Douglas M. Bregman - Attorney Profiles - BBS&G Attorneys
Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, LLC
Attorneys
Douglas  M. Bregman

PRACTICES

Business, Commercial, Employment Law
Real Estate, Commercial Leasing
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Estate Planning & Administration
Land Use, Zoning, and Development
Entrepreneurship

EDUCATION

J.D. 1974
Georgetown University Law Center 
Washington, D.C.

B.A. 1971
Colgate University
Hamilton, N.Y.

FACULTY POSITIONS

  • Adjunct Faculty, Columbia Law School, 2011 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center , 1992 - Present
  • Professor, Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution, 1998 - Present
  • Professor, Business Law and Real Property Law, University of Maryland , University College , 1979 - 1981
  • Instructor, Multiple Continuing Legal Education Courses in Real Estate and Business, 1975 - Present
  • Author & Lecturer for several Georgetown University Law School Continuing Education Programs, 1982 - Present

ADMISSIONS

  • Maryland, 1974
  • District of Columbia, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1975
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1978
Douglas M. Bregman
Principal
CONTACT INFORMATION
Tel: 301-656-2707
Fax: 301-961-6525
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Mr. Bregman has maintained a general civil law practice for over thirty-five years focusing on: transactional real estate and business representation; mediation and arbitration; civil litigation; and receiverships, trusts and estates. Mr. Bregman's areas of concentration include: commercial real estate purchase and sale agreement preparation, negotiation, due diligence and settlement; commercial lease drafting and negotiation; civil litigation; business representation; and transit-oriented development negotiation and documentation.

With regard to commercial real estate, Mr. Bregman has represented buyers, sellers, government agencies, lenders, management companies, developers, contractors, landlords and tenants through all stages of acquisition, financing, construction, due diligence, leasing, and management. He is nationally recognized in the field and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). Additionally, since 1992 as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and beginning in 2011 at Columbia Law School, Mr. Bregman teaches a course entitled: “Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Documents:  Contracts, Loan Documents, and Leases.”

From starting a business to buying or selling it, Mr. Bregman has represented and advised owners, shareholders, board members and investors in enterprises of all sizes and types. Beyond legal engagement, he has the business background of having served as a member of the Board of Directors of several publicly owned companies.

Mr. Bregman has been the mediator for hundreds of business and real estate disputes. His success rate in getting cases settled is in excess of 90 percent. He has taught mediation skills both in the United States and internationally. He also has been chosen to act as an arbitrator and receiver in many cases, ranging from partnership disputes to construction claims.

Mr. Bregman has taken numerous cases to trial. His litigation practice includes the defense and prosecution of commercial lawsuits, contract disputes, complex litigation, professional malpractice litigation, personal injury lawsuits, and general civil litigation.

He has testified as an expert witness in various lawsuits in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Mr. Bregman has been included among the Top Lawyers in Washington, DC, by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Bregman is listed in both the Maryland and Washington, DC, Super Lawyers publications and on the Super Lawyers' website.

Mr. Bregman serves on the Maryland Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, the Board of Directors of the Maryland Client Protection Fund (Treasurer), the Court of Appeals Public Trust and Confidence Committee (Maryland), and the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Association Foundation.

Since 1998, Mr. Bregman has been a Professor of Negotiation and Mediation Skills at the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR), and since 1993, he has been an Author and Lecturer for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Law Conference.

Mr. Bregman is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Appointments:
  • Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL); Elected 2004
  • Trustee, Board of Trustees, and Treasurer, Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland, 2002-Present
  • Member, Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 2007-Present
  • Member, Maryland Court of Appeals, Public Trust & Confidence Committee, 2000-2014
  • Member, Board of Directors, Montgomery County, Maryland, Bar Foundation, 1992-2012
  • Inquiry Panel Member for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland
  • Review Board Member for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland
  • Member, Board of Directors, and Treasurer, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2000-2007
  • Trustee, Maryland Bar Association Insurance Trust
  • Chairman of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Task Force on Civil Litigation Costs
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, 2000-2001
  • Chairman of Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of Montgomery County Bar Association (1994-1997); Faculty Member for Mediation Training Courses Sponsored by Montgomery County Bar Association; Court Appointed Mediator for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland (1994-Present); Private Mediator for Non-Court Appointed Legal Matters
  • Governor’s Advisory Council on Landlord & Tenant Affairs, 1991-1995
  • Governor’s Landlord and Tenant Law Study Commission, 1984-1991
  • Real Property Planning and Zoning Section Council for the Maryland State Bar Association
Awards:
  • Human Rights and Justice Champion, Maryland Legal Aid, 2011
  • Georgetown University Law Center’s Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Year Award, 2008
  • Montgomery County, Maryland, Bar Foundation Honorary Life Bar Leader, 2007 Award
  • Maryland State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Award, 2006
  • Montgomery County, Maryland, Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Service Award, 2006
  • Selected by The Daily Record as a recipient of the Top Leadership in Law Award, 2007
 Honors:
  • Listed in Best Lawyers (Real Estate) in the Washington Metropolitan Area
  • Listed in Super Lawyers for Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Selected by Washingtonian magazine as one of the Top Lawyers – Real Estate
  • Included in the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® - Specialty of Real Estate Law
Elected Positions:
  • President, The Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1998-1999
  • Member, Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association
  • Chairman of the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, 1982-1983
  • Member, Board of Directors of Dart Group, Crown Books, Trak Auto, Shoppers Food Warehouse, 1993-1997
  • Member, Board of Directors of American Bank, 2002-2007
Teaching Positions:
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law, 1992-Present; course entitled: “Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Documents:  Contracts, Loan Documents, and Leases”
  • Columbia Law School, Lecturer in Law, 2011-Present; course entitled: “Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Documents:  Contracts, Loan Documents, and Leases”
  • University of Maryland, Adjunct Professor, 1977-1981; Real Estate and Business Law Classes
  • Maryland Bar Review Institute, Inc., Instructor of Real Property
  • Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR), Professor of Negotiation and Mediation Skills
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Law Conference, Author and Lecturer
Community Involvement:
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Holy Cross Hospital Foundation
  • Legal Counsel, Hoyer for Congress Campaign
  • Participant, Big Brothers of America, Inc.
  • Co-chair, American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Member, Board of Directors of Beth El Congregation, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Member, International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims Task Force
Books, Articles and Seminars:
  • Maryland Landlord-Tenant Law, Practice and Procedure; Fourth Edition 2009, published by LexisNexis
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions Handbook 4th Edition, 2009; Chapter 5A, “Negotiating the Purchase and Sale Contract” (revised 2014), published by Wolters Kluwer
  • The Common Sense Guide to Successful Real Estate Negotiation (hard-cover, 1987); with Peter G. Miller, Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.;  revised edition, Successful Real Estate Negotiation, Harper Perennial (paperback 1988, 1993)
  • Negotiating the Commercial Lease, Lorman Education Services, presented April 10, 2014
  • “Is There Tortious Liability for a Flawed Title Search?”; The Maryland Bar Journal, Volume XLV, Number 4, July/August 2013
  • Practice Manual for the Maryland Lawyer, Fourth Edition, Chapter Ten “Landlord and Tenant”; MSBA, 2012
  • “Mediation of Real Estate Disputes”; The Practical Real Estate Lawyer; The American Law Institute – Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE), Volume 28, Number 6, November 2012
  • “Court of Appeals of Maryland Decides that a Contract Provision Does Not Mean What It Says”; Maryland State Bar Association, Real Property/Ground Rules, Winter 2012
  •  “The Mediation of Real Estate Disputes”; The ACREL Papers – Spring 2012, The American Law Institute – Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) – Online CLE
  • “Acceleration of Rent in the Commercial Lease”; Maryland State Bar Association, Real Property/Ground Rules, Winter 2011
  • “Wind Farm Leasing”; Maryland State Bar Association, Real Property/Ground Rules, Summer 2009
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant Issues, published by MICPEL
  • Author and Lecturer in several programs given by The Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. (MICPEL)
  • Author and Lecturer in several Georgetown University Law School Continuing Legal Education  (CLE) programs
  • Author and Lecturer for several programs given by Lorman Education