Susan M. Reutershan

Land Use and Zoning Attorney

Of Counsel

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

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1978)
  • University of Rhode Island (B.A. in Psychology, with high honors, 1974)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Overview

Susan Reutershan is a land use attorney who represents commercial and residential developers, individual landowners, corporations, nonprofits, and biotechnology companies in all phases of land use and development throughout Maryland.

Susan has never had two clients or cases alike, developing comprehensive knowledge and experience in all matters relating to land use and zoning. She uses this well-earned know-how to counsel clients in complex and sophisticated land use matters, and to provide sound and practical legal advice.

Her representation includes rezonings, preliminary subdivision plans, sketch plans, project plans, site plans, special exceptions and conditional uses, variances, zoning text amendments, master plans, annexations, vested rights, historic preservation issues, adequacy of public facilities, building and occupancy permits, impact fees, and water and sewer category changes. She has developed a special expertise in large, phased, mixed-use developments.

She represents clients before various administrative bodies in Maryland at the state, county and municipal levels, and in appellate proceedings before Maryland Circuit Courts and Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals.

Susan has appeared on numerous local seminar panels and has been a panelist at the National Association of Homebuilders’ national convention. She has served as an occasional guest lecturer at the Washington College of Law.

A native of Rhode Island, Susan enjoys swimming, reading, playing word games, and traveling with her husband and two adult sons.

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1978)
  • University of Rhode Island (B.A. in Psychology, with high honors, 1974)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Representative Matters
  • Representing United Therapeutics in creation and expansion of its headquarters campus in downtown Silver Spring. Approvals have included development of two campus office and laboratory buildings linked by a connector spanning 90 feet across a public street. Currently working on creation of a third building, an on-site net zero energy building, which will include solar panels, a green roof, a geothermal system, and a below-grade earth labyrinth system to support office, in silico laboratory, retail, and public space uses. http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2015/Company-Hopes-to-Begin-Demolition-of-Silver-Spring-Parking-Garage-This-Fall/
  • Representing Lee Development Group in development of Elizabeth Square, a public-private partnership between Lee Development Group and the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission. The mixed-use project in downtown Silver Spring will include retail and residential housing, including affordable senior units. http://www.leedg.com/property/elizabeth-square/
  • Represented Lee Development Group in approvals, construction, and opening of The Fillmore, a public-private partnership with Montgomery County and Live Nation, which transformed the partial remains of a former J.C. Penney’s department store (including the original façade) located in a downtown Silver Spring historic district into a music, entertainment, and community use venue.   http://www.fillmoresilverspring.com/venueinfo
Education & Admissions

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1978)
  • University of Rhode Island (B.A. in Psychology, with high honors, 1974)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Honors & Awards
  • A Ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Received the Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland Harry Semmes Outstanding Service Award (2014)
Community Involvement
  • 2010-2016; Executive Committee, 2011-2014)
  • Mental Health Association of Montgomery County (past Board of Directors)
Professional Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Real Property, Planning & Zoning section)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • CREW - Commercial Real Estate Women, Suburban Maryland (Member, 2003-present; Board of Directors, 2010-2014)
  • Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, 2017; Government Affairs Committee; Economic Development Committee)
  • Maryland Building Industry Association (Liaison Committee Member, 2003-2008)
Reported Decisions
  • Donocam Associates v. WSSC, 302 Md. 501, 489 A. 2d. 26
  • WSSC v. Mitchell & Best, 303 Md. 544, 495 A. 2d. 30
  • Howard County v. Pepco, 319 Md 511, 573 A. 2d 821
  • Mortimer v. Howard Research and Development Corporation, 83 Md. App. 432, 575 A. 2d.750
Success Stories

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