Areas of Practice

Business and Corporate

Commercial Litigation

Real Estate

Robert L. Nelson


Phone: 616-732-5000
Fax: 616-732-5099

Bob Nelson has more than 40 years’ experience as a commercial and real estate lawyer. He has represented individuals and publicly- and privately-held companies in a wide range of commercial transactions and disputes, including the organization and governance of business entities, internal disputes among entity owners, direct and derivative claims, the acquisition and disposition of business enterprises and assets, and litigation and arbitrations involving the interpretation and enforcement of commercial contracts, and claims under the Michigan Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and the Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act.

A substantial part of Bob’s practice over the years centered on the representation of institutional lenders in the negotiation of financing documents, the creation and enforcement of liens and security interests, commercial loan participation and syndication agreements, inter-creditor agreements, commercial and standby letters of credit, and other commercial contracts.

Bob has also represented owners of property bordering the Great Lakes, inland lakes and other bodies of water, clients in the acquisition and disposition of interests in timber, minerals, oil and gas, and other natural resources, and developers of single and multi-family residential projects and commercial, office, and industrial properties in the full range of their activities, including the acquisition, development, and disposition of land, and related zoning, financing, and leasing activities.

Bob has been recognized in every edition of Best Lawyers in America since it was first published in 1983, and in 2014 he was named by Best Lawyers as Grand Rapids Corporate Lawyer of the year. He was elected to membership in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1985, and has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer.

Bob is also the chairperson of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and Business and Corporate Practice Group.

Bar Admission:

  • Michigan, 1971


  • University of Michigan, J.D., 1971
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1968

Recognition by Peers

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Grand Rapids Corporate Lawyer of the Year, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan