Founder and leader of Kramon & Graham's real estate practice, Jeffrey Scherr represents industrial and residential developers and builders, homeowner and condominium associations, commercial landlords and tenants, hotel owners, and local and regional businesses and professionals. As the go-to counsel for land development deals, Jeff is the lawyer behind many of Maryland's most successful projects, including the $53 million transformation of Clipper Mill from an industrial warehouse site to a vibrant, mixed-use community, and Oxford Square, Howard County's largest transit-oriented community -- a $100 million LEED certified construction project.
Jeff handles matters involving real estate transactions and development, condominium and homeowner association law, real estate litigation, corporate and partnership law, and general commercial law. A veteran land-use lawyer, Jeff obtained the first planned unit development ever permitted by Baltimore County.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate, since 2003; and Litigation - Real Estate, since 2011
Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers, since 2007
Recipient of Maryland Leadership in Law Award, The Daily Record, 2017
Jeff has demonstrated a dedication to community service in principle and practice. He is a strong advocate of social services and has served as an integral member on many of Maryland's most influential boards, such as the Alzheimer’s Association of Maryland of which he is the immediate past president, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland, of which he is currently vice president. Jeff formerly served as president of The Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, Jewish Community Services, and Hillel of Greater Baltimore.
American Bar Association, Member, Real Property and Litigation Sections 1976 - present
Bar Association of Baltimore City, Chair, Young Lawyers Section, 1985 - 1986; Executive Council Member 1985 - 1986 and 1980 - 1981; Member, Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service 1983 - 1984; Member 1976 - present
Community Associations Institute, Member 1983 - present
Federal Bar Association, Member 1980 - present
Greater Baltimore Board of REALTORS, Member, 1985 - present
Maryland Building Industry Association, Baltimore County Chapter, ZADM Committee, 1993; Planning and Zoning Committee, 1986 - 1988; Public Works Committee, 1984 - 1986; Member 1984 - present
Maryland State Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee 1989 - 1995; Member, Board of Governors, 1986 - 1988; Member, Real Property and Litigation Sections 1975 - present
National Association of Home Builders, Member 1982 - present
Urban Land Institute - Baltimore Chapter, Advisory Board, 2017 - present
Represented the developer in the acquisition of the seven-building, 400,000 square foot historic Dayton Arcade in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The $60 million acquisition involves working with a joint venture partner to secure title to the property and significant tax credits. The project will involve rehabilitating the vacant and deteriorating historic buildings into revitalized space for affordable housing, retail and office in a step towards the revitalization of downtown Dayton.
Represented the developer in a new $50 million, 300,000 square foot warehouse facility of Coastal Sunbelt Produce located in Jessup, Maryland. Assisted the developer with the negotiation of a long-term ground lease with the property owner, the negotiation of a lease with Coastal Sunbelt Produce, the $36 million construction financing, and the ultimate sale of the completed facility.
Represented the developer of Howard County's largest transit-oriented community on the Oxford Square Mixed-Use Transit-Oriented Community, a LEED certified construction project consisting of 122 acres, 1,295 multifamily units, 197 townhome lots, 15,000 square feet of retail space, 166,000 square feet of office space, and a new elementary and middle school. Assisted the developer with the negotiation of private equity and bank financing for the initial site development and for the construction of the retail component.
Represented the developer in the conversion of a former paint manufacturing warehouse to an 89,000 square foot BJ's Warehouse in connection with the initial purchase of the $7.5 million property, the $20 million construction financing and the ultimate disposition of the property to a third party purchaser.
Represented of the property owner of the Bagby Building in a $20 million refinancing of a 93,000 square foot office and retail building.
Represented the developer in the acquisition and financing for the rehabilitation of a 38,000 square foot manufacturing building into office space for nonprofit tenants. The transaction involved the use of New Market Tax Credits and Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.
After a five-day trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, obtained a judgment for more than $1.14 million in favor of a San Francisco-based institutional investor in historic tax credits. The investor questioned the legitimacy of the alleged expenditures incurred in connection with the rehabilitation of four historic properties (and thus questioned the historic tax credits based on those expenditures) after the developer’s agent provided purported certificates of occupancy that had not yet been issued by the City of Baltimore. Thereafter, the developer stymied the investor’s efforts to audit the actual expenses associated with the historic rehabilitation project.
Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. v. Saddlebrook West Utility Company -- what developers need to know08/30/2017
The Court of Appeals of Maryland issued a decision earlier this month, reversing a Court of Special Appeals opinion in a case relating to lien priorities. The case centered on whether a private utility company’s recorded declarations of future front foot benefit charges create a lien that supersedes later recorded deeds of trust.
Client Alert: Maryland Business Personal Property Form 1 Due April 17, 2017Register now for email reminders, SDAT will not mail Form 1 next year02/06/2017
If your business entity was incorporated, qualified or registered to do business in Maryland as of January 1, 2016, you may have received a pink postcard from the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation. The postcard is marked "Final Notice" and is advice that your Form 1, Annual Report and Personal Property Return as of January 1, 2017, must be filed on or before April 17, 2017.
After a five-day trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Jeffrey H. Scherr and John A. Bourgeois obtained a judgment for more than $1.14 million in favor of their client, a San Francisco-based institutional investor in historic tax credits, and against a developer in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
Kramon & Graham announced today that five firm principals have been named "Lawyer of the Year" in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, sixteen firm attorneys were selected for inclusion in the ranking guide. The attorneys represent Kramon & Graham's full range of practices from litigation to transactional services.
Kramon & Graham announced today that twenty-two of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, is pleased to announce that thirteen firm attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Kramon & Graham principals Andrew Jay Graham, Natalie McSherry named to Top 10: 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers list for eighth consecutive year12/12/2016
Kramon & Graham, a nationally recognized full service law firm with 35 attorneys, announced today that twenty-one of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
Andrew Jay Graham named "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Securities by Best Lawyers; Natalie McSherry named "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice Defense08/15/2016
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce that firm co-founder Andrew Jay Graham has been named the 2017 Litigation - Securities "Lawyer of the Year" and that Natalie McSherry has been named Medical Malpractice Defense "Lawyer if the Year" for Baltimore by The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S. The "Lawyer of the Year" distinction is presented to individuals who have received outstanding ratings from their peers in Best Lawyers surveys.
Kramon & Graham, a nationally recognized full service law firm with 34 attorneys, announced today that seventeen of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers legal ranking guide, including four up-and-coming attorneys who are recognized as "Rising Stars."
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce the recognition of several of its attorneys in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Kramon & Graham congratulates nineteen lawyers named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2015.
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce that eight of its Principals have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Kramon & Graham congratulates eighteen lawyers named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2014
Kramon & Graham is proud to announce that eight firm principals are listed in the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Kramon & Graham is proud to announce that eight firm principals have been listed in the Nineteenth Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Kramon & Graham attorneys named to Maryland Super Lawyers Top 10, Top 50 Women, and Top 100 lists; Super Lawyers; and Maryland Rising Stars.