Elissa K. Kerr

Elissa K. Kerr


Philadelphia, PA
Princeton, NJ

How Elissa Helps Clients

Elissa focuses her practice on healthcare litigation, with a concentration in defending skilled nursing facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, hospice providers, home health agencies and urgent care centers in professional liability suits. Elissa also represents healthcare clients in general and commercial litigation matters.

Elissa also assists with internal compliance investigations, and provides counseling to healthcare clients regarding compliance with complex state and federal laws, including HIPAA and privacy laws.

What Clients Can Expect

Elissa’s clients can expect a commitment to providing zealous representation throughout all stages of litigation. Clients can also be sure that Elissa will take a detail-oriented, reasoned approach, putting the client in the most advantageous position possible.

My goal is to consistently provide the highest level of representation to clients. Achieving a great outcome in a cost-effective way is the most rewarding experience for an attorney.

Outside the Office

Elissa is an avid scuba diver and self-proclaimed “foodie.” Above all, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Proof Points

  • Won arbitration on behalf of an insurance company in a lawsuit alleging wrongful denial of benefits, successfully arguing that the policy was properly rescinded due to a material misrepresentation on the policy application.
  • Successfully argued a motion for reconsideration of statutory entitlement to attorney fees and costs, saving her client from having to pay thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Obtained a dismissal for her client based on deposition testimony wherein she uncovered evidence of a scheme to stage an accident in order to make a fraudulent claim for insurance benefits.

Prior to joining Buchanan, Elissa worked as in-house counsel for an insurance company in Miami, Florida, where she represented her client in coverage disputes and provided counseling regarding compliance with state and federal regulations. While there, she defended her clients’ interests at arbitrations, mediations, hearings on dispositive motions and depositions.

While in law school, Elissa was a member of the Journal of College and University Law. She was also a legal intern for the Economic Justice and Community Development Clinics where she defended clients against predatory lending practices and aided local nonprofit organizations in securing 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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