Claire Durante McBrien’s practice concentrates on all aspects of commercial leasing. She represents commercial landlords and tenants in the leasing of offices, retail and industrial properties.  Because Claire represents both landlords and tenants, she understands what is important to each party and is able to get deals done more quickly and efficiently.  Her leasing practice includes the negotiation and drafting of leases, subleases, guaranty agreements, non-disturbance agreements, brokerage agreements and related documents.

Before transitioning to the leasing group, Claire was a member of the Firm’s litigation practice.  This experience plus her background in finance laid a solid foundation for her success as an advocate for her clients.

Prior to joining Shulman Rogers, Claire served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Nelson W. Rupp, Jr. in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.  She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she was a Rose Zetzer Fellow in the Women, Leadership and Equality practice-based learning program and an Executive Member of the Moot Court Board. She also represented individuals facing tax controversies through the law school’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Upon graduation, Claire received the William P. Cunningham Award for exceptional achievement and service to the school.

Claire is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland. She was born and raised in the Washington, DC area, where she continues to reside with her husband and children.

Professional & Community Affiliations
Rising Stars Award


  • Super Lawyers Maryland Rising Star, 2022 – 2023