Benjamin J. Berger, Partner

Benjamin J. “Buddy” Berger is a co-founder of Berger Harris. He has extensive experience in handling a variety of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, financing and leasing transactions. In addition to handling transactions at the “front end”, Buddy has handled a number of work-out and restructuring transactions for commercial office and retail projects. He represents local and regional developers, investors and business owners. He has frequently lectured for the National Business Institute on real estate topics, including commercial leasing and title issues.

Buddy’s experience includes being lead counsel on the sale of a 260,000 sq. ft. office building for $44 million in Wilmington, Delaware; landlord’s counsel in a leave involving a 125,000 square foot office; and, most recently, seller’s counsel on the sale of a 235,000 square foot retail facility in New Castle County, Delaware. Buddy also played a lead role in structuring the Cottages at Suburban Plaza, an approximately 200-unit student housing complex in Newark, Delaware. Conscientious of time and expenses, Buddy also helps his clients with debt restructuring, the resolution of partner, member and shareholder disputes, title and survey / boundary disputes, and contract and employment disputes including non-compete matters in the most productive and efficient manner.

In connection with his commercial law practice, Buddy frequently delivers legal opinions on behalf of Delaware limited liability companies. He has experience in handling the purchase and sale of businesses, including asset sales and stock purchases. Buddy also has extensive experience in the title insurance industry. He has handled title claims on behalf of national title insurance companies, and has acted as the title agent on many commercial acquisitions and financing transactions, including multi-state transactions.

Buddy was a judicial intern for the Honorable John L. Kane, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Throughout his career and prior to co-founding Berger Harris, Buddy worked with several large law firms including Blank Rome, Klehr Harrison, Dilworth Paxson, and Richards Layton. He has been named a Best Lawyer in America in 2009, and listed by Chambers USA from 2003 through 2005. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” (The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC).

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

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).