Creative Solutions to Complex Legal Challenges

The Firm


Core Values

At Whitman Legal Solutions, “RICHES” is not measured in dollars but rather, in how well we deliver our core values of Respect, Ingenuity, Collaboration, Honesty, Excellence, and Service to our clients and in our community.

Respect: Respect other people and treat them with dignity, whether dealing with clients, colleagues, opposing parties, or others in the community.

Ingenuity: Foster a creative, intellectually curious, and modern mindset. Be open to new technology, different ideas, and unique approaches to problem-solving.

Collaboration: Work collegially with clients, colleagues, opposing parties, and others to achieve win-win solutions.

Honesty: Demonstrate honesty, fairness, honor, and justice in all dealings.

Excellence: Constantly pursue the highest quality legal representation and standards of professionalism.  Actively seek out opportunities to learn and to develop new ways to serve clients’ needs.

Service: Committed to putting our clients’ needs first and to making our community a better place.


Our Beginnings



BFA (violin performance) with honors
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1982)

JD cum laude 
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1985)

Advanced Administrative Law Course
National Judicial College (2003)

LL.M. (securities and financial regulation) with distinction
Georgetown University Law Center (2006)



District of Columbia
New York


United States Supreme Court
United States Tax Court
United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio

Elizabeth A. Whitman


Elizabeth Whitman focuses her practice in business, commercial real estate, and securities law. Her creative, yet detail-oriented, approach and broad legal experience enable her to develop  innovative solutions for her clients’ most complex legal challenges.

With nearly a decade as in-house General Counsel for a national real estate company and additional years as in-house counsel for a publicly-traded company, Elizabeth is uniquely qualified to serve as outside general counsel for businesses of all sizes.

Elizabeth’s commercial real estate experience includes more than $1.3 billion in transactions, spanning nearly every real estate asset class throughout the United States.  Although Elizabeth has a particular interest in real estate securities and Section 1031 exchanges, her interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to real estate transactions, enables her to custom tailor a structure which fits both the real estate asset and meets her client’s needs.

Elizabeth also has extensive experience in healthcare law and regulation and transactions, with a particular focus on senior housing and physicians’ practices.

Active in professional organizations, Elizabeth has served as Chair of the Real Estate Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel, an international organization of more than 30,000 in-house counsel. She currently is on securities law subcommittees of the Business Law Section and is a member of the Real Estate Property and Trust Section of the American Bar Association, and she has served on the drafting committees for subcommittee comment letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Elizabeth also is a member of the DC Bar and maintains an active Maryland real estate broker license.

In addition to her professional activities, Elizabeth can be found volunteering for education, arts, and civic organizations. She has served on both for-profit and nonprofit boards, including the boards of local PTAs, a legal aid organization, a mental health services provider, and organizations that provide assistance to developmentally disabled individuals. Elizabeth has served as a certified official for the Montgomery County Swim League and previously was on the board of her swim club. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys music, fitness activities, gardening, the pursuit of lifelong learning, and spending time with her husband, son, and three cats.


HUD Says Maine Landlord Wouldn't Allow Disabled Vet to Have Assistance Animal, Realty Biz News (July 15, 2019)

Making it Rain, Law Practice Today (June 14, 2019)

Ohio Bill Would Create Credit Protection Type Laws for Land Contracts, Realty Biz News (June 10, 2019)

HUD Charges Idaho Landlord with Familial Status Discrimination, Realty Biz News (June 4, 2019)

Five Things that Should be in Your Property Management Agreement, Realty Biz News (June 3, 2019).

Understanding Subordination Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements, Realty Biz News (December 3, 2018)

You Want Me to Move Where? Tenant Relocation Clauses in Office Leases, Realty Biz News (November 19, 2018)

What to Look for in a Tenant Buildout, Realty Biz News (November 12, 2018)

If You Think You Know How Your Office Lease Square Footage is Claculated, Guess Again!, Realty Biz News (October 28, 2018)

What To Do if  You Aren't Happy With Your Real Estate Agent, Realty Biz News (October 16, 2018)

Ten Seller Deliveries at Commercial Real Estate Closings, Realty Biz (October 1, 2018)

Ten Items for Your Real Estate Due Diligence Checklist, Realty Biz News (September 17, 2018)

Landlord Best Practices for Rent Increases, Realty Biz News (September 11, 2018)

How an Access Agreement Can Speed Up Your Commercial Real Estate Transaction, Realty Biz News (September 6, 2018)

Why You Want a Force Majeure Clause in Your Real Estate Contract, Realty Biz News (September 4, 2018)

Understanding Commercial Lease Types, Realty Biz News (June 12, 2018)

Residential Landlords' Guide to Assistance Animals, Realty Biz News (June 4, 2018)

Mortgage or Deed of Trust?, Realty Biz News (May 14, 2018)

Negotiating  Common Area Maintenance Charges in Commercial Leases, Realty Biz News (April 23, 2018)

Fair Housing Primer for Multifamily Owners, Realty Biz News (April 9, 2018)

Registered Land Uncommon but Still Exists in Some Urban Areas, Realty Biz News (March 30, 2018)

Choosing an Ownership Structure for Your Real Estate Investment, Realty Biz News (March 20, 2018)

Don't Turn Your Letter of Intent into a Binding Contract, Realty Biz News (March 12, 2018)

How Real Estate Investors Can Defer Taxes Using Section 1031 Exchanges, Realty Biz News (February 28, 2018)

A Day in the Life – Elizabeth A. Whitman, Association of Corporate Counsel Docket (March 2014) 

A “TIC”ing Time Bomb:  Rule 506 Meets Section 1031, XII Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 121 (2007) 

Co-Author, What Does Utah SB 64 Really Do?, Western Real Estate Business (October, 2005) 

Co-Author, New Tax Law Disqualifies Certain IRC 1031 Real Estate, TIC Talk 5 (2nd Quarter 2005)

Administrative Adjudications: An Overview of the Existing Models and Their Failure to Achieve Uniformity and a Proposal for a Uniform Adjudicatory Framework, 46 Ohio St. L.J. 355 (1985); cited in, Manual for Administrative Law Judges, Journal of the Nat'l Assn of Administrative L. Judiciary (2004)


Post-Closing Remedies, American Bar Association, RPTE Commercial Real Estate Transactions Group, Teleconference Presentation (Dec. 4, 2018)

Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish, NBI, Gaithersburg, MD (Sept. 2017) 

Moderator, Why Elections Matter - How Will Business Fare After November 6th?, Association of Corporate Counsel Real Estate Webcast (November 8, 2012) 

Sale Leaseback Transactions and 1031 Tax Code Sales of Real Property, Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (Oct. 24, 2011)

1031/Tenant-in-Common Basic Training for Reps, TICA Symposium, Washington, DC (March 7, 2007) 

Panelist, Registered Representative Forum, TICA Conference, Las Vegas, NV (Oct. 15, 2006) 

Panelist, Registered Representative Forum, TICA Symposium, San Diego, CA (March 26, 2006) 


What is the Difference Between a Townhouse, Apartment and a Condo? According to Real Estate Experts, UpJourney (August 7, 2019)

Everything You Need to Know about Title Endorsement-and Whether You Need It, Zing! by Quicken Loans (April 3, 2019)

Vaping Indoors Might Devalue a Home, The Mortgage Reports (March 30, 2019)

Top 25 Tips for Landlords from the Pros, Fit Small Business (January 3, 2019)

I Left My Stradivarius on Top of the Car While I Went Shopping, Slippedisc (December 12, 2018)

VA Purchase Loans are Way Up: Here's Why You Should Consider One, The Mortgage Reports (December 10, 2018)

Backdating-When is it Appropriate?, Stark County Law Library (November 9, 2018)

What if My Buyer's Mortgage Does Not Go Through?, The Mortgage Reports, (November 8, 2018)

Backdating-When is it Appropriate?, General Counsel News (October 16, 2018)

Where to Move for Lower Taxes, The Mortgage Reports (October 6, 2018)

Closing Costs: Definition, Types & Average Amounts, Fit Small Business (September 25, 2018)

10 Cities People Hate to Leave (and 10 You Might Want to Avoid), The Mortgage Reports (September 17, 2018)

Mortgage Refinance Checklist: What You Need to Refinance Your Home, The Mortgage Reports (September 8, 2018)

Should Your Do a Cash-Out Refinance Before Retirement?, The Mortgage Reports (August 26, 2018)

Six Best 1031 Exchange Companies for 2018, Fit Small Business (July 15, 2018)

How Do I Finalize My Offer to Buy a Home?, The Mortgage Reports (July 10, 2018)

What Happens When My Mortgage is Sold? Dos and Don'ts, The Mortgage Reports (June 29, 2018)

Why Your Contracts Need a Force Majeure Clause, General Counsel News (May 19, 2018)

Closing on a Home: Real Estate Recording FeesThe Mortgage Reports (May 7, 2018)

Identity Theft in Violins and Tax Scams (Whitman Legal Solutions Blog reprinted), HR Tech Digest (April 6, 2018)

So Your Lease Term is About to End: Five Things You Have to Remember to Do, (March 6, 2018)

How the New Tax Laws Can and Will Affect the Real Estate Industry, Real Estate Agent Magazine (March 2018)

Does Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin Qualify for 1031 Exchange Treatment?, The Tax Law Blog (February 22, 2018)

Facing Today’s Real Estate Issues with Elizabeth Whitman,
Association of Corporate Counsel Docket (Nov. 2010) 

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