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Chambers USA 2013 Recognizes Lerch Early in Corporate, Health Care, Litigation and Real Estate Law

Chambers USA 2013

Chambers USA 2013: 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 as “a leading player in both Montgomery County and throughout the state” with the ability to support “a diverse client base.” Lerch Early is listed in more categories than any other firm located in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.

Corporate Law

Chambers says that Lerch Early’s Business & Tax practice is noted for “handling corporate matters facing midsized organizations and startup companies” and that it is “particularly recognized for its M&A and succession planning work.” Sources say the attorneys “offer great judgment and a clear understanding of the issues, as well as business interests.”

Health Care

Chambers notes that Lerch Early’s Health Care practice “is known for its regulatory compliance strengths, advising hospitals and physicians on all manner of federal and state laws [and] in addition, it is regularly called upon to advise on physician credentialing and licensing matters, patient care and payor investigations.” Sources say “the firm’s strongest points are the availability of legal counsel with expertise and knowledge of the healthcare environment, their accessibility and quick response to requests for assistance.”

Litigation: General Commercial

Described as “highly regarded for its expertise in disputes concerning contracts, shareholders, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition,” the Litigation practice is recognized by Chambers for maintaining “a very active white-collar crime defense practice” and has established itself “as a go-to practice for attorneys and healthcare providers in professional responsibility-related litigation.” One client remarked, “They have taken the time to understand us as a client and handle our cases in line with our philosophy as an organization.”

Real Estate

Chambers recognizes the firm in Real Estate, including Land Use for its “mixed-use development work and … substantial expertise in the land use and zoning arena.” Sources report that “the practice offers great judgment based on thorough research and a clear understanding of the issues and business interests.” 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 individually recognized:

  • Robert G. Brewer, Jr. in Real Estate: Land Use (Ranked 1). Chambers summarizes his praise from clients as “engaged, knowledgeable and insightful.”
  • Lauri E. Cleary in Litigation: General Commercial (Ranked 3). Chambers writes “Lauri Cleary is recognized for her adept handling of disputes concerning employment, insurance and white-collar crime, as well as complex litigation. A client says: ‘Her representation of our needs is second to none. She knows our business inside and out.’”
  • Sigrid Haines in Health Care (Ranked 2). Chambers says Sigrid “is noted for her work on behalf of hospital clients, advising on contract disputes and negotiations, patient care, and fraud and abuse investigations, among other areas. She is ‘extremely responsive, easy to work with and consistently produces a high-quality work product,’ asserts one impressed client.
  •  Bob Harris in Real Estate: Land Use (Ranked 2). Chambers says Bob is noted for “his land use and zoning work, frequently appearing on behalf of residential and commercial landowners before planning commissions and governmental agencies on land use rights protection and to obtain developmental approvals.”
  • Pat Harris in Real Estate: Land Use (Ranked 3). Chambers recognizes “her expertise concerning mixed-use development projects, in addition to advising property owners and developers on securing development approvals, including site plans, special exceptions, historic preservation and mast plan recommendations. She also maintains a fine reputation acting for large-scale clients, such as Costco, TD Bank and McDonald’s.”
  • Bill Kominers in Real Estate: Land Use (Ranked 2). Chambers notes Bill’s more than three decades of experience, citing “his strength in issues concerned with land development and administrative and municipal law [and that] he is also sought to assist with issues concerning development projects such as traffic mitigation and density limitations.”
  • Stanley J. Reed in Litigation: General Commercial (Ranked 3). Chambers writes that Stan, who heads the firm’s Litigation group, is “particularly noted for his work with lawyers and healthcare providers in professional malpractice matters, and also comes recommended for his white-collar criminal defense work.”
  • Raymond J. Sherbill in Corporate/M&A (Ranked 4). Chambers says Ray is “well versed in financial and tax-related matters, in addition to handling litigation and general corporate transactional work. Clients speak highly of him and particularly single out his responsiveness on matters.”

Chambers USA conducts interviews and independent research to develop its lists of lawyers and law firms, which are ranked in bands from 1-6, with one being the highest. 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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