Named by Best Lawyers as Detroit “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate (2016).
Vicki R. Harding is a partner in the Detroit office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Ms. Harding handles commercial transactions with an emphasis on real estate and bankruptcy issues. She also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team.
Ms. Harding represents clients in a broad range of matters involving real estate, including real estate acquisitions and dispositions, financings and workouts, leasing and zoning. She is one of a small number of attorneys who is a LEED® AP ID+C (accredited professional in the U.S. Green Building Council rating system applicable to tenant improvements). She has worked closely with members of the firm’s environmental group in resolving special issues raised by the purchase and sale of industrial and other environmentally sensitive property and has significant experience with real estate transactions handled through bankruptcy proceedings.
She is a former chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and has remained active in the Section’s activities, including representing the Section as an amicus before the Michigan Supreme Court, developing positions on pending legislation that affects real property law, and facilitating activities of the Section’s Special Committees.
Ms. Harding is a member of the board of directors and a former chairperson of Michigan Community Resources, an organization that provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations with a focus on affordable housing and community economic development in low-income communities, and has participated in various pro bono matters, including the Community Land Trust and Affordability Preservation Projects.
Ms. Harding has published and spoken on a variety of topics. She also is co-author of the book, Michigan Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual 2d ed. 1999 and the author of Bankruptcy-RealEstate-Insights.com, a blog that explains the mysteries of bankruptcy law to real estate and acquisition lawyers.
From 1977 through 1983, she was an attorney at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. Ms. Harding is a member of the Michigan, District of Columbia and Texas bars.