High Swartz LLP is pleased to announce that real estate attorney William F. Kerr, Jr. has been recognized as the Lawyer of the Year in the Philadelphia Metro region for 2023. Best Lawyers® selects only one attorney in each legal service to represent a city's region. Mr. Kerr represents land developers, property managers, and owners in real estate matters including real estate tax assessments and various transactions.
Although this is his first recognition as Lawyer of the Year, Bill has been included in editions of Best Lawyers® in America since 2018, in multiple categories including Municipal Law. Kerr serves as a Zoning Board Solicitor and special zoning, development, and real estate tax counsel to several southeastern Pennsylvania municipalities. He also provides outside counsel on real estate matters to the Philadelphia International Airport.
Of special importance to Mr. Kerr is his work as a member of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties Board of Directors. Habitat has helped thousands of our region's families build, repair and improve their homes, while assisting them in becoming financially stable.
Additionally, Bill represents numerous Pennsylvania affordable housing developers in various aspects of the affordable housing development process. These include properties financed with Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Bill has been commended for his work with an affordable housing industry group that successfully pursued an amendment to Pennsylvania’s assessment law as it affects affordable housing.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 9.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 67,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.