Shelah F. Lynn

Of Counsel
Tel 202.661.7653
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Shelah F. Lynn concentrates on representing developers in the development and construction of many types of mixed-use, condominium, and planned community projects including residential, retail, office, hotel, and other similar uses. Such projects include new and conversion condominiums, mixed-ownership developments, and planned-unit developments. Shelah advises developer clients on design and construction contracts and the drafting of project formation documents. She also represents existing community associations, whether developer or owner controlled, and advises clients on all aspects of community association operation.

As a substantial part of her practice, Shelah represents developers in the defense and resolution of warranty, construction, and transition disputes related to the development, construction, and sale of residential and mixed-use condominiums and communities and the pursuit of third-party claims, where applicable. Such representation includes informal negotiation, mediation and arbitration, and litigation, if necessary, but with heavy emphasis on negotiations and alternate dispute resolution methods and procedures.

Representative Matters

  • Defended, negotiated and settled multiple construction and design deficiency and warranty claims on behalf of residential and mixed-use condominium developers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and initiated, prosecuted and settled third party claims against contractors and design professionals related thereto.
  • Represented a developer on the development of a large mixed-use condominium project in Baltimore City including consultation on construction contracts, hotel management and related contracts and preparation and filing of requisite condominium documents and drafting and negotiation of custom purchase and sale agreements.
  • Represented a developer on the development of a property owners association in the City of Alexandria containing a residential condominium, retail and townhouses and City improvements.
  • Represented a developer on two (2) adjacent mixed-use projects in the City of Rockville including the preparation of master and sub-residential condominium documents and the drafting and negotiation of a development agreement with a housing agency, which will own a portion of the project.
  • Represented a developer on the development and structuring of a mixed-use project in the District of Columbia containing a residential for-sale condominium, apartment building and retail uses.

Professional Activities

Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA), Legislative Committee

District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA), Housing Committee

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

District of Columbia Bar Association

Maryland Bar Association


Co-author, "Sept. 15 Deadline for Developers to Oppose DC Condo Warranty Legislation," Ballard Spahr alert, September 14, 2020

Co-author, "Maryland, DC and Virginia Construction Sites Need Careful Monitoring to Stay Open," Ballard Spahr alert, April 17, 2020

Co-author, "DC Seeks to Expand Condo Warranty Liability," Ballard Spahr alert, February 26, 2020

Co-author, "Real Estate News in Metro DC," Ballard Spahr alert, July 13, 2016

Co-author, "Mandatory Training for Community Association Board Members," Ballard Spahr alert, January 15, 2016

Co-author, "New Montgomery County, Md., Legislation Further Regulating Community Associations," Ballard Spahr alert, March 9, 2015

Co-author, "Public Offering Statement Disclosure Limits Developer's Liability," Ballard Spahr alert, September 8, 2014

Co-author, "Caveat Venditor (Let the Seller Beware):Consumer Protection Laws Can Have Significant Implications," Ballard Spahr alert, August 19, 2014

Co-author, "Implied Restrictive Covenant Prevents Conversion of Golf Course to Residential Lots," Ballard Spahr alert, August 5, 2014

Co-author, "Court Ruling May Result in Property Tax on Previously Exempt Community Association Property," Ballard Spahr alert, July 31, 2014

Co-author, "Caveat Venditor (Let the Seller Beware): Consumer Protection Procedures Act Strikes Again in the District of Columbia," Ballard Spahr alert, February 14, 2014

Co-author, "Recent Jury Decision Makes the Case for Alternate Dispute Resolution for Condominium Warranty and Construction Claims," Building in Maryland and Washington, DC, March/April 2013

Co-author, "Maryland Legislature Revisits IDOT Debate Today," Ballard Spahr alert, May 15, 2012

Author, "Risk of Landlord Liability Rises in Pit Bull Attack Cases," Ballard Spahr alert, May 3, 2012

Author, "Settling Community Association Warranty Claims," Building in Maryland and Washington, DC, July/August 2011

Co-author, "Developers Face Possible Changes to Maryland Condo and HOA Acts," Ballard Spahr alert, March 4, 2010

Co-author, "New Law Affects Maryland Homebuilders," Ballard Spahr alert, September 8, 2009

Co-author, "Solar Incentives in Maryland – The Numbers May Just Add Up," Building in Maryland and Washington, DC, July/August 2009

Speaking Engagements

Panel Speaker, "Public/Private Partnerships," Women in Construction Conference, October 2018

American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1984)

University of Connecticut (B.A. 1981)

District of Columbia