Marc DeCandia is a real estate attorney who represents developers and lenders in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. His practice focuses on the development of complex mixed-use, vertically subdivided projects governed by condominium, covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), or reciprocal easement structures.

Marc is experienced with both commercial and residential developments. He has a singular talent for solving complicated puzzles of ownership and easements while explaining different practical options to clients. They appreciate that he is a straight shooter who always tries to put himself in their shoes, asking, “What’s the value here?” His projects include commercial, residential, office, retail, and hotel uses, as well as the development of community associations and residential new construction and conversion condominiums.

Marc also represents developers seeking to terminate and redevelop existing condominium sites, and provides developers and lenders with peer review for projects using condominium and related reciprocal easement or other operational and cost sharing mechanisms. He drafts and negotiates construction and related easements and ground leases, and represents multifamily apartment purchasers and sellers with respect to Maryland right of first refusal laws.

Marc received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University and his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Prior to joining Lerch Early, Marc was a partner at a Bethesda real estate law firm as well as at one of the largest law firms in the United States.

When he’s not parsing ownership parcels, Marc enjoys using his smoker to prepare tempting meat, poultry, and seafood. For a recent family gathering, he smoked St. Louis cut ribs, brisket, chicken, and oysters on the half shell.


  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1994)
  • Rutgers University (B.A., Political Science, 1991)


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Honors and awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law (2021-present)

Professional memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute

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

  • Upstairs at Bethesda Row, Bethesda, Maryland (mixed-use building condominiums)
  • The Veridian, Silver Spring, Maryland (mixed-use master association and building condominium)
  • Pike and Rose, Rockville, Maryland (mixed-use master building and residential condominiums)
  • 10,000 Town Center, Columbia, Maryland (mixed-use master building and residential condominiums)
  • North Bethesda Market, North Bethesda, Maryland (mixed-use master association and building condominiums)
  • 1055 Wisconsin Condominium, District of Columbia (mixed-use residential condominium)
  • 7100 Wisconsin, Bethesda, Maryland (mixed-use master building and residential condominiums)
  • 8300 Wisconsin, Bethesda, Maryland (mixed-use master building and residential condominiums)
  • 7373 Wisconsin, Bethesda, Maryland (commercial condominium, hotel, and office uses)
  • Gables Garage Condominium, Montgomery County, Maryland (county/privately owned parking garage)
  • New Carrollton Garage Condominium, New Carrollton, Maryland (ground-leased WMATA, residential, and office parking garage)
  • New Carrollton Metro Station, New Carrollton, Maryland (ground-leased mixed-use development)
  • Inventa Condominium, Silver Spring, Maryland (commercial condominium office/retail uses)
  • 8250 George, Silver Spring, Maryland (mixed-use master building and residential condominiums)
  • Gymnasium at National Park Seminary Condominium, Silver Spring, Maryland (historic adaptive reuse gymnasium residential condominium)
  • Power Plant at NPS Condominium, Silver Spring, Maryland (historic adaptive use power plant and firehouse residential condominium)
  • Severn Chapel Crossing Land Condominium, Anne Arundel County, Maryland (commercial use land condominium)
  • Cabin John Village Homeowners Association, Montgomery County, Maryland (residential townhouse in commercial development subject to commercial CC&Rs)

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