Why Linchpin? 

Lisa Berden curated Linchpin Legal on the philosophy of client relationships. While Lisa focused on commercial real estate law, she saw the emerging need to support technology development within her network. The real estate industry is constantly evolving, as are the ever-changing needs of technology companies. This made Lisa eager to cultivate her own transactional practice in these areas, one that would effectively intersect her areas of expertise with her client’s respective interests.

A linchpin holds a wheel to its axle. It’s a necessary component for a comfortable journey. Like a wheel’s linchpin, Linchpin Legal serves as an essential trusted business advisor by providing strategic, thoughtful, and pragmatic legal counsel so businesses can focus on their operations.

Lisa and her staff treat each new client’s business as if it were their own. This is the element that sets Linchpin Legal apart.


Lisa Berden

Lisa is a graduate of Michigan State University and a cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School. After clerking for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly 15 years ago, Lisa amassed over a decade of in-depth experience in tax-based real estate finance, commercial transactions, and corporate law. Lisa has negotiated commercial leases throughout the country for office, industrial, retail and flex space uses for multi-national companies, and she has closed over $115 million in state and federal NMTC allocations across four states. Furthermore, she has been involved in multiple public-private partnerships between private entities and state, county and local participants. She is skilled in closing complex commercial real estate transactions, structuring tax credit financing, advising tax exempt organizations and counseling businesses regarding legal matters. She regularly advises clients about national and local economic development incentives in commercial transactions and counsels small and mid-sized clients on organizational and compliance matters to support their growth and development.


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Chief legal officer 

Lisa Berden 




Wayne State Law School
Juris Doctor, 2003, Cum Laude

Michigan State University
B.A., English & Political Science 1995

Activities & Affiliations

  • CCIM - Preferred Partner since 2017

  • Troy Chamber of Commerce - 2019 Board Chair

  • Techstars Startup Week - Legal Clinic Volunteer

Bar Admissions

• Michigan, Western District of Michigan, US Tax Court