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Michael E. Winer has more than 30 years of experience practicing law in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He is Of Counsel to Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, LLC and managing member of the Law Offices of Michael E. Winer, LLC.

Mr. Winer’s practice focuses on the representation of landlords in litigation throughout the courts of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. His practice includes a wide variety of civil litigation, including housing discrimination defense issues, landlord-tenant disputes, contract matters, personal injury and property damage claims, employment claims, housing claims, and commercial and contract matters. His practice features a substantial component of financing, leasing, refinancing, and purchase and sale transactions. He has regularly handled cases before the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Human Rights, Office of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Housing & Community Development. Mr. Winer has also testified many times as an expert witness on these issues.

During his career, Mr. Winer has represented clients in test cases against the U.S. Department of Justice regarding handicap discrimination and occupancy standards under the amendments to the Fair Housing Act of 1989 and worked closely with the Governors’ Commission on Landlord Tenant Affairs to implement changes to the Landlord Tenant law in the State of Maryland which were implemented in 1999 and 2000. He has also worked closely with trade groups to implement changes in the laws of Montgomery and Prince George’s County, Maryland, that are beneficial to landlords. 

Additionally, Mr. Winer has been involved with various trade associations including the Apartment and Office Building Association and the Property Management Association, and has undertaken lobbying efforts in various jurisdictions to implement laws beneficial to landlords. He was also a member of AOBA’s Maryland Legislative Committee, which lobbied on behalf of multi-family property owners before the Maryland State Legislature and local counties. Mr. Winer has served on the Board of Advisors of various trade publications, including Property Management Magazine, Fair Housing Advisor, and other noted publications, and he has presented lectures to trade associations, various bar associations, and several property management companies on the topics of landlord-tenant law and multi-family housing issues.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Winer clerked for Chief Judge Ernest A. Loveless, Jr. of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, before entering private practice in the area of insurance defense litigation. Today, Mr. Winer represents real estate investment trusts (REITs) and several of the largest property management companies in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area.

Mr. Winer previously served on the Board of Advisors for BB&T Bank and the Board of Directors of Wolf Trap Foundation of the Performing Arts. He is a Society of Fellows Member of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Woodrow Wilson Center Council. Mr. Winer has also served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Hillel, and has chaired numerous events for various Jewish related organizations in the greater metropolitan area.

  • Representative Experience
    • Successfully represented Maryland landlords in a Complaint for Writ of Mandamus resulting in a court order directing the sheriff’s department to perform statutory duties in service of complaints and warrants of restitution.
    • Successfully represented a prominent local management company in defending a case involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland alleging housing discrimination involving steering allegations.
    • Successfully represented a prominent local management company in defending a housing discrimination case involving the DOJ under Amendments to Fair Housing Act of 1989 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
    • Successfully represented prominent landlords in disputes with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
    • Successfully represented clients in numerous cases before the Maryland appellate courts related to housing discrimination issues, mechanic’s lien issues, and other real estate-related claims.
    • Drafting numerous multi-family residential leases and commercial leases for property management clients including national REITs and locally owned entities.
    • Successfully defended multi-family and commercial real estate clients in various disputes, often involving claims filed through their insurance carriers.
    • Played an integral role in the drafting and presentation of legislation before the Maryland General Assembly benefitting clients in the commercial real estate industry.
    • Participated on behalf of a client with the Governor’s Commission to Redraft Landlord Tenant Laws in the State of Maryland.
    • Prosecuted and defended hundreds of cases on behalf of multi-family and commercial property owners and businesses throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
    • Successfully defended clients in dozens of administrative cases related to housing, employment, and discrimination issues in Maryland and Virginia.
    • Participated with judiciary personnel in the launch of electronic filing in Maryland for landlord-tenant matters.
    • Served as court-appointed trustee to resolve complex real estate-related litigation, to oversee management of the property and sell a multi-family property involving a partnership/management dispute.
    • Represented numerous clients in large real estate transactions involving the purchase and sale of properties and refinancing transactions totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Professional Affiliations
    • Bar Association of Montgomery County, 1980 – present
    • Bar Association of Prince George’s County, 1985 – present
    • Maryland State Bar Association, 1980 – present
    • Virginia State Bar Association, 1996 – present
    • District of Columbia Bar Association, 1981 – present
  • Books, Articles and Seminars
    • Bar Association for Montgomery County on Landlord Tenant Law
    • Bar Association for Prince George’s County on Landlord Tenant Law
    • Apartment and Office Building Association of Property Management & Housing Discrimination
    • Property Management Association of Housing Discrimination Defense
    • Numerous Private Speaking Engagements on Landlord Tenant Law, Rent Collection, and Housing Discrimination
    • Property Management Magazine
    • Fair Housing Advisor
  • Honors
    • Apartment and Office Building Association for Work on Maryland Legislative Matters for Calendar Years 2000, 2004, and 2007