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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

Erik A. Reed

Of Counsel

Erik focuses his practice on commercial real estate and corporate transactions....

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Shavonne M. Gilkey

Associate

Shavonne supports clients with their business and litigation needs, with a special interest in...

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Lisa B. Hysni

Member

Lisa is the chair of the firm's Real Estate practice group, where she brings...

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Paul C. Mallon, Jr.

Member

Paul assists corporate clients in navigating all aspects and phases of existence, from formation...

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J. Luke Brithinee

Associate

Luke supports businesses and individuals with matters related to real estate and commercial transactions....

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Daniel G. Beyer

Of Counsel

Dan Beyer is a seasoned trial attorney with nearly 40 years of experience, having...

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Kevin T. Block

Member

Kevin T. Block’s practice focuses primarily on business law, including business transactions, real estate...

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Richard C. Buslepp

Member

Richard C. Buslepp, who is a Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney,...

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James R. Cambridge

Of Counsel

James R. Cambridge has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of...

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Kurt R. Vilders

Of Counsel

When faced with a difficult legal challenge, a business’ most important asset is the...

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Chaoyi Ding

Associate

Chaoyi Ding focuses her practice on general business and corporate law, with an emphasis...

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Kathleen A. Westfall

Member

Kathleen A. Westfall maintains a business practice focused primarily on helping clients to navigate...

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Robert R. Nix, II

Of Counsel

Robert R. Nix, II has more than 35 years of experience in all aspects...

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