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Elissa K. Kerr

Elissa K. Kerr


Philadelphia, PA
Princeton, NJ

How Elissa Helps Clients

Elissa focuses her practice on a wide array of complex commercial litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation in state and federal court. She has significant experience defending corporations and their high-ranking current or former employees against claims of civil RICO, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of contract, among other claims. She also has experience defending oil, gas and energy companies in environmental litigation. While her primary focus is litigation, she has also counseled healthcare clients regarding compliance state and federal laws, including HIPAA and federal privacy laws.

Prior to joining Buchanan, Elissa worked as an associate in the commercial litigation department of a national law firm in Philadelphia, PA. Elissa also previously served as in-house counsel for an insurance company headquartered in Miami, FL, where she managed insurance coverage litigation and counseled her client regarding defense strategies and potential exposure, among other issues that arise during litigation. 

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.

Elissa was recognized by Best Lawyers in America© Ones to Watch in 2022 in the area of Commercial Litigation.

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insurance company in a lawsuit alleging wrongful denial of benefits, successfully arguing that the policy was properly rescinded due to a material misrepresentation on the policy application.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.


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