Our Practice Areas

Business Law – Corporate, Real Estate, Motor Vehicle Dealerships

Our Business Law Section attorneys are recognized experts in providing practical solutions to the day-to-day issues confronting closely held businesses, family enterprises and entrepreneurial clients. From start-up to fully mature businesses, Abbott Nicholson is dedicated helping clients achieve immediate and long-term business objectives. Business Law is the core practice group within Abbott Nicholson and serves a wide range of clients in diverse industries and professions – from automotive suppliers to professional corporations. The business law needs of our clients are complex, often requiring extensive analysis and always dependent on sound legal judgment. Our services are delivered promptly with accuracy and cost effectiveness.

Real Estate Transactions and Financing

The firm handles real estate matters for individuals, businesses and groups of investors, with assistance provided at every stage of a transaction including analysis, negotiation, financing, and preparation of legal documents. The firm also handles leases, real estate ownership entities and financing arrangements.

The goal of our real estate practice group is to help navigate this process from beginning to end. Our professionals are experienced in the acquisition, development, construction, financing, zoning, leasing, and disposition of commercial, residential, and public real estate sites. We represent buyers, sellers, tenants, landlords, developers, creditors, distressed clients, and investment groups. In each representation, we are committed to making the transaction work for you by providing both creative analysis and practical solutions.

Motor Vehicle Dealerships

Abbott Nicholson has a large presence as a legal representative for one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors of our economy – motor vehicle dealers and dealerships. The firm represents the Michigan Auto Dealers Association – with nearly 700 members who are franchised new-vehicle dealers throughout Michigan – and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, which represents more than 200 dealerships throughout Southeast Michigan.

Abbott Nicholson also is the law firm that provides the legal guidance to one the world’s premiere automotive events – the North American International Auto Show, which brings in more than 800,000 guests, is covered by more than 5,400 journalists from 60 countries and features 50 global automakers.We also represent the Southeastern Michigan Dodge Dealers Association, the Metro Detroit Ford Dealers Association, the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers Association, the Flint Auto Dealers Association and numerous individual dealerships.

From negotiating and executing dealership purchase/sale agreements, to analyzing, forming and planning ownership formats for dealerships and their related companies, Abbott Nicholson attorneys are involved at every juncture. The firm has extensive experience dealing with the state and federal agencies that license and regulate the retail automotive business, defending against consumer complaints in court and administrative tribunals, and helping assure clients’ rights are upheld under franchise agreements and laws.

Because of the depth of our knowledge of the industry and of the operation of motor vehicle dealerships in particular, we have been appointed and approved as defense counsel by various insurance companies which write casualty and liability coverage specifically for motor vehicle dealerships. As a result, we are frequently engaged by these insurance carriers to provide defense counsel to dealerships which have been sued in various state and federal courts.