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Butzel Long attorney Thomas A. Kabel admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Thomas A. Kabel has been admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), which represents more than 400 lawyers in North America who are experts in the mortgage law industry.

ACMA Fellows have distinguished themselves as practitioners in the field of real estate mortgages by engaging in bar association activities, lecturing, authoring articles and program materials, participating in the legislative process, and writing briefs and/or arguing cases that are significant to mortgage transactions.

Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kabel is currently the chair for the corporate and real estate departments. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate and real estate related finance. He has been involved in all facets of acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of real property throughout his career.

He has extensive experience representing commercial lenders in conventional financing and also has served as bank and bond counsel on numerous industrial revenue and other tax-exempt financings. He has also represented Michigan colleges and community colleges in various financing transactions, including tax-exempt bonds, tax anticipation notes, financing under Michigan’s New Jobs Training Program and financing with the Michigan State Building Authority.

Kabel is certified by the National Association of Development Companies (a trade association of companies that have been certified by the Small Business Administration to provide funding for small businesses) to close SBA loans under the SBA’s 504 Loan program, and for the past eight years has devoted a portion of his practice to representing Oakland County Business Finance Corporation in connection with their SBA 504 Loan program.

During his career, Kabel has been an integral part of several major development projects in Michigan, including serving as part of the bond team representing Oakland County, Michigan in connection with the financing of the Michigan Motion Picture Studio in Pontiac, Michigan; serving as part of the team representing the developer in its $190,000,000 renovation of the Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Mich.; and representing the City of Detroit Housing Commission in its major renovation of the Jeffries Housing project in Detroit, Michigan.

Kabel is a member of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, current Chair of the Section’s Continuing Legal Education Standing Committee and Co-Chair of the Section’s Special Committee on Commercial Leasing. Kabel also was named to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks’ Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2014.

He is the author of Equitable Subrogation: Why the Refinance Lender’s Security Interest May Not be as Secure as it Thinks (Michigan Real Property Review) and has participated as a speaker and/or author in numerous seminars and other continuing legal education programs throughout the past several years. He is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Kabel is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1999), where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Wayne Law Review, and Grand Valley State University (B.S. 1995).

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in 1854, making this year its 160th anniversary of providing trusted client service. Butzel’s full-service offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting