Adam E. Laver


Adam Laver is a partner in the Firm’s real estate practice where he advises clients on matters related to real estate development, zoning and land use, and real property tax. He works regularly with elected officials throughout the Philadelphia area and with key municipal agencies, including:

  • the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment

  • the Philadelphia Historical Commission

  • the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections

  • the Philadelphia City Planning Commission

  • the Philadelphia Streets Department

He works with these agencies to obtain zoning, use, building, and related permits for both regional and national developers, owners, and users of real estate.  

Adam also represents regional and national developers, owners, and users of real estate in connection with real estate tax exemption, abatement, and market-value assessment appeals before the Board of Revision of Taxes and other boards of assessment appeals.


Adam represents real estate owners, developers, and stakeholders on a broad range of local and national transactions. His representative experience includes the following:

  • A regional entrepreneurial real estate investment firm, in extensive, high-profile, mixed-use redevelopments throughout Philadelphia.
  • A national restaurant chain, in obtaining zoning and related approvals for its restaurants in Philadelphia’s Center City District.
  • A hotel developer, in securing approvals and financing for new Philadelphia-area hotels.
  • A real estate developer, as land use counsel in connection with its multi-family development projects throughout the Philadelphia area.
  • A national luxury home builder, in securing significant tax savings in connection with real estate tax abatements and assessment appeals.
  • A hotel chain, as liquor license counsel in securing licensure from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.


  • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Honor Roll and has received pro bono service awards since the inception of the Honor Roll in 2006
  • AV Preeminent®, listed in Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2008, “Lawyers on the Fast Track,” listed in the Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, a designation given to only 35 lawyers throughout the Commonwealth under the age of 40 determined to have influenced the legal community
  • 2015, Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award by the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society for “sustained commitment to serving the legal and broader community”
  • 2008, National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Leadership Award.
  • 2008, Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies’ Distinguished Service & Leadership Award
  • 2007, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Young Leadership Award
  • 2007, Jewish Business Network’s “Lights of Tomorrow” Award



  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
Professional Activities

Adam serves on the board of directors of the Committee of Seventy as well as the board of directors of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square. He is also a founding member of the Urban Land Institute’s Philadelphia Housing Council. Adam serves as an investigator in the Investigative Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, which helps to set standards for judicial service on Philadelphia’s Common Pleas and Municipal Courts and, by communicating its findings to the public, helps to ensure an informed electorate. Adam is an elected committeeman in Philadelphia’s Eighth Ward.

Adam is a past chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, and currently serves on the boards of directors of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and its Foundation. Adam also serves on the board of directors of the State of Israel Bonds. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia and is on the board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.



  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - New Jersey


  • Columbia University, BA
  • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, JD