Chip Reed and Chris Hatcher Join Lerch Early; Expand Prince George's County Land Use Practice
Lerch, Early & Brewer is pleased to announce that Richard K. “Chip” Reed and Christopher L. Hatcher have joined the firm’s land use practice. Chip, who will be a principal in the firm, and Chris, who will serve as “of counsel,” are experienced in representing commercial, industrial, and residential developers and landowners in securing and protecting land use rights in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, as well as surrounding jurisdictions.
Their clients include Elm Street Development, Palisades Development, Marvin R. Blumberg Company, Monument Realty, Clark Enterprises, Corporation of the Roman Catholic Clergymen, Donatelli Development, Trammell Crow, Douglas Development, Broad Street, and Catholic Charities of Washington.
“We are extremely pleased to expand our Prince George’s County land use practice with the addition of Chip and Chris,” says Robby Brewer, Lerch Early’s board chair and a principal in the firm’s land use practice. “Their in-depth knowledge of the people and processes in Prince George’s County increases the breadth of our representation of developers, property owners, and investors throughout the Maryland suburbs.” Lerch Early has the Washington, DC region’s largest land use and zoning practice.
Chip’s 30+ years of representing major corporations, residential builders, retailers, developers, and landowners includes commercial, retail, and planned unit development; mixed-use Metro development; traffic management; adequate public facilities restrictions; public infrastructure financing; environmental issues; urban design; affordable housing; real estate taxation; and historic preservation.
“Chris and I are thrilled to join a firm with the deepest land use bench in the area,” says Chip. “This will allow us to serve our clients even better. We’re also excited to be able to offer them a broader range of complementary practices, including sophisticated real estate transactions and litigation assistance as part of the development process.”
Chip and Chris regularly appear before the Prince George’s County Council and District Council, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Prince George’s County Zoning Hearing Examiner, the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement, the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission, and the Prince George’s County Board of Appeals, as well as various appellate courts, in order to obtain entitlement and development approvals. Chip is a life board member of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, and formerly served as Board Chair after serving on the Economic Development and Legislative Committees. Chris serves on the board of directors of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation.
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