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Ronald E. Reynolds

Partner, Detroit
Detroit
t: 248.901.0301
f: 248.540.8059

Overview

Ron Reynolds has a diverse business and litigation practice which includes counseling clients on business, employment and real estate issues, as well as litigating real property, employment, business and commercial matters.  He has substantive experience in trial courts, appellate courts and arbitration venues, and has been appointed both a facilitator and an arbitrator in complex commercial and real property law cases.  He also serves in a "general counsel" capacity for several small businesses.

Ron is listed in Best Lawyers in four categories: Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Litigation; and Real Estate Law.  He was named 2019 Lawyer of the Year in the Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law category by Best Lawyers.  Ron has twice been selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan and Top 50 Business Lawyers in Michigan by Super Lawyers.

Ron is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Claims, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as other U.S. federal circuit and district courts.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Named, Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year", Real Estate Law (2021)
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2015 – 2021)
  • NamedBest Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year", Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (2019)
  • 2006-2018 Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan and Top 50 Business Lawyers in Michigan 2013 and 2014
  • dBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit
    • 2010 -- Eminent Domain
    • 2012 -- Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law
    • 2013 -- Eminent Domain, Condemnation Law and Land Use & Zoning Law
    • 2015 -- Real Estate Law
    • 2016 -- Land Use & Zoning Law & Real Estate Law
    • 2017 -- Land Use & Zoning Law
    • 2019 -- Land Use & Zoning Law
  • 2014-2019 Leading Lawyers for Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law and Real Estate Law: Commercial
  • Martindale-Hubbell® -- AV Preeminent ®-- Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence (1998-2018)

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Section, Past Council Chair
    • Current Chair, Sponsorship and Nominating Committee
    • Past Chair, Eminent Domain Committee
    • Past Chair, Continuing Legal Education
  • State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan,  Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Community Activities

  • Crossroads for Youth Non-Profit, Oxford, MI.  Chair, Board of Directors
  • Advocates Guild, Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Leadership Oakland.  President of the Board of Directors 2006-2007
  • American Inns of Court, University of Detroit Mercy Law School

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News

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Navigating the Rapids:  Understanding the Nuances of Water Rights in Michigan."  Moderator for presentation -- speakers included Catherine A. Riesterer & Nicholas Schroeck.  Homeward Bound, an In-Depth Panel Presentation by the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, December 6, 2018
  • "Retaliation: How to Avoid the #1 Charge Filing and Write Position Statements to Withstand EEOC Scrutiny, BLR Webinar, October 24, 2017
  • “Preparing for a Smooth Exit – Arbitration Agreements, Releases and Severance Agreements,” Presented with Bernice McReynolds at The Murray Law Group’s 21st Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – Changing Times, Changing Law:  HR Solutions and Best Practices, October 28, 2016
  • “Navigating the Changes to the Department of Labor’s FLSA Regulations,” Panelist with Greg Murray and Gary Fealk for Plenary Session at The Murray Law Group’s 21st Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, October 28, 2016
  • “Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law: Proposed FLSA Regulations and Same-Sex Marriage,” Panelist with Greg Murray and Bill Altman for Plenary Session at Vercruysse Murray’s 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – The Changing Workplace:  Management Essentials for Today’s Legal Landscape, October 14, 2015
  • “Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA,” Presented with Greg Murray at Vercruysse Murray’s 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, October 14, 2015
  • “Confidentiality and Non-Compete Agreements:  Enforceability and Drafting,” Presented with Jim Roach at Vercruysse Murray’s 19th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – Managing Your Workforce:  Pragmatic Solutions to Everyday Problems, October 7, 2014
  • "Appraisals in Real Estate Transactions & Litigation"  – May 1, 2014, ICLE & Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Program (Jerome P. Pesick, Moderator, Panelists – James N. Candler, Jr., Kevin A. Kernen and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “Complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” Presented with Gary Fealk at Vercruysse Murray & Calzone 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – Adjusting to the New Normal – The Expanded Role of Government in Employment Relations, October 17, 2013
  • “Your Government, Your Neighbor, and Your Water:  The Ebb and Flow of Property Rights” – November 1, 2012, ICLE & Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Program (Ronald E. Reynolds, Moderator, Panelists – Lorri B. King and Jason C. Long)
  • "Abundance v. Scarcity: Water Rights in MI and AZ"  – 2010 Winter Conference, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (Azim Q. Hameed and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use” – September 2008, National Business Institute (Gregory K. Need, Tyler Tennant and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “Water and Real Estate Transactions:  Why Real Estate Lawyers Need to Know How to Swim” – December 7, 2007,  ICLE & Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Program (Ronald E. Reynolds, Moderator, Panelists Jeffrey H. Bednar and Paul F. Bohn)
  • “Road and Access Law:  Successfully Handling Disputes” – November 2007, National Business Institute (Alan Ackerman, Rod A. Dunlap, Douglas R. Kelly and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “Eminent Domain:  Legal Update” – August 2006, National Business Institute (Gerry Fisher and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “New Evidentiary Issues Dealing with Real Estate Appraisals” – 2006 Summer Conference, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “Law Easements:  Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in Michigan” – July 26, 2006, Lorman Educational Services (Dennis Hagerty, Andrew Reed and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “Benefits:  Impact on Determining Just Compensation” – Summer 2004 CLE Conference (Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “Appraisals and Land Valuations” – 2001 Summer Conference, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “Developing the Vacant Corner into the Neighboring Retail Center:  From Acquisition to Zoning” – November 9, 2000, ICLE & Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Program (Ronald E. Reynolds, Brian P. Henry and Thomas A. Wardlow)

Articles

  • The Law of Eminent Domain:  Fifty-State Survey – Author of State of Michigan Chapter (ABA Publishing 2012) (Updates for 2019)
  • Co-Author, Chapter 11: Real Property Damages; Chapter 12: Condemnation and Regulatory Takings, Damages and Remedies in Michigan, ICLE 2017
  • "Homeward Bound 2016-2017: Zoning and Municipal Approvals" -- The Process, ICLE, May 4, 2017
  • “Navigating the Changes to the Department of Labor’s FLSA Regulations,” Panelist with Greg Murray and Gary Fealk for Plenary Session and “Preparing for a Smooth Exit – Arbitration Agreements, Releases and Severance Agreements,” Presented with Bernice McReynolds at The Murray Law Group’s 21st Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, October 28, 2016
  • “Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law: Proposed FLSA Regulations and Same-Sex Marriage,” Panelist with Greg Murray and Bill Altman for Plenary Session and "Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA,” Presented with Greg Murray at Vercruysse Murray’s 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, October 14, 2015
  • “Confidentiality and Non-Compete Agreements:  Enforceability and Drafting,” Presented with Jim Roach at Vercruysse Murray’s 19th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – Managing Your Workforce:  Pragmatic Solutions to Everyday Problems, October 7, 2014
  • “Complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” Presented with Gary Fealk at Vercruysse Murray & Calzone 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar – Adjusting to the New Normal – The Expanded Role of Government in Employment Relations, October 17, 2013
  • Michigan Law of Damages and Other Remedies – Co-Author of Chapter 20 (Proving the Value of Real Property), Chapter 21 (Damages Recoverable in Eminent Domain Cases) and Chapter 22 (Damages for Regulatory Takings) (ICLE 2008) (Updated online annually)
  • “Wiggins v City of Burton:  The Court of Appeals Successfully Transforms Water Into Sticks, but Misses the Mark on Inverse Condemnation” – Michigan Real Property Review, Spring 2012 (Ronald E. Reynolds and Christopher S. Frescoln)
  • “Go With the Flow:  Common Law Standards Governing Surface Runoff Among Neighboring Properties, Michigan Real Property Review, Winter 2008 (Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “Recent Changes in Eminent Domain Law” – Michigan Bar Journal, November 2007 (Jerome P. Pesick and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “The MDEQ at Odd with Itself (and the law) Over New Guidance Expanding Jurisdiction Over Wetlands Less than Five Acres in Size” – Michigan Real Property Review, Summer 2005 (Ronald E. Reynolds and Joseph M. Rogowski, II)
  • “The ‘Public Use” Limitation on the Taking of Property:  Back to the Future” – MichiganReal Property Review, Spring 2005 (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “The ‘Public Use’ Limitation on the Taking of Property:  In Need of Life Support?” MichiganReal Property Review, Fall 2003 (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)
  • “The ‘Public Use’ Limitation on the Taking of Property:  Alive and Well in Michigan” –Michigan Real Property Review, Fall 2001 (David W. Berry and Ronald E. Reynolds)

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