Our Team

Our attorneys and staff members bring backgrounds from all over the world.

Women in Leadership

On the attorney side, Lerch Early does an excellent job of recruiting and advancing female attorneys – one-third of our partners are women, half of our current management committee members are women, and women chair or co-chair half of our practices. On the staff side, 57% of senior management is women.

Recent Activities

  • Hosted Dr. Janelle Wong, a professor of American Studies, Government and Politics, and a core faculty member in Asian American Studies at the University of Maryland, for a firm-wide presentation on “Understanding Anti-Asian American Discrimination in the Larger Racial Landscape” (September 2021)
  • Hosted Damion Thomas, Curator of Sports at the Smithsonian National African American Museum, for a firm-wide presentation on “African American History Through Sports” (February 2021)
  • Make annual contribution to Howard University’s Charter Day celebration helping students finish their coursework and graduate (Every year in March)
  • Real estate attorney Sharon Nelson Craig spoke on the “The Law and The Lease” panel comprised completely of women of color, and land use attorney Stacy Plotkin Silber spoke on the “Developer Runway” panel at ICSC’s Mid-Atlantic Dealmaking Conference (March 2020)
  • Lerch Early participated in Montgomery County Summer Scholars Program interviews for 2020 law clerk (November 2019)
  • Lerch Early hosted an unconscious bias training for our attorneys (May 2019) and staff (June 2019)
  • Lerch Early sponsored the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Gala. The event was presented by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. (May 2019)
  • Lerch Early sponsored the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland‘s 40th Anniversary Gala. (April 2019)
  • Lerch Early sponsored the 34th Annual Prince George’s County Women’s History Month Luncheon. (March 2019)

Awards and Recognition

Recruiting

The headhunters we work with on lateral recruiting know inclusiveness is a priority for us. We hire law students from diverse backgrounds through the Montgomery County Summer Scholars Pipeline program, and have helped them to land post-law school clerkships at the state, federal, and appellate courts.

Employment Opportunities

We seek to hire attorneys and staff with a broad variety of backgrounds and capabilities, recognizing that such diversity contributes to our strength and our ability to serve our clients well.

Lerch Early is firmly committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital or veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

We’re diverse in many ways, and you can help us to be better by exploring our Careers section and contacting us about opportunities.

Diversity Committee

Lerch Early has an active Diversity Committee comprised of management, attorneys, and staff to ensure the ongoing implementation of the firm’s diversity plan that, at its core, fosters a truly inclusive work environment.

“Diversity—of backgrounds, of opinions, of approaches—reflects our community and helps us serve our clients better. It also happens to be the right thing to pursue. We are always looking for people who can add new perspectives.” Sharon Nelson Craig and Patrick L. O’Neil, Co-chairs, Lerch Early Diversity Committee