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Career Biography

Ken Fleisher is a shareholder and serves as chair of the Firm’s Real Estate and Financial Services Departments. Ken was the chair of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2006 and frequently teaches legal education courses on real estate and real estate litigation issues. Ken has written numerous articles published in professional journals and magazines.

In every year since 2005, Ken has been named a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” as published in Philadelphia Magazine, an honor received by only 5% of Pennsylvania lawyers each year. Ken has also been named Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer in Real Estate.

In honor of his legal services to the Philadelphia community, Ken received the 2008 Pro Bono Publico Award from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. He was president of the Golden Slipper Club and Charities in 1998-1999 and is a permanent member of the Board of Governors of the Club and the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors.

Ken is “AV" rated in Martindale Hubbell.


Member:  Mortgage Foreclosure Steering Committee - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Member:  Fraudulent Conveyances Task Force - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Member: Philadelphia Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee

Judge Pro Tempore, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas - Commerce Court

Judge Pro Tempore, Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program

Member: Philadelphia City Facilities Taskforce Advisory Group

Member: Sheriff's Advisory Board

Representative Matters

Represented the lender in a multi-borrower financing of a limited liability company’s acquisition of a commercial property in New Jersey secured by such property and by numerous condominium properties in Pennsylvania owned by several trusts.

Represented the lead bank providing approximately $12,000,000 in construction financing to the developer of a large multi-property, income-assisted “empowerment zone” housing project in southern New Jersey, including a co-lender arrangement with the United States Department of Agriculture.

Represented the seller in closing a $7 million sale of an industrial property in Philadelphia.

Represented the owner in closing the refinancing of a single tenant pad site project in suburban Philadelphia.

Represented the seller in negotiating and closing the sale of a restaurant property in suburban Boston, Massachusetts.

Represented the owner in the successful sale of a Bucks County regional shopping center.

Represented the owner of a multi-building multi-family apartment complex in suburban Philadelphia in closing a $16,650,000 construction loan for development of new residential buildings at the project.

Represented the joint venture developers in closing a $40,000,000 construction loan for a new residential apartment complex in Montgomery County, PA.

Represented the developer of numerous specialty single tenant buildings in financing the construction of these projects throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Represented the lender in financing the acquisition of land to be developed into an over-55 condominium townhouse community. 

Represents the owner of a large manufacturing complex in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Purchase made in a “Reverse 1031” transaction. Closed a series of loans to the fee owner and the industrial tenant occupant.

Represented the co-joint venture owner and manager of a large residential complex in suburban Philadelphia in a $30+ million recapitalizing and refinancing of the project.

Represented a joint venture in closing the sale of a large apartment complex in Florida, which transaction included defeasance of the existing mortgage financing.

Represented the owner of a shopping center in northern New Jersey in successfully negotiating several major retail leases with national tenants containing an aggregate of over 120,000 square feet.

Represented the lender in a multi-million dollar, multiple-borrower refinancing of various fee-owned and ground-leased properties in Delaware, including a warehouse, a motel and a healthcare clinic.

Represented the lender in a multi-million dollar refinancing of an office building in southern California. 

Represented the landlord in negotiating a lease with a national tenant for a multi-building shopping center in New Jersey.

Successfully represented a leading regional property management company in negotiating a lease for its new corporate headquarters in suburban Philadelphia.

Represented a Philadelphia developer in closing several construction loans for medical care facilities to be built on ground lease sites in suburban Philadelphia.

Acted as regional counsel to the owner of numerous gasoline stations and convenience store facilities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware relative to a $450,000,000 loan facility issued by a consortium of financial institutions.

Closed a $50mm loan to refinance a multi-building residential apartment complex in Maryland.

Closed a $4mm construction loan for a shopping center project in suburban Philadelphia.

Closed a construction loan to renovate an office building along the Route One corridor in New Jersey.

Closed a real estate acquisition and business line of credit facility for a business owner in NJ which purchased the office/light industrial park where its business is loaded.

Closed an asset-based, secured business line of credit facility made available to a professional services company in Philadelphia.

Closed a series of loans totaling in excess of $10mm made to a developer and property manager to acquire several multi-unit apartment complexes in Philadelphia.

Represented a major Philadelphia developer in acquisition and disposition of 14 industrial warehouse properties in ten states nationwide.

Represented the sellers of a multi-building residential apartment complex in suburban Philadelphia for a price in excess of $60,000,000

Counsel to a leading multi-unit residential owner and manager in joint venture acquisition, financing and refinancing of more than $150 million in property along the East Coast.

Represents two leading Philadelphia metropolitan area developers, owners and managers of commercial and retail projects in acquisitions, sales, leasing, creation of condominiums, negotiation of construction contracts and financing of numerous properties totaling hundreds of thousands of square feet in leasable space.

Counsel to seven banks in preparation and negotiation of complex loan documents for over $100 million in financing for construction, acquisition, leasing and development of commercial, retail (shopping center and regional mall), industrial and residential property plus asset-based financing for inventory, receivables, automobiles and helicopters.

Represented major trucking parts company in acquisition and leasing of approximately 20 locations along the East Coast and in related financing.

General outside litigation and transaction counsel to major Philadelphia developer of multi-unit residential, condominium, retail and commercial projects. 

General outside counsel to numerous residential condominium associations in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, handling all contract and litigation matters.

Outside litigation counsel to regional residential developer in more than 25 cases.

Litigation counsel to the builder of a 700-plus acre multi-phase residential community in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

Outside counsel to major Philadelphia real estate management company, acting as court-approved receiver of commercial real estate projects in the Lehigh Valley and suburban Philadelphia.

General outside counsel to Philadelphia food distribution company, addressing employment, litigation, financing and intra-company management issues.

Reported cases include Huang v. BP Amoco Corp., 271 F.3d 560 (3d Cir. 2001).

Represented a lender in closing two construction loans totaling over $40,000,000 for construction of two mixed use retail and residential projects in New Jersey.

Successfully represented a lender in closing a major construction loan for more than $30 million.

Represented sellers of a multi-building residential apartment complex in suburban Philadelphia for a price in excess of $60,000,000.

Represented a client in a joint venture acquisition of a multi-building apartment complex in Delaware for a price in excess of $12,000,000, including assumption of the existing mortgage, “mezzanine” financing, entity formation, negotiation of joint venture agreements and review of private offering memorandum.

Represented the owner and management company of a multi-building apartment complex in New Jersey in a $13,000,000 refinancing.

Successfully represented a real estate owner in litigation preventing the City of Philadelphia from collecting legal fees in connection with a dispute over billing and collection of real estate taxes.

Represented the lender in financing two multi-unit apartment projects in Maryland for a combined amount in excess of $45,000,000.

In a four day trial, successfully defended the owner of a major regional shopping center against the neighboring property owner’s claim of a prescriptive easement over the client’s parking lot. Argued and won the case on appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and argued the subsequent appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which dismissed the action.

Represented the landlord of a suburban Philadelphia regional shopping center in negotiating a long-term lease with a national retail tenant.

Represented the owner of a multi-building regional shopping center in northern New Jersey in successful negotiation of a 20 year, 87,000 square foot lease with a national retail tenant.

Represented lender in closing commercial mortgage loans for purchasers of an office building in California and a flex office-warehouse building in Chicago.

Represented the purchaser of a multi-building, multi-parcel mixed commercial and industrial property in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Represented the lender in $3.6mm loan to the developer of a single-tenant building for a health care provider.

Represented the contractor in negotiating a multi-million dollar construction contract for a portion of a pipeline project.

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Kenneth J. Fleisher

Shareholder; Chair - Real Estate and Financial Services Departments
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Philadelphia, PA

Business Practice Group
Commercial Litigation
Real Estate
United States Supreme Court
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
State:  Pennsylvania (1982)
Harvard Law School: J.D. 1982, Cum Laude
Yale University: B.A. (History) with honors, 1979, Magna Cum Laude
Philadelphia Bar Association
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