Qwen Brown is a real estate attorney who represents clients in sophisticated transactions and matters in the District of Columbia.

Qwen lives by the motto that you get more bees with honey than vinegar, providing every client one-size-fits-one service to meet their specific needs and to achieve their desired outcomes. Solutions-oriented, she prides herself on always keeping an eye on the big picture, while delivering practical, insightful legal advice.

Qwen has 20 years of experience advising on commercial contracts and real estate transactions, construction, affordable housing development and finance, and leasing (landlord and tenant). She has a proven track record in successful structuring and negotiation of complex commercial and financial transactions.

Qwen has deep experience in the higher education space, having previously served as Associate General Counsel for American University where she handled all real estate matters involving the campus plan, landlord/tenant leases, real estate development, construction, zoning and land use and environmental issues.

A socially conscious person, Qwen believes in the power of mentorship and paying it forward. She’s a world traveler who has been to 50 countries, counting Hong Kong, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Egypt among her favorite stops.

Qwen has a 10-year-old Westie Corgi mix named Cody, and is in the process of expanding her family as a foster mother who is in the process of adopting her son.


  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. Securities and Financial Regulation, 2003)
  • Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law (J.D., 2002, magna cum laude)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., Communication Studies, 1990)


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • Georgia

Community involvement

  • Prince William County (Planning Commissioner, 2021-present)
  • Transform A Nation (Board Member, 2019-present)
  • Life After Convictions (Board Member, 2018-present)
  • Paul R. Brown Charter (School Board Member, 2014-present)

Professional memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

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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Attorney Qwendolyn Brown Joins Lerch Early

Lerch Early is pleased to welcome attorney Qwendolyn Brown as a principal in its Real Estate practice. Brown brings a multi-faceted, real estate transactions background with 20 years of experience advising on commercial contracts …

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