Practice Areas

Real Estate - Chairpersons Bret M. Binder and Jennifer Levy-Tatum:

Real Estate Litigation:

Mortgage Foreclosure - Plaintiff

Binder & Canno represents lenders in foreclosure actions and related litigation, including receivership motions, emergency petitions, confessions of judgment, sheriff sales, and the like. Binder & Canno has foreclosed and negotiated settlements on behalf of lenders on multiple multi-million dollar multi-family and mixed used properties as well as successfully petitioned for receivership for dozens of properties in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.

Mortgage Foreclosure – Defendant

Binder & Canno represents borrowers from individuals to corporations in foreclosure defense, including successfully negotiating short sales, forbearance agreements, refinance options, unfair trade practice actions, or preventing foreclosure. Binder & Canno has additionally defended receivership petitions, confessions of judgment, and other related actions.


Binder & Canno represents landlords in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties in Landlord Tenant actions including evictions, ejectments, personal property sales, emergency injunctions, breach of lease actions, and more. Binder & Canno offers set fee staged eviction work for landlords to make for an efficient and cost-effective solution to problematic tenants.


Binder & Canno represents buyers and sellers of real property in litigation, including: representing home buyers in actions for return of deposits; sellers in actions for specific performance; sellers in actions for the retention of deposits; buyers against real estate agents, home inspectors, title companies, etc. for fraud or breach of contract; and the like.

Tax Assessment Appeals

Binder & Canno represents property owners in tax appeals for residential or commercial properties. Such representation is on a contingency basis based on any reduction in taxes. Binder & Canno has achieved significant assessment reductions for single family homes and multi-million dollar commercial properties.

Real Estate Transactions:


Binder & Canno represents buyers, sellers, and lenders in a range of financial transactions related to real property including: simple purchase of a home or condo; refinancing of single family homes, financing of multi-family apartment buildings, or commercial space; mezzanine financing; seller-financing; and the like. Binder & Canno has represented from parties from $50,000.00 to $50,000,000.00 transactions.


Binder & Canno represents buyers and sellers of condominiums, single-family homes, multi-family residential, mixed used commercial, and industrial properties in all phases of acquiring or selling property. Such work includes the negotiation for purchase or sale of notes secured by real property. Such work includes resolving title issues, finance issues, easements, etc. Binder & Canno represents landlords and tenants in lease, or sublease, negotiations for residential, commercial, or industrial property.

Condominium Law

Binder & Canno represents condominium or homeowner associations in formation, including filings of declarations

Commercial Matters – Chairperson Bret M. Binder

Commercial Litigation – Plaintiff/Defendant:

Binder & Canno has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of claims. Binder & Canno has successfully litigated and/or negotiated settlements for claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, trademark infringement, misappropriation/breach of non-compete claims, contractor/subcontractor payment act violations, consumer fraud act, mechanics’ liens, and the like. Our attorneys are well-equipped to handle most any business claim and to come to the optimal solution quickly.

Commercial Transactions:

Binder & Canno helps business with all forms of commercial transactions including formulating standard contracts for general use, such as purchase orders, supplier/vendor contracts, equipment leases, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements. We also represent clients in developing and negotiating highly customized contracts for complex commercial transactions, such as licensing and royalty arrangements, website and other software and technology development and transfer agreements, manufacturing and wholesale arrangements, distributorship arrangements, marketing and agency/brokerage relationships, franchise acquisition and development, services agreements, employee leasing, management and consulting contracts, deferred compensation programs, stock appreciation rights, and other incentive compensation arrangements.

Entity Formation/Business Organizations:

Binder & Canno has helped a variety of businesses get their start. From the sole proprietor who wishes to incorporate for asset protection to complex businesses wishing to incorporate, Binder & Canno’s attorneys have helped businesses with formation, operating/partnership agreements, joint ventures, public or private offerings, asset-based financing, officer liability and indemnification, and the like. Binder & Canno is comprised of entrepreneurial attorneys who will consider issues from both the business as well as legal perspective. Binder & Canno offers continued support after formation to assist in a growing company’s needs such as employment contracts, service contracts, intellectual property work, etc.

Creditor’s Rights/Debt Collection – Chairperson Bret M. Binder

Binder & Canno offers quick and cost-efficient debt collection for debts of all sizes. We have successfully pursued small debts owed to small businesses from individuals as well as large-scale debt collection for condominium associations, manufacturers, and retailers. We consistently work with our clients to arrange the most practical and ultimately profitable solution to each situation.

Probate & Estates – Chairperson Jennifer Levy-Tatum

Estate Administration:

Binder & Canno represents clients in a variety of estate planning and administration needs. Our firm strives to preserve and increase a client’s wealth while effecting the most tax efficient transfer of assets to the person or entities of an individual’s choosing. Binder & Canno drafts wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and organ donation forms, as well as other vehicles, such as family limited partnerships, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, and private foundations. We perform all of the necessary steps in estate administration, ranging from advising trustees about their duties to probating wills and effecting a smooth transfer of assets or transition in the control of a family business.

Orphan’s Court Litigation:

Binder & Canno has represented the executors and heirs of estates in will contests, disputes pertaining to estate administration, and disputes regarding the disposition of assets.

Personal Injury – Chairperson Bret M. Binder

Binder & Canno has won verdicts or substantial settlements in personal injury actions and is capable of handling matters ranging from motor vehicle accidents to medical malpractice to industrial accidents.

Employment Law – Chairperson Deborah H. Bjornstad

Binder & Canno represents employers and employees in employment matters such as employment agreements, non-compete agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, wrongful termination, equity compensation, sexual or religious discrimination, officer liability, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract cases.

Intellectual Property – Chairperson Bret M. Binder

Binder & Canno represents businesses in applications for trademarks as well as litigated trademark infringement cases for both plaintiff and defendant. Binder & Canno helps businesses increase their value through the leveraging of intellectual property rights and value.

Class Action – Chairperson Deborah H. Bjornstad

Binder & Canno represents plaintiffs in class action lawsuits in federal and state courts.