Lance M. Kodish



Lance Kodish is a transactional attorney well-versed in all phases of commercial real estate acquisition, development, title review, and lending. He helps commercial real estate investors and developers, business owners, banks and loan officers, and REITs get to closing using his keen attention to detail and focus on constant communication with all parties.

In his real estate practice, Lance represents developers in the acquisition and disposition of real property, including overseeing the completion of 1031 exchanges. He is experienced in negotiating, drafting, and reviewing commercial leases, including restaurant, office condominium, and retail leases for tenants and landlords in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Lance has also drafted and served notices of sale and otherwise monitored compliance with the DC TOPA Act as part of the transfer and sale of multi-unit buildings of all sizes in the District of Columbia. Finally, Lance has drafted several different kinds of recordable instruments such as boundary line agreements and declaration of covenants as a means to solve clients’ disputes without resorting to litigation.

In his commercial lending practice, Lance drafts and negotiates loan documents such as loan agreements, deeds of trust, promissory notes and security agreements as part of commercial asset, land purchase and loan refinance transactions. He also drafts and oversees the recording of deeds, deeds of trust and other recordable instruments in the Land Records of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. He also has reviewed and negotiated title commitments and lender’s title insurance policies for a well-known national lender.

Lance's clients appreciate his ability to translate complex legal issues into plain English so they understand how potential solutions and outcomes will affect their bottom lines. He makes sure all of their questions are answered along the way.

Lance received his law degree from The George Washington University Law Center after receiving a bachelor of arts cum laude, also from GW. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Lerch Early, Lance practiced at a boutique law firm in Washington, DC that concentrates primarily on commercial real estate and business matters.

Although Lance has lived in the DC area for more than a decade, currently residing in Bethesda, he holds fast to his childhood love of the New York Mets and Giants. When he's not defending his sports choices, he enjoys trying new restaurants and cooking with his wife. His favorite cuisines are Italian and French.

Community Involvement

•Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity (Executive Board, Vice President, Treasurer, 2013-2014)



•Beware These Three Hurdles to Closing Your Commercial Loan January 1, 2019
•Overcoming Objection: Working with a Neighbor who Opposes a Construction Project September 11, 2018
•New Law Would Free DC Single-Family Homeowners from Certain Selling Requirements July 16, 2018


•Negotiating Commercial Loans - Feet to the Fire or Constructive Compromise? October 19, 2018

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Lending

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
301-657-0152  Phone
301-347-1777  Fax
University Attended:
The George Washington University, B.A., cum laude and with Special Honors, International Affairs, 2010
Law School Attended:
The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2014
Year of First Admission:
2015, District of Columbia; 2014, Maryland

Professional Memberships

•Maryland State Bar Association (Member, 2015-present)
•Business Networking International (Member, 2017-present)

Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts MasterCard and Discover

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