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  • Education
    • M.B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2011, Beta Gamma Sigma
    • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1989, Order of the Coif
    • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1984, English
    • B.A., summa cum laude, Luther College, 1983, English; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Supreme Court, 1998
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1989
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990
Michael Ostermeyer is a seasoned adviser who focuses on results. With more than 25 years of legal experience advising clients on commercial real estate, he understands that the best counsel resides not just in dispensing considered legal answers, but rather in tailoring solutions to reflect a competent understanding of business context. To do this, Mike combines formal business training and recognized business perspective with his considerable depth of experience in corporate portfolios and public real estate projects.

In the firm’s Real Estate Services practice, Mike serves national, regional, and governmental owners and investors of real property. His practice focuses on three areas:
  • Guiding public development and public infrastructure projects
  • Advising corporate, commercial, industrial, and institutional clients—and others who own real estate as an operating rather than a financial asset—in handling and positioning their portfolios
  • Developing commercial, institutional, and industrial realty
Within these areas of emphasis, Mike regularly oversees the handling of significant real estate assets, including multi-site portfolios. He has substantial experience with merger and acquisition and balance sheet transactions. In addition, he regularly addresses real estate-related issues of school, municipal, and tribal law.

Mike has been previously recognized by Chambers USA in its Leading Lawyers for Business. Clients who have offered their assessments to Chambers praise Mike as “very strategic and experienced,” “easy to work with,” “effective in negotiations,” “solution-oriented,” and—most importantly—“an attorney who knows how to get the job done.” They also remark on his “imagination and creativity,” and on his tendency to “stay calm under pressure and focus on the issues that really matter.” Finally, they commend his industriousness, efficiency, and “top-notch client service.”
Public-Private and Public Infrastructure Projects:
  • Principal outside counsel to a private REIT currently deploying more than $1 billion to develop public infrastructure projects across the United States.
  • Principal outside counsel to a private REIT currently emerging to develop healthcare projects (including primary care, diagnostic, residential, and other facilities) to serve workforce constituencies.
  • Counsel to a developer of public-private projects in connection with financing, construction, and managements of K-12 and post-secondary education facilities, student housing, convention facilities, and other privately-financed public infrastructure.
  • Principal outside counsel to a major municipality and its affiliated school district as lead development counsel in efforts to plan, finance, and execute approximately $200 million in public infrastructure development. The project, which also required passage of specific enabling legislation to authorize tax-exempt financing, delivered roughly 1 million square feet of new space in nearly two dozen development projects, together with supporting program enhancements and policy modifications.
Corporate Real Estate Portfolios:
  • Principal real estate counsel to a Forbes Global 2000 firm that provides managed services to business, governmental, and institutional clients worldwide.
  • Principal real estate counsel in handling transfers of approximately $850 million in manufacturing, warehouse, packaging, and transportation facilities in 13 states, conveyed in connection with the combination of domestic operations by two significant food and beverage companies.
  • Counsel to a Fortune 500 manufacturer to structure, document, and close the portfolio sale of more than 4 million square feet of manufacturing, office, and service center space, comprising 24 discrete sites in 17 states and in Canada.
  • Principal outside counsel to a Fortune 500 food and beverage producer in a series of transactions designed to reorient the producer's balance sheet and to better position its manufacturing, packaging, and distribution capabilities. Projects involved, among other discrete matters, the disposition to a strategic partner of major packaging production facilities in New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Illinois, as well as the acquisition (and later sale) of a new production facility in Washington.
  • Principal outside counsel to an array of large, publicly traded companies (including companies in the transportation and logistics, food and beverage, automotive, and heavy manufacturing sectors) in handling leases, purchases, sales, and other realty-related issues arising in connection with manufacturing and distribution of facilities throughout the United States and Europe.