Chip Reed is a zoning and land use attorney who represents commercial, industrial, and residential developers and landowners in securing and protecting land use rights in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and surrounding jurisdictions. He is known for his teamwork approach and for bringing out the best in development team members, including architects, engineers, planners, and all professionals involved.

Clients like Elm Street 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, among others, benefit from his extensive knowledge of the master planning, zoning, subdivision, site plan, and special exception processes in the Maryland suburbs.  Chip’s representation of major corporations, residential builders, retailers, developers, and landowners includes matters involving environmental issues, adequate public facilities restrictions, public infrastructure financing, mixed-use Metro development, traffic management, urban design, affordable housing, real estate taxation, and historic preservation. He has represented clients in legislative initiatives at both local and state levels, as well as in appellate court proceedings. His hallmark is practicing with honesty and integrity in collaboration with clients, government staff and officials, and community stakeholders, and delivering what is promised.

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. He also was appointed to the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission’s Prince George’s County Development Quality Steering Committee. He is active in the Prince George’s County Liaison Committee of the Maryland Building Industry Association.

Chip supports several non-profit organizations, including Catholic Charities, Washington Jesuit Academy, and The Washington Ballet. He is an eager traveler, who counts Kapalua in Maui, the Vatican, and Albertville in the French Alps during the Winter Olympics among his favorite trips.


  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1984)
  • Wake Forest University (B.S. Business, 1980)


  • Maryland
  • US District Court for the District of Maryland

Community involvement

  • Catholic Charities
  • Washington Jesuit Academy
  • The Washington Ballet

Professional memberships

  • Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce (former Board Chair, former member Economic Development Committee, former member Legislative Committee)
  • Maryland Building Industry Association (Prince George’s County Liaison Committee)
  • M-NCPPC Prince George’s County Development Quality Steering Committee
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Prince George’s County Bar Association

Practice Areas

Zoning and Land Use

National and regional developers, property owners, and investors choose Lerch Early, the region’s largest land use and zoning practice serving Maryland and DC, for counsel on planning and developing successful projects in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and surrounding jurisdictions.

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Landmark Properties

Assisted the client in obtaining the necessary approvals to develop a 10-story mixed-use student housing development serving the University of Maryland.

Clark Enterprises

Advised the owner and appeared before the City of College Park with regard to University View I and University View II being one of the first student housing projects serving the University of Maryland.

Hanover Companies

Served as lead counsel to develop “Domain College Park” near the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Monument Realty

Served as lead counsel to develop “Monument Village at College Park.”

Camden Properties

Served as lead counsel to develop “Camden College Park” apartments.

Keane Enterprises

Served as lead counsel to develop Cambria Suites/CVS and the “Ally by Alta” apartments.

Riverdale Park Station/Whole Foods

Served as lead zoning counsel to develop a mixed-use community anchored by Prince George’s County’s first Whole Foods Market containing apartments, townhouses and a variety of retail.

Washington Post Printing Facility

Assisted the Washington Post and The JBG Companies in the development of the state-of-the-art printing facility transforming the former Clark Construction yard located near the City of College Park into a productive commercial/industrial use.

Bowie Crossing and Brandywine Crossing

Served as lead counsel for two large retail projects developed by Faison in the City of Bowie and in southern Prince George’s County. Obtained City Council, Planning Board, and County Council approvals necessary to rezone land from office and industrial zoning classifications to permit much-needed retail development totaling more than 1 million SF.

Hyde Field

Served as lead counsel for a mixed-use community containing 1,550 homes and 80,000 SF of retail development. The site includes redevelopment of the Hyde Field airfield with needed residential development to serve the burgeoning growth in southern Prince George’s County.


Served as land use counsel for mixed-use golf community including 1,200 acres and the Lake Presidential Golf Course developed by Landmark Golf.

Disclaimer: Each case is different and past results do not guarantee similar results in future matters.