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Justin A. Williams - Partner

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About Justin

Justin A. Williams is a member of the firm’s land use and zoning practice group and represents developers, and commercial and industrial property owners in land use, zoning, entitlements, building construction regulation, and liquor licensing matters. He has handled hundreds of matters involving commercial, industrial and residential projects including multi-family, office, hotels, condo-hotels, retail, mixed-use and luxury residences throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region.

Justin deals directly with obtaining all of the necessary zoning, use, building and other development-related permits and approvals from the relevant government departments that enable a person to build or renovate a building, and/or operate a business in the Baltimore area. He meets with and obtains comments and approvals from various departments/agencies, including the Site Plan Review Committee, Planning Commission, Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works, Baltimore Development Corporation, Commission for Historic and Architectural Preservation, Board of Municipal and Zoning Approvals, and Baltimore County Administrative Law Judge and County Board of Appeals. He also interacts directly with local community groups and elected officials to gain their support or to mitigate opposition to a proposed project. Once zoning & development approvals are obtained, he assists in filing for and obtaining other necessary building-related permits, operational licenses, and available tax credits and abatements, such as the 10-year High Performance Market-Rate Rental Housing Tax Credit, Enterprise Zone Tax Credit, and CHAP Tax Credit. Justin formerly served in the Administration of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Maryland Board for Professional Engineers. Justin’s experience allows him to provide unique professional insight in zoning and building code matters and gives him credibility with local governments.

Justin is a member of the Board of Directors for the Southeast (Baltimore) Community Development Corporation and Live Baltimore. In addition, in 2021 he was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve a four-year term on the Maryland State Board of Elections. He also served on Baltimore City Comptroller Bill Henry’s Transition Team and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s Affordable Housing Work Group.

Justin earned his law degree in 2010 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Staff Editor on the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.  He graduated from Bryant University in 2005, where he received Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees.  At Bryant, Justin was a member of the varsity football team and was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll each season of his career.

A trivia buff, Justin has appeared as a contestant on both Jeopardy! and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. While he didn’t win a million dollars on WWTBAM or win Jeopardy!, he notes that he successfully converted a true daily double and feels confident that if he were to get on the show, he’d at minimum, be Smarter than a Fifth Grader.

Representative Matters

  • Assists clients with obtaining all of the necessary zoning, use, building and other development-related permits and approvals from the relevant government departments that enable a person to build or renovate a building, and/or operate a business in the Baltimore area.
  • Obtains comments and approvals from various departments/agencies, including the Site Plan Review Committee, Planning Commission, Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works, Baltimore Development Corporation, Commission for Historic and Architectural Preservation, Board of Municipal and Zoning Approvals, and Baltimore County Administrative Law Judge and County Board of Appeals.
  • Assists in filing for and obtaining other necessary building-related permits, operational licenses, and available tax credits and abatements, such as the 10-year High Performance Market-Rate Rental Housing Tax Credit, Enterprise Zone Tax Credit, and CHAP Tax Credit.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (JD, 2010)
  • Bryant University (MBA, 2006)
  • Bryant University (BS, 2005)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland