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Ron E. Reynolds

Business, Real Estate, and Litigation Attorney

Danielle Mier, Paralegal

Ron Reynolds practices in the areas of business, real estate, and litigation. He has counseled a variety of clients on business, employment, and real estate issues. He also litigates real property, employment, business, and commercial matters. 

Ron has represented clients in trial and appellate courts. He has been appointed both a mediator and an arbitrator in complex commercial and real property law cases. He also serves in a “general counsel” capacity for a number of small businesses.

Ron is listed in Best Lawyers in four categories: Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Litigation, and Real Estate Law. Ron has twice been selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan and Top 50 Business Lawyers in Michigan by Super Lawyers.

Practice Areas

    Education

    Hillsdale College

    Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude

    Hillsdale, MI

    Northwestern University 

    School of Law

    J.D. 

    Chicago, IL

    Bar Admissions

    • Michigan

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section, Former Council Chair, Current Chair, Sponsorship and Nominating Committees
      • Former Chair, Eminent Domain Committee
      • Former Chair, Continuing Legal Education
    • State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section
    • State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section
    • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Camp Oakland / Crossroads for Youth, Oxford, MI, Board of Directors, Former Chair
    • Advocates Guild, Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
    • Leadership Oakland, President of the Board of Directors (2006-2007)
    • American Inns of Court, University of Detroit Mercy Law School
    • The Best Lawyers in America (2015 – 2024)
      • “Lawyer of the Year,” Real Estate Litigation (2023)
      • “Lawyer of the Year,” Real Estate Law (2021)
      • “Lawyer of the Year,” Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (2019)
    • 2006-2023 Michigan Super Lawyers
      • Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan 2023, 2014, 2013
      • Top 50 Business Lawyers in Michigan 2014, 2013
    • dBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit
      • 2023 — Real Estate Law, Real Estate Litigation, Land Use & Zoning
      • 2022 — Real Estate Law
      • 2021 — Land Use & Zoning
      • 2020 — Eminent Domain
      • 2019 — Land Use & Zoning Law
      • 2017 — Land Use & Zoning Law
      • 2016 — Land Use & Zoning Law & Real Estate Law
      • 2015 — Real Estate Law
      • 2013 — Eminent Domain, Condemnation Law and Land Use & Zoning Law
      • 2012 — Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law
      • 2010 — Eminent Domain
    • Leading Lawyers for Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law and Real Estate Law: Commercial 2014-Present

    • Martindale-Hubbell® — AV Preeminent®-Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence (1998-Present)

    Publications

    • Co-Author, Chapter 11: Real Property Damages; Chapter 12: Condemnation and Regulatory Takings, Damages and Remedies in Michigan, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) (Currently working on 2024 update)
    • The Law of Eminent Domain:  Fifty-State Survey – Author of State of Michigan Chapter (ABA Publishing 2012) (Currently working on 2024 update)
    • “The Availability of Eminent Domain for the Detroit Works Project” – Michigan Real Property Review, Fall 2013 (Jerome P. Pesick & Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Wiggins v City of Burton:  The Court of Appeals Successfully Transforms Water Into Sticks, but Misses the Mark on Inverse Condemnation” – Michigan Real Property Review, Spring 2012 (Ronald E. Reynolds and Christopher S. Frescoln)
    • “Go With the Flow:  Common Law Standards Governing Surface Runoff Among Neighboring Properties, Michigan Real Property Review, Winter 2008 (Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Recent Changes in Eminent Domain Law” – Michigan Bar Journal, November 2007 (Jerome P. Pesick and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “The MDEQ at Odd with Itself (and the law) Over New Guidance Expanding Jurisdiction Over Wetlands Less than Five Acres in Size” – Michigan Real Property Review, Summer 2005 (Ronald E. Reynolds and Joseph M. Rogowski, II)
    • “The ‘Public Use” Limitation on the Taking of Property:  Back to the Future” – Michigan Real Property Review, Spring 2005 (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “The ‘Public Use’ Limitation on the Taking of Property:  In Need of Life Support?” Michigan Real Property Review, Fall 2003 (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “The ‘Public Use’ Limitation on the Taking of Property:  Alive and Well in Michigan” –Michigan Real Property Review, Fall 2001 (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)

    Presentations

    • Michigan AGC Construction Safety Conference Speaker, Marijuana and Michigan Employment Law, March 23, 2023
    • “Recent Developments in the Takings Field.” Panelist with Jerome P. Pesick and Jason C. Long, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Summer Conference 2022.
    • Real Estate Outlook 2022, Real Property Law Section; Moderator, November 11, 2021
    • Real Estate Outlook 2021, Real Property Law Section; Moderator, November 17, 2020 
    • Navigating the Rapids: Understanding the Nuances of Water Rights in Michigan. Moderator for presentation — speakers included Catherine A. Riesterer & Nicholas Schroeck. Homeward Bound, an In-Depth Panel Presentation by the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, December 6, 2018
    • “Retaliation: How to Avoid the #1 Charge Filing and Write Position Statements to
    • Withstand EEOC Scrutiny,” BLR Webinar, October 24, 2017
    • “Zoning and Municipal Approvals.” ICLE & Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Program (Richard D. Rattner, Carol A. Rosati, Brian V. Borden and Ronald E. Reynolds), May 4, 2017
    • “Preparing for a Smooth Exit – Arbitration Agreements, Releases and Severance Agreements,” Presented with Bernice McReynolds at The Murray Law Group’s 21st  Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – Changing Times, Changing Law: HR Solutions and Best Practices, October 28, 2016
    • “Navigating the Changes to the Department of Labor’s FLSA Regulations,” Panelist with Greg Murray and Gary Fealk for Plenary Session at The Murray Law Group’s 21st  Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, October 28, 2016
    • “Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law: Proposed FLSA Regulations and Same-Sex Marriage,” Panelist with Greg Murray and Bill Altman for Plenary Session at Vercruysse Murray’s 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – The Changing Workplace:  Management Essentials for Today’s Legal Landscape, October 14, 2015
    • “Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA,” Presented with Greg Murray at Vercruysse Murray’s 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, October 14, 2015
    • “Confidentiality and Non-Compete Agreements:  Enforceability and Drafting,” Presented with Jim Roach at Vercruysse Murray’s 19th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – Managing Your Workforce:  Pragmatic Solutions to Everyday Problems, October 7, 2014
    • “Appraisals in Real Estate Transactions & Litigation” – May 1, 2014, ICLE & Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Program (Jerome P. Pesick, Moderator, Panelists – James N. Candler, Jr., Kevin A. Kernen and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” Presented with Gary Fealk at Vercruysse Murray & Calzone 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – Adjusting to the New Normal – The Expanded Role of Government in Employment Relations, October 17, 2013
    • “Your Government, Your Neighbor, and Your Water:  The Ebb and Flow of Property Rights” – November 1, 2012, ICLE & Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Program (Ronald E. Reynolds, Moderator, Panelists – Lorri B. King and Jason C. Long)
    • “Abundance v. Scarcity: Water Rights in MI and AZ” – 2010 Winter Conference, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (Azim Q. Hameed and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use” – September 2008, National Business Institute (Gregory K. Need, Tyler Tennant and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Water and Real Estate Transactions:  Why Real Estate Lawyers Need to Know How to Swim” – December 7, 2007, ICLE & Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Program (Ronald E. Reynolds, Moderator, Panelists Jeffrey H. Bednar and Paul F. Bohn)
    • “Road and Access Law:  Successfully Handling Disputes” – November 2007, National Business Institute (Alan Ackerman, Rod A. Dunlap, Douglas R. Kelly and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Eminent Domain:  Legal Update” – August 2006, National Business Institute (Gerry Fisher and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “New Evidentiary Issues Dealing with Real Estate Appraisals” – 2006 Summer Conference, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Law Easements:  Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in Michigan” – July 26, 2006, Lorman Educational Services (Dennis Hagerty, Andrew Reed and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Benefits:  Impact on Determining Just Compensation” – Summer 2004 CLE Conference (Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Appraisals and Land Valuations” – 2001 Summer Conference, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)
    • “Developing the Vacant Corner into the Neighboring Retail Center:  From Acquisition to Zoning” – November 9, 2000, ICLE & Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Program (Ronald E. Reynolds, Brian P. Henry and Thomas A. Wardlow)