Erik F. Williams

Erik F. Williams

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (215) 972-7542
Secondary Phone:
Fax: (215) 972-1925

Primary Office

Philadelphia
Centre Square West
1500 Market Street, 38th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2186

Erik F. Williams

Partner

Erik Williams assists clients with commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on site acquisition, disposition, finance, construction, and leasing matters. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients, from small entrepreneurs to large institutions.

Erik also represents numerous hospital and health care institutions, colleges and universities, and developers in connection with complex project development and construction-related matters. He also advises landlords and tenants on matters involving real estate law, including the development approval process, financing, leasing and construction.

Erik regularly lectures to a variety of audiences on real estate-related legal issues. He co-authored several chapters in the Annual Real Estate Institute Manual, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). He is also a frequent contributor to various real estate periodicals and actively participates in firm management, including as vice chair of the Real Estate, Energy and Environmental Department and vice office managing partner of the Philadelphia office.

Prior to entering law school, Erik taught English and journalism at St. Michael’s High School on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Window Rock, Arizona. He received AmeriCorps’ National Service Award for outstanding volunteer contribution to national education.

Experience

Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Representing a private real estate investment trust in the $1.9 billion sale of 49 shopping centers located throughout the United States
Coordinating a major regional health care provider in the site acquisition and “greenfield” development of a new hospital, medical office and ambulatory care campus
Managing national portfolio leasing efforts for several real estate investment trusts and large commercial real estate funds
Advising an institutional client in the development of a 5-million-square-foot mixed-use innovation neighborhood
Representing a hospitality company in the development of multiple hotels throughout the country
Advising owners of major commercial office and retail asset portfolios in acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing across the country
Extensive experience in due diligence and opportunity review as well as preparation, review and negotiation of term sheets, agreements of sale, loan documents, leases, licenses, easements, asset transfer agreements, and utility and service agreements.
Project Development and Construction
Handling construction agreement negotiation and construction-related issues and disputes
Providing counsel to a national telecommunication company in connection with construction agreement disputes and mechanics’ lien issues
Representing both shopping center landlords and major and online retailers in development and leasing matters
Managing risk and dispute resolution strategies specific to landlord tenant disputes, property disputes, evictions and related litigation
Negotiating leases for millions of square feet of office, retail, industrial and institutional space

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to the Philadelphia Business Journal's "Best of the Bar: Philadelphia's Top Lawyers", 2019

Named to the Chambers USA "America’s Leading Lawyers in Real Estate" list, 2016 to present

Named one of Pennsylvania's "Lawyers on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer, 2012

Americorps National Service Award

Selected to the Rising Stars list, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2006 to present

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

Education

J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2001, cum laude

  • Member, Villanova Law Review

B.A., Cornell University, 1997

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Firm Management Positions

Vice Chair, Real Estate

Executive Committee

Government Involvement Committee

Erik Williams assists clients with commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on site acquisition, disposition, finance, construction, and leasing matters. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients, from small entrepreneurs to large institutions.

Erik also represents numerous hospital and health care institutions, colleges and universities, and developers in connection with complex project development and construction-related matters. He also advises landlords and tenants on matters involving real estate law, including the development approval process, financing, leasing and construction.

Erik regularly lectures to a variety of audiences on real estate-related legal issues. He co-authored several chapters in the Annual Real Estate Institute Manual, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). He is also a frequent contributor to various real estate periodicals and actively participates in firm management, including as vice chair of the Real Estate, Energy and Environmental Department and vice office managing partner of the Philadelphia office.

Prior to entering law school, Erik taught English and journalism at St. Michael’s High School on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Window Rock, Arizona. He received AmeriCorps’ National Service Award for outstanding volunteer contribution to national education.