Robert focuses his practice on real estate law, commercial law, construction law and commercial litigation, particularly as they apply to commercial real estate development, finance and leasing. His clients include private developers, cities with private/public mixed-use development projects, construction contractors and subcontractors and lending institutions. Robert’s work includes assisting in forming specialized limited partnership and limited liability companies to develop, own and lease commercial properties, including with the participation of both institutional and private investment groups.
Additional components of Robert’s practice include appearing as an expert witness in real estate litigation cases, and serving as a court-appointed Master and specially selected arbitrator in complex real estate litigation matters.
Robert serves as an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University’s Law School, and is a regular lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Michigan, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the Homeward Bound seminar series for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and has published materials in connection with such seminars. He is also serving as the Northville Township Supervisor.
Robert is listed in Who’s Who in American Law , Who’s Who in America , and Who’s Who in the World, as well as in Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business , The Best Lawyers in America , Woodward/White, and in dbusiness Magazine as one of Detroit’s “Top Lawyers.” He has also been named one of the “Top 10 Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters, publishers of “Michigan Super Lawyers”.
Robert is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and various special committees within such organizations. He has served as chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and chairman of the Investment Entity Committee of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and currently serves as its State Chair for Michigan. He is also a member of the Michigan Land Title Standards Committee of the State Bar of Michigan which is involved in promulgating land title standards relied upon by the title industry, practitioners and Michigan courts.
Robert is a graduate of the Wayne State University Law School and Eastern Michigan University.
Insights & News
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.
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.
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.
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 3, 2017
Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees
Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees:
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.
September 12, 2017
16 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers
Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.
August 21, 2017
17 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2018
A total of 17 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America . The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”
November 7, 2016
Kerr Russell attorneys named 2017 Top Lawyers by dBusiness Magazine
Kerr Russell counts 11 attorneys among this year’s Top Lawyers as recognized by dBusiness magazine. The 2017 Top Lawyers were selected based on a peer review survey of 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. Attorneys are asked to nominate lawyers among 48 legal specialties.
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.
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