Ann Marie Mehlert

Real Estate Attorney

Principal

ammehlert@lerchearly.com
7600 Wisconsin AvenueSuite 700Bethesda, MD 20814

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1984)
  • Boston College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1980)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Overview

Ann Marie Mehlert is a real estate attorney who helps real estate developers, investors, and owners to acquire, develop, lease, and sell commercial real estate throughout the Washington, DC area. She chairs Lerch Early's Real Estate practice.

Ann Marie is proficient in closing deals with the deadlines, price, and terms that meet the client’s overall business goals.  “Ann Marie [is] a pleasure to work with,” says one developer client, “especially in terms of timeliness of the work product, bottom line cost and the pursuit of win-win alternatives that reduce risks to ownership.” She has the ability to push a deal forward while keeping all parties on an even keel.

Her experience includes sophisticated real estate transactions involving complex office and retail leasing, sales, acquisitions, common interest developments, financing for both raw land and improved property, 1031 like-kind exchanges, and a variety of development and title issues. Ann Marie's clients include large-scale residential developers, family-run development companies, individual entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, medical professionals, and nonprofits.

She also has negotiated and closed complex multi-million dollar financing transactions for clients using equity financing and conventional loan financing.

After years of spending weekend mornings on soccer fields throughout the country (her husband is a former Division I National College Soccer Coach of the Year and her three children are all former Division I college soccer players), Ann Marie now enjoys Saturday and Sunday mornings from the comfort of her couch, watching English Premier League games on television.

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1984)
  • Boston College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1980)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Representative Matters
  • Negotiating and documenting real estate purchases and leases for restaurant group owner for nine properties throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland.
  • Negotiating leases for owner for group of newly-acquired office buildings with a high vacancy rate in Maryland with goal of fully leasing within a three-year timetable.
  • Representing developer in acquisitions throughout DC, including negotiating TOPA (Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act) rights.
  • Representing owner of four shopping centers in Virginia in all aspects of operating the centers, including leases, contracts, adjacent property concerns, and property management issues.
  • Representing office building owner in leases with various medical providers and medical-related associations.
  • Negotiating leases for newly acquired 450,000 SF office building.
  • Represented homebuilder in purchase of land and creation of HOAs and condominiums in Montgomery and Frederick Counties.
  • Prepared reciprocal easement agreement regarding parking for developer with neighboring property owners.
  • Coordinated due diligence for real estate investment trust in connection with purchase of large town center shopping center, including review of leases, impact on protected tenant areas, and review of title commitment.
  • Negotiated agreement for Strathmore in connection with operation of AMP, its music venue in the Pike & Rose development.
  • Represented pro bono client Days End Farm Horse Rescue in the $1.1 million purchase of property the non-profit previously was leasing.
Education & Admissions

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1984)
  • Boston College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1980)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Community Involvement
  • Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board (Chair, 2017; Board Member, 2015-present)
  • Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (Secretary, 2015; Board of Directors, 2014-present)
  • Montgomery Women (Board of Directors, 2014-present)
  • Round House Theatre (General Counsel, 2014-present)
Professional Memberships
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Urban Land Institute
  • CREW-Commercial Real Estate Women, Maryland Suburban Chapter (President, 2012)
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
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