J. Scott Timmer
(231) 291-0110
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;

  • Member of Section Council
  • Former Co-Chair of Titles and Conveyancing Committee
  • Co-Chair of Residential Transactions and Finance Committee
  • Co-Chair of 2015 and 2016 Summer Conference
  • Member of Amicus Committee

State Bar of Michigan – Business Law Section

  • Member of Section Council

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Muskegon County Bar Association

Commercial Alliance of Realtors – West Michigan

  • Former Member of Forms Committee

Community Involvement

Rotary Club Member

Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan – Board Member

The Other Way Ministries – Board Member

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

Martindale Hubbell AV Rating (Preeminent Peer Rating)

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 38 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 30 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;

  • Member of Section Council
  • Former Co-Chair of Titles and Conveyancing Committee
  • Co-Chair of Residential Transactions and Finance Committee
  • Co-Chair of 2015 and 2016 Summer Conference
  • Member of Amicus Committee

State Bar of Michigan – Business Law Section

  • Member of Section Council

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Muskegon County Bar Association

Commercial Alliance of Realtors – West Michigan

  • Former Member of Forms Committee

Community Involvement

Rotary Club Member

Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan – Board Member

The Other Way Ministries – Board Member

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

Martindale Hubbell AV Rating (Preeminent Peer Rating)

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

Recent News

Legacy Release Program Funding Completely Allocated
Posted on April 2, 2018
On March 16, 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced that the $36 million in funding earmarked for the Legacy Release Program (LRP) barely 6 months ago (via the passage of Public Act 130 of 2017) has been completely allocated to approved or pending claim submittals. As a result, the MDEQ is not reviewing any additional claims made under the LRP. However, a waiting list of up to 100 more claim applications will be maintained, in the event that current claims do not expend the full approved amount or are otherwise denied. The waiting list information can... MORE
New MUSTA Legislation Enacted
Posted on October 27, 2017
House Bill 4583 was recently signed into law by Governor Snyder.  This Bill creates the “Legacy Release Program”, establishes new options to demonstrate financial responsibility for cleanup fund deductibles, and provides for reimbursement of local units of government (LUG) for certain corrective action costs. The highlights of HB 4583 (now referred to as Public Act 134 of 2017) are outlined below: The Legacy Release Program is created and will be administered by the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA). The intent is to provide a mechanism to aid in the completion of corrective actions and to close out “old”... MORE
Scott Timmer Elected to Serve on Council
Posted on August 4, 2017
GGTM is proud to announce that our own J. Scott Timmer was elected by his peers to serve on the Council for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan at the Section’s annual meeting on July 21, 2017.  The Council term is three years. Scott has been an active member of the Real Property Law Section for a number of years. Scott served as a co-chair for the Section’s Summer Conference for 2015 and 2016. Scott currently chairs the Section’s “Homeward Bound” seminars and acts as the coordinator for the Section’s Residential Transactions and Finance... MORE
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