Nicolas M. Morano
(231) 291-0109
nicolas@ggtmlaw.com

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 2008, magna cum laude

University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, B.B.A 2005, with high distinction

Memberships

State Bar of Michigan – Real Property and Business Law Sections

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Real Property Section Executive Committee Member

Muskegon County Bar Association

Community Involvement

City of Norton Shores Planning Commission Member

Mona Shores Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee Member

Awards & Recognition

 

Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”

Presentations & Publications

Contributor, State-By-State Guide to Commercial Leasing, 2014-2018

Co-Presenter, “Construction Contracting Today: Key Legal and Drafting Issues,” ALI-CLE 2014

Presenter, “The End of the Beginning: The Intersection of Fit Out and Lease Commencement,” State Bar of Michigan Real Estate Section Summer Conference, 2013

Nic concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and corporate law.  He provides clients with practical advice on various legal issues affecting businesses and entrepreneurs.

Experience

With more than a decade of working closely with clients, Nic has extensive experience in counseling businesses and individuals in real estate and corporate matters.  In his real estate practice, Nic represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of matters, including acquisition, sales, leasing, financing, construction, condominium, alternative energy and zoning matters.  In his corporate practice, Nic assists clients in the sale and acquisition of businesses, and he also regularly advises clients on governance, contracts and other general corporate matters.

Sample Projects

  • Assisted entrepreneurs and businesses in organizational planning and forming  new business entities and the acquisition and disposition of assets and real estate.
  • Counsel to for-profit and non-profit companies in negotiating business contracts and advising on corporate governance issues.
  • Represented landlords and tenants in the lease of office, industrial, retail and medical spaces.
  • Assisted developers and entrepreneurs in the acquisition, development and sale of commercial, industrial, office, medical and residential properties.
  • Counsel to developers in connection with the creation, development and operation of numerous condominium projects, including residential, commercial, industrial, medical and mixed-use projects.
  • Counsel to condominium associations in addressing master deed, bylaws, real estate and corporate matters.
  • Represented large furniture manufacturer in the sale and lease of multiple complex properties.
  • Represented property owner in a complex ground lease involving the construction and development of a 15-story mixed-use tower and a 12-story hotel tower.
  • Counsel to property owners and contractors in the preparation and negotiation of several complex design and construction contracts.
  • Counsel to individuals and businesses in the preparation and negotiation of easement agreements, license agreements and other general real estate agreements.
  • Assisted individuals and business in several land division, boundary adjustments and other zoning and land use matters.
  • Counsel to borrowers and lenders in the preparation and negotiation of loan agreements and related financing documents.

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 2008, magna cum laude

University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, B.B.A 2005, with high distinction

Memberships

State Bar of Michigan – Real Property and Business Law Sections

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Real Property Section Executive Committee Member

Muskegon County Bar Association

Community Involvement

City of Norton Shores Planning Commission Member

Mona Shores Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee Member

Awards & Recognition

 

Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”

Presentations & Publications

Contributor, State-By-State Guide to Commercial Leasing, 2014-2018

Co-Presenter, “Construction Contracting Today: Key Legal and Drafting Issues,” ALI-CLE 2014

Presenter, “The End of the Beginning: The Intersection of Fit Out and Lease Commencement,” State Bar of Michigan Real Estate Section Summer Conference, 2013

Recent News

Nicolas M. Morano, Accomplished Real Estate Attorney, Joins GGTM Law
Posted on February 11, 2019
Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (“GGTM”) welcomes Nicolas M. Morano, who recently joined the growing ranks of experienced attorneys at GGTM. Nic has more than a decade of experience in counseling businesses and entrepreneurs in complex real estate and corporate matters. As a Mona Shores High School graduate, Nic is excited to transition his practice back home to the Muskegon area after spending the first ten years of his career with a large law firm in Grand Rapids.  Nic’s breadth of experience in a wide variety of real estate and corporate matters is a valuable asset to GGTM and... MORE
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
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