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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


Daniel G. Beyer
Daniel G. Beyer


Kevin T. Block
Kevin T. Block


Richard C. Buslepp
Richard C. Buslepp


James R. Cambridge
James R. Cambridge


Brandy L. Mathie
Brandy L. Mathie


Kurt R. Vilders
Kurt R. Vilders


Liam K. Healy
Liam K. Healy

Of Counsel

Robert R. Nix, II
Robert R. Nix, II

Of Counsel

Caleb D. Erbert
Caleb D. Erbert


Anna Valk
Anna Valk


+Related Insights

July 23, 2020

Working Remotely Drives Industry Changes

Attorney Anna Valk answers questions alongside other area real estate experts in a Q&A for dbusiness Magazine (July-August 2020). Question: What is a Real Estate Transfer Tax Valuation Affidavit and why should I use it?

August 21, 2019

What's the deal with Short-Term Rentals? Q&A in DBusiness

Real Estate Attorney Ann Valk Answers Questions in DBusiness Magazine (July/August 2019, p.82) 

July 9, 2018

Brandy Mathie, Anna Valk contribute to DBusiness Q&A section: "Expert Advice Can Help You Protect Your Property Investment"

In the July/August issue of DBusiness Magazine, Kerr Russell real estate attorneys Brandy Mathie and Anna Valk contribute to the Q&A section: "Expert Advice Can Help You Protect Your Property Investment."

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.

January 15, 2018

Honoring the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and every day, we at Kerr Russell honor Reverend King’s leadership and his legacy as well as the critical importance of diversity and opportunity in this great land of ours. Strength comes from difference; a multiplicity of voices brings positive change; understanding and inclusion inspire creativity and innovation.

June 11, 2013

Brandy Mathie co-authored "the Devil is the Detail: When Being More Thorough Can Get You Into Trouble"

As young lawyers, we learn the valuable lesson from colleagues and mentors that ambiguity in a written agreement is the enemy of a good lawyer; it has the potential to land us in court with our skills labeled inept. Ambiguity becomes our boogeyman, the stuff of our nightmares, with the power to subject us to courtrooms where laypeople determine what our writings meant.

May 21, 2013

Dan Beyer pens "A Trial Lawyer's Perspective on Presenting the Litigated Real Property Case" for the Real Property Law Section State Bar of Michigan

Dan Beyer contributed "A Trial Lawyer's Perspective on Presenting the Litigated Real Property Case" to the Real Property Law Section State Bar of Michigan' Michigan Real Property Review. Click here to read the piece.
+Related News

September 18, 2020

Kerr Russell Attorneys Named 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers named 11 Kerr Russell members to the list of 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers and included four Kerr Russell attorneys on the list of 2020 Michigan Rising Stars.

August 20, 2020

Kerr Russell Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© 2021 and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Seventeen Kerr Russell members were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. Notably, twelve of the named attorneys have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than five years.

July 14, 2020

15 Lawyers From Kerr Russell Recognized as Leading Lawyers 2020

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named to the 2020 list of Leading Lawyers in Michigan. Only those lawyers who are most often recommended qualify for this honor.

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Business Continuity:  A Message to Our Community, Clients and Friends

Kerr Russell is committed to its community, clients and people. As the world navigates through the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we want to assure you that Kerr Russell is committed to supporting our community, clients and people as effectively as we have through every other crisis our Nation has encountered over our firm’s nearly 150-year history. Our firm is fully operational: We have made sure that our lawyers and staff are able to safely and effectively serve our clients’ needs and continue operations on an uninterrupted basis. Most of our people

November 15, 2019

19 Kerr Russell Attorneys Recognized as DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2020

A total of 19 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named as dBusiness Magazine 2020 Top Lawyers. The attorneys are selected through a peer review process.  dBusiness polled 19,000 attorneys across Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties.

November 4, 2019

Kerr Russell Ranked as U.S. News “Best Law Firm”2020

Kerr Russell is once again ranked as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.  Firms included on the list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

September 3, 2019

15 Kerr Russell Attorneys Recognized on the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers List

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named as Thomson Reuters, 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers. The award is given annually to attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

August 15, 2019

15 Lawyers From Kerr Russell Are Recognized In The Best Lawyers In America© 2020

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named to the prestigious 2020 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.”

August 14, 2019

Kerr Russell Featured as "Faces of Corporate Law 2019" by DBusiness

Kerr Russell is honored to once again serve as DBusiness Magazine's "Faces of Corporate Law." Attorneys pictured: Anna Valk (real estate), John Gatti (corporate/taxation), and Katie Westfall (health care).

April 3, 2019

Two Kerr-Russell Members name Top Women Lawyers By Super Lawyers

Kerr Russell attorneys, Katherine Cser and Anna Valk were recently named Top Women Lawyers 2019 by Super Lawyers. Katherine received honors for Employment & Labor Law and Anna received honors for Real Estate Law. Super Lawyers awards attorneys for excellence in practice through a peer-influenced and third-party validated process.

September 20, 2018

Brandy Mathie honored among Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Women in the Law" (Class of 2018)

Congratulations to Kerr Russell's Brandy Mathie, named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s "Women in the Law" (Class of 2018). Kurt Vilders, member of Kerr Russell’s executive committee, observes: “In addition to being a superior real estate attorney, Brandy approaches her work with a smile and a very practical, real world approach to problem solving. She takes time to teach younger attorneys, and is well respected by her fellow partners. We are fortunate to have her as a partner at Kerr Russell.”

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.

September 17, 2018

Kerr Russell sponsors, Brandy Mathie attends ACC annual golf outing at Plum Hollow

Kerr Russell was pleased to sponsor the Association of Corporate Counsel’s annual golf outing, held on September 17 at Plum Hollow Country’s Club.

September 7, 2018

15 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated "Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters:

September 6, 2018

Kerr Russell attorneys, friends attend second annual New Americans Appreciation Gala - September 6 at The Henry

It was a beautiful evening celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of immigrants in America. Kerr Russell’s Brandy Mathie, Robert Anderson, James Cambridge and Mary Cambridge, Miroslava Orduno Rincon and KeVin Knox, and Roy Sexton attended the 2nd annual New Americans Appreciation Gala on September 6 at The Henry in Dearborn.

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.”

August 1, 2018

Brandy Mathie named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Women in the Law," Class of 2018

Congratulations to Kerr Russell's Brandy Mathie, named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's"Women in the Law" (Class of 2018).

July 30, 2018

Kerr Russell members Brandy Mathie and Fred Herrmann attend Matrix Human Services' 5th annual #313InTheD rooftop event

Kerr Russell members Brandy Mathie and Fred Herrmann attended Matrix Human Services’ 5th annual #313intheD rooftop fundraiser Thursday.

May 15, 2018

Kerr Russell supports, attends Matrix Human Services Mission Fundraising Breakfast

Kerr Russell was pleased to support Matrix Human Services today at the Matrix Mission Fundraising Breakfast at the Detroit Athletic Club. A magnificent nonprofit doing incredible work in our community. Thank you, Matrix. #MatrixMission. Attending on behalf of Kerr Russell were Jason Bank, Brandy Mathie, and Roy Sexton.

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.

March 12, 2018

Hour Magazine salutes "Michigan 2017 Super Lawyers: The Top Women," including Kerr Russell's Joanne Swanson, Katherine Cser, Anna Valk

The March 2018 Hour Magazine includes a special advertising section saluting "Michigan 2017 Super Lawyers: The Top Women." Kerr Russell honorees include: Joanne Geha Swanson, civil litigation defense - since 2006 Katherine Cser, employment and labor - since 2014 - also named to "Rising Stars" list Anna Valk, real estate - since 2016 (not listed in the magazine, but recognized by "Super Lawyers") 

March 9, 2018

Kevin Block featured in Wayne State University Law School "Raising the Bar" newsletter

From Wayne State University Law School's "Raising the Bar" newsletter.

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 22, 2018

PHOTOS: Kevin Block participates in Wayne State Law panel on benefits of joining the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section

Thanks to Wayne State University Law School for this opportunity, and thank you to Kaylee Place, director of marketing and communications, for these great photos.

February 16, 2018

Dan Beyer, William Blasses obtain favorable judgment (deed in lieu of foreclosure)

Daniel Beyer and William Blasses successfully obtained judgment in favor of one of the Kerr Russell’s clients in the Macomb County Circuit Court. The plaintiff, a defaulting borrower, sought to overturn a deed in lieu of foreclosure in an effort to unwind a transaction and try to recover property it had previously transferred to the lender.

February 15, 2018

Jason Bank, new member of Detroit Athletic Club

Congratulations to Kerr Russell member Jason Bank (bankruptcy, restructuring) on becoming a member of the Detroit Athletic Club. Other Kerr Russell partners who belong to the DAC include Mark Cunningham, Dan Schulte, and Kurt Vilders. Associate Stephen Reaume is also a member.

February 12, 2018

Eric Lark re-elected chair of Northville Township Planning Commission

Congratulations to Kerr Russell member Eric Lark who was recently re-elected chair of the Northville Township Planning Commission. He has served as chair since January 1, 2016. He has been a member of the planning commission since January 1, 2013.

February 10, 2018

Brandy Mathie stops by Matrix Human Services Plymouth Head Start to read to students

Last week, Kerr Russell member Brandy Mathie, partner (real estate) stopped by Matrix Human Services Plymouth Head Start to read Stand Tall, Molly Lou Mellon to the kids. Monique Brown, center manager, emailed, “Thank you for your visit this week - it was great, and the children really enjoyed it. We are looking forward to your next visit already, and we plan on making Dr. Seuss hats for the children to wear to go along with the story. I do believe that they will like that. Thank you again!”

February 9, 2018

Kerr Russell supports "Life is a Cabaret" American Cancer Society Relay for Life event

On February 7, Kerr Russell turned out in force to support Life is a Cabaret: LIVE Musical Fundraiser for Relay For Life of Canton and Plymouth, MI. Director of Marketing Roy Sexton performed a number of songs during the show and served as a co-emcee alongside Christopher Tremblay, Ed.D.. Kerr Russell attendees (pictured) included Angie Lyons-Hincks, Candice Hadley, Brandy Mathie, Ashley Racette, Sue Smith, Cindy Villeneuve, Jan Clarey, Jeffrey May, Kathleen Westfall, Gail Showler, Laura Evans Jones, Karen Schumer, Debra Behrmann, Heather Kalfayan, Kristina Kalfayan, Kelly Hinojosa, Jackie Klima, Susan Willis, and their friends and family.

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 20, 2017

Kerr Russell's Brandy Mathie visits students at Matrix Human Services Plymouth Head Start

Kerr Russell member Brandy Mathie stopped by Matrix Human Services Plymouth Head Start on December 19 to read Dragons Love Tacos to the kids. Brad Coulter, Matrix president and CEO, commented, "We really enjoyed having Brandy come out to read at our Plymouth Head Start center yesterday." Monique Brown, center manager, added, "Thank you so much, Brandy.

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 12, 2017

Kerr Russell, an Automation Alley member

Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Automation Alley focuses its efforts on innovation and technology, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources, funding and actionable intelligence to help members grow and prosper in the digital age.

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 30, 2017

Hour Media, dbusiness hold open house for DetroitWick

Hour Media, DBusiness Magazine held an open house at DetroitWick on November 29. From DetroitWick's website: "Complete with on-site production and manufacturing, right in the heart of Eastern Market, the largest historic market in the country. DWHQ manufactures limited-edition products, in full view of visitors.

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 17, 2017

Kerr Russell welcomes new associate Andrew Eurich

Andrew Eurich started this week as a new associate at Kerr Russell. His practice focuses on corporate and transactional (M&A) work. Having recently served as in-house corporate counsel for a broadcast communications company, Andrew has had extensive experience in contract drafting, structuring of acquisitions and divestitures, real estate deals, banking transactions, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property.

October 16, 2017

Kerr Russell supports Detroit Athletic Club (October 2017 DAC News)

From the October 2017 DAC News ... We are 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, including business law, labor and employment, immigration, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and construction, healthcare, medical practices, tax, contract negotiation, restructuring, automotive, manufacturing, and commercial litigation.

September 28, 2017

Brandy Mathie appointed to State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Council

Congratulations to Brandy Mathie, member, who was elected to the Real Property Law Council of the State Bar of Michigan in July.

September 12, 2017

16 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated "Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters.

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.