Christopher L. Hatcher

Land Use and Zoning Attorney

Principal

clhatcher@lerchearly.com
7600 Wisconsin AvenueSuite 700Bethesda, MD 20814

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 2009) Leadership Scholar; 2009 Championship Team, Intraschool Negotiation Competition; Articles Editor, Journal of Health Care Law and Policy
  • Morehouse College (B.A., Philosophy, cum laude) Hewlett-Packard Scholar

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Overview

Land use attorney Chris Hatcher advises real estate developers, builders, nonprofits, financial institutions, and property owners on navigating the regulatory and political processes for development in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. As one of his developer clients says, “Chris’s unique combination of technical expertise, people skills, and drive make him extremely effective,” citing his “knowledge of the process, as well as his ability to make personal connections with key people.”

Chris is experienced in municipal law, land use, zoning, subdivision, urban planning, historic preservation, environmental issues, and other real estate development matters for mixed-use, residential, and office developments throughout Maryland. He regularly appears before the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources, and the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services on entitlement and development approvals. He works closely with development team members--including architects, engineers, and land planners--to create presentations for community stakeholders, administrative bodies, and municipalities. He enjoys building relationships, and counts many of his clients among his closest friends.

Chris was a Hewlett Packard Scholar at Morehouse College and a Leadership Scholar at the University of Maryland Law School, before completing the Asper Judicial Fellowship with the Honorable Susan Gauvey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. He also has lectured on land use issues at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Music fan Chris loves to DJ, spinning electronic dance music and hip-hop mixed with classic rock tunes.

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 2009) Leadership Scholar; 2009 Championship Team, Intraschool Negotiation Competition; Articles Editor, Journal of Health Care Law and Policy
  • Morehouse College (B.A., Philosophy, cum laude) Hewlett-Packard Scholar

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 2009) Leadership Scholar; 2009 Championship Team, Intraschool Negotiation Competition; Articles Editor, Journal of Health Care Law and Policy
  • Morehouse College (B.A., Philosophy, cum laude) Hewlett-Packard Scholar

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Clerkships

Asper Judicial Fellowship with The Honorable Susan Gauvey, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Community Involvement
  • Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (Commissioner, 2015-2017)
Professional Memberships
  • NAIOP Maryland/DC Chapter (Prince George's Leadership Committee Chair, 2017-present)
  • Hyattsville Community Development Corp. (Board of Directors, 2015-present)
  • Maryland Building Industry Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
Representative Matters
  • Calvin Cafritz Enterprises: Represented in rezoning of Riverdale Park Station, a mixed-use development in Prince George’s County poised to be the next great meeting place in Riverdale.
  • Monument Realty: Represented in securing approvals for Monument Village at College Park, an upscale apartment project.
  • Clark Enterprises: Represented during development of University View, University View II, University View Village, and University View Village II, off-campus apartments near the University of Maryland, voted the “Best Place to Live Off-Campus.”
  • Foulger Pratt: Represented in securing approvals for a medical office building in the Brandywine Crossing development.
  • Keane Enterprises: Represented during the entitlement process for College Park Place, a premier mixed-use project featuring a 157-room select service hotel and 23,000 SF of retail anchored by CVS. Keane sold the fully-entitled shovel ready project to Southern Management Corporation.

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