CarneyKelehan’s Kevin Kelehan recognized by Maryland State Bar Association

Kevin Kelehan, a partner with Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, received the Distinguished Maryland Real Property Practitioner Award from the Real Property Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association. The award “is given annually to a Maryland real estate attorney who best exemplifies the experience, client service, technical skill, integrity, collegiality and courtesy… READ MORE

Kevin Kelehan

Kevin Kelehan, who has been with Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr for his entire legal career, focuses on all facets of real estate law, primarily real estate finance. He represents several construction and permanent lenders for residential, commercial and industrial projects throughout the state and regionally, using secondary market, mortgage revenue bond financing, HUD/Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, and other funding sources and loan guarantees.

In addition, he has represented numerous borrowers in the development, construction and acquisition process, with a specialty in counseling clients through the requirements of multi-tiered loan and equity components of difficult-to-finance projects, including choice of entity, condominium conversion, asset management issues and workouts. Mr. Kelehan also has an active construction practice, representing several of the region’s premier contractors, and serves as a resource to national firms for both local representation and specialty work in government contracting.

Awards and Honors:

  • Howard Community College’s Trustees’ Award for significant time and effort he donated to the college and his leadership with the college’s capital campaign
  • Leadership Howard County Graduate, Distinguished Alumnus, 1996
  • Included in “The Best Lawyers in America®,” 2012 – present for work in real estate law
  • Awarded the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award in 2018

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate Finance Law
  • Affordable Housing Law
  • Construction Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland


  • University of Baltimore, J.D.
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County, cum  laude

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association Founding member and longtime state liaison for the ABA Affordable Housing Forum
  • Maryland Bar Association Founding and current member of the Section Council for the Construction Law Section Past chair, Commercial Real Estate Discussion Group Howard County pro bono liaison Section Council for the Real Estate, Planning and Zoning Section (two terms)
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center Board member, 1999–2008

Community Involvement:

  • Howard Community College Capital Campaign Co-chair
  • Howard Community College Educational Fund
  • Voices For Children Chair Board member
  • Howard County Tourism and Promotion Council, Inc. Board member
  • Howard County Community College Educational Foundation Board member
  • Columbia Festival of the Arts General counsel
  • Howard County Library Advisory Committee
  • Howard County Housing Commission Member, 1994-2005 Chair, 2000-2005
  • County Executive Task Force on Affordable Housing Chair, 2006