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David M. Blau

Senior Counsel


151 S. Old Woodward
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
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J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan, 1995
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1991
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Illinois
U.S. District Ct., District of Colorado

David M. Blau

Senior Counsel

David M. Blau focuses on helping commercial landlords in tenant bankruptcies, collecting rent, negotiating lease documents, and purchasing or selling real property.  His practical, responsive, and efficient approach is appreciated by clients whether he is litigating or negotiating real estate documents.  David has significant experience in creditor’s rights, real estate litigation, construction lien litigation, real estate transactions, and general business matters, and often spends his days in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. 

Shopping center landlords rely on his expertise in bankruptcy proceedings around the country to protect their rights by ensuring debtor compliance with leases and the bankruptcy code in connection with debtor-in-possession financing, lease auctions, Chapter 11 reorganization plans, and in defending claim objections.  His work relates to the assignment and assumption of leases, going out of business sales, the purchase of assets, proof of claim preparation, defense of objections to claims, including administrative expense claims, and the defense of pre-petition preference claims.

He is an integral part of a multi-faceted team which reviews, negotiates, and drafts purchase and sale, lease, loan, construction, and other real estate documents. 

For more than 10 years, David has specialized in representing landlords and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts across the country, and has been engaged in high profile cases such as: Toys R Us, Claire's, Charming Charlie, Rue 21, The Sports Authority, Aeropostale, Eddie Bauer, Linens 'n Things, Circuit City, Blockbuster, Gander Mountain, Gymboree, Movie Gallery, Coldwater Creek, Borders, Max & Erma’s, Old Country Buffet, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Hancock Fabrics, MC Sports, Logan's Roadhouse, Radio Shack, Pac Sun, and Wet Seal.

Clients routinely appreciate his understanding of their business, his responsiveness and his clear, straight forward approach to addressing their needs. 

David is a long-time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. 

From 2002 to 2003, he served as Chairperson of the Oakland County Bar Association Real Estate Committee. 

Named AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible rating, in both legal ability and ethics standards.
State Bar of Michigan
International Council of Shopping Centers
American Bankruptcy Institute
State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section
Oakland County Bar Association, Real Estate Committee (Past Chairman)
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, State of Michigan