Experienced Multifamily Housing Attorney Stephanie Smith Joins Lerch Early’s Real Estate Practice

Lerch, Early & Brewer is pleased to announce that Stephanie Smith has joined the firm as “of counsel” in its real estate practice. Stephanie helps developers and other businesses create communities from start to finish, including corporate structuring, property acquisition, contracts, financing, and closing on multifamily and mixed-use projects throughout the Washington, DC area. Shortly before joining Lerch Early, she served as an attorney advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representing the Multi-Family Housing division, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she gave policy advice on key regulations and legislation impacting multi-family housing development.

“Stephanie’s extensive multifamily experience will help us serve clients with both residential and mixed-use projects,” says Robby Brewer, Lerch Early’s board chair and a principal in the firm’s land use practice. “This and her thorough tax knowledge deepen Lerch Early’s bench.”

Ann Marie Mehlert, co-chair of Lerch Early’s real estate practice, adds, “Stephanie’s ability to focus on her clients’ business needs, not just on the transaction at hand, is what sets her apart. She’s always looking at how each real estate deal moves the company forward.”

For nearly 20 years, Stephanie has represented buyers and sellers in all stages of development transactions, including conducting due diligence, drafting and negotiating joint venture and partnership agreements and sales contracts, reviewing appraisals and surveys, addressing environmental concerns,, reviewing contractors’ bond performance agreements, assembling financial structures to include equity and debt, and reviewing and negotiating equity investor and/or lending documentation. She is experienced in 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, as well as state and local tax credit financing. Her clients include large-scale developers, financial institutions, nonprofit property owners, and equity investors.

Stephanie received a B.A. from Howard University, a J.D. from Rutgers Law School, and an LLM in international taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

“I am excited to be part of a team of talented real estate, land use, and business attorneys,” says Stephanie. “I see great opportunities for my clients to benefit from all this legal experience under one roof.”

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Developers, commercial property owners, and investors turn to Lerch Early when they need to buy, sell, lease, or develop commercial real estate in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Lerch Early’s attorneys help them close with the best mix of price, terms, and timelines essential to their core real estate and business strategies. With 60 lawyers and more than half a century 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. For more, visit


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