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Litigation almost always consumes more time, energy and resources than expected. We start every case by asking our clients two questions: what is the problem you face, and how can we help you resolve it in a cost efficient and successful manner? Our clients genuinely appreciate our efforts to ensure that small problems do not become big problems.

We do not put litigation on autopilot at Lerch, Early & Brewer. At every step of the process, we help our clients to consider the costs, benefits and risks of litigation, as well as available alternatives. When we do litigate at trial or on appeal, we are passionate advocates, and we carefully calibrate and implement our strategy to be consistent with the client’s goals and risk tolerance. Our clients praise us for our attention and responsiveness. This has lead to our enviable record and reputation. As a leading legal directory wrote, “Clients are impressed by the team’s ‘personal approach, accessibility and competitive rates.’ ” (Chambers USA 2009)

Resolving a Wide Range of Conflicts with In-depth Experience

We take on a broad variety of complex commercial litigation for trial and appeal – including employment cases, business and contract disputes, trade secret and breach of fiduciary duty cases, lending and construction disputes. Our clients are corporations, family-owned businesses, individuals, health care providers, attorneys, banks, real estate developers and builders, petroleum marketers and religious institutions. We also represent corporate executives, professionals and individuals in professional liability and white collar criminal matters, from grand jury investigations through trial. We have successfully litigated numerous high-profile, high-risk civil and criminal cases for our firm’s clients, and many of the attorneys in our group hold or have held leadership positions in local, state and federal bar associations.

Our litigation attorneys receive disproportionate recognition for a firm our size – they regularly appear on top lawyer lists with major downtown law firms and well-known litigation boutiques. Chambers USA writes, “ ‘[t]hey can stand as tall as any major firm in the District,’ say clients of this Bethesda stalwart.” (Chambers USA 2007)

Saving Time and Money with Sophisticated E-Discovery Capabilities

We have a full-time attorney dedicated to e-discovery, as well as in-house technology capabilities that allow us to do work many other firms have to outsource, resulting in significant savings for our clients.

Keeping Our Clients in the Loop

Our litigators take every matter personally, working hand-in-hand with our clients. We take a comprehensive and thoughtful approach to problem solving, keeping clients informed along the way. Lerch Early clients always know where their cases stand and what decisions lie ahead.

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Group Chair(s)

Lauri E. Cleary