Robert S. Davis

Mr. Davis is a partner in Archer’s Philadelphia office and serves as Vice-Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. He concentrates his practice on sophisticated commercial and residential real estate transactions, including leasing, acquisitions, sales, development, loan workouts and restructurings, tax-free exchanges and real estate finance. Mr. Davis has extensive experience with multi-family transactions and has successfully closed hundreds of sales and acquisitions ranging from $1 Million to $50+ Million. He also frequently handles complex multi-state transactions, and recently served as Pennsylvania counsel in connection with a $1.6 Billion loan transaction for a national supermarket chain. His clients include local and national developers, international retailers, public and privately held companies, owners and operators of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and private investors.

Recently, in a vote by his peers, Mr. Davis was ranked in the top 100 of all “Super Lawyers” in Pennsylvania for 2015.

Mr. Davis has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for more than 20 years and has served as a discussion leader at the ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference for the past several years. He is also involved in other prominent real estate organizations including Urban Land Institute (ULI), Zell/Lurie, and Jewish Federation Real Estate (JFRE).

Mr. Davis is an active leader in his community and has received numerous awards and recognition for his charitable work throughout the Philadelphia region. He was featured in an ABA Journal article, entitled “Lawyers Giving Back,” for his leadership and participation in the single day construction of a playground at the new Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys and Girls Club in Philadelphia. Additionally, he is a board member of Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (formerly Arthur Ashe) and serves on their Development and Tennis Committees.

Representative Experience

  • Served as local counsel to a New York Department Store chain in connection with a 100,000 sq. ft. lease for the client’s first department store in Philadelphia
  • Represented a developer in connection with the $10.8 Million sale of a 100-unit apartment complex
  • Represented a NYSE company in connection with a $32 Million acquisition of a large office park in Horsham, Pennsylvania
  • Represented a major professional Philadelphia sports team in connection with the lease of their new practice facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Represented a developer in connection with a $34 Million sale of three (3) office buildings in Austin, Texas to a group of investors led by GE Real Estate
  • Served as special Pennsylvania counsel to a national supermarket chain in connection with a securitized loan transaction involving $1.6 Billion in loans from various lenders
  • Represented a large privately held company in connection with the multi-million dollar sale of 64 acres of land and several industrial buildings located along the Delaware River
  • Represented a large privately held company in connection with a $50 Million loan secured by new and used automobile dealerships in New Hampshire, Indiana, and Tennessee, and the acquisition of a new automobile dealership in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Assisted members of the Corporate Department in connection with a Hotel/Casino acquisition in Central City, Colorado and a $45 Million bond issuance to finance the construction of a new four-lane super highway to provide access to Central City
  • Represented a group of investors in connection with their efforts to acquire a large convention center plaza in Pennsylvania (including a convention center and two (2) hotels) and to convert a portion of the convention center into a gaming facility
  • Represented a large privately held company in connection with a 55,000 square foot lease for the relocation of its corporate headquarters to a new office building being constructed in Santa Monica, California
  • Represented a developer in connection with the sale of several large apartment complexes in Pennsylvania and Delaware
  • Represented several large national retailers in connection with new store leases and acquisitions across the country
  • Represented the owner of several large shopping centers and malls in Pennsylvania in connection with the lease-up of those properties to various retail and office tenants

Professional And Community Involvement

  • Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (Formerly Arthur Ashe)
    • Member, Board of Directors
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
    • Member
  • Jewish Federation Real Estate (JFRE)
    • Member, Program Board
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Member, Real Property Section
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Member, Real Property Section
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
    • Member
  • Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School
    • Member
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
    • Past Member, Board of Directors

Awards And Recognition

  • Named one of the Top 100 “Super Lawyers” in Pennsylvania for 2015, in addition to being listed as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017 by Thomson Reuters, publishers of Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™, 5.0 out of 5.0, by Martindale-Hubbell. According to the ratings feedback submitted by other lawyers and judges, Mr. Davis was described as:
    • “A superb lawyer in all respects. Robert is the definition of professional.”
    • “An attorney of high intelligence, integrity and knowledge. He [Mr. Davis] handles complex real estate issues with great skill.”
    • “An exceptional attorney and recognized by those who have worked with him as the epitome of a lawyer’s lawyer.”


  • Scorching Hot: An Overview of the Philadelphia Area Apartment Market
    (July 30, 2014)
  • Expense or Capitalize? What Real Estate Owners Really Need to Know about the New Tangible Property Tax Regulations
    (June 25, 2014)
  • Five Things Every Tenant Should Know About Insurance
    ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference
    (October 16, 2013)
  • Tenants: Be Careful of These Gotchas in Shopping Center Leases
    ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference
    (October 24, 2012)
  • Letters of Intent can be Binding and Enforceable: Careful Drafting Considerations in light of the recent Federal Realty Case
    ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference
    (October 27, 2011)


  • Make Sure You Nail It! Construction Contract Negotiations & 2017 AIA Construction Contract Revisions (November 1, 2017)
  • Philadelphia Commercial Real Estate – 2017 Reverse Tax Appeals and 2018 Reassesment (May 19, 2017)


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