Since Avery Strachan joined Silverman Thompson, she has developed and grown the Firm’s civil and real estate practices.  Her practice focuses on virtually all areas of commercial and residential real estate, including representation of landlords, tenants, developers, investors, real estate investment trusts, franchisees, property management companies, and brokers.    

She handles all matters related to the ownership and operation of real estate projects including management, leasing, dispute resolution, development and construction for all types of residential, retail, office, industrial, hospitality, and mixed-used projects. Ms. Strachan is known for effectively handling matters in the most efficient way possible and being sensitive to the time and costs concerns of all her clients.  

Notably, Ms. Strachan advises clients on all components of commercial real estate transactions and represents developers, owners, and equity investors in acquiring, developing, leasing, and disposing of real estate. She also represents premier commercial and residential property management companies, handling lease enforcement, rent collection, and possession recovery for various property types. Her extensive experience also equips her to assist clients in mitigating risks and minimizing liability.  

Ms. Strachan consistently resolves issues for clients with an extraordinarily high success rate, earning her the reputation as one of the best real estate and landlord-tenant lawyers in Maryland. She attacks problem solving by micro-analyzing the issues at hand, examining every option, and then executing a commonsensical and cost-conscious resolution tailor made to the situation and its stakeholders. Her strong analytical, written and oral communication skills have resulted in long-standing client relationships and led to successes in both my litigation and transactional practice. 


Davonda Heyward

  • University of Maryland School of Law - J.D. - 2000

    Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society

  • University of the South, Political Science - B.A. - 1997

    Robert Lancaster Academic Scholarship Tonya Internship Grant

Practice Areas
  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration
  • Contract Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Business Litigation
Significant Cases
  • Represents several of Maryland’s premiere property management companies in all matters relating to managing residential and commercial properties in Maryland;
  • Represents a large, publicly held real estate investment trust in all its Maryland litigation matters;
  • Represents multiple restaurateurs throughout Baltimore City and the state, including all aspects of lease negotiation and all related transactions;
  • Represents a large grocery chain in drafting and negotiating multiple pad site leases for several commercial properties that they own;
  • Represents numerous franchisees with dozens of locations throughout the country and in Maryland, including all aspects of lease negotiations and related transactions.
Community Service
Board Member, Pride of Baltimore II, 2019-2023
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City

    Executive Council 2008-2012, 2013-2014

  • Character Committee for the Sixth Appellate Circuit of the Court of Appeals of Maryland

    May 2014-June 2018

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