Dino C. La Fiandra

Areas of Practice

Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning      

Professional Experience

For over 20 years, Dino’s law practice has focused on land use and real estate development – everything from pre-concept planning and analysis to the issuance of occupancy permits.  Dino has guided countless real estate developers, business owners, property owners, builders, tenants and other clients through:

  • Zoning, site plan, and subdivision approvals
  • Comprehensive, community, and neighborhood planning
  • Comprehensive and “piecemeal” (individual lot) rezoning
  • Zoning text amendments and other legislative matters
  • Planned Unit Development (PUD) approvals
  • Transportation planning and other traffic matters
  • Adequate public facilities issues and other public works issues
  • Stormwater management and other environmental issues
  • Historic, agricultural, and environmental preservation issues
  • Architectural approvals
  • Constitutional issues affecting the property and property rights
  • Pre-purchase / pre-lease due diligence analyses
  • Multi-dimensional negotiations with other stakeholders including economic competitors, adjoining property owners, neighborhood associations, legislators and regulators on matters such as restrictive covenant agreements, easements, declarations, legislation and regulation.

Dino has secured development approvals for all types of projects, including residential projects (multi-family, minor subdivisions, and major subdivisions), commercial projects (shopping centers, industrial parks, production centers, national big box retailers, office and medical office, car dealerships, fuel service stations, car washes, banks, hotels, catering halls, flex space developments, and similar uses), and institutional projects (large medical / hospital campuses, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, “mega-churches”, community churches, synagogues, schools, and public utilities).

Prior to becoming an attorney in 1995, Dino worked as a budget analyst for the United States Department of Defense and as a policy analyst for the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Transportation.

Personal Information

Education

  • National Law Center, George Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • University of Rochester, M.S., 1992
  • University of Rochester, B.A., 1991

Bar Admission

  • Maryland, 1995
  • District of Columbia, 1998
  • Virginia, 1998
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1998

Bar Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association, State and Local Law Committee, Zoning Subcommittee

Additional Information

  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Member
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Member
  • Homebuilders Association of Maryland, Member
  • Baltimore County Engineers’ Association, Member
  • The Childrens Home, Catonsville, Maryland (Board of Directors, 2005-2013; Vice President, 2006 -2009; President, 2009-2011; Treasurer, 2011-2013)
  • Board of Directors of the Greater Towson Committee (V.P. of Planning and Development, 2004 – 2006)
  • Leadership Baltimore County, Class of 2004
  • Kenilworth Drive Corridor Community Plan Advisory Board (2001-2002)
  • Court Appointed Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem, Baltimore City Circuit Court
  • Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2008-2017
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star

Speeches/Articles

  • “ESD To The MEP” Could Your Project Be Exempt?, September 25, 2010
  • Maryland Legislative Committee Set To Strip Energy Efficiency Funding, April 14, 2010
  • Starbucks Launches Initiative to Reduce Environmental Footprint of Its Stores Worldwide, December 2, 2009

  • Charettes in Site Design and Land Use Regulation, Maryland Bar Journal, September/October 2006
  • Lecturer, Lorman Lecture Seminars on Development Law In Maryland, Advanced Land Use and Zoning, and Green and Sustainable Construction

  • Speaker, MSBA Advanced Real Property Institute

  • Guest Speaker, University of Maryland Law School Real Estate Forum

Super Lawyers

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Best Lawyer

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