Kenneth H. Kraft

Kenneth H. Kraft

Partner | Atlanta Office
kkraft@phrd.com
T: (404) 420-4310
F: (404) 522-8409
 

Practice Group(s)

Services

Education

  • Stanford University - (A.B., 1972)
  • Northwestern University - (M.M./J.D., 1977)

Admitted to Practice

  • Georgia


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About Ken

Ken is the founder of the Real Estate practice group of the firm, which is one of the most active and creative in Atlanta.  Prior to joining the firm, Ken served as a partner of Taylor & Mathis (NAIOP's National Developer of the Year in 1986) and as a senior officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  This experience gives Ken's practice a unique, "business oriented" approach.

Representative Engagements

  • Representative Investment Sales/Acquisitions in 2013:
  • In calendar year 2013, our firm closed the acquisition or disposition of 24 buildings having an aggregate value of $1.5 billion
  • Sale of an 800,000 square foot "trophy" office tower in Downtown Chicago, Illinois (the 57th tallest building in the world)
  • Sale of a three-property 1,000,000+ square foot office/mixed-use portfolio in Dallas, Texas and Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Sale of a 243,000 square foot office building in Houston, Texas
  • Acquisition of an 800,000 square foot office tower in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sale of a three-building office project in Jefferson County, Colorado
  • Sale of a six-building office project in Jefferson County, Colorado
  • Sale of a 400,000 square foot office tower in Las Colinas, Dallas, Texas
  • Sale of a 536,000 square foot office project in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sale of a 259,000 square foot office project in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sale of a 700,000 square foot office building in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sale of a 420,000 square foot office project in Glendale, California
  • Sale of a 850,000 square foot office project in Dallas, Texas
  • Sale of a two-building 1,000,000 square foot office project in suburban Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sale of a 256,000 square foot office building in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • In addition, in 2013 the firm closed more than 1,000,000 square feet of office and retail leases, varying from 1,000 square feet to 350,000 square feet.
  • Award-Winning Transactions:
  • Three (3) leases for three (3) different landlords with State Farm Insurance, NAIOP Atlanta’s “2013 Office Deal of the Year”
  • Atlantic Station, "2011 Best in Atlanta Real Estate for Retail"
  • The Streets of Buckhead, "2007 Best Overall Deal of the Year"
  • Central Perimeter Portfolio Acquisition, finalist in "2007 Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards"
  • Allen Plaza, "2004 Office Deal of the Year"
  • Cingular Wireless Headquarters, "2001 Office Deal of the Year"
  • One Federal Place (Birmingham, AL), "2000 Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Year"
  • EarthLink, Inc. Headquarters, "2000 Office Deal of the Year"
  • Mall at Stonecrest, "2000 Retail Deal of the Year"
  • Riverwood 100 Building, "Honorable Mention" for "2000 Office Deal of the Year"
  • Sale of a 17-story office tower in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Other Notable Transactions:
  • 10 Glenlake Parkway, a 254,000 square foot multi-tenant office building in north central Atlanta, Georgia
  • Parkwood Point, a 200,000 square foot office project in Cobb County, Georgia anchored by a lease with Omni Insurance, a division of Hartford Fire Insurance Company
  • Baldwin Point, a 162,000 square foot build-to-suit project in Baldwin Park, Orlando, Florida anchored by The Travelers Indemnity Company
  • Perimeter Center, a total of 3 million square feet of office space in 19 buildings located in the Central Perimeter, Atlanta's largest office submarket
  • Peachtree Center, a 2.5 million square foot office and retail mixed-use project in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia
  • Brookfield Commons, a 91,250 square foot office building in Richmond, Virginia
  • Crescent Centre, a 239,000 square foot office building in DeKalb County, Georgia
  • One Crown Center, a 96,800 square foot office building in Clayton County, Georgia
  • TimberVest, LLC is a leading investment advisor in the timberlands investment area and a firm client. Through our representation of TimberVest and its affiliates, our firm has handled the acquisition and disposition of thousands of acres of timberland properties.
  • Over 200 leases negotiated for Borders, Inc. and Gap, Inc.
  • Peachtree North, a 708,370 square foot industrial park in the I-85 corridor in Gwinnett County, Georgia
  • Crownpointe Commerce Park, Orlando, Florida
  • Acquisition of land and construction financing of a 28-story W Hotel and Residencies at 45 Allen Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Acquisition and financing of two 200+ unit apartment complexes in Atlanta, Georgia, and Tampa, Florida
  • Sale of a 695-unit apartment complex in Cobb County, Georgia
  • Legacy Golf Links, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 300-room Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, Kansas
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Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Serves on the Firm's Partnership Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (Secretary, Georgia Chapter, 1995)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Chairperson, Real Property Section, 1991-1992)
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Honors

  • Selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2006-2013)
  • Recognized as a leading Real Estate practitioner by "Best Lawyers in America" (2009 - present)
  • Recognized as one of Georgia's "Top Rated Lawyers" by Martindale-Hubbell and ALM (2012)

Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, "Confessions of a White Collar Coalminer - a Legend in his own Mine" at the Georgia Landlord and Tenant Seminar (March 2011)
  • Whose Center is This, Anyway: Issues in Control of Site Plan Approval and Common Areas Between Landlord and Tenant - ICSC 2008 Law Conference (January 2008)
  • Selected Issues in Ground Leases and Air Rights Development - State Bar of Georgia (November 2007)
  • Letters of Intent - Friend or Foe? - ICSC 2006 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference (October 2006)
  • Finding Your Way Around the Letter of Intent, the Letter of Credit and the SNDA - (March 2006)
  • Negotiating the Build-to-Suit Lease, Commercial Leasing for Business and Legal Professionals - Lorman Education Services, January 25, 2005
  • Trial Preparation for Landlords: A Practical Guide to Landlord Remedies, Landlord and Tenant Law - Institute of Continuing Education in Georgia, December 3, 2004
  • Default and Landlord Remedies: How Can a Landlord Protect Itself? - 3rd Annual Conference, Commercial Leases, February 6, 2004
  • Current Topics Regarding Use Provisions in Leases - Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia Seminar, December 5, 2003
  • Remedies in Joint Venture Agreements - Law Seminars International, Advanced Workshop on Real Estate Remedies, December 5, 2002
  • Tenant Bankruptcy - ICSC, 2002 Southeast Conference, October 28-30, 2002
  • Making Your Banker Smile: Landlord Lien Waivers, SNDAs and Tenant Estoppel Letters - Landlord and Tenant Law, December 13, 2001
  • Hot Topics in a Cold Market: Negotiating Office Lease Renewals and Extensions, Expansions and Assignment and Subleases in a Tightening Market - Commercial Leasing 2001 for Business and Legal Professionals Seminar, September 27, 2001
  • Hot Topics in Leasing: Recapture, Exclusives, Caps on CAM, Baseball Arbitration, Recognition Agreements, Letters of Credit and Why Office and Retail Leasing are Different - Landlord and Tenant Law Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia Seminar, December 11, 1998
  • Who's Got the Chair When the Music Stops: The Relative Rights and Priorities of Lenders and Tenants - Annual Real Property Law Institute, May 7-9, 1998
  • Commission Agreements and Brokerage Rights in Lease Transactions - Landlord and Tenant Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia Seminar, December 12, 1997
  • CAM Issues: What's In, What's Not - ICSC Law Conference, October 25, 1997
  • Things You Should Know: How Title Insurance Relates - Lawyer's Title Insurance Corporation Seminar, October 11, 1990
  • Commercial Real Estate Leasing - Basic Real Estate Law in Georgia, National Business Institute, Inc. Seminar, 1989 and 1990
  • Recent Legislative and Judicial Developments in Georgia Law - Real Property Law Institute, State Bar of Georgia, May 3, 1984
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