Stephen J. Orens

I cherish my professional relationships and recognize that integrity is what my clients expect.

For over 35 years, in private practice represent builders, developers and property owners navigating the development approval and permitting processes. I have always understood that client service is what matters most and that I can best serve my clients  when a trusting professional relationship with elected officials and government regulators has been established. I cherish my professional relationships and recognize that integrity is what my clients expect..

I practice what I call “administrative agency litigation” and my clients include production builders, custom builders, property owners and real estate developers, among other commercial clients interacting with state or local government regulators. My previous background in the public sector as a senior assistant county attorney and zoning hearing examiner provide insight into the laws governing counties and municipalities and the process by which those laws and regulations are implemented. I appear regularly before planning and zoning authorities and other regulatory agencies and, when absolutely necessary, in court.

I am an active member of LANDS – the Legal Action Network for Development Strategies, an affiliate of NAHB - the National Association of Home Builders and a life Director of the Maryland Building Industry Association focusing on state legislation as a member of the MBIA Legislative Committee. In June I will complete my term as Immediate Past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s State & Local Government Law Section Council.

I welcome the chance to meet and talk with you about your projects.

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