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David M. Blau

Senior Counsel
Office

Birmingham

151 S. Old Woodward
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
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Education
J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan, 1995
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1991
State Bar Licenses
Michigan
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 Blau assists retail landlords in tenant bankruptcies.  He also collects rent, negotiates and drafts lease documents, and helps with the purchase and sale of real property.  He represents a wide variety of industries, including cannabis, in the leasing, sale, and purchase of real estate.

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, real estate transactions, cannabis, and general business matters, and often spends his days in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts.

Shopping center landlords rely on his skill 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, asset sales, lease assumption and assignment, Chapter 11 reorganization plans, and in defending claim objections. His work often 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.

David is one of a small number of lawyers with specific experience in representing landlords in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts across the country, and has been engaged by numerous landlords in high profile cases such as: J.C. Penney, Tailored Brands, GNC, Ascena, Toys R Us, Pier 1, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Sears, Claire's, The Sports Authority, Aeropostale, Eddie Bauer, Linens 'n Things, Circuit City, Blockbuster, Gymboree, Movie Gallery, Borders, Max & Erma’s, Old Country Buffet, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, MC Sports, 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.

Awards/Achievements
Named AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible rating, in both legal ability and ethics standards.
Memberships
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