Sheelagh Allston - Partner

About Sheelagh

A member of the firm’s real estate group since 2004, Sheelagh M. Allston represents clients in all aspects of real estate law. She has extensive experience in a variety of real estate matters, including representing lenders in sophisticated finance transactions in a variety of structures including bond-secured financings, and representing borrowers in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae financings. Her practice includes representing landlords and tenants on leasing matters (office, restaurant and retail), representing property owners in construction contracts, and representing sellers and buyers in sales and acquisitions. In addition, she is adept at working on property management agreements, a variety of land development issues and general business matters.

Sheelagh’s clients range from institutional, national and regional lenders and developers to entrepreneurial, individual developers and business people. She focuses on developing strong relationships with her clients so that she understands their specialized needs and expectations. She works toward finding the best outcome for each individual client, not only meeting but exceeding their expectations.

Sheelagh currently serves on the board of directors of Young Audiences Arts for Learning Maryland, where she also served as Chair of Taste the Arts 2014 -- Young Audiences’ annual fundraiser. In addition, she serves on the Character Committee of the Court of Appeals of Maryland for the Sixth Appellate Circuit. She is a member of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, and was a Fellow in the Maryland State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy, 2004-2005.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented regional bank in the construction financing of mixed-use development in Baltimore County, Maryland, for which tax increment financing was also utilized.
  • Represented regional developer in connection with refinance of apartment project with Fannie Mae.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D. (2000)
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland