John J. Orow
Prior to attending college and becoming an attorney in 1996, John Orow spent seven years working in the convenience store business, including managing a retail operation from 1989 to 1993. While working full-time, John attended Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1992. John then entered law school at Wayne State University, earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1996. While in law school, John clerked for the City of Detroit’s law department.
Upon graduation from law school, John worked as a sole practitioner for three years before forming Mekani, Orow & Mekani, P.C. with Neb Mekani. One of John’s roles with the firm was assisting outside counsel for the Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority in condemnation litigation involving the taking of lands for the development of Comerica Park and Ford Field. Beginning in February 2004, John alone handled the firm’s extensive client base. John’s practice focused almost exclusively on commercial transactions, including the purchase, sale, and financing of convenience stores, gas stations, hotels, and apartment buildings. In addition to acting as attorney, John also served as a consultant to his clients, providing them with significant advice regarding their transactions and business dealings. During his nine years of legal practice, John closed over 300 transactions involving the purchase and sale of convenience stores and gas stations.
In January 2006, John and his business partners purchased a chain of convenience stores and quick-service restaurants in North Carolina. In addition to practicing law, John also oversees day-to-day operations of the group’s 29 convenience stores, three Hardee’s restaurants and fuel hauling business, with nearly 300 employees and annual sales in excess of $100 Million Dollars.