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Birmingham, Mich.—October 15,  2018 – Jerome P. Pesick, managing shareholder at Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen, P.C. (SPC), and Jason Long, a shareholder with SPC, were faculty presenters at the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Academy II, held in Grand Rapids on October 10-11. SPC is a Michigan-based law firm specializing in eminent domain and condemnation, land use, commercial property tax appeals and complex real estate litigation.

The Real Property Law Academy II is the continuation of a new program from the Real Property Law Section and taught by some of the most respected and experienced Michigan real estate attorneys. The Academy I and Academy II programs, presented in two parts, are designed to provide a basic understanding of the most fundamental aspects of a real estate practice and are targeted for real estate attorneys as well as other attorneys who will encounter real estate issues from time to time. Each part presents eight topics over a consecutive two-day period. The Academy II will also be held in Troy, Michigan, in May 2019.

Possessing 40 years of experience in eminent domain law, Jerome Pesick has successfully represented clients in major condemnation projects including: Poletown, Detroit Waterfront Casino and Reclamation Project, Comerica Park and Ford Field, I-696, M-59 (Hall Road), M-5 (Haggerty Connector), Northwestern Connector, Van Dyke Highway, Detroit Metropolitan Airport Expansion, Wayne State University Welcome Center, Wayne County Pinnacle AeroPark, Ypsilanti Water Street Redevelopment, and Orchard Lake Road Widening, along with numerous other highway projects and class actions.  

Pesick was lead counsel on behalf of the property owners in the largest eminent domain verdict in Michigan history, rendering $25 million in a case that involved a 6.3-acre parcel on the Detroit River with an original government offer of $13.7 million.  He also regularly represents clients in complex commercial real estate litigation and major property tax appeal cases concerning all types of business properties including commercial, office, industrial, agricultural, mixed-use and vacant land.

Pesick is a member of American Bar Association’s Section on Litigation–Committee on Condemnation, Zoning, and Land Use; the State Bar of Michigan Sections on Litigation and Real Property Law, having previously served as the chair of the Real Property Law Section in 2009-2010 and also Chair of its Eminent Domain Committee for seven years.  He is also a member of the Section’s State and Local Taxation Committee.

Jason Long represents clients in all phases of eminent domain, property taxation, real estate, and land use cases, as well as representing clients in appellate litigation. He has successfully represented clients in Michigan’s trial courts, the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.

Long has represented both private property owners and municipal governments involving a wide range of property types including vacant land, single-family homes, multi-family properties, retail buildings, commercial offices, light and heavy industrial facilities, continuing care retirement communities, freight terminals and others. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, where he presently serves on the Real Property Law Section’s governing council and is also a member of the Taxation Section and Appellate Practice Section.  He has published a number of works on eminent domain, taxation and other real estate issues and has written several book chapters for Michigan’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education, including the “Real and Personal Property Tax” chapter in ICLE’s Real Estate Taxes in Michigan.

Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen (SPC)

Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen is Michigan’s leading law firm representing property owners in eminent domain, condemnation, property tax matters and complex commercial real estate litigation.  Possessing nearly 100 years’ combined experience, SPC’s attorneys represent owners of office, industrial, retail, multi-family, research and development, hospitality, agricultural, mixed-use, and vacant properties. More information is available at