David Hill represents local, national and international real estate owners and developers in acquisition, leasing, sale, financing, development and construction matters, as well as private investors and lending institutions in structuring loans for projects, including construction, bridge and participating loans and loans secured by leases. He also acts as outside general counsel to a wide variety of clients, including corporations, family offices, health care professionals, and real estate companies.
David has served as counsel in hundreds of real estate, lending and workout transactions and matters, and is particularly experienced in the negotiation and closing of sale and lease transactions for office, retail, multifamily and health care clients. Dedicated to providing practical legal advice in a responsive way when it comes to negotiating and closing even the most complex and challenging real estate transactions, David is committed to providing a high degree of attention to detail without losing sight of his client’s macro objectives.
Of particular note, David represents a variety of health care practitioners in a wide range of endeavors, such as practice transitions and real estate leasing, sales, and acquisitions. Such clients include medical doctors, dentists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, veterinarians, surgeons, and chiropractors, among others, who he guides through their leasing, acquisition and other real property and practice related initiatives. His health care clients value David’s depth of experience in the area of health care transactions.
In addition, David offers a particular focus on the retail and shopping center transactions and is an active participant and speaker for the International Council of Shopping Centers. David is skilled in advising on negotiating leases, including for large national owners and tenants, including the unique aspects of such leases within the retail industry.
Moreover, David is also involved in and advises multi-national corporations in an array of corporate real estate transactions, which has included international transactions in Canada, Mexico, China, and other locations. Notably, he annually negotiates and closes matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars of transaction value annually.
David also represents creditors, and other institutions in a wide range of insolvency matters, including workouts, reorganizations, and receivership matters. In the receivership context, he has provided counsel within wide-expanse of different industries on issues impacting the appointment of receivers, day-to-day receivership operations, and the restructuring and/or liquidation of operating companies and related real estate. Many of the matters have involved significant inter-creditor disputes and contests within state and federal appellate courts.
David is a frequent presenter on real estate topics, including for the International Council of Shopping Centers, state and local bar organizations, real estate brokers and associations, at in-house client and industry continuing education events.
Professional and Community Involvement
Chair, Grand Rapids Bar Association Real Property Section
Pro bono attorney, Legal Aid of Western Michigan
Member, Grand Rapids Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section
Member, Commercial Alliance of Realtors
Former chair, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, Continuing Legal Education – Groundbreakers Program
Former chair, Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids – Camp O’Malley, Advisory Board
Former chair, MSU Club of West Michigan Scholarship Committee
Former member, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., Investment Alliance
Former board member, Grand Rapids Young Professionals
Former board trustee, Specialized Language Development Center
Former membership committee, U.S. Green Building Council – West Michigan Chapter
Former board member, Rental Property Owners Association
The Best Lawyers in America, 2022-2024
Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers, 2019-2020, 2022-2023
Michigan Super Lawyers, 2022 Rising Star, 2012-2019
Forty Under 40, Grand Rapids Business Journal, 2014
Up & Coming Lawyers, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2014
LEED Accredited Professional, 2009