John D. Gaber

John D. Gaber


Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.

Recognized since 2018

Birmingham, Michigan

Practice Areas

Litigation - Real Estate

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Real Estate
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John D. Gaber possesses extensive experience in the areas of real estate, corporate, general business, and commercial law. His practice focuses on property acquisition, development, land use and zoning, construction, financing and leasing matters for his real estate clients. He also represents clients in business structuring, commercial and operational matters, buy-sell agreements, acquisitions, and dispositions. He frequently engages in business and real estate dispute resolution.

John’s clients include commercial and residential real estate developers, shopping center owners, retailers, senior housing and student housing operators, multi-national corporations, closely-held entities, and municipalities. He handles all aspects of real estate development, including the acquisition, entitlement, financing, construction, and leasing of retail, industrial, office and mixed-use projects. He appears before municipalities, governmental agencies and various courts in land use and zoning matters. John also assists clients in commercial financing, foreclosures and loan modifications. He is a frequent lecturer at legal and industry forums, including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Michigan State Bar and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

Prior to joining the firm, John worked as a Senior Attorney for Kmart Corporation.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 380 North Old Woodward Avenue, Suite 300
    Birmingham, MI 48009

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1991

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section - Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2011 to present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section - Commercial Real Estate Development & Ownership Committee Co-Chair, 2012 to 2016
  • State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section - Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section - Summer Conference Co-Chair, 2012 and 2013
  • State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Oakland County Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Foundation - Member
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) - Member
  • Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce - Chair, RRC Charity Fund, 2015 to present
  • Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce - Director, 2010 to present
  • Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce - Chair, 2014
  • Rochester Downtown Development Authority - Member, 2010 to 2015
  • Rochester Community Schools - Technology & Infrastructure 2020 Committee
  • Crittenton Hospital Medical Center - Cornerstone Capital Campaign, Co-Chair 2010 to 2013
  • Crittenton Hospital Medical Center - Charitable Gifts Committee, 2008 to 2010
  • Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation - Member, 2010 to 2013
  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church - Endowment Committee, Chair, 2008 to 2009
  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church - Board of Trustees, 2004 to 2007
  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church - Finance Committee, 2016 to present
  • Rochester Rotary Club - Member, 1998 to present
  • Rochester Rotary Club - Director, 2001 to 2004, 2016 to 2017
  • Rochester Area Prayer Breakfast Committee - Member, 2002 to present
  • Rochester Area Prayer Breakfast Committee - Chair, 2005
  • Rochester Hills City Council - Councilman, 1995 to 1999
  • Rochester Hills City Council - President, 1999
  • Rochester Hills Planning Commission - Commissioner, 1996 to 1999
  • Avondale Youth Assistance - Director, 1995 to 1999
  • Rochester Avon Recreation Authority - Director, 1995 to 1999

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1991

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Real Estate

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Real Estate, Troy (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Real Estate

Awards:

  • Michigan Top Lawyer
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Outstanding Board Member of the Year, Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce

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