J. Scott Timmer
(231) 747-7160 Ext. 113
scott@ggtmlaw.com

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1980

University of Michigan, B.A. 1977, with honors and high distinction

Memberships

State Bar of Michigan – Real Property Section;

  • Co-Chair of Titles and Conveyancing Committee
  • Co-Chair of 2015 and 2016 Summer Conference
  • Member of Amicus Committee

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Muskegon County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Commercial Alliance of Realtors – West Michigan

  • Member of Forms Committee

Community Involvement

Rotary Club Member

Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan – Board Member

The Other Way Ministries – Board Member and Treasurer

Child and Family Services of Muskegon – Past President and Board Member

Interlaken Association – Past President

Awards & Recognition

“The Best Lawyers in America®” – Real Estate Law

Michigan “Super Lawyer” – Real Estate Law; Business Law

Presentations & Publications

“Adverse Possession, Prescriptive Easements, and Acquiescence: Some Current Issues and a Case Law Update,” Michigan Real Property Review, Winter 2014

“The Application of State Transfer Tax to Entity Interest Transfers,” Michigan Real Property Review, Summer 2009

Scott concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions and negotiating various business agreements.

Experience

Scott has more than 35 years’ experience practicing law and is recognized as an expert in the area of real estate. He has represented developers, landlords, tenants, commercial and industrial property owners, school systems, townships, financial institutions and individuals in matters relating to the acquisition, sale, leasing and zoning of real property. Scott has published several articles and regularly speaks on a variety of real estate related topics, such as adverse possession, boundary disputes, oil and gas leases, real estate transfer taxes, liens and title issues. Scott has handled the acquisition and sale of dozens of businesses in Michigan and throughout the United States. Scott enjoys resolving complicated real estate matters and negotiating complex business deals.

Sample Projects

  • Served as counsel to two NYSE corporations formerly based in Muskegon, Michigan, assisting with numerous acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Served as general counsel, for more than 25 years, to one of West Michigan’s largest private holding companies of manufacturing concerns, and assisted the company in 18 acquisitions.

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1980

University of Michigan, B.A. 1977, with honors and high distinction

Memberships

State Bar of Michigan – Real Property Section;

  • Co-Chair of Titles and Conveyancing Committee
  • Co-Chair of 2015 and 2016 Summer Conference
  • Member of Amicus Committee

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Muskegon County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Commercial Alliance of Realtors – West Michigan

  • Member of Forms Committee

Community Involvement

Rotary Club Member

Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan – Board Member

The Other Way Ministries – Board Member and Treasurer

Child and Family Services of Muskegon – Past President and Board Member

Interlaken Association – Past President

Awards & Recognition

“The Best Lawyers in America®” – Real Estate Law

Michigan “Super Lawyer” – Real Estate Law; Business Law

Presentations & Publications

“Adverse Possession, Prescriptive Easements, and Acquiescence: Some Current Issues and a Case Law Update,” Michigan Real Property Review, Winter 2014

“The Application of State Transfer Tax to Entity Interest Transfers,” Michigan Real Property Review, Summer 2009

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