James W. Govert

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Real estate practice includes all aspects of real estate including property acquisition and disposition; mortgage and mezzanine financing; construction and land development; commercial leasing and joint venture formation.  Additional experience in complex commercial real estate finance, including synthetic leasing and sale-leaseback transactions; workouts and foreclosures; ground leases; like-kind (IRC § 1031) exchanges; and office and retail leasing on behalf of both landlords and tenents.

Particular areas of expertise involve negotiating and drafting development agreements and public/private partnerships to structure the successful acquisition, financing and sale or lease of private and municipal redevelopment projects; creating nonprofit joint ventures for affordable houseing and economic development; and crafting specialized entities and condominium documents to assist with development project financing, including commercial bank funding, tax credits and taxable and tax-exempt bond funding.

Investment Incentives and Tax Benefits

Procurement, negotiation, and consulting with respect to state and local economic development incentives and tax abatements relating to real and personal property.

Capital Markets Lending

Capital markets lending practice includes representation of both lenders and borrowers, including defeasance and assumption transactions, workouts and foreclosures.

Civic, Cultural, and Social Activities

Michigan Ability Partners
Board of Directors,2003-present
President, 2007-present
Vice-President, 2006
Community Spirit Award, 2007

Washtenaw Land Trust
Board of Directors, 2005-present
Secretary, 2006-present

Leadership Ann Arbor, Class of 2004

Ann Arbor Book Festival
Board of Directors, 2003-2005
Treasurer, 2003-2005

Contact James W. Govert

Contact James W. Govert

Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.
101 North Main Street
7th Floor
Ann Arbor, Michigan  48104
Phone: (734) 668-7762
Fax: (734) 747-7147


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania