Ralph Castelli is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Kemp Klein. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, business and estate planning, as well as general business law. His practice involves him in a wide variety of business planning/structuring situations, exit planning, shareholder/partner separations and the entire gamut of real estate and business transactions.
Mr. Castelli represents a number of closely held businesses, resulting in his diverse corporate law background. In addition, he has developed an expertise in transactions involving business expansion or reduction, loan transactions, acquisitions and sales, and reorganizations.
As a result of the nature of his practice and clientele, he has become adept at representing family businesses and addressing the complex issues that the intertwining of family and business often entails.
On November 12, 2013, Mr. Castelli retired from the office of Mayor of the City of Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, which he held for over 20 years. As Mayor, he served on the City Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. He served on the Pleasant Ridge Planning Commission from 1985 to 1988, including a term as chair. He was elected to the Pleasant Ridge City Commission in 1988. He is a member (and past president) of the South Oakland County Mayor’s Association and was a past member of the Board of Directors of the Woodward Avenue Action Association.
He maintains an “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys. He has also been listed as one of the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine since its inception in 2006, published annually by Law & Politics. He was also listed in the Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers 2009 and the Business Edition, Super Lawyers 2011-2014. In addition, he has been listed in Who’s Who in American Law since 2005 and has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 in the field of Corporate Law (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC).
Education: — J.D., magna cum laude, Wayne State University, 1977
(member, Wayne State University Law Review; Phi Eta Sigma, honorary legal fraternity)
B.A., with honors, Michigan State University, 1974
Bar Admissions: — State Bar of Michigan, 1977
Memberships: — State Bar of Michigan
American Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association