John M. Valentine is Vice President and General Counsel at Olympia Development of Michigan, and has held the position since June 2018.
While at Olympia Development, Valentine has led the legal aspects of the company’s development of new projects in The District Detroit and in Detroit’s suburbs, several significant historical renovations within the District Detroit, and office and retail leasing efforts for new and existing assets.
Prior to joining Olympia Development, Valentine advised clients in all aspects of complex commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States, with an emphasis on representing institutional capital sources and family offices in connection with acquisitions and dispositions of real property, financings (both traditional and alternative), asset management, leasing, development, and joint ventures.
His experience includes a broad range of real estate types, including mixed - use entertainment and retail projects, sports facilities, office properties, multi - family residential complexes (both market rate and low - income), warehouse/industrial buildings, golf courses, data centers, and senior housing facilities. He has represented buyers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of commercial property, counseled borrowers, and lenders in connection with the financing of real property, advised owners and operators in connection with development, management and leasing of urban and suburban properties, and represented capital sources in the formation and documentation of real estate joint ventures.
Mr. Valentine is a Michigan native and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, in political science, and from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude.