Benjamin J. Berger, Partner

Benjamin J. “Buddy” Berger is a co-founder of Berger Harris LLP.  Buddy represents real estate developers, builders, investors, family owned businesses, non-profit corporations and closely held business entities in a variety of complex real estate and other transactional matters, including acquisitions, financings, sales, leases and debt restructuring matters.  Buddy also has extensive experience in the title insurance industry as a title agent for several national title insurance companies.

Buddy has experience regarding mixed use projects, including student housing projects, and in handling securitized and mezzanine financing transactions on behalf of borrowers.

Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel on the sale of a 260,000 square foot office building in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Landlord’s counsel on a 125,000 square foot office lease in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Ground Lessor’s counsel on a ground lease involving the development of a 200-unit student housing complex in Newark, Delaware
  • Lead Borrower’s counsel on a $32M construction loan for a 220,000 square foot mixed use project and parking facility
  • Lead Seller’s counsel with respect to the sale to a national REIT of a 235,000 square foot retail center in New Castle County, Delaware
  • Lead Seller’s counsel with respect to the sale to a national REIT of a 252-unit multi-family apartment project in Brighton, Colorado
  • Lead counsel to a local builder with respect to the  acquisition and development of a townhouse community in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Represent and counsel $50M family owned real estate company in overall business consulting and real estate activities
  • Acted as Delaware title agent with respect to a $100M multi-state financing of industrial sites

Education

  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law
  • B.A., Boston University, Magna Cum Laude

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • Colorado
  • S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

Membership

  • Delaware Bar Association (Real Property and Commercial Law Sections)
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member
  • Commercial Industrial Realty Council

Professional and Community Activities

  • Former Board Member, Jewish Federation of Delaware
  • Former Board Member, Siegel JCC, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Board Member, Commercial & Industrial Realty Council
  • Member, Committee of 100
  • Member, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, American Bar Association, Real Property and Probate Section
  • Member, Delaware State Bar Association, Real Property Section

Honors and Awards

  • Listed one of “America’s Leading Lawyers in Real Estate” by Chambers USA, 2003 through 2005
  • Named Best Lawyer in America in 2009
  • Jewish Federation of Delaware Service Award, 2009

Publications

  • Benjamin J. Berger, Courts Clouding Equitable Estoppel Law and Commercial Real Estate, Supplement to the Tri-State Real Estate Journal (August 31, 2000).

Speeches & Presentations

  • Moderator, Delaware Commercial Real Estate Forecast Summit, The State of the Delaware Office Market May 2016 and May 2017
  • Panelist, Commercial Real Estate, sponsored by the Delaware Business Times
  • Presenter, Multiple Real Estate Topics, National Business Institute

Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, 2003-2005
  • Best Lawyers, Real Estate Law, Greater Philadelphia, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate law, 2016 and 2017