Michael E. Rothpletz, Jr.

michael.rothpletz dbr.com
Phone: (973) 549-7284 (973) 549-7284
Fax: (973) 360-9831


Michael E. Rothpletz, Jr. represents real estate developers and investors and corporate real estate users in a wide range of real estate law related matters. His practice includes office, industrial and build-to-suit leasing, joint venture negotiations relating to the development of real estate, purchase and sales, financings, commercial condominiums, development-related matters, and litigation involving real estate.

On the developer/investor side, Michael regularly serves as the lead lawyer in large, multi-faceted transactions and manages a team of Drinker lawyers. Michael also serves as lead outside counsel to real estate clients handling or overseeing a wide range of matters from routine leasing and development matters to arbitration and litigation.

On the corporate user side, Michael represents companies in a wide range of matters, including corporate headquarters leasing transactions, office space leasing nationally, and purchase and sale transitions. Michael also represents families and individual investors in their real estate matters, such as investment and agricultural property purchases and sales and land preservation transactions.

Michael is a frequent speaker regarding commercial real estate topics for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He has also co-authored the chapter entitled “Conveyance of Commercial Real Estate” contained in Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2003 and 2nd Ed., 2006).


Chambers USA – New Jersey, Real Estate (2004-2019)
Best Lawyers®, Real Estate Law (2020)

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)

Michael Rothpletz is adept at advising on a wide range of real estate transactions, including sales, purchases and leasing. Clients appreciate that he ‘takes a very strategic approach, is detail-oriented and is able to communicate effectively with the other side of the table.’ Another source describes him as ‘one of the best I've ever dealt with.’

Chambers USA (2019)

Michael Rothpletz is a highly respected practitioner described by sources as "a tremendous force in the industry." His practice has a particular focus on transactional matters, including acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing. Clients report: ‘He is a good manager and a brilliant thinker - he can take on a very complicated case and strategically guide you through it.’

Chambers USA (2018)


Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania


  • Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, J.D., 1993, with high honors, Rutgers Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1987


  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow