William F. Kerr, Jr.
William F. Kerr, Jr. has more than 16 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 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.
Additionally, Mr. Kerr has represented property owners in a variety of eminent domain matters, as well as with easement, real estate title, green building, and storm water issues, and general real estate transactions. 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
- Municipal & Government Law
- Special Counsel to Government Entities
- Real Estate Law
- Affordable Housing
- Condominiums & Planned Communities
- Commercial Leasing
- Eminent Domain
- Financing and Deal Structuring
- Real Estate Taxation
- Zoning and Land Development
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
Philadelphia Bar Association
Montgomery County Bar Association
Urban Land Institute
Montgomery County Homebuilders Association
Pennsylvania/Delaware Affordable Housing Management Association
Civic & Community Activities
Pastoral Council Member, Corpus Christi Parish, Lansdale, PA
Youth Baseball Coach, Harleysville Baseball, Harleysville, PA
Publications & Presentations
“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
Temple University Real Estate Institute