Rob LaBelle graduated with honors with an A.B. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1982, and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985, graduating in the top quarter of his class. Before joining Myers Nelson Dillon & Shierk in 2004, Mr. LaBelle had practiced for 19 years as a partner and associate at one of Michigan's largest law firms.
Mr. LaBelle's practice has focused on real estate and environmental law, with a substantial emphasis on the acquisition, sale, development, leasing and subleasing of commercial real estate, surplus asset disposition, and environmental regulation and investigation. In these practice areas, he has represented national retailers and restaurants, such as Borders Books, Kmart Corporation, Ruby Tuesdays, and Long John Silvers, as well as important regional retailers, such as MC Sports, and auto industry suppliers, such as Delta USA Corporation and NGK Ceramics. Mr. LaBelle has also represented national developers and landlords, including Liberty Property Trust. He has negotiated and drafted hundreds of leases and subleases. He ran the team which specialized in the disposition of excess property holdings for several Fortune 500 companies, which has transferred over 32,000,000 square feet of space. Mr. LaBelle has also worked in real estate financing, heading large conventional loans and projects involving sale-leasebacks and 1031 land exchanges.
Mr. LaBelle also has substantial experience in oil and gas law and leasing, condominium law, mortgage workouts and commercial and landlord-tenant litigation.
Mr. LaBelle has presented seminars on
many commercial real estate and leasing topics for the Law Conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has been published in the Oakland County Bar Association's Laches.
Mr. LaBelle married Beth Tomlinson in 1985 and has three children, Kathryn, Cory and Joel. He is very active in his community of Livonia and his church, Mt. Hope Congregational Church, including as an organizer of the Livonia CROP Walk and the Livonia Church Softball Tournament, and as a deacon and trustee of Mt. Hope.