Stephen R. Estey


Stephen R. Estey


Stephen R. Estey

With decades of experience, Steve Estey is well-versed in breaking down the legal complexities that his real estate, energy, and telecommunications clients face.

Steve finds creative solutions to real-world problems while navigating his clients through the entitlement process before administrative and government tribunals, at arbitration, and in the trial and appellate courts.

Whether it’s siting new transmission lines, utility-scale solar and wind farms, wireless telecommunication facilities, or a new commercial building, Steve is a relentless advocate for his clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, energy and telecommunications companies, small businesses, and individuals. He has a deep understanding of their objectives and develops practical, business-focused solutions to achieve their goals. His knowledge and experience is far-reaching, including all land use entitlements, eminent domain, easement disputes, adverse possession issues, boundary and title claims, quiet title, general commercial real estate-related matters, and general commercial litigation.

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Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan


Wayne State University Law School
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1997


University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, 1990

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Real Property Law Section
      • Council Member, 2023
      • Breakfast Roundtables, Chairperson, 2010-2011
      • Winter Conference, Chairperson, 2023
      • Zoning & Land Use Committee, Co-Chairperson, 2012-2023
      • Homeward Bound, Chairperson, 2013-2015
  • International Right of Way Association, Member, 2023
  • Catholic Lawyers Society, Board of Directors, Member, 2007-2008

In the Community

  • City of Plymouth Planning Commission, Plymouth, Michigan, 2002 – 2003
  • City of Plymouth Board of Zoning Appeals, Plymouth, Michigan, 2000 – 2002

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law – 2021
  • Hour Detroit Magazine “Top Lawyers in Bloomfield Hills” for Land Use and Zoning Law – 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, and Real Estate Litigation – 2018 – Present
  • Super Lawyers (Michigan) for Land Use and Zoning Law, Eminent Domain, and General Litigation – 2013 – Present
  • Avvo Top Rated Lawyer
  • Wayne State University, Bronze Key Certificate Recipient – 1997