Michael G. Kerman: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Michael G. Kerman


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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Acquisition & Development
  • Bankruptcy
  • Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Energy
  • Environmental & Commodities
  • Mixed Use
  • Leasing
  • Renewable & Alternative Energy
  • Office & Industrial
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)
  • Retail
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Capital Markets & Commercial Mortgage Servicing
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Energy Project Development
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8326
University Duke University, B.A.; East Carolina University, M.B.A., with honors
Law SchoolUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., with honors Senior Managing Editor, University of Florida Law Review, Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi
AdmittedFlorida; Texas; Georgia

Professional Activities
fellow and Georgia State Chair, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
Member, Urban Land Institute
Member, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

BornDaytona Beach, Florida, March 17, 1958

Mike Kerman represents lenders, developers and investors in their most significant projects throughout the Southeast U.S. His clients are banks, insurance companies and other lenders making construction and permanent loans; developers and owners of industrial, mixed-use and retail projects; and taxable and tax-exempt real estate investors. He also regularly represents energy clients in development, acquisition and financing of traditional and alternative energy projects.

Mike brings strong financial and business acumen to every client, having previously worked both as an in-house general counsel, and as a CFO for a real estate development company. He brings deep, hands-on project management leadership to time-sensitive and complex engagements. From understanding Florida's unique environmental and growth management issues, including “Developments of Regional Impact, ” to negotiating leases, documenting joint ventures, restructuring troubled loans, and developing solar and wind projects in the western United States, Mike's experience is extensive and varied.

Selected Experience

Mortgage lender engages Sutherland to negotiate and close loans in 29 states.

Sutherland advises on 20 million square feet in warehouse and industrial leases.

Sutherland represents the Sembler Company in projects in the Southeast.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of real estate (2011-2015)

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States in the area of real estate (2008-2012, 2015); and energy: transactions (2015)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law (2009-2016)


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Call an Ambulance: Illinois Nonprofit Hospital Exemption Ruled Unconstitutional
Michael G. Kerman,Maria M. Todorova, January 28, 2016
The Illinois Appellate Court held that a property tax exemption for nonprofit hospitals which provided certain services or subsidies equal in value to their estimated property tax liabilities was facially unconstitutional because it did not require exclusive charitable use of the property, as...

Don't Retaliate: Tennessee Retaliatory Tax Improperly Included Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Assessments
Andrew D. Appleby,Michael G. Kerman, October 14, 2015
The Tennessee Supreme Court held that the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (Department) improperly imposed retaliatory taxes on Pennsylvania-domiciled insurance companies doing business in Tennessee, because Pennsylvania workers’ compensation assessments were not imposed on...

Going Nowhere: Taxpayer Must Show Out-of-State Use of Software Licenses for Use Tax Exemption
Charles C. Kearns,Michael G. Kerman, October 2, 2015
The Indiana Department of Revenue (Department) found that a medical research company that purchased software licenses was entitled to an exemption from use tax for purchases of taxable computer software as long as it could show the licenses were ultimately used outside of Indiana. The Department...

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Michael G. Kerman

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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