Attorneys
Attorneys

Patrick A. Karbowski

Of Counsel

Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Patrick has more than 25 years of experience practicing business and real estate law. His expertise covers a wide spectrum of complex real estate transactions and litigation involving real estate sales, acquisitions, development, title insurance, leasing, lending, property taxes, foreclosures, and workouts.

Patrick, a past chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, was recently awarded the C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award for exemplary contributions to the section over an extended period of time. He is an ex officio member of the section’s governing council and serves on many of its committees, including as chair of the Pro Bono Committee. A Leadership Oakland alumnus, Patrick has served on the boards of several community organizations. Moreover, he has been an adjunct professor of law teaching real estate transactions at the Ave Maria School of Law, and is on the real estate advisory board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

A frequent author and lecturer on real estate topics for professional and industry organizations, Patrick is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA for Real Estate.

Cases / Matters

  • Served as counsel in connection with the acquisition of multiple parcels of land, obtaining numerous government grants and tax incentives and the drafting and negotiating construction contracts for an advanced lithium ion battery manufacturing facility
  • Negotiated the acquisition of a 230,000 square foot industrial facility on behalf of a major Chinese purchaser
  • Sale of corporate real estate assets: represented seller in all legal aspects of sale
  • Negotiated the acquisition of a 150,000 square foot industrial facility on behalf of the purchaser
  • Represented 112,000 square foot corporate office and R&D complex; represented foreign purchaser in all aspects of transaction
  • Prevailed on Motion for Summary Disposition (and subsequent appeal) on behalf of an anchor tenant in a shopping center, and against the landlord who claimed wrongful termination of the lease
  • Represented hotel owner to bid in and purchased all hard assets of bankrupt onsite restaurant and obtained a full release from lease
  • Negotiated numerous lease transactions for national and international locations
  • Represented national manufacturer and distributor on real estate loan involving multiple properties
  • Litigated lease disputes on behalf of tenants concerning operating expenses in connection with lease audits

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., cum laude (1987)
  • Central Michigan University, B.S., cum laude (1979)

State Admissions

  • Michigan

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Detroit Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Stop Gap: Michigan’s Recording Laws Conformed to Practice,” Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Summer 2009)
  • Co-Author, “Michigan Residential Real Estate Transactions,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Case Comments, Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Fall 2005)
  • Case Comments, Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Summer 2005)
  • Case Comments, Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring 2005)
  • Case Comments, Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Winter 2004)
  • “In Re Forty Acres—Judicial Interpretation of the Michigan Superpriority Environmental Lien Statute Poses New Problems,” Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 1999)
  • “Unearthing the State’s ‘Hidden Priority’ Environmental Lien,” Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring 1997)
  • “Annual Survey of the Michigan Law of Real Property,” 37 Wayne Law Review 2B, 1991
  • “Annual Survey of the Michigan Law of Real Property,” 36 Wayne Law Review 2, 1990
  • “The Free Exercise Clause and Unemployment Compensation For Religious Converts,” 33 Wayne Law Review 159, 1986

Presentations

  • “Seller Financing: Sometimes it makes Cents (and Dollars),” International Council of Shopping Centers, Annual Conference (Michigan), February 2013
  • “Land Contracts: Dealing with Common Issues,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, August 2012
  • “Get ‘em out by Friday: Owner’s, Manager’s and Tenant’s Roles in Avoiding and Effecting Evictions,” International Council of Shopping Centers, Annual Conference (Michigan), February 2012
  • “Tales from the Crypt: Horror Stories from the World of Easements and Boundary Disputes,” Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, 71st Annual Meeting, February 2012
  • “Rights of First Refusal and Rights of First Offer: Are You Getting What You Bargained For?,” International Council of Shopping Centers, Annual Conference (Michigan), January 2011
  • “Land Contracts and Other Types of Seller Financing,” Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Summer Conference, July 2010
  • “When Advertisement Isn’t Enough—The Court Process and Foreclosures/Workouts,” Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, April 2010
  • Adjunct Professor (Real Estate Transactions), Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2008-2009)
  • “Land Contract Forfeitures, Foreclosures and Workouts,” Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Annual Conference, June 2009
  • “Deeds and Conveyances,” Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Summer Conference, July 2005
  • “Legal Issues for Commercial Real Estate Brokers,” Grubb & Ellis in-house seminar, April 2005
  • “Handling Residential Real Estate Transactions,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, May 2004
  • “Real Estate and Mortgage Planning Symposium,” Nicholas & Co., Certified Mortgage Planners, April 2004
  • “Commercial and Residential Evictions,” Sterling Education Services, February 2004
  • “Where to Draw the Line: The Role of the Surveyor and Attorney in Boundary Creation and Boundary Dispute Resolution,” State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, “Homeward Bound” Series, December 2001
  • “Real Estate Construction,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 2000
  • “Real Estate Sales and Purchases,” “Foundation Series,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, February 2000
  • “ABC’s of Resolving Post Closing Problems and Disputes: Arbitration Before Court?,” State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section “Homeward Bound” Series, December 1999
  • “Michigan Real Estate Documents: Contract and Regulatory Issues,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 1999
  • “Michigan Commercial Eviction Proceedings,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, June 1997
  • “Understanding the Role of Legal Descriptions and Surveys in Real Estate Transactions,” Metropolitan Detroit Bar Association, April 1997
  • “Real Estate Sales and Purchases,” “Foundation Series” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, February 1996
  • “Michigan Real Property Disputes,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March 1995

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers (2013 and 2014)
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2011-2015)
  • Designated "Lawyer of the Year" in Detroit for Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers in America (2014-2015)
  • Named leader in Michigan Real Estate - Chambers USA (2011-2014)
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit
    • Land Use and Zoning Law (2011-2013)
    • Real Estate Law (2013)
  • C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section (2012)

Community Activities

  • Ave Maria School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, Board of Directors (Past Member)
  • Christian Leadership Academy, Board of Directors (Past Member)
  • Crossroads Pregnancy Center, Inc., Advisory Board Member
  • Leadership Oakland Alumnus
  • Christ Community Church (Rochester, MI), Music Ministry (Past Director)
Phone
248-220-1350
FAX
248-646-5075
Locations
  • (McDonald Hopkins PLC)
    39533 Woodward Avenue
    Suite 318
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304