Zoning and municipal law matters are at the core of Maureen Dwyer's practice. Maureen counsels clients through the development of new corporate, retail, institutional and office facilities, as well as residential properties. Maureen has a proven reputation and long-standing history in the growth and development of the Washington community. Acknowledged by Chambers USA, "clients recognize Maureen Dwyer as one of the top zoning attorneys in the city." Sources at Chambers USA continue, "helpful and business-oriented, a great person and a very good lawyer.... who is good at identifying the issues and developing a strategy to overcome them." Maureen is a Director in the firm's Real Estate group. Prior to joining the firm, Maureen served as Managing Partner in the DC office of an Am Law 100 firm.
- Representation of George Washington University in the mixed use development of its campus including the Square 54 project with Boston Properties and the new School of Public Health on Washington Circle.
- Representation of Trinity University in the development of its campus located one block from McMillan Reservoir.
- Representation of The Rockefeller Development Group in its purchase of two office buildings in D.C.
- Represents real estate developers and investors, corporate owners, institutions, foundations and individuals, while placing a particular emphasis on representing private colleges and universities in Washington, D.C.
- Expertise on site selection and initial acquisition through land use, historic preservation, environmental, and building code approval process, including litigation and appellate work.
- Experience representing clients before the DC Council, the DC Zoning Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Historic Preservation Review Board, the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation, the Commission of Fine Arts and other district and federal agencies involved in land use matters.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Member & Former President, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
- Advisory Council, Girl Scout Council of DC
- Member and former Chair of the Advisory Board, Salvation Army
- Past Chair, Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation
- Federal City Council
- Greater Washington Board of Trade
- Urban Land Institute
- DC Chamber of Commerce
- DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA)
- Economic Club
- Former Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington College of Law, lectured on both administrative and land use law.
Awards and Recognition
- Best Lawyers, Washington DC Litigation – Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year, 2017
- "America's Leading Business Lawyers," Chambers USA 2009-2016
- Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV PreeminentTM
- Martindale HubbellTM Top Rated Lawyer in 'Land Use And Zoning', 2013
- Nominated for Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, Chambers USA ‘Women in Law’ Awards, 2011
- "Stars of the Bar," Biennial List of Washington's Best Lawyers, The Washingtonian, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
- Bisnow Media, "D.C.'s Power Women in Commercial Real Estate," 2014
- District of Columbia Super Lawyer, 2007 - 2014
- Super Lawyers, Washington DC: The Top 50 Women, 2011
- Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2017
- Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast, Real Estate, Martindale Hubbell, 2011
- Legal 500 US Directory, 2009
- "Urbanism and Community: D.C. Reforms Its Zoning", Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 2013
- Frequent speaker at professional conferences on land use law, historic preservation and the role of women in society.