Brandan A. Hallaq

Brandan A. Hallaq is an attorney with Hirzel Law, PLC where he concentrates his practice in the areas of business/corporate and real estate law. He litigates cases involving defective construction, contract disputes, shareholder/member disputes, quiet title actions to determine interests in property, enforcement of restrictive covenants, real estate foreclosure actions, and bankruptcy matters representing creditors. Mr. Hallaq also leads the real estate transactions department at Hirzel Law, PLC where he negotiates and prepares documents for business and real estate transactions, including purchase agreements, franchise agreements, loan/financing documents, and commercial and residential leases and mortgages. Mr. Hallaq is also licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Michigan where he manages his own brokerage company, Palatial Realty Group, as its Principal Associate Broker.

In each year from 2018 through 2020, he has been recognized as a Rising Star in the area of real estate law by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation that is given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in the State of Michigan each year. He was also recognized as a 2020 Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, an award given to no more than 30 attorneys in the state each year, and he was recognized in the inaugural issue of the 2021 Best Lawyers in America: “Ones to Watch” list for professional excellence in real estate law.

Mr. Hallaq obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School in May 2016 where he graduated cum laude. During law school, he served as an Assistant Editor on the Wayne Law Review, where his Student Note was selected for publication, and he participated in the Transactional Law Competition where students were required to draft and negotiate a complex agreement for a large business transaction. He also received the Bronze and Silver Key Certificates for academic excellence, was awarded the 2016 Association of Corporate Counsel Michigan Scholarship Award for excellence in business and corporate law classes, and was named as a Dean’s Scholar for all three years of law school. Prior to joining Hirzel Law, PLC, Mr. Hallaq worked for a Federal Judge and in a Fortune 500 corporation’s in-house legal department.

He can be reached at (248) 478-1800 or at bhallaq@hirzellaw.com.

 

Publications

Major Revisions to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act: Why Michigan Associations Should Take Note, Michigan Real Property Review published by the Real Property Law Section State Bar of Michigan, 42 Mich. Real Prop. Rev. 41 (2015).

An Important Lesson for Condominium Developers: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, December 22, 2016.

In Re Fuqua: An Examination Of The Consequences Of Utilizing Various Methods Of Valuation In Bankruptcy Proceedings, 62 Wayne Law Review 273 (2017).

Why Every Condominium and Homeowners Association Should Trademark its Name and Logo: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, February 6, 2017.

Condominium Association’s Right to an Easement: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, March 17, 2017.

What is a Personal Guaranty and Why is it Important with a Commercial Lease?: The Michigan Real Estate Law Blog, April 13, 2017.

What is a Disclosure Statement and What is Required?: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, April 20, 2017.

The Difference between General and Limited Common Elements in Traditional and Site Condominiums in Michigan: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, June 27, 2017.

Should your Community Association have a Holiday Party?: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, December 14, 2017.

Enforcing Speed Limits in Michigan Condominium and Homeowners Associations: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, January 10, 2018.

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Township in Zoning Ordinance Dispute over Short-Term Rentals: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, November 7, 2018.

Vacating a Road or Alley under the Land Division Act: The Michigan Real Estate Law Blog, May 15, 2019.

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules that the Failure to hold Annual Meetings does not deprive a Nonprofit Corporation’s Board of Directors of Authority to act on behalf of the Corporation: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, July 11, 2019.

Who is Responsible for Carrying Insurance on a Condominium?: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, December 11, 2019.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Commercial Real Estate: The Michigan Real Estate Law Blog, May 20, 2020.

When can a Municipality Impose a Tax Lien against Property for Unpaid Water Charges?: The Michigan Real Estate Law Blog, October 12, 2020.

Boundary Line Disputes and Automatic Easements under the Michigan Condominium Act: The Michigan Community Association Law Blog, December 4, 2020.

 

Presentations

Everything your Community Association needs to know about collecting assessments, Farmington MI, August 2019

Everything your Community Association needs to know about collecting assessments, Webinar, April 2020

Everything your Community Association needs to know about collecting assessments, Webinar, February 2021 

 

Honors & Awards

Association  of Corporate Counsel Michigan Scholarship Award

Wayne State University Law School Dean’s Scholar

2018 “Rising Star” in real estate law by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation that is given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in Michigan each year.

2019 “Rising Star” in real estate law by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation that is given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in Michigan each year.

“10 Best” 2018 Client Satisfaction award from the American Institute of Legal Counsel TM. A significant achievement recognized by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. The AIOLC looks for attorneys who have achieved unparalleled success in their field but mostly have done so for the benefit of their clients.

2020 “Rising Star” in real estate law by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation that is given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in Michigan each year.

2020 Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, an award given to no more than 30 attorneys in the state each year.

2021 Best Lawyers in America: “Ones to Watch” list for professional excellence in real estate law.