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William W. Hall

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  • Grand Rapids

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Biography


Bill Hall counsels businesses, developers and individuals on a variety of legal matters involving purchasing, selling, financing, leasing and development of real estate. His extensive background in real estate crosses over into the mining and oil and gas industries, as his expertise focuses on mineral leasing, mineral title opinions and mineral development and lending within the United States, representing both U.S. and Canadian clients. Bill’s practice also extends to condominium development, tax-free exchanges of real estate and the sale and purchase of real estate in bankruptcy. Bill’s clients depend on his on-point, practical advice to promptly get deals done, while protecting their interests at the same time. 

Education

  • Northwestern University J.D. 1981 cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Wabash College A.B. 1978 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted

  • 1981, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; Law Practice Management Section; Environment, Energy and Resources Section, Mining Subcommittee, Oil and Gas Subcommittee
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Real Property Law Section, Committee on Condominiums, Cooperatives, PUDS
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Real Property Law Section

Experience

  • Has documented and closed hundreds of transactions involving the purchase, development, sale and financing of retail shopping centers, manufactured housing communities, hotels, manufacturing facilities and other real estate throughout the United States
  • Has represented several metallic and nonmetallic mining companies in the purchase, lease and development of mineral interests and mineral processing facilities in the Upper Peninsula of and throughout Michigan
  • Has represented borrowers, bank lenders and lead bookrunners in financing mineral purchases, asset-based loans and note offerings secured by mineral interests
  • Has represented investors and targets in complex equity and mineral royalty sale and purchase transactions in mines under development
  • Has dealt with title, access and leasing issues in the development of oil, gas, nickel, copper, silver, gold, zinc, coal, potash, salt, limestone, gravel, sand and other land and mineral resources
  • Represented a mining company in the largest negotiation, purchase and exchange of lands from the State of Michigan in modern history, comprising in excess of 10,000 surface and mineral acres
  • Has represented many developers in creating and marketing business, residential, site, marina (dockominium), leasehold, mixed use, retail, parking and office condominium projects throughout Michigan
  • Has represented buyers, lenders, trustees and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings for the auction, sale and purchase of operating manufacturers, marinas, facilities, hotels and retailers, and commercial real estate
  • Has extensive experience in the analysis of riparian and water rights and the purchase, sale and development of high value waterfront and lakefront resorts, cottages and properties on the Great Lakes and inland lakes and streams
  • Has represented clients in the sale, purchase and development of timberlands
  • Has experience with the Michigan Qualified Forest Act, the Michigan Commercial Forest Act
  • Has represented landowners and nonprofit conservation organizations in preparing and negotiating conservation easements and creating wetlands mitigation banks
  • Has represented private parties in the negotiation of land exchanges with the State of Michigan and US Forest Service
  • Has represented dozens of condominium and homeowners associations in connection with the creation and amendment of governing documents and community management

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers In America, Real Estate Law, 1995-Present
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2018
  • Listed in Who's Who in America
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Politics
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • Order of the Coif
  • Executive Editor, The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • David W. Peck Scholar
  • Waldo Stephens Scholar Recipient
  • Samuel Adams Award Recipient, 2008 Libertarian Party National Convention

Publications

  • Planning your property tax appeal
  • Eight factors to consider in negotiating a sale of real estate
  • The pros and cons of buying real estate out of bankruptcy

Leadership

Civic Affiliations

  • Libertarian Party of Michigan
    Past Chair, Vice Chair and Political Director
  • Libertarian National Committee
    Member (1987-89, 1991-93, 1996-00); General Counsel (1987-89, 1991-2008); Judicial Committee (Chair, 2010-14; Member, 2016-Present); Special Counsel (2013-Present)
  • Michigan Attorney General
    Past Candidate
  • Michigan State Board of Education
    Past Candidate
  • The Heartland Institute
    Member and Secretary, Michigan Board of Governors (1990-93)

Professional Affiliations

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Community Affiliations

  • Boy Scouts of America, Gerald R. Ford Council
    Boy Scout and Cub Scout Leader (1994-Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Complying with the New Michigan Marketable Record Title Act Amendments
  • Structuring Real Estate Transfers to Avoid Property Tax Reassessment
  • Dealing with Oil, Gas and Mineral Titles
  • Voting, Valuation and Representation in Condominium Associations
  • Using like kind exchanges to defer tax liability under IRC Section 1031
  • Structuring build-to-suit and deferred like kind exchanges of real estate
  • Structuring reverse like kind exchanges of real estate
  • Using ground leases in public and private developments

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