John M. Nader

John M. Nader joined the Allen Brothers PLLC as Special Counsel after having served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Officer of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), a Canadian Federal Crown Corporation charged with construction of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge between Michigan and Canada under a P3 model, currently the largest infrastructure project in North America. Mr. Nader is an accomplished international lawyer with over twenty-nine years of experience and a proven track record as a municipal and corporate lawyer, In House Counsel and private practitioner. He is a skilled negotiator of complex contracts, large scale real property development transactions and litigation settlements, with demonstrated expertise in diverse types of law. Since joining the Allen Brothers, PLLC, John has successfully defended a major municipality in appeals from Board of Zoning Appeals’ decisions involving Michigan Medical Marijuana and prevailed in the United States Court of Appeals For The Sixth Circuit in reversing an adverse decision on alleged Section 1983 violations involving a complex investigation and search warrant.

John focuses his practice on commercial litigation, real property law, appeals, contracts and government regulatory matters.
Prior to the WDBA, for nearly fifteen years, John served as Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel at the City of Detroit Law Department in the Real Property and Commercial Section. Prior to that, he served as In-House Counsel for a mid-sized real estate holdings corporation. John possesses a deep well of legal experience and knowledge including municipal, Michigan Medical Marijuana, Appellate work in State and Federal Courts, administrative law, real property, contracts, leasing, private and governmental procurement, Privacy Acts and Freedom of Information Act, zoning, condemnation, landlord-tenant, Historic Districts, corporate law, commercial and residential development, financing and transactional work and consumer law, with an extensive litigation background; and Canadian contract law, leasing, municipal, procurement and health care law. John was called to the State Bar of Michigan in 1988 and the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006. He also has dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.
John earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University. 
Detroit College of Law At Michigan State University, Juris Doctorate
Federation Of Law Societies National Committee On Accreditation, Ottawa, Ontario Canada-LL.B.
Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts in Justice, Morality and Constitutional Democracy, James Madison College
Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Real Property Law & Litigation
Municipal & Governmental Law
Michigan Medical Marijuana Law
Appellate Law
Corporate Law
Canadian Procurement Law
Canadian Real Property Law and Litigation
Canadian Contract Law
Canadian Municipal law

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Ontario Canada

Professional Groups

State Bar of Michigan
Law Society of Upper Canada
Essex Law Association Ontario Canada
Michigan Nonprofit Association

Professional Activities and Certificates

Committee Member, State Bar of Michigan Client Protection Fund Committee, 2002-2015
Chair, State Bar of Michigan Client Protection Fund Committee, 2012-2015
Level-II (Secret) Security Clearance Certificate, Government of Canada, valid through 2025

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