Sean P. Hughes

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Sean P. Hughes

Sean P. Hughes is an associate in the firm's Land Use practice group. 

Sean's career spans more than two decades of focus in legal and wireless telecommunications, including handling public relations and affairs matters of a Fortune 50 company throughout the United States. During the course of his career, he has spoken extensively on topics related to telecommunications land use law. Additionally, he has represented clients in land use and zoning matters throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and in litigation matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Miller, MIller & Canby, Sean was a Director at Network Building + Consulting, where he led the company's Infrastructure Development division that worked with publicly-traded, regional and local cell tower, DAS (Distributed Antenna System), and small cell companies' wireless land use development. He also had operated the Law Office of Sean Hughes, focusing on zoning and land use matters in the Washington Metropolitan area. Before launching his own firm, he represented clients as an attorney with the Washington, DC area zoning/telecommunications law firm of Donahue & Blue. In addition, he served as a Director of Public Affairs/Communications at Sprint/Nextel, supporting external public relations activities on land use siting, network, legislative/regulatory matters, and philanthropy. His tenure at Sprint Nextel also included leading the zoning and permitting build out of the Nextel network in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Before joining Sprint Nextel, he worked as a zoning and leasing attorney for Vento/Entel Technologies, Inc., helping to launch the Sprint Spectrum PCS and Nextel networks in the D.C. region. His legal career began at a general practice law firm in Montgomery County, Maryland where he represented clients and litigated civil, criminal and domestic law matters.

Raised in Montgomery County, MD, Sean attended Montgomery County Public Schools, is a past member of the Howard County Inns of Court and Board Member of  the MD/DC Wireless Association, and is highly involved in youth soccer in Howard County. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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

    District of Columbia

    U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Affiliations
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County

    Maryland State Bar Association

    Board Member, MD/DC Wireless Association

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1994

    University of Delaware, B.A., 1990

Sean took my issue to heart and worked to ensure the best outcome for me. He reached out to his contacts in the county, which greatly helped our cause. He attended meetings, provided testimony...each step of the way he communicated with me and we worked together to affect change.

Angela M. Golub, CPA, CGMA

I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Sean Hughes for nearly 20 years. In that time, he has been one of the most competent and prolific wireless telecom land use attorneys I know. Having him on the Board of the MD/DC Wireless Association is both beneficial and exciting. We will put his years of experience and expertise to great use as the MDDCWA represents the wireless telecom community in the Baltimore/Washington market on the issues that directly impact our industry. 

David Yacoub
President, Maryland DC Wireless Association

I have worked with Sean Hughes for many years and consider him to be one of the most conscientious attorneys I know. Through his years of experience, he offers excellent results and advice, but most importantly his integrity and honesty are his top qualities as a professional. 

Tom Kane
CEO, Network Building + Consulting

I am so grateful to Mr. Hughes. He called me personally and gave me honest, practical advice which solved my issue. He is a true gentleman, highly gifted and astute. I highly recommend Mr. Hughes and Miller, Miller & Canby.

H. B. Marcos

Sean has a unique ability to assess risk, helping us successfully navigate through complex regulatory processes in the DC area market. He is professional, insightful, and a great strategic thinker, and his great demeanor makes him an absolute pleasure to work with.

Len Forkas
President, Milestone Communications, Inc.

Sean was invaluable in the creation of The Boxer Transfer Network (a dog rescue) -- from setting up the 501(c)(3), to helping obtain zoning approval, to consulting on appropriate, and welcoming, space to accommodate us as we grow. We owe Sean a huge part of our success!

Irene Bain
Executive Director
The Boxer Transfer Network, Ltd.