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William F. Kerr, Jr.

william kerr

Partner

Phone: 610-275-0700

Fax: 610-275-5290

Email: wkerr@highswartz.com

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William F. Kerr, Jr. has more than 22 years of experience in the area of real estate law, focusing on land use, land development and zoning; real estate taxation; real estate transactions; real estate title issues; eminent domain; real estate valuation; and real estate code compliance. He was previously a partner in the Philadelphia office of Blank Rome LLP.

Mr. Kerr represents developers, property managers and property owners of single and multi-family residential, hotel, shopping center, commercial, industrial, golf course, day-care, prison, utility, cell tower and airport properties. He has successfully represented these clients, in Philadelphia and throughout eastern Pennsylvania, in a variety of real estate matters and transactions. He also has assisted clients in obtaining various development, subdivision, zoning, and related approvals. Mr. Kerr also has extensive experience in successfully pursuing real estate tax assessment appeals, nonprofit real estate tax exemptions, Act 319 Agricultural Assessments and real estate tax abatements in various counties throughout eastern Pennsylvania. He has significant expertise in real estate tax assessment issues for affordable housing properties, and was part of the affordable housing industry group that successfully pursued an amendment to Pennsylvania’s assessment law as it affects affordable housing.

Additionally, Mr. Kerr has represented property owners in a variety of eminent domain matters, as well as with easement, restrictive covenant, real estate title, green building, and storm water issues.  He also has significant experience in the area of real estate valuation.

Mr. Kerr has also served as special zoning and development counsel to a number of southeastern Pennsylvania municipalities.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1992

Education

  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1991

  • Rutgers University, M.S. City and Regional Planning, with honors, 1982

  • Delaware Valley College, B.S., 1979

Professional Affiliations & Honors

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2010-present

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 1992-present

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member, 2009-present

  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, 2009-present

  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Real Estate Law Committee, Member, 2009-present

  • Pennsylvania Housing Alliance Sponsorship Committee, Member, 2013-present

  • Pennsylvania Developers Council, Member, 2015-present

Civic & Community Activities

  • Habitat for Humanity, Board of Directors, 2018

  • Face to Face Germantown, 2017-present

  • Corpus Christi Parish, Pastoral Council Member, 2009-present

  • Harleysville Baseball, Youth Baseball Coach, 2005-2015

  • Harleysville Baseball, Board Member and League Commissioner, 2012-2015

Publications & Presentations

  • “Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Tax Structure Presents Ongoing Dilemma for Municipal Officials,” Pennsylvania Law Weekly, May 2012

  • “Pennsylvania Municipal Ordinances Target Discrimination in Housing, Commercial Property, Public Accommodation and Employment,” Pennsylvania Law Weekly, November 2011

  • “Effect of Financial Crisis on Zoning, Land Use, and Building Entitlements/Permits,” The Legal Intelligencer, January 2010

  • “Are Your Pennsylvania Electric Generating Facilities Properly Assessed?” Energy Update, June 2008

  • “Philadelphia Raises Tax Assessments for 70 Percent of City Properties,” Real Estate Update, August 2007

  • “Pennsylvania Tax-Assessment Appeals,” Affordable Housing and Community Development Update, July 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018

  • Main Line Today, Top Attorney, 2018