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Offit Kurman Welcomes Stephanie Smith to its Real Estate Practice

Offit Kurman is pleased to announce that Stephanie M. Smith has joined the firm as a Principal in the Real Estate Law and Transactions Group. Ms. Smith is resident in the firm’s Bethesda office.

Stephanie Smith has over 20 years of experience representing real estate developers, business owners and lenders with the financing of multi-family housing and mixed-use development projects. She coordinates multi-layered financing of real estate and business enterprise ventures in both urban and rural communities nationwide and provides counsel on and assistance with the packaging of loan and tax credit applications needed to successfully obtain real estate and business financing from private and government financial institutions. Ms. Smith also provides strategic tax advice related to real estate, business and investment activities and handles a variety of litigation matters in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland courts, including those related to landlord/tenant, equitable subrogation and rightful title.

“Stephanie is a great asset to the real estate team at Offit Kurman,” said Umar Sheikh, Principal and Chair of the Real Estate Law and Transactions Group. “Her significant insight into the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area real estate community and comprehensive representation of developers, investors, business owners and financial institutions strengthens the capabilities that we are able to provide to our clients.”

Ms. Smith is a Governing Member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and the past Chair of the ABA Real Property Section’s Affordable Housing Committee. She received her B.A. from Howard University and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School, and her LLM in taxation at Georgetown University Law Center.


Offit Kurman, a full-service AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the East Coast and in Southern California, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the firm’s 280+ attorneys counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice. Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients’ business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration.