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Laura A. Weingartner Member

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2005

Education

University of Detroit Mercy, J.D., magna cum laude

  • Law Review, Associate Editor

University of Michigan, M.A.

University of Michigan, B.A.

Language

Laura A. Weingartner’s practice involves all aspects of complex commercial real estate transactions, including renewable and alternative energy lending and project finance, commercial leasing, acquisition, disposition, project siting and zoning, affordable housing development, and landlord-tenant litigation. Laura has represented developers, investors, lenders, REITs, health care systems, manufacturers, municipalities, public school systems, religious institutions, and other public and private entities. Prior to joining Dykema, Ms. Weingartner worked in marketing and sales for a developer of financial planning and information management software applications.

Laura specializes in renewable and alternative energy finance, having negotiated hundreds of loan transactions on behalf of lenders to wind, solar and other renewable energy developers for projects ranging from small to very large utility-scale facilities.  She also represents developers in connection with site control, land use and lease negotiations, and assists other corporate clients in negotiating solar and wind leases on their commercial real estate sites.

Laura is a member of the Real Property Section and Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, on the Forum of Community Development and Affordable Housing for the American Bar Association, and a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.

Laura has also represented pro bono clients over the years, including several asylum-seekers and DACA visa recipients, successfully obtaining legal status for the clients here in the U.S.

In addition, Laura is the Chair of the Barton Hills Village Planning Commission, where she steered the community’s efforts to develop its first Master Plan, as well as develop an updated Zoning Ordinance for the Village, both of which are regularly reviewed and updated.  Laura also represents the Detroit Bike Share program, MoGo, and serves on its Board of Directors, reflecting a passion for the redevelopment and economic renaissance of Detroit’s commercial and residential neighborhoods.  Laura is a graduate of the Leadership Detroit program, sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber, and regularly participates in programs designed to increase access to justice and opportunity in the City of Detroit.

Experience

Ms. Weingartner has been involved in all aspects of complex real estate transactions, in which she has represented developers, investors, lenders, REITs, health care systems, manufacturers, municipalities, public school systems, religious institutions, and other public and private entities.

She has experience in the development, construction, leasing, sale, disposition or financing of a wide variety of projects, including the following:

  • Renewable and alternative energy projects (including wind, solar and biomass)
  • Electric utility right-of-way acquisition projects
  • Mixed-use projects
  • Office projects
  • “Big-box” retail
  • Affordable housing and new markets tax credit developments
  • Leasing and zoning for wireless telecommunications services providers
  • Negotiation of commercial office leases for a national accounting and financial services provider
  • Landlord-tenant litigation associated with mortgage foreclosures, land contract forfeitures and tenant defaults

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Section and Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Community Development and Affordable Housing
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Community/Civic Activities

  • Barton Hills Village Planning Commission, Chair

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for Real Estate, 2015

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Frank Murphy Honor Society