Timothy J. Orlebeke


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One of Tim's specialties is real estate law, which includes commercial and residential property transactions, condominium development and conversions, and representation of management companies, real estate brokers, developers, landlords and tenants. Tim's practice also encompasses virtually all aspects of business law, and he regularly forms and represents corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.


His non-profit real estate development clients include the three most successful in West Michigan. In the past 20 years, these clients have built or renovated more than 2500 units of high-quality, safe, and affordable housing, and offered them for sale or rent. This creative blending of housing, state and federal historic rehabilitation, and new markets credits, with available public funds, has leveraged tens of millions of dollars of private investment in the creation of housing, commercial and office space that otherwise would never have been built.


Tim and his wife Erin are blessed to be the proud parents of six boys, who keep them both busy and young. The family lives in Rockford, Michigan, and is active in many church, school, and extracurricular activities.

  • Coldwell Banker Schmidt Real Estate
  • Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids
  • Genesis Nonprofit Housing Corporation
  • Inner City Christian Federation
  • Many small- and medium-sized businesses
  • American Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association, General Practice Section, Construction Law Committee
  • American Bar Association, Michigan Supreme Court Landlord/Tenant Court Rules Drafting Committee
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Corporate Banking and Business Law
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Section, Broker and Mortgage Services Committee
  • Kent County Housing Commission, 1996 - 2005
  • Kent County Housing Commission, President, 2001 - 2005
  • Interurban Transit Partnership, Board of Trustees, 1997 - 2003
  • East Grand Rapids, MI, City Commissioner, 1996 - 2000
  • "A Primer on Legal and Tax Considerations." In Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income: A Guide to Successful Enterprise Strategies., (Co-Author with William H. Heritage Jr.), Yale School of Management, 2004
  • "A Primer on Legal and Tax Considerations."
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate
  • Development and Financing Law
  • General Business Law
  • Contract Law
  • Real Estate Litigation
BAR Admissions
  • Michigan, 1978
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1980
  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Calvin College
    • B.A. - 1974