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Chambers USA 2015 Ranks Lerch Early in Corporate, Health Care, Litigation and Real Estate/Land Use

Chambers USA

Chambers USA  2015: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Lerch, Early & Brewer in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Health Care, Litigation: General Commercial and Real Estate, including Land Use, characterizing  Lerch Early attorneys as "a joy to work with" and bringing "really good knowledge not just of the law but how to apply and interpret it."  Lerch Early is listed in more categories and has more attorneys listed as "Leaders in the Field"  than any other firm headquartered in suburban Washington, DC. 

Corporate Law

Chambers notes that Lerch Early’s Business & Tax practice has a "particular focus on succession planning and tax issues, and [is] also highly experienced in advising start-ups on business law."  One source says "I'd highly recommend them. I always mention them to associates in business dealings because I'm very happy with them."

Health Care

Chambers describes Lerch Early’s Health Care practice as "renowned for its prowess as special and general counsel for healthcare providers, acting on licensure, regulation and litigation," and "well reputed for its wide scope of clients, ranging from individuals to large-scale organizations."  Sources say "Rationality: that's the essence of the firm. These guys are very professional as well as being approachable, human, and very easy to work with."

Litigation: General Commercial

Described as “highly regarded for its substantial knowledge across employment, healthcare and appellate litigation, among other areas,” the Litigation practice was noted for “deep knowledge of disputes concerning religious entities coupled with extensive e-discovery capability.” One client said, "I'm crazy about the lawyers I work with; I think they're phenomenal, terrific people."

Real Estate

Chambers recognizes the firm in Real Estate, including Land Use for its “market-leading presence in zoning and land use work, with particular involvement in the development of mixed-use and condominium projects,” noting that in transactional matters, the firm has "strong expertise in construction and acquisition financing work."  Lerch Early has more land use attorneys listed in Chambers than any firm in Maryland.

In addition to these firm-wide honors, the following attorneys are ranked as "leaders in their fields:"

  • Robby Brewer in Real Estate: Land Use and Health Care. Chambers writes that he "is held in high esteem by clients, who say he is 'smart and authentic, with a wonderful balance of personality and competency,'" and that "sources commend [him] for his 'impeccable judgment and terrific client demeanor,' and also highlight his ability to 'understand problems quickly.'"
  • Sigrid Haines in Health Care. Chambers says Sigrid "attracts praise for her ability to 'bring a really good knowledge not just of the law but how to apply and interpret it. She makes the law functional.'"
  • Bob Harris in Real Estate: Land Use. Chambers praises Bob's “"deep knowledge of the regulatory process," noting that he is "held in high regard for his experience in assisting clients with obtaining development approvals," and that "he provides expertise in relation to a range of mixed-use and affordable housing projects, among other areas."
  • Pat Harris in Real Estate: Land Use. Chambers singles Pat out as being "experienced in advising prominent clients from the retail sector."
  • Bill Kominers in Real Estate: Land Use. Chambers says Bill " is known among interviewees to be a 'really good' lawyer who is 'excellent on land use' and that he is experienced in the full range of regulatory proceedings involving mixed-use, commercial and industrial developments."
  • Brad McCullough in Litigation: General Commercial. Chambers notes that Brad "receives praise for his 'amazing equanimity and superb judgment.' He is also commended for his brief-writing ability."
  • Stan Reed in Litigation: General Commercial. Chambers describes Stan as a "grandmaster strategist," noting that sources highlight Stan's  "intuitive sense of the types of argument that will resonate with juries and judges," as well as his "superb presentation and demeanor in trial."
  • Steve Robins in Real Estate: Land Use. Chambers says Steve "is praised by clients for 'his expertise, the breadth of his knowledge and the level of service that he provides.'""
  • Ray Sherbill in Corporate/M&A. Chambers says Ray is "noted for his strength in transactional, financial and taxation matters," and that interviewees describe him as "very knowledgeable and level headed" and "a joy to work with."”

In addition, Sharon Nelson Craig is listed as a Noted Practitioner for Real Estate.

Chambers USA conducts interviews and independent research to develop its lists of lawyers and law firms. To read the complete reviews, visit

Lerch, Early & Brewer is a full-service law firm located in Bethesda, Maryland providing clients with “ideas that work.” The firm’s attorneys practice in the areas of business law, commercial lending, community associations, elder law, employment, estates, family law, health care, land use, litigation, real estate and taxation. For more information, visit


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