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   Real Property Law Advisory Board
Geaneen M. Arends
Butzel Long, Detroit
Geaneen M. Arends is a shareholder practicing in her firm's Detroit office. She concentrates her practice on general business law and commercial real estate. Ms. Arends assists business clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned/disadvantaged business certification, insurance and risk management issues, and general business contracts. She has also advised business clients on...View Full Bio

Kellie M. Blair
Matta Blair PLC, Bloomfield Hills
Kellie M. Blair is a partner in her firm. She concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate litigation and transactions, business litigation, and commercial litigation. Ms. Blair has significant experience in real estate title insurance, real estate litigation, real estate errors and omissions, commercial litigation, employment litigation, construction liens, broker liability defense, corporate partnership and limited liability formation,...View Full Bio

Peter C. Brown
The Gallagher Law Firm, East Lansing
Peter C. Brown practices in the areas of real property, litigation, and title insurance law. He serves on the Titles and Conveyancing Committee of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section and is also a member of the bar’s Litigation Section. Mr. Brown is a member of the Real Property Law Section of the Ingham County Bar Association,...View Full Bio

Alfredo Casab
Dawda Mann Mulcahy & Sadler PLC, Bloomfield Hills
Alfredo Casab practices in the areas of real estate, business, and commercial litigation. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the International Council of Shopping Centers (Government Relations Committee), the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan (past president), the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the board of advisors for the Oakland University Economics Department. Mr. Casab was listed...View Full Bio

Esther Harris
Rose Legal Services PLLC, Detroit
Esther F. Harris is a solo practitioner and owner of Rose Legal Services, PLLC--handling family law, juvenile law, landlord-tenant matters, expungements, and misdemeanor criminal cases. She is the current social media secretary for the Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. Ms. Harris is also a member of the Children's Law, Young Lawyers, and Solo and Small Firm Sections of the...View Full Bio

Meredith Holtz-Weingarden
Fidelity National Title Group, Farmington Hills
Meredith Holtz-Weingarden is a vice president, Michigan state counsel, and regional commercial agency counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, which encompasses Chicago Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section, the Women Lawyers Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and...View Full Bio

Maryam Karnib
Honigman LLP, Detroit

Deborah S. Lapin
Maddin Hauser, Southfield
Deborah S. Lapin is a shareholder in the firm's Financial Services and Real Property Litigation Group and practices in the areas of real estate litigation, particularly mortgage related disputes, title insurance coverage disputes, and other contractual disputes. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Mortgage Brokers Association, the Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan), and...View Full Bio

Stephan K. Lobert
Lobert Law Office PC, Big Rapids
President and attorney at law for his firm, Stephan K. Lobert practices in the areas of real estate, estate planning, business, and probate and trust administration. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Mecosta-Osceola Bar Association, and the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, Mr. Lobert was recognized as Mecosta County's favorite attorney by the...View Full Bio

Joseph H. Wener
Couzens Lansky Fealk Ellis Roeder & Lazar PC, Farmington Hills
Licensed to practice in both Ontario and Michigan, Joseph H. Wener practices in the areas of real estate law, corporate and business law, commercial transactions, and issues pertaining to or involving Canadian law. With experience in both Canada and the United States, he has practiced extensively in the area of residential and commercial real estate transactions, representing individuals, corporate clients,...View Full Bio

Noah C. Hagan
ICLE Advisory Board Liaison
Noah C. Hagan joined ICLE in 2012. He works with ICLE's contributors to update and edit publications and online resources in the real property, municipal law, and law practice management areas. Before joining ICLE, Mr. Hagan worked as a staff attorney at the Oregon Supreme Court and practiced law at a large San Francisco law firm. He is a member...View Full Bio
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