Focus of Practice


Accessible - Experienced - Committed - Focused on Solutions

General Statement

Darnton Law’s experience in real estate legal matters is extensive and centers on the buying, selling, owning and managing residential properties in northwest Michigan including homes, condominiums, rental units and vacant land. We work with individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations whose missions consist of managing or caring for northern Michigan land and water resources.

Buying / Selling Properties

Buying or selling a home is not like selling a used car. There are many ways in which a transaction can break down between the beginning of negotiation and final closing. Darnton Law focuses on anticipating issues in the initial stages of the process and on working with all concerned to keep things moving towards a successful outcome.

Condominium Law

Condominium ownership has many conveniences for both developers and owners, which is why condominiums have become a favored method to develop and own property in northwest Michigan. However, owning a share of a condominium is different than owning property "in fee simple." We are familiar with condominium legal structure and methods for addressing issues productively when they arise.

Watershed Issues

Everyone lives in a watershed. The northern Michigan economy is built around the health and quality of the many watersheds that comprise our region. These watersheds are vulnerable to the pressures of development and the conditions of modern life. Property owners and managers often encounter situations where the interests of development come into conflict with the interests of preservation. Darnton Law is experienced in working in these settings to identify ways to move forward that benefit all concerned.

Non-Profit Organizations

Non-profit organizations come in all sizes and with a variety of missions. We have extensive experience working with a wide range of such organizations, with both their internal management and their relationships with the larger community.


Mediation is well suited to bring together the necessary parties to a conflicted situation in a way that allows everyone to be heard, bringing to the table the information that people need to make good decisions and creating a space for those decisions to be made. Our law firm is experienced in mediation techniques and is also skilled at assisting clients who are involved in negotiation and other collaborative processes.


Tom prefers direct voice, email or text messages over printed and mailed paper for attorney-client communication. He is generally available between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays. He is able to schedule time most evenings and on Saturday mornings. His goal in responding to voice or email messages is to respond by the same time the next business day after the message is received. Please do not hesitate to reach out to him when you have questions or concerns. The sooner he is made aware of issues or concerns the more options there will be for addressing them.”

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