Robert G. Brewer, Jr.

Land Use and Zoning Attorney

Principal

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

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1976)
  • Hamilton College (B.A. in Government, 1973)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Overview

Land use attorney Robby Brewer skillfully guides major regional developers, institutional owners, and retailers through the critical phases of expanding, developing, buying, and selling real property in Montgomery County, Maryland and surrounding jurisdictions.

Robby helps clients succeed through listening, awareness, persuasion, and foresight.  An inductee into the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame, he orchestrates the critical components of major development projects, including development applications, special exceptions, site plans, and subdivisions. He also is heavily involved in the development of Montgomery County’s area master plans and the ensuing redevelopment planning.

His clients include Adventist HealthCare, Lerner Enterprises, Tower Companies, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Buchanan Partners, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, B.F. Saul Company, National Lutheran Communities & Services, and Trammell Crow Company.

Robby has been an active leader in many of the area’s most prominent civic, community and cultural organizations, including Strathmore Hall Foundation, the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, Imagination Stage, the BCC High School Educational Foundation, and the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

Robby is an avid biker and aficionado of all the arts, including film and photography, but his greatest love is live music of all kinds. He plays drums in an adult rock band music class. 

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1976)
  • Hamilton College (B.A. in Government, 1973)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Representative Matters
  • Washington Adventist Hospital: Representing WAH in site acquisition, planning, zoning, and site plan phases for an 800,000 SF replacement hospital in White Oak.
  • White Flint Mall: Representing Lerner Enterprises/The Tower Companies in master planning and redevelopment applications to convert regional retail mall into a 5.2 million SF mixed-use project.
  • Blairs Master Plan: Representing The Tower Companies in redevelopment of the Blairs, a 27-acre mixed-use project in downtown Silver Spring to achieve additional density of 1,400 apartments and 300,000 SF of office and retail uses, for total site development of 2,800 apartments and 450,000 SF of non-residential uses (hotel, retail, office).
  • National Lutheran Communities & Services: Representing NLCS in development of new retirement community in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Adventist HealthCare: Representing AHC in planning and development applications for another 700,000 SF of medical facilities at Shady Grove Adventist Medical Center.
  • Black Hills: Representing Lerner Enterprises in its Black Hills project in Germantown for master planning, zoning, subdivision, and site plans for a 3.1 million SF mixed-use development of office, hotel, apartment, and retail facilities.
  • Buchanan Partners: Represented Buchanan Partners in zoning, subdivision and site planning for 26 acre mixed--use project containing 466 apartments, townhouses and ancillary retail space in Germantown.
Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1976)
  • Hamilton College (B.A. in Government, 1973)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Clerkships

Served as law clerk to the Honorable Richard B. Latham, 6th Judicial Circuit of Maryland (1976-1977)

Honors & Awards
  • Washingtonian Magazine's DC's Best Lawyers "Real Estate" (2017)
  • Received Boy Scouts of America (National Capital Area Council) Distinguished Citizen Award (2017)
  • Inducted into Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame (2016)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (1990-present)
  • Named Chambers USA "Leader in the Field" (2007-present)
  • Listed in Maryland and DC Super Lawyers (2007-present)
  • Ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Received Rebuilding Together Montgomery County's Community Honors Award (2013)
  • Received Big Train Baseball's Randy Schools Outstanding Service Award (2012)
  • Received Washington Adventist Hospital's Spirit of Mission Award (2011)
  • Received Henry Lerch Pro Bono Service Award (2011)
  • Received Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award (2009); William Prescott Allen Award (1995) and Ron Resh Business Advisory Award (2011)
  • Received Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission's Community Service Award (1995)
  • Received St. Luke's House's Community Service Award (1995)
Community Involvement
  • Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (Vice Chair, 2015-2017, 2018-2019; Board of Directors, 2015-present)
  • Montgomery Business Development Corporation (Chair, 2014-2015; Board of Directors, 2010-2015)
  • Strathmore Hall Foundation/Music Center at Strathmore (Chair, 2016-present; Vice Chair, 2014-2016; Secretary, 2011-2013; Board of Directors, 2010-present)
  • Bethesda Urban Partnership (Chair, 1998-1999; Board of Directors, 1995-2001)
  • Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation (President, 2013-present; Board of Directors, 1999-present)
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Educational Foundation (Board of Trustees, 2005-2017)
  • Miracle League of Montgomery County (Board of Trustees, 2010-present)
  • Chevy Chase Village Ethics Commission (Member, 2012-present)
  • The Trawick Foundation (Board of Trustees, 2009-present)
  • Montgomery County Zoning Advisory Panel (2009-2012)
  • Imagination Stage (President, 2000-2003; Board of Trustees, 1996-2000)
  • Montgomery County Task Force on Alcoholic Beverage Laws (1995-1996)
  • Somerset Elementary School Educational Foundation (Board of Directors, 1994-1998)
  • BCC Baseball, Inc. (Coach, 1993-1999)
Professional Memberships
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Greater Bethesda Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce (Counsel to the Board, 2004-2008, 1996-1997; President, 1994-1995; VP-Economic Development, 1993-1994; VP-Legislative Relations, 1992-1993)
  • Bethesda Kiwanis (Member, 1978-present; Foundation President, 1990-1992; President, 1984-1985)
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Fellow)
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
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