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Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Kerr Russell possesses substantive experience across the entire spectrum of real estate law. We assist clients in all types of real estate matters, ranging from transactions to litigation. Our attorneys handle legal matters arising in the context of commercial, industrial, retail, automotive and residential projects.

Clients can rely on Kerr Russell at each stage of the transaction. We prepare applications and documentation necessary for securing financing, perform due diligence investigations, and negotiate transaction documents, including development, construction and leasing agreements. Our real estate transaction team assists in resolving all manner of real estate challenges, including distressed property situations, environmental issues, and title anomalies.

When real estate disputes cannot be resolved by mutual agreement, we draw on the resources of our experienced litigation group in vigorously defending our clients’ interests and attaining their ultimate goals.

We assist our clients with any and all of their real estate needs, including:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Retail, commercial and residential leases for both landlords and tenants
  • Development of office, industrial, shopping center and research buildings and parks
  • Automotive research and development facilities and parts distribution centers
  • Hospital, health care and physician facilities
  • Construction claims, liens and foreclosures
  • Planning and subdivision activities
  • Zoning, building and use restrictions and other land use limitations
  • Environmental regulations, sanctions and compliance
  • Mortgages, liens, easements, rights-of-way and other encumbrances
  • Construction and development contracting
  • Taxation and special assessments, including tax abatement and revenue bond financing
  • Tax increment financing and tax credits
  • State economic development grants for infrastructure improvements
  • Oil, gas and mineral rights
  • Survey, architectural, engineering and other design professional liability
  • Condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners associations
  • Title and boundary disputes
  • Condemnation
  • Entity formation
  • Historic sites and structures
  • Property management issues
  • Broker agreements
  • Economic Development Incentives
+Practicing Attorneys & Staff


James E. DeLine


Fred K. Herrmann


Matthew L. Powell


Joanne Geha Swanson


Jeffrey A. May


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January 26, 2018

Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services

Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.

August 22, 2017

Matthew Powell contributes "A Primer on Resale Price Maintenance" to the Michigan Bar Journal

Matthew Powell contributes "A Primer on Resale Price Maintenance" to the August 2017 Michigan Bar Journal. Excerpt: "As the name implies, resale price maintenance (RPM) is an express agreement between a supplier and distributor that sets a maximum or minimum price (or both) at which the distributor can sell the supplier’s products.

August 22, 2017

Matthew Powell contributes "A Primer on Resale Price Maintenance" to the Michigan Bar Journal

Matthew Powell contributes "A Primer on Resale Price Maintenance" to the August 2017 Michigan Bar Journal.
+Related News

April 3, 2019

Kerr Russell Attorneys win Litigation of the Year - Cartel Defence award

Kerr Russell attorneys, Fred Herrmann, Joanne Geha Swanson, & Matthew Powell, on winning the Litigation of the Year - Cartel Defence award for Auto Parts antitrust litigation at the Global Competition Review 9th Annual Awards Ceremony.  The GCR awards are selected by readers who were invited to vote for the cases, law firms, lawyers, economists and enforcers they believe excelled in 2018.

December 17, 2018

Jeffrey May honored as Up & Coming Lawyer at Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2018 Luncheon

Congratulations to Jeffery May who was recognized as of one of Michigan Lawyer's Weekly's "Up & Coming Lawyers" at their luncheon on December 13, at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

September 20, 2018

Kerr Russell recognizes our 2018 dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees

Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees - 21 attorneys, many for multiple practice areas.

August 15, 2018

Eric Lark (corporate law) and Fred Herrmann (antitrust law) named Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyers of the Year" in Detroit

Congratulations to Eric Lark and Fred Herrmann who were named the best lawyers 2019 "Lawyers of the Year" in Detroit for corporate law and antitrust law respectively. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" award.

August 15, 2018

15 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America©. The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”

March 29, 2018

Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell

Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.

February 26, 2018

Kerr Russell's latest ad "Driven By Results" debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week

Kerr Russell's latest ad "Driven By Results" debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community."

February 14, 2018

Fred Herrmann named among Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Leaders in the Law," Class of 2018

Congratulations to Kerr Russell member Fred Herrmann (antitrust, litigation, dispute resolution) who was just named among Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Leaders in the Law" Class of 2018.

January 29, 2018

Jim DeLine serves as an editor of ABA's recently published Antitrust Class Actions Handbook, Second Edition

Congratulations to Jim DeLine, member, who served as an editor of the American Bar Association's recently published Antitrust Class Actions Handbook, Second Edition. Jim also worked on the first edition. From the preface: "The Global Private Litigation Committee and the Trial Practice Committee of the Section of Antitrust Law are pleased to present this Handbook on Antitrust Class Actions, Second Edition.

January 15, 2018

Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new "Est. in Detroit 1874" series: "Influencing the legal landscape." The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law."

January 3, 2018

Kerr Russell highlighted in Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue

Look for Kerr Russell attorneys and advertising (pages 92-95) in the Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue. Earlier in 2017, a number of Kerr Russell's attorneys and practice areas were honored with U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers recognition.

December 18, 2017

Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan

One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.

December 2, 2017

Detroit Bar Association's "Jingle Mingle" held on November 30 at the Hard Rock Cafe Detroit (photos)

Kerr Russell member Fred Herrmann offers holiday cheer to friends old and new!

November 30, 2017

Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season

It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.

November 16, 2017

Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new "Est. in Detroit 1874" series: "A culture of connection." The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm."

November 3, 2017

Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit

With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with "A Track Record of Results." Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.

November 1, 2017

Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the "Best Law Firms" rankings.

October 19, 2017

Joanne Swanson writes Michigan chapter of ABA Tort Insurance and Trial Practice Section's "A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, 2nd Edition"

Joanne Geha Swanson, member, contributed the Michigan chapter to the recently published Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, 2nd edition from the ABA's Tort Insurance and Trial Practice Section. She also served on the editorial board for the book. Swanson wrote the Michigan chapter and served on the editorial board for the first edition, as well.

September 19, 2017

Kerr Russell team places second and scores longest drive at Detroit Chinese Business Association golf outing

At the 22nd Annual Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) International Golf Opening at Indianwood Golf and Country Club, our attorneys experienced a great afternoon of golfing and kinship, plus a wonderful dinner with opening remarks by Executive Office, Oakland County, Michigan's Deputy Executive Matthew Gibb.

August 21, 2017

Joanne Geha Swanson named Best Lawyers® 2018 Litigation - Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" in Detroit

Congratulations to Joanne Geha Swanson who was named the Best Lawyers®2018 Litigation - Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" in Detroit. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" award.

November 7, 2016

Kerr Russell attorneys named 2017 Top Lawyers by dBusiness Magazine

Kerr Russell counts 11 attorneys among this year’s Top Lawyers as recognized by dBusiness magazine. The 2017 Top Lawyers were selected based on a peer review survey of 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. Attorneys are asked to nominate lawyers among 48 legal specialties.

November 1, 2016

Kerr Russell Attorneys Named 2016 Super Lawyers

Kerr Russell attorneys have been named SuperLawyers for 2016, two have been named to the Michigan Top 100 and four have been named as Rising Stars.