Brandy has substantial experience in the areas of acquisitions, dispositions and leasing. She is particularly proficient in identifying trouble spots in real estate transactions and offering creative solutions.
Brandy assists in a wide range of real estate matters, from the acquisition of discrete commercial buildings for individuals or small groups of investors to the acquisition and development of large commercial projects for sophisticated clients. She structures business entities with the purpose of owning and operating commercial real estate, and drafts real estate purchase and sale agreements, leases, commercial financing documents, development agreements, declarations and use restrictions and easements. Brandy also assists a large, national client in connection with the purchase of assets in several regions of the United States.
Before joining Kerr Russell, Brandy was associated with a large international law firm, where she assisted clients in many complex real estate transactions, ranging from public-private partnerships to wind energy.
Brandy was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Women in the Law,” Class of 2018. Read her Q&A here . She was also honored by DBusiness magazine as one of the “Top Lawyers in Real Estate” in 2019.
Brandy is an active thought leader in real estate law, and in 2018 served on the faculty for the inaugural Real Property Law Academy presented by the Real Property Law Section of the Michigan State Bar Association on the subject of Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements. In addition, she presented at the Winter Conference for the Real Property Law Section of the Michigan State Bar Association on Public/Private Partnerships with Todd Fenton, Economic Direction of the City of Royal Oak in March, 2019. In February, 2019, she presented at Homeward Bound on the topic of End of Lease Issues with John Garber, Phillip Neuman, and Mike Deigan.
She is also an active member of the community, and each month volunteers in two Head Start classrooms in Detroit. The Head Start program is an initiative of Matrix Human Services, a valued client of Kerr Russell.
Insights & News
September 20, 2018
Brandy Mathie honored among Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Women in the Law (Class of 2018)
Congratulations to Kerr Russell's Brandy Mathie, named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law (Class of 2018). Kurt Vilders, member of Kerr Russell’s executive committee, observes: “In addition to being a superior real estate attorney, Brandy approaches her work with a smile and a very practical, real world approach to problem solving. She takes time to teach younger attorneys, and is well respected by her fellow partners. We are fortunate to have her as a partner at Kerr Russell.”
September 20, 2018
Kerr Russell recognizes our 2018 dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees
Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees - 21 attorneys, many for multiple practice areas.
September 17, 2018
Kerr Russell sponsors, Brandy Mathie attends ACC annual golf outing at Plum Hollow
Kerr Russell was pleased to sponsor the Association of Corporate Counsel’s annual golf outing, held on September 17 at Plum Hollow Country’s Club.
September 11, 2018
Sneak peek of Dbusiness Magazine Top Lawyers photo shoot with Kerr Russell
A little sneak peek of today’s DBusiness Magazine “Top Lawyers” photo shoot of Kerr Russell with the talented and gracious David Frechette. Thank you to Valerie Maness for her assistance.
September 6, 2018
Kerr Russell attorneys, friends attend second annual New Americans Appreciation Gala - September 6 at The Henry
It was a beautiful evening celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of immigrants in America. Kerr Russell’s Brandy Mathie, Robert Anderson, James Cambridge and Mary Cambridge, Miroslava Orduno Rincon and KeVin Knox, and Roy Sexton attended the 2nd annual New Americans Appreciation Gala on September 6 at The Henry in Dearborn.
August 17, 2018
2018 Associates Golf Outing - a good (and rainy) time had by all
Our 2018 Associates Golf Outing, held at The Links of Novi, was a smashing success and a great teambuilding experience - a good (and rainy) time was had by all.
August 1, 2018
Brandy Mathie named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Women in the Law, Class of 2018
Congratulations to Kerr Russell's Brandy Mathie, named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Women in the Law (Class of 2018).
July 30, 2018
Kerr Russell members Brandy Mathie and Fred Herrmann attend Matrix Human Services' 5th annual #313InTheD rooftop event
Kerr Russell members Brandy Mathie and Fred Herrmann attended Matrix Human Services’ 5th annual #313intheD rooftop fundraiser Thursday.
July 9, 2018
Brandy Mathie, Anna Valk contribute to DBusiness Q&A section: Expert Advice Can Help You Protect Your Property Investment
In the July/August issue of DBusiness Magazine, Kerr Russell real estate attorneys Brandy Mathie and Anna Valk contribute to the Q&A section: Expert Advice Can Help You Protect Your Property Investment.
May 15, 2018
Kerr Russell supports, attends Matrix Human Services Mission Fundraising Breakfast
Kerr Russell was pleased to support Matrix Human Services today at the Matrix Mission Fundraising Breakfast at the Detroit Athletic Club. A magnificent nonprofit doing incredible work in our community. Thank you, Matrix. #MatrixMission. Attending on behalf of Kerr Russell were Jason Bank, Brandy Mathie, and Roy Sexton.
March 29, 2018
Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell
Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.
February 26, 2018
Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week
Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community.
February 10, 2018
Brandy Mathie stops by Matrix Human Services Plymouth Head Start to read to students
Last week, Kerr Russell member Brandy Mathie, partner (real estate) stopped by Matrix Human Services Plymouth Head Start to read Stand Tall, Molly Lou Mellon to the kids. Monique Brown, center manager, emailed, “Thank you for your visit this week - it was great, and the children really enjoyed it. We are looking forward to your next visit already, and we plan on making Dr. Seuss hats for the children to wear to go along with the story. I do believe that they will like that. Thank you again!”
February 9, 2018
Kerr Russell supports Life is a Cabaret American Cancer Society Relay for Life event
On February 7, Kerr Russell turned out in force to support Life is a Cabaret: LIVE Musical Fundraiser for Relay For Life of Canton and Plymouth, MI. Director of Marketing Roy Sexton performed a number of songs during the show and served as a co-emcee alongside Christopher Tremblay, Ed.D.. Kerr Russell attendees (pictured) included Angie Lyons-Hincks, Candice Hadley, Brandy Mathie, Ashley Racette, Sue Smith, Cindy Villeneuve, Jan Clarey, Jeffrey May, Kathleen Westfall, Gail Showler, Laura Evans Jones, Karen Schumer, Debra Behrmann, Heather Kalfayan, Kristina Kalfayan, Kelly Hinojosa, Jackie Klima, Susan Willis, and their friends and family.
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
Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness
Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: Influencing the legal landscape. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law.
December 20, 2017
Kerr Russell's Brandy Mathie visits students at Matrix Human Services Plymouth Head Start
Kerr Russell member Brandy Mathie stopped by Matrix Human Services Plymouth Head Start on December 19 to read Dragons Love Tacos to the kids. Brad Coulter, Matrix president and CEO, commented, We really enjoyed having Brandy come out to read at our Plymouth Head Start center yesterday. Monique Brown, center manager, added, Thank you so much, Brandy.
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.
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 30, 2017
Hour Media, dbusiness hold open house for DetroitWick
Hour Media, DBusiness Magazine held an open house at DetroitWick on November 29. From DetroitWick's website: Complete with on-site production and manufacturing, right in the heart of Eastern Market, the largest historic market in the country. DWHQ manufactures limited-edition products, in full view of visitors.
November 21, 2017
Detroit Bar Honors Mayor Mike Duggan at 2017 Archer Award Gala; Kerr Russell a Silver Sponsor
From the Detroit Bar Association: Congratulations to Mayor Mike Duggan who was presented the Dennis Archer Public Service Award by the Detroit Bar Foundation Thursday, November 16 at the Detroit Yacht Club. Also congratulations to the Detroit Bar Legal Scholars for their original legal work product that advances the field of law and our Corporate Citizen Outreach Recognition of DTE Energy, Matrix Human Services, Ally Financial and General Motors Company.
November 17, 2017
Detroit Legal News: Friday Feature: Law firm's space redesign invokes Detroit past, present, and future
Thanks to the Detroit Legal News for their coverage of Kerr Russell's Detroit-centric space redesign.
November 17, 2017
Matrix Human Services receives Corporate Citizen Outreach Recognition from Detroit Bar Association Foundation
Kudos to Matrix Human Services for receiving Corporate Citizen Outreach Recognition from the Detroit Bar Association Foundation. The award was presented on November 16 at the Detroit Bar Association Foundation's Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award event - which also honors legal professionals whose careers demonstrate an outstanding commitment to public service.
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 2, 2017
Kerr Russell redesign featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly
As part of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Legal Roundup feature, author Thomas Franz highlighted Kerr Russell's recent redesign project (original article here; more detail on the project here).
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.
October 24, 2017
Detroit is in Kerr Russell's DNA: space redesign invokes Motor City's past, present, and future
Detroit is in Kerr Russell’s DNA. We have been located in Detroit since 1874. We have been at the table for so much of this beautiful, rugged, scrappy city’s history. We have been here when it was cool, when it was not, and when it was again. We could not be happier to see the dynamic resurgence, across industry and across culture, which Detroit has now achieved.
September 28, 2017
Brandy Mathie appointed to State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Council
Congratulations to Brandy Mathie, member, who was elected to the Real Property Law Council of the State Bar of Michigan in July.
September 5, 2017
Kerr Russell salutes Detroit Marine Week, sharing personal stories of military service
Each year, the United States Marine Corps chooses a different city to visit as an annual celebration of “community, country, and corps and to honor the service and sacrifice of Marines and their loved ones. This year, it's Detroit!
August 22, 2017
dbusiness' Powered by Women breakfast - August 22
Congratulations to this year's dbusiness Powered by Women honorees: Terri Harwood of North American Bancard, Katie Bowman Coleman of Bowman Chevrolet, Amy Robinson of The Kresge Foundation, Monica L. Martinez of Comerica Bank, Lilly Epstein Stotland of Vesco Oil Corp., Christine Sitek of General Motors, Tricia Ruby of Ruby+Associates, Inc. Structural Engineers, and Sara Blackmer of RAVE Computer. From reader nominations, dbusiness selected eight professional women who are driving growth in Michigan, the nation, and the world. Exceptionally accomplished and well deserving group!
August 21, 2017
2017 Associate Golf Outing at Links of Novi
Like many organizations, we are so dedicated to creating client value, meeting your needs, and exceeding your expectations that we may neglect to recharge our own batteries, on the way to inspiring even greater collaboration, ingenuity, and teamwork.
August 10, 2017
A culture of giving
If you want to know how a firm can thrive for over 140 years in a city that has faced considerable challenges, walk through the door of Kerr Russell’s suite on the 25th floor of the Detroit Center and get a feel for the people.
June 11, 2013
Brandy Mathie co-authored the Devil is the Detail: When Being More Thorough Can Get You Into Trouble
As young lawyers, we learn the valuable lesson from colleagues and mentors that ambiguity in a written agreement is the enemy of a good lawyer; it has the potential to land us in court with our skills labeled inept. Ambiguity becomes our boogeyman, the stuff of our nightmares, with the power to subject us to courtrooms where laypeople determine what our writings meant.
•fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorney (ACMA)
•fellow of the American Bar Foundation
•Member of the Council for the Real Property Section of the Michigan Bar Association
•Member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
•Member of ICSC
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