Sharon Nelson Craig

Real Estate Attorney

Principal

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

Education

  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Maryland (B.A. in Government and Politics, 1983)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Overview

Sharon Nelson Craig is a real estate attorney who helps property owners, investors, and tenants buy, sell, develop, and lease commercial real estate in sophisticated transactions throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

Sharon calls herself a “dirt lawyer,” because she helps her clients develop property from the ground up. For more than 30 years, she has prepared and negotiated purchase and sale contracts, development agreements, construction contracts, reciprocal easement agreements, ground leases, major national and small tenant retail, office and warehouse leases, financing documents, condominium documents, concession agreements, and ancillary real estate documents.  

Sharon's clients applaud her for being a relationship-building perfectionist who performs extremely well under pressure, keeping her cool with her sense of humor intact. Sharon sees the big picture with her clients, and makes sure they focus on the necessary details to protect their interests, manage their development team members, and keep the project running on time.  Sharon’s experience in deal structuring, ground leasing, and development, make her a tremendous resource to her clients.  

Sharon enjoys beach time, particularly evening lobster rolls in Martha’s Vineyard following a day in the sun with a good book.  Having grown up on her family's farm in Virginia, Sharon also loves spending time there with her family, planting and picking vegetables, and fishing in Grandpa Jack's pond.

Education

  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Maryland (B.A. in Government and Politics, 1983)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Representative Matters
  • Serve as lead real estate counsel for Howard University, the nation’s premier historically black university in Washington, DC. Recent transactions include a $144 million partnership with real estate group Corvias in a deal that will renovate two of Howard’s largest residence halls, and a 99-year $22 million capitalized ground lease transaction with a local developer that will turn a former residence hall next to Meridian Hill Park on 16th Street into luxury rentals.
  • Serve as transactions counsel for Lee Development Group in the development of Elizabeth Square, a public-private partnership between LDG and the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission. The mixed-use project in Silver Spring will include retail and residential housing, including affordable senior units, and a state of the art County recreation center. http://www.leedg.com/property/elizabeth-square
  • Serve as transactions counsel for The Tower Companies in the redevelopment of The Blairs, a historic community reinventing itself to include 2,800 high-rise apartments and 450,000 SF of new mixed-use commercial space, all within a short walk of Metro. http://www.sasaki.com/project/306/the-blairs
  • Serve as transactions counsel for United Therapeutics in the creation and expansion of its world headquarters campus in downtown Silver Spring. http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2015/Company-Hopes-to-Begin-Demolition-of-Silver-Spring-Parking-Garage-This-Fall
Education & Admissions

Education

  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Maryland (B.A. in Government and Politics, 1983)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Honors & Awards

Listed in Chambers USA as a Noted Practitioner for Real Estate (2015-present)

Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law (2016-present)

Excellence in Leadership Award, African American Real Estate Professionals, Baltimore Chapter (2001)

Distinguished Women in Law Award, Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland (1997)

Community Involvement

EduStar Performing Arts Society, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2010-present)

The Northeasterners, Inc. (2010-present), President of Baltimore Chapter (2016-2018)

Professional Memberships

ICSC-International Council of Shopping Centers (Law Conference Speaker)

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Baltimore Chapter (President, 1997)

University of Maryland (Visiting Lecturer on Retail Leasing) (2011-present)

The Catholic University Columbus School of Law (Visiting Lecturer on Legal Writing for Real Estate Transactions (2011-2013)

Maryland State Bar Association

Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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