Recognized in Vanguard, Women in Law, May 2020, and named to Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent® Top Rated Lawyers, Bryn Sherman is a legal veteran whose skill and commitment to her clients have garnered her a cache of awards. She’s been named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2019-2021 and has been consistently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013. With nearly three decades of experience in real estate law, Bryn has dedicated her entire career to representing clients who span from U.S. public companies, interacting with the C-suite and their boardrooms, to private companies and family-owned businesses. Her focus is understanding her clients’ strategic goals.
“If somebody’s coming to me with their worst nightmare, I can turn it into a positive outcome,” she shares. “For me, it’s about navigating the issue with my client in a way that the outcome doesn’t just solve that issue but creates additional opportunity.”
A principal with Offit Kurman since 2009, Bryn is a firm leader at one of the fastest-growing full-service law firms in the United States. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors rights in both civil and bankruptcy litigation, with special attention on real estate and banking issues. She represents developers, landlords, and owners in all disputes, as well as banks in matters such as strategic loan documentation, business fraud, foreclosures, and workouts. Bryn’s success in building her practice and increasing her revenue on an annual basis, is a result of her consistently securing and maintaining strong client relationships. As with all her achievements, Bryn’s drive compels her to broaden her knowledge, most recently through the Harvard Business Executive Education’s Women on Boards program. This training has helped her contribute to employing operational strategies on a larger scale through the lens of a board member for major U.S. companies.
“I’ve honed my skills over decades and have experience in all sides of real estate. My career and wide range visibility allow me to grow as an executive beyond a singular practice. I have a very keen understanding of all aspects of complex businesses. I see the big picture,” Bryn explains. “For me, it’s about incorporating strategic goals for my clients, providing overarching advice, pinpointing issues, finding those opportunities that my clients may not have otherwise considered, and aligning risk for the best outcome.”
With clients spanning back to the beginning of her career, Bryn has built a reputation as a skilled, loyal, and insightful attorney who is well known across the real estate and banking industries for her expertise and her sincere affinity for both her clients and her legal peers. She is known as a knowledgeable, reliable, and available lawyer who brings energy, enthusiasm and a positive outlook to whatever opportunity, challenge or crisis a client presents. Bryn is dedicated to mentoring her colleagues and helping them establish and grow in their own careers. “I enjoy watching clients who I’ve worked with for 25 to 30 years do well, knowing I was a part of their team. It’s just the same with my team of attorneys. I enjoy helping other attorneys achieve their career goals and build their practices,” she says.
Currently, she’s advising clients on best practices for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing them for whatever disruption might come in the future. “I’m helping many of my clients pivot to withstand the current disruption. We’ve implemented different verticals to become revenue sources that allow them to recalibrate and be sustainable in what’s going to be a post-pandemic next normal. Nothing is going back to normal; it’s going to be the next normal, so I’m serving as a strategic partner, positioning my clients to thrive,” she explains.
Bryn is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bar. She holds a BA in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and received her JD from the University of Miami, Florida. At Offit Kurman, she is a member of the Creditor Rights, Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice Group, and the Real Estate Law and Transaction Practice Group. Outside of the firm, Bryn is a member of the Advanced American Bankruptcy Institute and Women in Real Estate (WIRRE), and formerly served on the board of directors of Alef Bet Montessori School where she co‐chaired its development committee.
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