C. Leslie Banas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Birmingham, MI

Banas and Associates, PLLC
 | 330 Hamilton, Suite 350
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: 248-203-5400
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (40%),
  • Real Estate: Business (40%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%)
Attorney Profile

C. Leslie Banas is the managing member of the law firm of Banas and Associates, PLLC, in Birmingham, Michigan, where she has a successful business and real estate practice. She represents businesses in the Birmingham area. Her clients also include established and entrepreneurial companies operating throughout the U.S. She helps out of state companies acquiring businesses or purchasing properties in Michigan. She also works with foreign buyers acquiring U.S. real estate.

Ms. Banas spent more than 20 years as a partner at a large corporate law firm headquartered in Detroit before founding her own firm in 2009.

Licensed to practice in all Michigan state and federal courts since 1976, she works with clients in the real estate, affordable housing, retail, hospitality, health care, manufacturing and professional service industries.

Ms. Banas assists clients with business transactions, contract negotiations, and business formation. She is a recognized authority on commercial real estate development and affordable multifamily rental housing finance.

Ms. Banas received the highest possible rating, AV Preeminent,* from Martindale-Hubbell, a respected attorney peer review organization. She has also been listed in the publication "The Best Lawyers in America" and has also been recognized as a top lawyer by the publication DBusiness. She was named by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the 100 most influential women in Southeastern Michigan.

Active in professional organizations, Ms. Banas belongs to the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. She is also active in community service organizations and sits on the advisory board of the Urban Land Institute Michigan. She has also served as president of the Women's Economic Club and as chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Real Property Law Section.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business/Corporate (40%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts

Real Estate (40%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Land Use/Zoning (10%)

Focus Areas

Business/Corporate: Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017

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About Leslie Banas

Admitted 1976, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://www.banaslegal.net/attorneys/c-leslie-banas/

Honors and Awards:

  • President's Award, HAVEN
  • Inner Circle Award, Inforum/Deloitte
  • 100 Most Influential Women in Southeastern Michigan, Crain's Detroit Business
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • Listed in DBusiness Top Lawyers
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan , 2008
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers and Michigan Housing Council
  • Advisory Board, Urban Land Institute - Michigan
  • Past Chair, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President, Women's Economic Club (n/k/a Inforum), 2001
  • ULI Michigan District Council, 2009 to present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Editor, Michigan Business Laws Annotated, 2008-2010

Transactions:

  • Medical and Wellness Center - Legal assistance with client's development of cutting edge medical and wellness center in Brighton, MI. Senior Housing - Fannie Mae mortgage loan refinancing of first two phases of independent senior apartment property, and development and construction financing of third phase of project. Major Office Lease - Lease of 120,000sf office space by health care insurer, and resolution of issues relating to landlord's mortgage default and foreclosure sale of building. Sports Authority Bankruptcy - Representation of landlord in connection with tenant The Sports Authority's bankruptcy. Restaurant Purchase - Purchase of assets of iconic restaurant in Birmingham, MI, organization of new restaurant opertion, business financing, and LLC operating agreement among owners. Recycling Facility - Acquisition of obsolete manufacturing facility, regulatory approval for operation of recycling plant, constructin of new LEED-certified dual stream recycling facility.  

Educational Background:

  • B.A., magna cum laude, honors program, University of Detroit Mercy

Industry Groups

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Health Care
  • Multifamily/Affordable Housing
  • Non Profit Organizations And Foundations
  • Retail
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Wind Energy
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    Office Location for C. Leslie Banas

    330 Hamilton
    Suite 350
    Birmingham, MI 48009

    Phone: 248-203-5400

     

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    Last Updated: 1/18/2017

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