Securities Law

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Securities Law

Kerr Russell represents clients in connection with various aspects of federal and state securities laws and compliance. Our approach involves thoroughly understanding a company’s business and objectives in order to effectively advise of risks and opportunities, as well as to ensure that securities disclosure documents are accurate and complete.

The firm advises clients on a broad array of securities matters ranging from registered offerings and private placements of securities, to reverse merger acquisitions, to issues affecting boards of directors, audit and other board committees and corporate officers.

Our attorneys regularly advise our securities clients on:

  • Angel, mezzanine and venture capital financing
  • Executive compensation structuring and disclosure
  • Financial reporting and restatement
  • Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • Section 16 reporting for insiders, including filings on Forms 3, 4 and 5
  • Insider trading
  • Current and periodic reporting issues, including filings on Forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K
  • Business communications and Regulation FD compliance
  • Proxy statement disclosure
  • Annual shareholder meeting preparation
  • Exchange listing requirements and compliance
  • Corporate governance and investigations including stock option backdating
  • State blue sky law regulation
  • Reverse merger acquisitions
  • Private placement offerings
  • Placement agent agreements
  • Registered offerings
  • Private Equity
  • Compliance
+Practicing Attorneys & Staff


Patrick J. Haddad
Patrick J. Haddad


Eric I. Lark
Eric I. Lark


Kenneth R. Lombardo
Kenneth R. Lombardo


Kathleen A. Westfall
Kathleen A. Westfall


James R. Cambridge
James R. Cambridge

Of Counsel

Michael D. Gibson
Michael D. Gibson

Of Counsel

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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.

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.
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June 30, 2020

Kerr Russell Attorney Installed As Federal Bar Association Chapter President

Fred K. Herrmann is the new President of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.