Todd D. Brown

Todd D. Brown: Attorney with Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. AV stamp icon
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Todd is well-known for his client focus, detailed knowledge of the people and processes affecting land use and delivery of successful results in a timely, predictable manner. Todd’s clients include commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate developers, private schools and other not-for-profit organizations, and individual and business clients seeking to preserve and enhance the value of real estate assets.

Todd regularly guides individuals, local, regional and national clients and their technical consultants through complex legislative, master plan, zoning, subdivision, site plan, forest conservation, historic preservation and permitting processes. He also helps clients before Boards of Appeals and has a noteworthy record of success in gaining special exception (conditional use) approvals.

With more than 28 years’ experience, Todd graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with honor, has received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating (highest level of professional excellence) and is recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning. He has held leadership positions in local Chambers of Commerce, Urban Advisory Boards and industry groups.


Montgomery County

•Downtown Bethesda Sector Plan - Represented multiple clients and properties in Master Plan and comprehensive rezoning resulting in substantial increase in density and building height.
•YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, Bethesda-Chevy Chase - Conditional use approval for comprehensive site and building renovations.
•Edgemoor, A Condominium - Piecemeal rezoning, development plan, subdivision and site plan approvals for a 10 story, luxury apartment building in Bethesda, Maryland.
•The Norwood School - Special exception and subdivision amendments for a 600 student private educational institution in Potomac, Maryland including a 350-seat performing arts center, natatorium and community accessible educational and recreational programming.
•Silver Spring Park - Project plan, preliminary plan, site plan and zoning text amendment approvals for a 147,888 square foot mixed-use project in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.
•The National Labor College - Special exception and subdivision approvals for a 65,000 square foot conference facility, 85-bed dormitory and new dining facilities in Silver Spring, Maryland.
•Fairfield at Germantown - Project plan and preliminary plan approvals for a mixed-use project containing 604 apartment units, 210,000 square feet of retail and 40,000 square feet of office uses in Germantown, Maryland. Site plan approvals for the residential components.
•City Townes at Edgemoor - Zoning text amendment, piecemeal rezoning, development plan, subdivision and site plan approvals for a 29-unit luxury townhouse infill project in Bethesda, Maryland.
•Edgemoor Gardens - Piecemeal rezoning, development plan and site plan approvals for a 12-unit garden apartment building in Bethesda, Maryland.
•Bethesda Mews - Preliminary plan and site plan approvals, forest conservation variance and road code waivers for a 34-unit single family subdivision in Bethesda, Maryland.

Howard County

•Downtown Columbia - Drafting and approval of the Downtown Columbia Master Plan, Downtown Redevelopment Zoning Regulations, Adequate Public Facilities Act, and other legislation for the mixed-use redevelopment of the Town Center of Columbia, Maryland. Master Plan and Zoning Authority has been obtained for an additional 14 million square feet of development, including 4.3 million square feet of office, 1.25 million square feet of retail, 6,244 residential units and 640 hotel rooms.
•Downtown Columbia - Drafting and approval of the Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreement (DRRA) that governs the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia.
•Long Reach Village Center - Zoning Board (PDP) approval of the Long Reach Village Center Urban Renewal Project for 315 dwelling units and 134,000 square feet of commercial uses.
•Downtown Columbia - Lakefront Core Neighborhood - Final Development Plan approval for 509 multifamily dwelling units, 131,139 square feet of retail/restaurant and 320,411 square feet of office and other non-residential uses.
•Arbor Terrace Senior Housing - Developer Agreement and related land use issues for a 100-bed residential care facility in Fulton, Maryland.
•Downtown Columbia - Area 3 - Crescent Neighborhood - Site Development Plan approvals for 338,930 square feet of office uses, 140,887 square feet of retail/restaurant uses and 805 multifamily dwelling units.
•Downtown Columbia - Area 7 - Crescent Neighborhood - Final Development Plan approval for the New Cultural Center containing 112,346 square feet of cultural uses, including a new 360-seat dinner theatre and two black box theaters (450 seats), and 202 residential units.
•Downtown Columbia - Areas 1-4 - Crescent Neighborhood - Approval of the Crescent Neighborhood Final Development Plan, Design Guidelines and Neighborhood Documents for 4.8 million square feet of development including 2,300 residential units, 1.4 million square feet of office uses, 313,500 square feet of retail/restaurant uses, a 250-room hotel, and 225,000 square feet of cultural uses.
•Downtown Columbia - Merriweather One and Merriweather Two - Site Development Plan approvals for 322,031 square feet of office, 19,679 square feet of restaurant and 8,162 square feet of retail uses and an adjacent 9-level parking garage.
•Downtown Columbia - Warfield Neighborhood - Approval of the Warfield Neighborhood Documents and Design Guidelines for 2.8 million square feet of development, including 1,817 residential units, 359,878 square feet of retail and 117,400 square feet of office uses. Final Development Plan approval for 817 residential units and 76,098 square feet of retail uses.
•Downtown Columbia - The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia, Ten.M and m.flats - Site Development Plan approvals for 817 multifamily dwelling units, 41,025 square feet of retail, and structured parking within three mixed-use buildings.
•Downtown Columbia - Merriweather/Symphony Woods Neighborhood - Final Development Plan and Site Development Plan approvals for the renovation of Merriweather Post Pavilion.
•Wincopia Farms - Preliminary Equivalent Sketch Plan approval for a 220-unit residential development in Howard County, Maryland.
•Emerson/Key Property - Piecemeal rezoning and development plan approvals for a 518-acre mixed-use development in Howard County, Maryland.


•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated
•The Best Lawyers in America, 2019
•Super Lawyers Maryland, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013

News & Events


Todd Brown secures Howard County land use approvals, increase in building height from 9 to 15 stories

November 14, 2018

Todd recently secured approval for an additional 932 multifamily units, 191,000 square feet of retail/restaurant and 292,000 square feet of [...]

News Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America recognizes 10 Shulman Rogers attorneys for 2019

September 5, 2018

POTOMAC, Md., Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Ten Shulman Rogers attorneys have been named to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America list. Recognized attorneys and their respective [...]


Todd Brown secures zoning approval for Urban Renewal Project

June 6, 2018

As land use counsel, Todd Brown worked with Orchard Development Corporation and its team of consultants to secure Howard County Zoning Board [...]


Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA gains renovation approvals

May 9, 2018

Todd Brown worked with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington to obtain land use approvals for a long-awaited renovation of the [...]


Merriweather District continues to move forward

May 1, 2018

Todd Brown represented The Howard Hughes Corporation to obtain Site Development Plan approval from the Howard County Planning Board for [...]


Howard County projects receive top awards from the Baltimore Business Journal

April 25, 2018

Todd Brown represented The Howard Hughes Corporation, Kettler and Fusion Education Group in separate matters involving projects recognized for their [...]

News Events

Todd Brown Moderates Howard County Bisnow Panel

February 27, 2017

Todd Brown moderated a lively discussion in front of over 400 attendees at the Howard County Boom! Bisnow event on [...]

News Press Releases

Todd D. Brown joins Shulman Rogers

May 16, 2016

POTOMAC, Md., May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Prominent land use attorney Todd Brown joins Shulman Rogers’ Shareholders. Mr. Brown is well known among national and regional [...]

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Areas of Practice (2)

  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Government Relations and Resources

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(301) 230-6579  Phone
(301) 230-2891  Fax
University Attended:
University of Maryland, B.S., 1984
Law School Attended:
University of Maryland, J.D., with honors, 1989
Year of First Admission:
2015, District of Columbia; 1989, Maryland

Professional & Community Affiliations

•Maryland State Bar Association, 1989-Present
•Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Past Member, Board of Directors
•Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Past Member, Board of Directors; Past Vice President for Economic Development and Government Relations; Past Chair, Land Planning Committee; Past Chair, Policy and Planning Committee; Past Chair, Parking and Transportation Committee; Past Member, Bethesda Transportation Management District Advisory Board
•Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, Past Member, Board of Directors; Past Co-Chair, Government Relations Committee
•Howard County Chamber of Commerce
•Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee
•Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, Legislative Liaison Committee, Development Review Process Subcommittee, M-NCPPC Ad Hoc Committee


Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (1 review)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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