Soo Lee-Cho is a Principal of the firm and Co-Chair of the Land Development Practice Group. Ms. Lee-Cho's practice includes land use, zoning law, real estate development and administrative law. She assists a wide array of property owners and developers (both local and national) with securing necessary entitlements to develop their properties, including local map amendments, sketch/site plans, subdivision approvals, zoning text amendments, historic preservation, master plan recommendations, special exceptions/conditional uses and variances. She appears before administrative boards, commissions and elected officials, including the Montgomery County Council, the County Board of Appeals, the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, various County agencies, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the City Councils, boards and planning commissions of Rockville and Gaithersburg.
Ms. Lee-Cho represents firms from multiple sectors including multi-family, senior housing, affordable housing developers, real estate investment trusts (REITS), retailers, commercial and industrial landowners, private educational institutions, day care facilities, hospitals and churches. Representative clients include Quadrangle Development Corporation, Duball, LLC, JBG Rosenfeld Retail, Montgomery College, The Bullis School, Medstar Montgomery Medical Center and PNC Bank.
Ms. Lee-Cho's career spans 20 years, beginning with a municipal law and land development firm in Los Angeles, California, where her land use law practice focused on development impact review, California Environmental Quality Act compliance and entitlements procurement in connection with entertainment/sports and commercial development. She is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (Bachelor of Arts, 1993) and The Loyola Law School (Juris Doctor, 1996).
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyMaryland State Bar AssociationCity of Rockville Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Advisory Committee, Member, 2011Rockville Science Center, Board of Trustees, 2009-present
Loyola Law School, J.D., 1996University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1993
Urban Land Institute - Washington Regional Land Use Leadership Institute, Inaugural Class, 2011-2012
Montgomery County Council Affirms Property Rights of Pre-1928 Substandard Lots
Annexation Policies Play Role in Urban Planning
Brownfield Redevelopment: The Maryland Uniform Environmental Covenants Act