Jody S. Kline

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Jody S. Kline

Mr. Kline joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 1974, has been a principal of the firm since 1981 and has served as head of the Land Development practice area since that time. Mr. Kline's practice concentrates on land use, zoning and subdivision law in Montgomery County and he has represented clients in many of the County’s planning and economic development initiatives. His areas of expertise include zoning, special exception, subdivision, master planning, building permit issuance, and administrative and real estate matters related to land development. He represents private clients, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies.

He has qualified and testified in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County as an expert in land use and zoning law, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous professional seminars and conferences.

Mr. Kline is a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Bar Association. On the former, he has served as Secretary, a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Administrative Law Section and as member of various other committees. Related to his practice areas, Mr. Kline is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association. He has been featured as a "Top Lawyer" in both Washingtonian Magazine and Bethesda Magazine, and has also been named a Super Lawyer in the state of Maryland every year since 2008. He has also been named to the U.S. News & World Report "Best Lawyers" list since for 14 consecutive years. 

Practice Areas
  • Appeals
    Land Use Planning & Development
    Zoning Law
bar admissions
  • Maryland

Professional Affiliations
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County (Secretary, 1980-1981)
    Maryland State Bar Association
    American Planning Association
    Urban Land Institute
    Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association
    Citizens' Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (Montgomery County)
    Ad Hoc Committee for Parking Ordinance Amendments (City of Gaithersburg)
    Citizens' Technical Advisory Committee on Public Facilities (Montgomery County)
    Neighborhood Six Citizens' Advisory Committee (City of Gaithersburg)

  • Washington & Lee University, J.D., 1974
    Washington & Lee University, B.A., 1968

Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyer in state of Maryland, 2008 - 2020

    Featured as one of Washington's "Top Lawyers" in Washingtonian magazine

    Featured as a Bethesda Magazine "Top Lawyer"

    Honored as a U.S. News & World Report "Best Lawyer" every year from 2007-2020

Appellate Decisions

Smith v. Edwards, 46 Md. App. 452 (1980)

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Wallick v. Wallick, 25 Md. App. 706 (1975)

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"On a personal level, Jody Kline exudes the standard in ethical fiber. As Counsel, his ability to crystallize complex land use issues and prioritize the concerns makes Jody one of the finest attorneys we have used. In addition, his ability to navigate through multiple governmental agencies on an amicable level is a quality few have been able to master."

Brian R. Lang
Senior Vice President & Partner
Guardian Realty Investors, LLC