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


Business, Commercial, Employment Law
Real Estate, Commercial Leasing
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Estate Planning & Administration


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

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


  • 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


  • 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
Tel: 301-656-2707
Fax: 301-961-6525
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.



  • Board of Directors of Dart Group, Crown Books, Trak Auto, Shopper's Food Warehouse, 1993 - 1997
  • Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2000 - 2008
  • American Bank, Director, 2002 - 2008
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates 2000 - 2001
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, President, 1998 - 1999
  • Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, 2007 - Present
  • Governor's Landlord-Tenant Law Study Commission, 1984 - 1991.
  • Governor's Advisory Council on Landlord-Tenant Affairs, 1991 - 1994
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1982 1983, 2000 2002, 2006 - 2008
  • Maryland State Bar Association, 1974 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Chairman, Young Lawyers Section, 1982 - 1983
  • Maryland Client Protection Fund, Director, Treasurer
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, 1975 - Present

Publications & Seminars

  • ‚ÄčMaryland Landlord-Tenant Law, Practice and Procedure, Lexis-Nexis Publishing, 4th Ed. (2009)
  • Author & Lecturer for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Law Conference, 1993 - Present
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions Handbook 4th Edition, 2009; Chapter 5A, “Negotiating the Purchase and Sale Contract” (revised 2014)
  • 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)
  • The Practical Real Estate Lawyer “Mediation of Real Estate Disputes”; The American Law Institute – Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE), Volume 28, Number 6, November 2012
  • The ACREL Papers – Spring 2012 “The Mediation of Real Estate Disputes”; The American Law Institute – Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE), – Online CLE
  • The Maryland Bar Journal – Real Property / Ground Rules, “Is There Tortious Liability for a Flawed Title Search?”  –  July/August 2013
  • The Maryland Bar Journal – Real Property / Ground Rules, “Acceleration of Rent in the Commercial Lease”   –  Winter 2011
  • The Maryland Bar Journal – Real Property / Ground Rules, “Wind Farm Leasing”  –  Summer 2009
  • Negotiating the Commercial Lease, Lorman Education Services, presented April 10, 2014
  • Landlord/Tenant Law, Maryland Essential of Practice Series, published by MICPEL
  • 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