Richard D. "Rick" Rattner

Richard D. "Rick" Rattner


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

Recognized since 2007

Birmingham, Michigan

Practice Areas

Copyright Law

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Litigation - Real Estate

Real Estate Law

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Richard Rattner has more than thirty years of experience in real estate law, with specialties in real estate acquisition, sale and loan transactions, land use development, zoning, and corporate law.

Mr. Rattner is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He served on the Governing Council of the Real Property Law Section (RPLS) of the State Bar of Michigan and remains an active participant in many of its committees including Zoning and Land Use Planning and is the co-founding director of the newly formed RPLS Real Estate Academy for young lawyers. He is a former co-chair of the RPLS Continuing Legal Education and Membership Committees, and he has also served as a volunteer arbitrator for the Attorney Grievance Commission.

Mr. Rattner is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School, where he teaches “Developing the Commercial Real Estate Project.” He is a frequent lecturer on a variety of real estate related topics at seminars for lawyers, real estate brokers, and other business organizations. He has presented at events sponsored by Michigan’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Michigan Association of Planning.

Mr. Rattner is a past chairman of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and a past member of the University of Michigan’s Advisory Board for Intercollegiate Athletics. He is repeatedly recognized for legal excellence by his peers and respected professional organizations. In addition to his perennial listings in Leading LawyersSM and Best Lawyers in America® for his real estate practice, Best Lawyers has honored him as a Detroit-area “Lawyer of the Year” multiple times for Land Use and Zoning Law (2012, 2016, and 2018) and Real Estate Litigation (2017). Mr. Rattner has been named to the list of Michigan Super Lawyers annually since 2006 (including Top 100 Lawyers recognition), and DBusiness Magazine has included him among the “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit.”

In 2017, Mr. Rattner was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, an elite, invitation-only group that represents the finest attorneys in the profession.

Location

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

Languages

  • English

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1970

Affiliations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers - Fellow
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section - Founding Director, Real Property Law Academy
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section - Membership Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section - Zoning and Land Use Planning Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section - Past Council Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section - Past Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Oakland County Bar Association - Member
  • University of Michigan Advisory Board for Intercollegiate Athletics - Past Member
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association - Past President and Current Member of the Member of the Alumni Advisory Committee
  • Wayne State University Law School - Adjunct Professor

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Land Use and Zoning Law

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

  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Troy (2021)
  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Troy (2020)
  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Troy (2018)
  • Litigation - Real Estate, Troy (2017)
  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Troy (2016)
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Detroit (2014)
  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Detroit (2012)

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

  • Copyright Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law

Awards:

  • Michigan Super Lawyers (2006 to present)
  • DBusiness Magazine "Top Lawyers" in Metro Detroit
  • Leading Lawyers

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