Ashley Haun is a real estate attorney who counsels investors and owners on the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of real estate assets in the Washington metropolitan area.

Ashley has been described as having “outstanding technical skills, combined with a delightful personality and incredible energy.” She serves as a strategic partner to her clients, understanding their current operations and future goals to provide the best representation possible.

Ashley represents clients in a variety of sophisticated real estate transactions involving retail, office, industrial flex, student-housing, and multifamily space. Ashley also has appeared before the Board of Zoning Adjustment and Zoning Commission in connection with requests for variances, special exceptions and other zoning relief, and many clients appreciate Ashley’s added experience in real estate litigation, as well as her familiarity with licensing and permitting requirements in the District of Columbia, all of which enable Ashley to successfully negotiate complex transactions and serve as a resource to her clients in a variety of contexts.

Ashley also advises on the structuring of mixed-use ownership regimes, including the negotiation and preparation of development agreements, condominium documents, reciprocal easement agreements, and other real estate development matters. She also frequently assists buyers and sellers of multifamily properties in the District of Columbia on compliance with the District of Columbia Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act.

A native Tennessean, Ashley resides on Capitol Hill. When not at work, she enjoys hiking and gardening, spending time on a variety of artistic endeavors, and practicing yoga.


  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 2007)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (B.S. 2004)


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Honors and awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch”, Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law (2021-present)
  • Listed as “Rising Star” by Maryland Super Lawyers, Real Estate, (2014-2017)

Community involvement

  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly (Young Lawyers Alliance)
  • D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (Volunteer Attorney)

Professional memberships

  • American Bar Association – Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section (Vice Chair, Multifamily Committee, May 2023 – Present; Vice-Chair, Governmental Incentives Committee, May 2023 – Present)
  • AOBA of Metropolitan Washington (Chair, Political Action Committee, 2022-present; Member, Legislative Affairs Committee, 2020-present)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women, District of Columbia Chapter (Member, Community Action Committee)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI Next, 2018-present)
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association
  • Real Estate, Housing & Land Use Section, District of Columbia Bar
  • Young Lawyers Alliance, Legal Counsel for the Elderly

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Developers, commercial property owners, and investors turn to Lerch Early’s “dirt lawyers” when they need to buy, sell, lease, or develop commercial real estate in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. 

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Representative Matters

  • Represented a leading student housing investor in the acquisition and financing of a $43 million student housing facility in Maryland and two student housing facilities in South Carolina valued at $30 million and $48 million.
  • Represented a national real estate development company in the sale of a high-profile $160 million Class A multifamily property in the District of Columbia.
  • Represented a well-known real estate investor in the acquisition of multiple Class A multifamily properties in Maryland and Virginia having a combined asset value of over $200 million.
  • Represented a private real estate management company in the acquisition of office buildings in in multiple jurisdictions, including a prominent Class A office building in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Represented a leading hospitality company in the acquisition of a portfolio of hotel properties in Connecticut.
  • Served as real estate development and condominium counsel to several local developers in connection with the development, operation and sale of mixed-use projects throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland.
  • Served as TOPA and transactional counsel to multiple multifamily investors in the acquisition and sale of multifamily properties throughout the District of Columbia.
  • Represented institutional investors in the recovery and subsequent development of over 2,000 acres of land in New Kent County, Virginia, in connection with an $85 million bond issuance.

Disclaimer: Each case is different and past results do not guarantee similar results in future matters.