Memberships and Affiliations
  • Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) - Real Estate Section, Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association - Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  • Forum on Franchising
  • MSBA, Franchise and Distribution Law Committee, Immediate Past – Chair
  • MSBA, Real Property Section, Code Review Committee, Past Member
  • Commercial Real Estate Women - Baltimore (CREW) (former Community Action Chair)
  • NAIOP Maryland
  • People Encouraging People, Board of Directors
Awards and Honors
  • Best Lawyers in America (2017) - Real Estate
  • Chambers: USA (2012-2016) - Maryland, Real Estate
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated - AV® Preeminent™
  • ALM Washington D.C. & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers (2012 - Real Estate Law)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Maryland Law Review, Assistant Editor
  • Greater Baltimore Committee, Leadership Class of 2001

Cynthia L. Spell - Partner

About Cindy

Cynthia L. Spell has over 25 years of experience representing major developers in all aspects of complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, financings, leasing, and the creation of commercial condominiums. She also represents institutional lenders in real estate-based loans. Representative projects include representing a regional developer in its development, financing, and leasing of a 42 acre project which was developed into a 5 building corporate campus for lease to a major international corporation; representing a regional developer of an approximately 60 acre mixed use project; and serving as local counsel to a national developer in connection with a 30 acre urban redevelopment project.

Cindy also represents franchisors in legal compliance under federal and state franchise laws, and represents franchisors and franchisees regarding the franchisee/franchisor relationship.  She is past Chair of the Franchise and Distribution Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association and was formerly General Counsel and Executive Vice President to a national franchisor.


  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. (Honors) (1985)
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland, B.S. (Honors) (1979)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland