Harry Lerch is a retired principal emeritus of Lerch Early. He was a land use and zoning attorney who guided clients in eminent domain and condemnation proceedings, zoning, planning, traffic mitigation, historic preservation, and legacy open space in Montgomery County, Maryland for more than 40 years.
Banks, major national retail chains, schools, country clubs, medical and health care facilities, community associations, religious organizations, and automotive dealerships, as well as individuals, turned to Harry to guide them in various real estate and development endeavors. He worked diligently with clients to define their objectives, then applied determination and creativity to achieve the desired results. Harry was known for his inspired approach to problem solving. Clients described him as thinking “inside, outside, and around the box.” His “secret” arose from his ability to ascertain the true facts of his clients’ cases and then to present them, in complete honesty and openness, to the neighbors, government agency and/or other decision makers, in a way that met their standards and objectives. In case after case, the result was a “win-win” for all concerned.
Prior to joining Lerch Early in 1970, Harry served as general counsel for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. During his tenure at M-NCPPC, he oversaw the purchase of more than 14,000 acres of parkland and was responsible for drafting numerous items of legislation affecting zoning, subdivision and planning in Montgomery County and throughout the state of Maryland.
A commercially licensed pilot since the mid-1960s, Harry is an active member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and regularly takes aerial photographs of real estate projects for strategy development. His passion for flying led him to help found and incorporate the Montgomery County Air Park Users Association and serve as its first president. He loves to travel and has navigated the skies of 49 states and half dozen foreign countries.