Lawrence N. Taub, EsquirePrincipal
Lawrence N. Taub has been representing local and national developers, builders, businesses and property owners in land use and zoning matters for over thirty years. Mr. Taub represents his clients before administrative, legislative and judicial bodies to obtain all required approvals for a wide range of developments, including mixed-use and transit-oriented projects, retail centers, office complexes, single-family and multi-family residential developments, senior housing projects, private schools, religious institutions, sand and gravel mining operations, and solid waste facilities. His practice includes such land use matters as rezonings, special exceptions, subdivisions (including preliminary plans, variations and final plats), master plans, sectional map amendments, variances, departures from design standards, basic plans, comprehensive and specific design plans, conceptual and detailed site plans, zoning ordinance text amendments, nonconforming use certifications, validations of permits issued in error, water and sewer category changes, building/use and occupancy permit issues, and defense of zoning violations. His extensive knowledge and experience enable him to develop comprehensive and cohesive strategies to assist his clients in obtaining the governmental approvals needed for their projects.
After beginning his professional career as Associate General Counsel to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Mr. Taub has had many years of experience in private practice representing clients before the Prince George’s District Council, the Prince George’s County Planning Board, and other state and county administrative agencies and municipal governments. He is also accomplished in handling appeals of land use matters before the Circuit Courts, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Mr. Taub has represented numerous projects over the years, notably including FedEx Field (legislative and zoning approvals for the Washington Redskins); the Safeway East Coast Distribution Center; Arts District Hyattsville (mixed-use project for EYA); University Town Center (mixed-use, transit-oriented project for Prince George’s Metro Center), Pointe at Cheverly (mixed-use project for Republic Properties and Steppingstones Development); Newton Green (affordable senior housing building for The Ingerman Group); Penn East Office Park (industrial/office complex for Osprey Development); Hillel at the University of Maryland; and the Friends Community School. His current projects include development of the Cafritz Property in Riverdale Park, a 37-acre, mixed-use development that will include the first Whole Foods Market in Prince George’s County; and a major expansion and modernization of the MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.
Mr. Taub is an active participant in the Prince George’s Liaison Committee of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association and is a past Chairman of that Committee. He is also a member and past President of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Prince George’s Task Force to Revise the Zoning Ordinance. In addition to his professional memberships, Mr. Taub enjoys serving as President of Top Banana Home-Delivered Groceries, a non-profit organization that delivers food to senior citizens, and as a member of the Board of Oseh Shalom Synagogue in Laurel. Mr. Taub is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Juris Doctor, Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio (1976)
Admitted to the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the United States Federal District Court for Maryland, the Court of Appeals of District of Columbia, and the United State Supreme Court.
Bachelor of Arts, American University, Washington, D.C. (1972)
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeMaryland
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Memberships and Civic Activities
- Prince George's Chamber of Commerce (1984 – Present)
- President (1996 - 1997)
- Board of Directors (1988 – 1998; 2006 - 2007)
- General Counsel (2006)
- Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association: Prince George's Liaison Committee (1984 - Present)
- Prince George’s County Task Force to Revise the Zoning Ordinance (2003 - 2005)
- Co-chair, Prince George’s County Executive's Transition Analysis Group for Economic Development and the Environment (1995 - 1996)
- Prince George's County Zoning Ordinance Revision Task Force (1994 - 1995)
- Commission on Church Architecture, Episcopal Diocese of Washington (1993 – Present)
- Top Banana Home-Delivered Groceries for Seniors, President (2000 – Present)
- Oseh Shalom Synagogue, Board of Directors (2007 – Present)
Representative Clients and Projects
- Washington Redskins (legislative and detailed site plan approvals for FedEx Field);
- Safeway (specific design plan approval for its East Coast Distribution Center, Upper Marlboro);
- Brandywine Sand & Gravel Company (special exception approvals for various sand and gravel mining, recycling, and rubble landfill operations);
- Mirant (amendments to the zoning conditions for its Westphalia Road property in Upper Marlboro);
- Hillel at University of Maryland (approval of a parking waiver in connection with building expansion);
- Friends Community School (detailed site plan approval for a private school);
- EYA (formerly, Eakin, Youngentob & Associates) (detailed site plan, special permit, subdivision and legislative approvals for the mixed-use redevelopment of the former Lustine Automotive properties in Hyattsville);
- Prince George’s Metro Center (conceptual site plan, detailed site plan, subdivision and legislative approvals for University Town Center, a mixed-use development including residential, office, retail and entertainment uses);
- Osprey Development Group (detailed site plan approvals for the Penn East Industrial Park);
- Quantum Companies (legislative and zoning approvals for Beltway Plaza Mall and other retail centers;
- Conceptual site plan and rezoning application for the proposed conversion of Beltway Plaza Mall from a retail center to a mixed-use development);
- Bozzuto Development (detailed site plan approval for the Jericho Baptist Church affordable senior housing project);
- The Ingerman Group (detailed site plan and subdivision approvals for the Newton Green affordable senior housing project);
- Republic Properties (rezoning, subdivision and detailed site plan approvals for the Pointe at Cheverly, a mixed-use development including residential condominiums and live/work units);
- Port Towns Community Development Corporation (proposed rezoning, subdivision and detailed site plan applications for a mixed-use development along the Anacostia River).
- Cafritz (37-acre, mixed-use development of property in Riverdale Park)
Provides general advice and counseling regarding zoning, subdivision, and other land use issues, and develops strategies to most efficiently achieve clients’ goals.
Represents clients before the Zoning Hearing Examiner, Planning Board, Board of Appeals, County Councils and various municipalities for and within Prince George's, Charles and Howard Counties regarding zoning map amendments, special exceptions, subdivisions, site plans, variances, departures and other matters relating to land use issues.
Assists clients through the permit process by coordinating and resolving issues with County and State agencies, as well as affected municipalities.
Drafts text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations and Building Code; obtains sponsors for such proposed legislation; advises County Council Members on implications of such legislation; and develops legislative and community support for such proposed legislation.
- Principal; O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A., Calverton, Maryland (January, 2000 – Present)
Deputy Practice Group Leader of the Administrative Law and Government Relations Practice Group.
- Partner, Krauser & Taub, P.C., Largo, Maryland (March, 1994 – January, 2000)
- Partner, Thompson, Hine and Flory, Landover, Maryland (June, 1990 – February, 1994)
- Partner, Greenan, Walker, Steuart & Meng, Landover, Maryland (October, 1984 – May, 1990)
- Partner, Shipley, Curry & Taub, P.A., Landover, Maryland (November, 1982 – September, 1984)
- Associate, Russell W. Shipley, P.A. (February, 1980 – October, 1982)
- Associate General Counsel, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (July, 1978 – February, 1980)
- Law Clerk, Judge Albert T. Blackwell, Jr., Prince George’s County Circuit Court, Maryland (August, 1977 – July, 1978)
- Law Clerk, Prince George’s County Office of Law, Maryland (August, 1976 – July, 1977)
- General Counsel, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Maryland (February, 1982 – Present)
- General Counsel, Community Health Facilities Fund, Inc., Maryland (December, 1994 - Present)