C. Leslie Banas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Troy, MI

Kemp Klein Law Firm
 | 201 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 600
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248-740-5669
Fax: 248-528-5129
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (40%),
  • Real Estate: Business (40%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (10%)
Attorney Profile

C. Leslie Banas is a shareholder in the Kemp Klein Law Firm, in Troy, Michigan, concentrating on business and commercial real estate matters. She represents established businesses and entrepreneurial companies in Troy, Michigan and across the U.S. She also assists international investors purchasing U.S. real estate.

Ms. Banas counsels clients in asset acquisitions and sales, loan transactions, and business formation and planning matters.

She represents office, retail, industrial and condominium property owners in a wide variety of real estate matters, including construction and financing. Ms. Banas also helps businesses like insurance companies, health care providers, business furniture retailers and manufacturers lease space for their business operations and dispose of unused buildings.

Ms. Banas has extensive experience in real estate development and entitlement matters, including redevelopment of obsolete and historic properties like shuttered manufacturing plants, hospitals and racetracks, and negotiating leases and build outs for retail stores and restaurants.

A significant part of her practice has been devoted to helping clients acquire, repair and operate multifamily rental housing; close HUD and Fannie Mae loans; and negotiate arrangements with tax credit purchasers.

Ms. Banas often serves as local counsel to national or regional companies in transactions involving Michigan assets.

Ms. Banas helps form limited liability companies and limited partnerships. She also assists non-profit housing, educational and charitable organizations in formation and governance matters.

Ms. Banas is licensed to practice in all Michigan state and federal courts.

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, Business Organizations

Real Estate (40%): Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance

Land Use/Zoning (10%)

Mergers & Acquisitions (10%)

Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts, Business Organizations, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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About Leslie Banas

Admitted: 1976, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://kkue.com/c-leslie-banas/


  • 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, 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/Writings:

  • Editor, Michigan Business Laws Annotated, 2008-2010


  • 2017 - Fannie Mae mortgage loan financing of first 2 phases of independent senior apartment project and development and construction loan financing of third phase.
  • 2016 - Local counsel to borrower in a $100M+ asset based loan transaction secured by borrower's portfolio of skilled nursing home properties.
  • 2016 - Representation of municipal property owner in sale of former prison site and establishment of PUD to accomodate development of mixed use residential and retail project on land.
  • 2017 - Release of 40,000sf retail building originally developed as Sports Authority store to regional funiture retailer.
  • 2017 - Reorganization of LLC developer/owner of hotel and apartment project

Educational Background:

  • University of Detroit Mercy, Economics, Honors Program
  • Wayne State University Law School

Industry Groups

  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Multifamily Housing
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Services
  • Wellness
Find Me Online
Website - www.kkue.com
Office Location for C. Leslie Banas

201 West Big Beaver Road
Suite 600
Troy, MI 48084

Phone: 248-740-5669

Fax: 248-528-5129

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Last Updated: 1/17/2019

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