Christopher Cohen Joins Lerch Early’s Land Use and Zoning Practice

Lerch, Early & Brewer is pleased to announce Christopher Cohen has joined the firm as an associate in its land use and zoning practice.

Chris helps developers, property owners, and institutional clients secure zoning approvals in Maryland and Washington, DC. He provides advice and representation on all stages of the land use approval process, including due diligence, variance applications, special exceptions, community outreach, and permitting.

Prior to joining Lerch Early, he served in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, working with both the DC Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustment. He reviewed and finalized Zoning Commission orders concerning planned unit developments, map amendments, and text amendments, and prepared the Board of Zoning Adjustment to hear and decide special exception and variance cases.

"We're pleased to welcome Chris to our team," says Pat Harris, chair of the firm's Land Use and Zoning practice. "His experience as an assistant attorney general working on zoning issues gives him an insider's look at the land use process."

Chris received his bachelors of business administration from Emory University and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar. He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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