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Christian E. Meyer

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Grand Rapids

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Biography

Chris Meyer handles a variety of real estate, zoning and property tax matters for businesses and individuals. His clients include supermarkets, retailers, manufacturers, financial institutions, developers, contractors, family offices and nonprofit organizations. Chris serves on the firm's Legal Practice Committee and on its Nominating/Evaluation Committee.

Education

  • University of Virginia J.D. 1996    
  • University of Notre Dame M.A. 1993    
  • Calvin College B.A. 1990    

Admitted

  • 1996, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit in 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court in 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 2013

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, Honorable Kenneth L. Ryskamp

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, Title and Conveyancing Committee, Zoning and Land Use Committee and Commercial Leasing Committee, Real Property Law Section
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Instructor, Calvin College, Interim 2000, "Lawyers in America"

Honors & Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers'  2017 Grand Rapids Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
  • Named the Best Lawyers'  2016 Grand Rapids Litigation-Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2012-Present

Experience

  • Represents landlords and tenants in commercial and industrial leasing
  • Represents buyers and sellers in commercial and industrial property sales and purchases
  • Represents buyers and sellers in real estate aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Represents developers and other property owners in zoning matters, most often amid organized and well-funded opposition
  • Represents owners and tenants in property tax matters, including valuation appeals for commercial, industrial and luxury residential property, exemption appeals for nonprofits, and appeals specific to summer resort associations and principal residences
  • Represents parties in real estate litigation matters, including zoning appeals, commercial and industrial evictions, construction liens and foreclosures and title, easement, use or access disputes

Publications

  • Co-author of chapter on remedies for Michigan Residential Real Estate Transactions
  • Co-author of chapter on construction liens for A Practitioner's Guide to Construction Law

Leadership

Community Affiliations

  • State of Michigan Electronic Recording Commission
    Chairperson (2017-Present), Member (2011-Present)
  • Inter-Urban Transit Partnership / The Rapid (the public transit authority for greater Grand Rapids)
    Board Member (1999-07); Chairman, Service and Planning Committee (2002-04); Chairman, Legislative Committee (2004-06); Member, Executive Committee (2002-06); Member, Construction Committee for the downtown Rapid Central Station
  • Leadership Grand Rapids
    Graduate (2005)
  • Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association
    Sale of Iroquois Building Task Force (2006-10)
  • Christian Reformed Church in North America, Judicial Code Committee
    Chairman (2010-13); Member (2007-13)
  • Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church Food Pantry
    Volunteer (2007-13)
  • McCain for President
    Kent County Co-chair (2008)

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