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Linowes and Blocher LLP

May 13, 2015 03:57PM ● By Cate Reynolds


Over 400 years ago, Captain John Smith described the Chesapeake Bay region as, “a country that may have the prerogative over the most pleasant places known...[H]eaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation.” It is in this place that the attorneys at Linowes and Blocher’s Annapolis office have the privilege to practice law, represent our clients, and serve our community.

Founded in 1956, the firm has offices in Annapolis, Bethesda and Frederick. Our eight attorneys in the Annapolis office provide innovative solutions to meet our clients’ evolving real estate, environmental, business and litigation needs. We work collaboratively with our clients, their engineers and consultants, and one another to achieve cost-effective and creative solutions to complex problems.

Our firm is perhaps best known for our capabilities in land use, zoning and real estate development. The firm is a leader in representing property owners and developers in obtaining approvals needed for the development and redevelopment of real property. These approvals increasingly require creative partnerships between private and public interests, and close consultation with a variety of consultants to ensure that the development work is consistent not only with legal requirements, but also with broader community objectives. When approvals are challenged or denied, we vigorously advocate through the appellate process.

Our environmental and natural resources practice is closely related to our land use and real estate practice. We understand the role that a healthy environment contributes to the high quality of life, which by extension promotes a vibrant business community. We also understand that environmental regulations are complex, at times confusing, and sometimes subjectively applied. We are recognized leaders across the State for our work relating to Critical Area restrictions, wetlands, forest conservation, riparian rights, discharge permits, stormwater regulations, wastewater, renewable energy, and the many regulatory programs impacting the marine trades. We collaborate when we can, and litigate when necessary.

Attorneys in our Annapolis office are also leaders in business law, and the representation of religious and nonprofit institutions. With the support of our colleagues in our Bethesda and Frederick offices, we can handle the real estate, tax, business transactions, corporate, and bankruptcy needs of virtually any size client or transaction.

Community contributions and stewardship are a hallmark of our firm. Our Annapolis attorneys volunteer their time in organizations as diverse as the Chesapeake Bay Trust, local and regional chambers of commerce, State and local bar associations, the Anne Arundel County Public Library, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Annapolis Economic Development Corporation, the BWI Business Partnership, the Maryland Building Industry Association and many other industry and nonprofit organizations. We enjoy giving back to the community in order that it remains one of the “most pleasant places known.”

Linowes and Blocher LLP
One Park Place, Suite 585
Annapolis, MD

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