Regional full-service law firm Lerch, Early & Brewer is pleased to announce that Ruth O. Katz has been elected managing partner and chair of the firm’s Board of Directors. Katz’s three-year term started on January 1, 2024.

Katz, a principal and co-chair of the Community Associations practice, has long-served in leadership roles within the firm, including as a member of the Board of Directors and Management Committee, and as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

She takes over the top leadership post following a busy 15 months that saw Lerch Early hire more than 20 new attorneys and open offices in Falls Church, Virginia and in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

“I’m honored to be elected as managing partner of Lerch, Early & Brewer,” Katz said. “The recent influx of talent and expansion of our geographic reach has been critical to our strategic goal of providing high-level legal services to individuals and businesses across the region. I’m looking forward to building on this momentum while leading the firm forward.”

Katz recently served as president of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute, is featured on Bethesda Magazine’s “Top Attorney” list, and has been recognized as a “Leading Woman” by The Daily Record.

In her practice, Katz helps board members of condominiums, homeowners associations, and cooperatives govern effectively. She provides general counsel to, and resolves disputes for, boards of directors throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.

Notably, Katz is the firm’s first female managing partner and board chair. She succeeds Steven A. Robins, who served in the roles from 2018-2023. Robins returns full time to his land use and zoning practice representing prominent national and regional developers and property owners in high-visibility projects predominantly throughout Montgomery County.

“Ruth is a fantastic choice to lead our firm as its next managing partner,” said Robins. “She’s a respected leader and voice, and I’m looking forward to seeing the firm thrive under her leadership.”

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