prepare triple net lease
  • Prepare confidentiality agreement in connection with buyout of minority business owner
  • Assist client with sale of Biggby Coffee franchise
  • Prepare Redemption Agreement and related documents
  • Negotiate lease for space in Chicago area (anchor tenant)

August 2014:

  • Consult with client regarding mineral rights in North Dakota
  • Prepare schedules for Asset Purchase Agreement ($235M)
  • Negotiate buyout of minority interest holder and prepare all legal documents
  • Prepare operating agreement and buy-sell agreement for new company
  • Bring company back into good standing in the State of Michigan

July 2014:

  • Prepare key-employee Employment Agreement
  • Assist landlord in eviction of tenant (commercial)
  • Prepare lease extension agreement
  • Attend H.O.A. meeting as general counsel
  • Review of loan documents on refinancing of gas station

June 2014:

  • Assist buyer with purchase of manufacturing facility (automotive)
  • Prepare addendum to lease (medical office building)
  • Prepare motion for summary disposition on behalf of lender plaintiff
  • Assist client with post-judgment collection efforts
  • Prepare title objection letter on behalf of buyer

May 2014:

  • Prepare property management agreement for medical office building
  • CMBS loan (small medical office building)
  • Prepare schedules for Asset Purchase Agreement ($94M)
  • Prepare memorandum to client regarding potential lawsuit for malicious prosecution and abuse of process
  • Amend commercial office lease for anchor tenant

April 2014:

  • CMBS loan (large medical office building)
  • Prepare Hart Scott Rodino filing for transaction with publicly traded company
  • Prepare residential lease and all related documents
  • Assist condominium association with preparation of liens
  • Form new LLC and prepare operating agreement

March 2014:

  • Assist client with starting Jimmy John’s franchise
  • CMBS loan (apartment complex)
  • Represent landlord in eviction matter (residential)
  • Negotiate lease for commercial property on Old Woodward Ave.
  • Represent bank in loan workout

February 2014:

  • Represent tenant in dispute with landlord (residential)
  • Assist lead attorney in expert witness matter (M&A lawsuit)
  • Act as local counsel for national big-box retailer
  • Hired to represent seller in sale of large, developed parcel in Orion Twp.
  • Prepare operating agreement for new real estate holding company

January 2014:

  • Hired by buyer in sale of gas station/convenience store
  • Hired to represent bank in civil forfeiture case (loan collateral seized by I.R.S.)
  • Assist lead counsel in refinancing of major hotel ($15 million)
  • Loan review on behalf of bank client to determine if loan is undercollateralized
  • Represent dentist in formation of practice

December 2013:

  • Represent national college fraternity in corporate restructuring
  • Represent condominium association in post-judgment matters; amendments to condominium documents
  • Hired by condominium association to tend to eviction and collections matters
  • Assist bank client in dispute with IRS over collateralized bank accounts
  • Dissolve Michigan corporation

November 2013:

  • Prepare compliance opinion regarding the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act
  • Represent seller in sale of office building, downtown Detroit
  • Prepare letter of intent for purchase of bank branch, east Detroit
  • Research and draft Motion for Summary Judgment, Federal Court

October 2013:

  • Prepare commercial lease (medical office building)
  • Assist landlord with commercial eviction matter
  • Assist building owner with sale of 50% of building on land contract
  • Prepare Motion for Summary Judgment in federal court case
  • Draft Agency Agreement for client in automotive industry
  • Assist food wholesaling client with FDA recall procedures
  • Prepare memorandum discussing IRS section 1031 exchange issues

September 2013:

  • Prepare employment agreements for two key employees
  • Assist homeowner in sale of second home ($3+ million)
  • Prepare settlement agreement to resolve business litigation dispute
  • Advise tenant on office lease agreement
  • Represent business owner in bankruptcy adversary proceeding to disgorge funds

August 2013:

  • Prepare pleading in receivership matter supporting motion to close receivership
  • Represent junior lienholder in land sale transaction with State Land Bank
  • Assist film production company with corporate start-up and independent contractor agreement
  • Represent successor franchisee in sale of massage franchise (single location)
  • Represent interested party in probate dispute

July 2013:

  • Defend large retail tenant in eviction matter and subsequent Circuit Court action for damages
  • Work with title company to clear title on vacant land sale
  • Prepare settlement documents for recently resolved family dispute (3 companies and 2 families)
  • Represent hotel owner in refinancing and restructuring of mortgage
  • Co-counsel for seller in IP transaction ($11 million)

June 2013:

  • Procure Uniform Residential Security Deposit Bond for major Birmingham landlord
  • Review of proposed loan documents for refinancing of gas station loan
  • Prepare settlement agreement, promissory note and consent judgment in landlord/tenant matter
  • Assist partner with commercial arbitration (2 day arbitration)
  • Review title work; cure title defects; and prepare Quit Claim Deed for land sale transaction

May 2013:

  • Prepare joint exhibit binder for arbitration hearing
  • Prepare pre-hearing arbitration statement
  • Represent owner in major refinancing for apartment complex in Birmingham
  • Advise franchisee of title defects in proposed new space for franchise
  • Retrieve letter of credit and exchange for personal guaranty (gasoline supply contract)

April 2013:

    • Assist condominium homeowner’s association in dispute over common elements
    • Prepare master services agreement for new business (medical billing and coding)
    • Organize new company and prepare Operating Agreement
    • Assist partner with arbitration of business dispute (breach of contract)
    • Assist client with revisions to homeowner’s association governing documents

March 2013:

      • Represent Landlord in eviction actions (2)
      • Assist purchaser with Land Contract transaction
      • Prepare master lease for apartment complex located on major college campus
      • Prepare Motion for Summary Disposition in breach of contract case
      • Prepare Motion for Summary Disposition in unlawful termination case

February 2013:

      • Assist anchor tenant in dispute with landlord regarding estoppel certificate and SNDA
      • Represent franchisee in obtaining space for new business; negotiation of lease and build-out
      • Hired to represent Trust in sale of vacant land in North Dakota, with retention of mineral rights
      • Prepare comprehensive confidentiality agreement in favor of high-profile family for use with contractors
      • Prepare indemnification agreement as part of refinancing of prominent hotel

January 2013:

      • Represent vendee in land contract transaction; form purchasing entity and prepare operating agreement
      • Perform creditor’s exams (2)
      • Represent landlord in eviction matters (2)
      • Initiate proceedings for forfeiture of land contract
      • Assist bank with title policy claim against title company
      • Prepare response to Motion for Reconsideration (at Court’s request)
      • Represent condominium co-owner is dispute with condo association (Florida)

December 2012:

      • Attend case evaluation hearing on behalf of bank client (suit on note)
      • Defend client in lawsuit alleging R.I.C.O. violations
      • Work with title company to remove exceptions from Schedule B on sale of small building
      • Assist client in refinancing business loans (medical office building)
      • Prepare commercial lease for collision shop
      • Prepare complete set of Note Sale Agreements and all related documents
      • Prepare promissory notes (6) in connection with closely-held company buy-sell agreement

November 2012:

      • Advise client on several equipment leases
      • Represent tenant in responding to request for estoppel affidavit
      • Prepare case evaluation summary in complex commercial dispute
      • Assist client in developing legal framework for sale of dairy farm
      • Prepare amendment to Master Deed for condominium project
      • Prepare reply in support of Motion for Summary Judgment
      • Prepare reply in support of Motion for Summary Disposition

October 2012:

      • Represent bank in sale of note and security documents
      • Conduct auction to sell assets of bankruptcy estate to satisfy bank debt
      • Prepare complaint for violation of Michigan foreclosure laws
      • Assist client with donation of land to major University
      • Represent client in negotiating equipment lease

September 2012:

      • Conduct creditor’s examination
      • On behalf of major creditor, negotiate sale and bidding procedures in bankruptcy matter
      • Prepare non-disclosure agreement
      • Negotiate early lease termination on behalf of tenant
      • Prepare Creative Agency Agreement
      • Prepare radio station lease on behalf of radio station
      • Prepare motion for summary disposition on breach of contract lawsuit

August 2012:

      • Represent landlord in eviction action and claims against guarantors
      • Prepare amendments to Master Deed for large condominium project
      • Prepare Buy-Sell Agreement for major physician practice group
      • Research and prepare Daubert motion in complex commercial dispute
      • Research and prepare Summary Judgment motion
      • Coordinate with FAA to perfect client security interest in aircraft

July 2012:

      • Represent tenant in dispute with ground lessor
      • Assist client with acquiring insurance for coastal property on the east coast of Florida
      • Prepare amendment to Master Deed for developer client in connection with condominium expansion
      • Prepare and file lien against condominium unit
      • Represent landlord in eviction/damages action against tenant

June 2012:

      • Advise client on dispute with anchor tenant over rent and use restrictions
      • Advise senior attorney on procedures for approving appeal rights in complex business dispute
      • Prepare discovery requests for bank client in lawsuit against borrowers
      • Prepare and file UCC-1 financing statements
      • Prepare management agreement for mobile home park

May 2012:

      • Assist condominium developer with FHA recertification
      • Perform creditor’s examination
      • Prepare damages model is multi-million dollar lawsuit against well-known bank
      • Negotiate settlement agreements in mortgage fraud lawsuits

April 2012:

      • Negotiation of listing agreement with real estate broker for sale of mineral rights in North Dakota
      • Represent 501(c)(3) entity in acquisition of gulf coast property on Pine Island in Lee County, Florida
      • Represent developer in dispute with city over successor developer issues
      • Prepare amendment to commercial lease and note and security agreement for past-due rent

January 2012:

      • Prepare estoppel affidavits, SNDAs, and perform due diligence on transaction for sale of assets
      • Assist client in collection of unclaimed property located in North Dakota
      • Negotiate deed-in-lieu transaction for client; advise as to tax implications
      • Assist lead counsel with preparation of schedules and exhibits for Asset Purchase Agreement

December 2011:

      • Catalogue and convey mineral rights to client’s living trust
      • Prepare answer, affirmative defenses, and response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction in non-competition and tortious interference case
      • Prepare answer, affirmative defenses, and Motion for Summary Disposition in mortgage fraud case
      • Represent physician practice group in $7 million refinancing transaction
      • Generate subleases (5) for medical office building sublandlords

November 2011:

      • Research and prepare response to Motion to Vacate Arbitration Award
      • Prepare liquidation agreement (high-performance speedboats)
      • Consult with clients regarding several oil and gas leases in North Dakota
      • Assist partners with refinancing project on $4 million loan (Comerica)
      • Research and prepare response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction

October 2011:

      • Appear in Federal District Court in Raleigh, North Carolina for a three-day, Court-ordered mediation with Magistrate Judge David Daniel (300+ plaintiffs; 40+ defendants)
      • Prepare Motion to confirm and enter arbitration award
      • Prepare corporate resolutions to pay dividends and redeem outstanding stock
      • Research and prepare 16-count complaint in shareholder oppression caset
      • Provide research, file review, and drafting support on sale of 16 franchises valued at $40+ million

September 2011:

      • Prepare residential promissory note, mortgage and related loan documents
      • Prepare funding documents for Living Trust
      • Prepare commercial office lease and related documents
      • Residential eviction and supplementary suit for damages
      • Memorandum regarding Service members Civil Relief Act for contentious litigation

August 2011:

      • Prepare residential lease for prominent Birmingham home near S. Old Woodward
      • Assist client with funding of Q-TIP trust with various real property assets
      • Counsel clients regarding oil & gas lease for land located near Livonia, Michigan
      • Prepare requests for admission, interrogatories, and requests for production in breach of guaranty lawsuit
      • Counsel clients on available post-judgment remedies on $500,000.00 judgment, and make recommendations regarding same

July 2011:

      • Prepare and file land contract forfeiture action, and prepare motion for summary disposition on issue of possession; defend frivolous motion for change of venue
      • Prepare and file lawsuit for breach of guaranty
      • Register 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with Attorney General’s Office
      • Prepare objections to Magistrate’s Judge’s recommendations under Rule 72(b)
      • Advise client on business dispute amongst LLC members
      • Advise clients regarding oil and gas lease

June 2011:

      • Prepare and file lawsuit against guarantors on bank note
      • Facilitate workout with bank and borrowers
      • Prepare response to Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss
      • Prepare escrow agreement on behalf of escrow agent
      • Assist condominium association with collection of dues from co-owners

May 2011:

      • Prepare and file mortgage discharges
      • Prepare and file lawsuit for breach of guaranty
      • Assist client with garnishments
      • Business divorce with mutual settlement and release agreement
      • Assist client regarding tax dispute with Michigan Department of Treasury

April 2011:

      • Prepare commercial sublease
      • Arbitration of damage claims in $5,000,000.00 U.C.C. Article 9 case
      • Foreclosure of commercial property

March 2011:

      • Prepare covenant deed for vacant property; work with title company to remove exceptions from title commitment
      • Respond to FRCP 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss
      • Prepare motion for summary disposition with request for sanctions (circuit court)
      • Prepare and file construction lien

February 2011:

      • Draft commercial lease for commercial property in downtown Birmingham
      • Assist condominium association with collection problems
      • Work with homeowner to comply with local building code requirements
      • Prepare evidentiary pleadings and motions in U.C.C. arbitration matter
      • Advise major Michigan food firm with labeling requirements under FD&C Act
      • Prepare dispository motion in insurance coverage case on behalf of lender loss payee

January 2011:

    • $1,000,000.00 Land contract forfeiture; commercial property
    • Eviction of commercial tenant
    • Creation of Family LLC; arrange for valuation of assets; transfer of assets to LLC
    • Business divorce with mutual settlement and release agreement
    • Initiate lawsuit in federal court against major financial institutions for violations of R.I.C.O and I.L.S.A. statutes
    • Review and advise on oil and gas lease for land in North Dakota
    • Initiate lawsuit for regional bank client; breach of note and guaranty

Distinctions

Peer Reviewed

rising star: 2012-2018

top lawyers: 2012-2018

top attorney

Peer Reviewed

rising star: 2012-2018

top lawyers: 2012-2018

top attorney

  Crain’s Leadership Academy, Inaugural Class, 2017
•  Leadership Detroit, Class XXXVI
•  Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyers 2014

ARTICLES

PUBLICATIONS

  Proposed Revisions to Section 67(3) of the Condominium Act
•  Redevelopment, Reconfiguration, & Re-Sale of Failed Condominium Projects & Subdivisions

REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION

•  Summer Conference 2010: Urban Farming Roundtable, June, 2010
•  Co-Chair: Current Issues in Multi-Family Housing Law & Financing, June 3, 2010
•  Summer Conference 2011: Urban Farming Roundtable, July, 2011

News / blog

Paul A. Thursam, Shareholder at GMH

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Paul A. Thursam is now a shareholder with the firm. Mr. Thursam is in the firm’s Business Practice Group and Real Estate Practice Group. Paul’s legal experience is broad and includes complex real estate...

November 2015 Election Postmortem

This year, I had the honor and privilege of running for Grosse Pointe Shores City Council. I am a long-time resident of Grosse Pointe, and have always had a desire to service the community. Although exhausting, I enjoyed campaigning for the position – it permitted me...

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Contact

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Honors

US News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
Detroit Free Press Top Places to Work
Leading Lawyers
DBusiness Top Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed
Fortune Magazine Top Ranked Law Firms

Contact

P  (248) 457-7000
F  (248) 457-7001
E  contact@gmhlaw.com