Detroit’s Bedrock hires chief development officer

Following a 20-year career as chairman of Honigman LLP’s real estate department, Lawrence McLaughlin has joined Bedrock in Detroit as the company’s first executive vice president and chief development officer.

“When we began the exercise of drafting a job description for a Chief Development Officer, Larry became the natural choice,” said Matt Cullen, Bedrock chief executive officer, in a written statement. “His decades of experience working on some of Detroit’s most prominent real estate projects, combined with his years of service as General Counsel for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy reveal both a keen strategic instinct and a love for our city’s built and natural environment.”

McLaughlin’s practice has included all aspects of real estate development with emphasis on real estate finance, retail development, urban redevelopment, public-private partnerships, construction law, government incentives and inducements, complex transactions, joint ventures and distressed debt.

His career has included work on the redevelopment of the Renaissance Center, the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metro Airport, Merchant’s Row, the new Wayne County Criminal Justice Center and endless others.

McLaughlin was rated a “Star Performer” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, has been listed in Best Lawyers in America continuously since 1991, was elected to the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2014, was named as a 2011 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and was named in the top ten lawyers in Michigan in Michigan Super Lawyers 2006 and 2007.

McLaughlin’s appointment is one of several exciting organizational changes within Bedrock following the August 2019 announcement that Cullen and Mark Dunkeson would take over leadership of the company as CEO and President/Chief Operating Officer, respectively.