Brent C. Shaffer

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Brent has a broad range of experience within the commercial transactional real estate area, having represented institutional and local lenders, buyers, sellers, developers, landlords and tenants as a continuously active member of the Delaware and Maryland Bars.

His practice has a particular concentration in representing lenders and borrowers in real estate construction and permanent loans, nonprofits and lenders in affordable housing transactions, and landlords and tenants in commercial leases. 

Brent serves on the Council of the ABA's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section and is currently the Articles Editor-Real Property for the Section's Probate and Property magazine and Co-Chair of its Publications Committee. He is the editor of The Sublease and Assignment Deskbook, (second edition published in 2013), which can be ordered through the ABA website He also authored the "Subordination, Attornment and Nondisturbance Agreements" chapter in the Mathew Bender leasing treatise Current Leasing Law & Techniques, along with articles in Probate & Property and the Practical Real Estate Lawyer.


  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate, 2011 - Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2013  - Present
  • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Inc., Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law: Council Member; Co-Chair, Publications Committee; Probate & Property magazine Articles Editor, Real Property; Past Chair, Assignment and Subleasing Committee
  • Committee of 100, economic development organization, Board of Directors; Chair, Education and Scholarship Committee
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Real and Personal Property Section, Member 
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Real Property, Planning & Zoning Section, Member 
  • Commercial-Industrial Realty Council
  • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Inc., Former President and Board Member
  • The Family Hearing Loss Support Network, Inc., Co-Founder
  • Resolution Trust Corporation, Representative, Affordable Housing Disposition Direct Sales Program
  • Wake Forest Law Review, Former Executive Editor