RUSSELL A. KERR
Mr. Kerr began his legal career with a highly regarded insurance defense firm located in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of the Washington DC Metro Area, where he defended auto negligence cases and workers’ compensation cases and also prosecuted damage to underground facilities for a large Mid Atlantic utility. Upon moving to Florida Mr. Kerr expanded his areas of practice to include corporate, real estate and immigration matters.
In 2007, Mr. Kerr established the law firm Russell Kerr, P.A. with an emphasis on business and real estate transactions, civil litigation and immigration law. Mr. Kerr has extensive experience in real estate and business matters which include a wide array of transactions from residential and commercial real transactions to small business matters to complex mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Kerr is also actively engaged in finding practical immigration solutions for his clients in this ever-changing complex area of federal law.
While practicing law here in South Florida, Mr. Kerr played a significant role in the development a 25 MW biomass facility located in the Greater Toronto Area, which achieved commercial operation in June, 2015.
Mr. Kerr is General Counsel to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, a professional hockey team in the ECHL.
Mr. Kerr earned his undergraduate degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Kerr is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Florida, Maryland Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Mr. Kerr is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Mr. Kerr was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Kerr is married to Nicole Kerr and has four children. Mr. Kerr is passionate about ice hockey and enjoys playing sports and traveling with his family.
Mr. Downs is a native of Palm Beach County, having spent his first 19 years growing up in Jupiter, FL. Mr. Downs left Jupiter after being recruited to attend Appalachian State University, where he competed in NCAA Division-1 athletics (wrestling) and was a 3-time member of the Southern Conference All-Academic Team. Mr. Downs graduated from App State Magna Cum Laude with a major in Political Science and minors in Criminal Justice and Sociology.
Thereafter, Mr. Downs attended Florida State University School of Law, during which time he served as Research Editor for FSU’s Business Review and was an active member of FSU Moot Court and Law Review. Mr. Downs finished law school in the top 10% of his class and, upon graduation, was inducted into the national Order of the Coif for the 2015 chapter.
Mr. Downs joined a top 100 U.S. law firm right out of law school, during which time he focused on business transactions, land-use, and government compliance. Mr. Downs played an integral role in obtaining land-use approvals for large-scale residential developments, assisting with the purchase/financing of residential and commercial real-estate projects, and negotiating/drafting numerous contracts for local businesses and publicly-traded entities.
Immediately prior to joining Mr. Kerr’s practice, Mr. Downs worked in the Public Defender’s Office where he zealously advocated for impoverished individuals accused of crimes, ultimately litigating over 1,000 criminal charges. Mr. Downs has extensive experience drafting and arguing pre-trial motions, negotiating pleas, and navigating the complexities of trial.
When taking cases to trial, Mr. Downs has a near 90% success rate. He has obtained not-guilty verdicts on charges such as theft, trespass, battery, domestic violence, drug possession, improper exhibition of firearms, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, violation of injunctions, leaving the scene of accidents, driving while license suspended, and DUI’s (both drug and alcohol related). Through Mr. Down’s DUI trial experience, he has successfully discredited field sobriety exercises, state-certified drug recognition experts, and unfavorable breathalyzer results (once obtaining a not-guilty on a .24 BAC).