Laurie S. Raab

Attorney

“I am extremely sensitive to legal fees. By being cost-conscious, highly efficient, and proactive, I add tremendous value for my clients.”

-Attorney Laurie Raab

I work on real estate transactions of all types. I represent clients in drafting and negotiating leases and subleases and with acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and in landlord tenant disputes. My practice also includes general corporate work, and I have a unique niche representing freestanding surgical outpatient facilities in all aspects, including obtaining and maintaining state licensing.

I do not believe in billing for the sake of billing. I am extremely cost conscience and recognize the importance of adding value and not just fees for my clients.  My 21 years of practicing real estate law has provided me with knowledge and expertise to efficiently represent clients in all types of real estate transactions.  With extensive experience representing clients on both sides of transactions, I proactively negotiate and draft fair and successful deals. I am most proud of the fact that I have many longstanding clients who continue to retain me to represent them in each new transaction they undertake. To me, this is the greatest complement and speaks to my strong ability to effectively advocate for my clients.

As part of my real estate and general corporate practice, I represent doctors, dentists, and medical clinics, which includes drafting and negotiating leases, office sharing agreements, and employment and independent contractor agreements. I have a unique expertise in Freestanding Surgical Outpatient Facility licensing. For the past 16 years, I have been successfully representing FSOFs in all aspects of their operation, including working with and advising clients as they applied for and became licensed, correcting noncompliant practices, and defending facilities whose licenses have been challenged due to compliance issues and as a result of complaints brought against them. I have expertise in the broad, and often times, onerous regulations that govern freestanding surgical outpatient facilities. I have strong relationships with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Attorney General’s office. I am proud of my 100% success rate, which includes my clients maintaining their licenses in every instance and even in the most contested and complex cases. I have developed a systemic approach, using a customizable and detailed licensing compliance checklist, conducting mock licensing surveys, providing licensing training for newly hired employees, and presenting seminars for facility staff on licensing matters both proactively and when compliance issues arise.

Education

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan J.D. – 1993
Honors: Article & Book Review Editor

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania B.A. – 1990
Honors: Dean’s List; Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society
Major: Philosophy

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1993
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997

Practice Areas

Real Estate
General Corporate
Surgical Facility Licensing

Honors & Awards

dbusiness Top Lawyers 2014 for Real Estate

Examples of Excellence

  • Recently represented a client with re-financing and closing on an $11,500,000 conduit loan.
  • Assisted client with a land assembly project that included acquiring more than 135 separate parcels of land from various sellers.
  • Negotiated long-term leases throughout the United States and in Europe for a global service provider.
  • Represented client on sale of multiple dental practices and office buildings.
  • Successfully defended a client who had its freestanding surgical outpatient facility license revoked for multiple compliance issues and obtained reinstatement of the license.

Testimonials

We have been working with Laurie Raab in all of our real estate purchases or selling endeavors for many years. Whether personal or commercial ventures, we have found her to be the most thorough attorney we have dealt with in real estate. We have recommended her to anyone looking for her type of services.

Skip & Angie Special, Special Tool & Engineering, Inc

I have worked closely with Laurie Raab for many years on a variety of legal matters. Laurie provided services for my family related to purchases and sales of real property, probate concerns, mortgages and land contracts, and other family office issues. Laurie responds quickly and provides value far in excess of the fees charged. In every case Laurie showed technical expertise and outstanding judgment. I will continue to use Laurie’s services whenever I need legal advice.

Steven R. Weisberg

Laurie Raab has been a tremendous resource for our company on real estate matters. She has handled multi-property land contracts, property acquisitions, and has prepared and reviewed many of our lease agreements. She is always responsive and professional. I would highly recommend her.

Laurie Raab has handled a diverse set of legal matters for our apartment and commercial real estate business, involving sale and purchase of property, financing, contract review, and week-to-week problem resolution. She has consistently provided prompt and thorough attention to our issues, creative solutions, and value for the cost of services. For us it has been a significant improvement over our previous experience as a client of one of Detroit’s larger law firms.

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Awards and Accolades