Stacy’s experience includes master planning, zoning, rezoning, sketch plans, site plans, subdivisions, historic preservation, affordable housing matters, transferable development rights, legislative matters, conditional uses, and variances. One client refers to her as “Madame Ambassador” because of her firm but respectful way of advocating for her clients and building coalitions.
Stacy focuses on urban redevelopment near transit. She helps developers with residential, mixed-use, office, and retail projects. In addition, Stacy secures approvals for her clients seeking to build or expand on existing or redeveloped sites. She is deeply involved in master plan and sector plan development, having represented clients in updates to the Bethesda Downtown and White Flint 2 Sector Plans, and recently as an active adviser in development of the Chevy Chase Lake and Montgomery Village Sector Plans.
Stacy is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where she teaches a land use course. She is involved in many pro-bono and professional associations, including serving on the Board of Directors for NAIOP DC/MD (where she is Chair of the Advocacy and Leadership Committees).
Prior to joining Lerch Early, she was a partner at the international law firm of Holland & Knight.
Outside work, Stacy spends time with her family and friends, devouring books, spinning, and trying to catch fly balls at the Fredericksburg Nationals Stadium, home of the FredNats, a Carolina League minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
- Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1994 )
- Emory University (National Moot Court Team Emory University (B.A. in Political Science, 1991) Omicron Delta Kappa Mortar Board)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
- US Court of Federal Claims
Honors and awards
- Named to Top Attorney List by Bethesda Magazine (2019, 2021)
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Land Use & Zoning Law (2018-present)
- Received NAIOP’s Award of Excellence for Member of the Year (2015)
- Listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2012, 2013)
- Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers (2011-present)
- Listed in Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2011-present)
- Washington Business Journal “Young Gun”
- Named a “Rising Star” by Maryland Super Lawyers (2009)
- Ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
- Josiah Henson Park (Campaign Committee, 2014-present)
- National Center for Children and Families (Trustee, Board of Trustees 2012-present; former honorary committee member for Art & Soul Charity Auction)
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington (Youth in Real Estate Awards Luncheon Co-Chair, 2011-present)
- The Field School (Development Committee, 2016-2017; Annual Fund Co-Chair, 2015-2017)
- U.S. Holocaust Museum, Washington Lawyers Committee (former member)
- Montgomery Housing Partnership (former Chair of Board of Directors; Advisory Committee 2011-present)
- NAIOP National (State and Local Subcommittee, 2017-present)
- NAIOP Maryland/DC Chapter (Board of Directors, 2015-present; Advocacy Committee Chair, 2017; Leadership Committee Chair, 2014-present; Sustainable Development Committee, 2012-2014)
- The George Washington University Law School (Adjunct Professor, Land Use Law, 2002-present)
- North Bethesda Transportation Management District (Advisory Committee, 2011-present)
- BB&T Advisory Board (Board Member)
- Maryland Suburban CREW (former Board of Directors)
- Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (Infrastructure and Land Use Committee)
- Leadership Montgomery Class of ’11
- Lambda Alpha Land Economics Society (Inducted 2012)
News & insights
On November 3, land use attorneys Stacy Silber and Vince Biase presented on land use matters as part of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation’s Pathways to Growth and …
On October 21, Lerch Early client Landmark Realty broke ground on the Crescent at Chevy Chase, an 111-unit rental community. Land use attorneys Stacy Silber and Liz Rogers represent Landmark. …
Bethesda Magazine surveyed more than 1,700 attorneys who practice in Montgomery County asking them to name the attorneys they would recommend in 29 practice areas. Twenty-five Lerch Early attorneys were …
More than three dozen lawyers from Lerch, Early & Brewer recently were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022. Five Lerch Early attorneys have been named to the …
Land use attorney Stacy Silber will moderate NAIOP DC|MD’s “A Seat at the Table” webinar talking about the Planning Commission’s Vision for the next 30 years, and its recommended Thrive Montgomery 2050 Outcomes …
Stacy Silber featured in NAIOP article on Montgomery County Ending Development Moratoria Land use attorney Stacy Silber was quoted in a NAIOP article on the Montgomery County Council eliminating a moratoria on new developments. …
- AHC Inc.: Obtained approvals allowing for the development of up to 200 affordable rental and ownership homes in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- MRK: Obtained rezoning, annexation agreement amendment and development approvals to convert a Hyatt House Hotel into affordable senior housing development Hillside Senior Living in the City of Gaithersburg.
- Angelo Gordon: Successfully had Montgomery County up-zone the Cider Mill Apartments (18205 Lost Knife Drive) property during the Master Plan process via work with the City of Gaithersburg and the Montgomery Village Foundation.
- LIDL: Obtained development approvals for conversion of office park to LIDL grocery store anchored shopping center in Montgomery Village, Maryland.
- Lowe Enterprises: Obtained rezoning of a 50 ft building to a 200 ft building and then obtained all necessary development approvals. The George, a 194-unit apartment building, was the first CR zoned approval in Wheaton. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/print-edition/2015/05/01/best-rehab-the-george.html
- Angelo Gordon: Obtained rezoning of multifamily asset to increase flexibility in existing and future development.
- Clark Enterprises: Rezoning large-scale residential development adjacent to MARC train station.
- Carr Properties: Secured approvals for 4500 East-West Highway, a 330,000 SF pre-certified LEED® Platinum building located two blocks from the Bethesda Metro station. https://www.clarkconstruction.com/our-work/projects/4500-east-west-highway
- Federal Realty Investment Trust: Representing Federal Realty in Bethesda Sector Plan process and other redevelopment opportunities.
- Sunrise Senior Housing: Secured site plan and conditional use approvals for two new Sunrise assisted living facilities.
- Quiet Sweep: Secured approval to allow industrial/office use of the property.
- CVS: Secured approvals for new stores, overcoming complex legal historic preservation and variance issues.
- Starbucks: Secured approval for drive-thru in Burtonsville Town Square Shopping Center.
- Chick-fil-A: Secured approval for new Chick-fil-A in downtown Olney.
- Taco Bell: Represented MUY! Brands in securing approvals for Taco Bell restaurant.
- The Crescent at Chevy Chase: Representing Landmark Realty in approvals for two four-story buildings up to 129K SF of multi-family residential use, after representing Landmark in the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan and securing rezoning for the property.
- White Flint 2 Sector Plan: Representing Angelo, Gordon and Monument Realty in the White Flint 2 Sector Plan process.
- Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan: Representing multiple property owners in the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan process.
- Flower Theater and Shopping Center: Represented The Harvey Companies in obtaining rezoning of the Flower Theater and Shopping Center Successfully worked with Park & Planning and the County to prevent full historic designation of the Shopping Center. Upzoned the property to increase density and height allowances and allow for mixed use development near the proposed Purple Line.
- National Labor College Campus: Represented the Amalgamated Transit Union through the White Oak Sector Plan approval process for the National Labor College campus. Worked with Park & Planning and the County Council in having the property rezoned to allow a mix of commercial and residential uses and approximately 2 million SF of development. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2014/07/transit-nion-pays-31-4-million-for-former-national.html
- The Adagio: Represented the Harvey Companies in securing approvals for the Adagio, one of the first luxury condominiums in Bethesda.
- InTown Suites: Represent in hotel development.
Disclaimer: Each case is different and past results do not guarantee similar results in future matters.