Chambers USA 2022: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Lerch Early in the areas of Litigation: General Commercial and Real Estate.

Litigation: General Commercial
Chambers describes the team as “notable for advising businesses on contract and corporate disputes, as well as representing clients in breach of fiduciary duty matters. Well regarded for its substantial practice in employment litigation, as well as fielding expertise in real estate disputes. Strong Maryland presence, attracting a broad regional and national client base.”

One market commentator states: “Lerch has a very deep bench.”

Another reports: “They are effective and offer a quality experience and subject matter expertise.”

Real Estate
Chambers recognizes the firm in Real Estate, for its “expertise advising on construction and financing, in addition to notable experience in land use matters. Works on mixed-use development projects, including neighborhoods undergoing urban regeneration. Demonstrates additional expertise handling joint venture agreements.”

One market commentator said Lerch Early’s “lawyers jive so well as a group with our internal teams. They provide remarkable support and integration.”

In addition to these firm-wide honors, the following attorneys are ranked as “Leaders in Their Fields:”

Robby Brewer in Real Estate. Chambers says Robby is “highlighted for his expertise in handling zoning permits and other development applications. He regularly advises major investors and developers as well as large retail clients.”

Lauri Cleary in Litigation: General Commercial. Chambers says that Lauri “offers wide-ranging expertise in commercial disputes as well as handling employment litigation.” One commenter said Lauri is “very personable and knowledgeable.”

Stan Reed in Litigation: General Commercial and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Chambers says Stan “has a broad litigation practice that encompasses commercial claims, including real estate and construction disputes, as well as the defense of white-collar crime and fraud cases.” One commenter said, “Stanley is fantastic.” Another said, “He is excellent.”

Marc Engel in Labor & Employment. Chambers says Marc “provides comprehensive counseling to employers, including on workplace policies, litigation avoidance and dispute resolution. His substantive expertise covers ADA, FMLA and discrimination laws.” Said one commenter, “Mark is a deep thinker and smart guy who cares passionately about his clients.”

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With 60 lawyers and more than 70 years of experience in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia, Lerch Early helps companies, nonprofits, and individuals rise to every challenge in business, real estate, litigation, and life.