Education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1980

Princeton University, B.A., 1977

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Gerald W. Heller

Partner
ph: 301.961.5178
Bethesda
7200 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Gerald W. Heller is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice. He has built a long track record of favorable outcomes based on his deep understanding of the real estate industry and the law. His goal in every case is cost-effective representation that leads to the efficient resolution of client claims.

Jerry represents all types of clients in the real estate industry as both plaintiffs and defendants, including commercial property owners and landlords, title companies, large retailers, and developers. He focuses on all aspects of real estate litigation, including contract disputes, construction-related disputes, and title insurance matters. He also represents business owners and professional service providers in general commercial litigation and arbitration on matters such as corporate and partnership disputes, as well as on employment, environmental, and banking issues.  

Jerry is a former Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., where he gained substantial hands-on trial and appellate experience and developed a reputation in the local legal community for diligence and integrity. He regularly appears in local and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has tried cases and handled appeals in state and federal appeals courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Jerry has held numerous leadership positions in the Federal Bar Association (Maryland Chapter), including serving as president, and has served in several leadership roles with the Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Bar Foundation, Bar Association of Montgomery County, and other legal organizations. This work serves to enhance his legal reputation, strengthen his professional network, and position him at the forefront of litigation and real estate law. Industry media have published many of his articles on a wide range of topics, and he lectures and has taught trial and appellate advocacy and other topics for various organizations.

Jerry is dedicated to giving back to his community, serving on the Executive Committee of the Lawyers’ Campaign Against Hunger and contributing to other organizations, such as youth sports leagues and his local parish.

Significant Projects

Significant Projects

  • Represented Harvard University in commercial contract litigation in Maryland
  • Served as lead counsel in business arbitration resulting in an award on behalf of the firm’s clients in excess of $16 million
  • Represented national healthcare provider in construction-and real estate-related claims and litigation in Maryland
  • Represented national accounting firm in contract and other actions in Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Represented mutual fund organization in contract claims in Maryland 

Representative Reported Cases:

  • Redland Genstar, Inc. v. Mahage, 841 A. 2d 413, 2004 Md. App. LEXIS 10
  • Rowe v. Rowe, 124 Md. App. 89, 720 A.2d 1225 (1998)
  • Finard & Co. v. Capitol 801 Corp., 749 F. Supp. 15 (D.C.)
  • Luchie v. United States, 610 A.2d 248 (D.C.) (Trial Counsel)
  • Joseph v. United States, 597 A.2d 14 (D.C.) (Trial Counsel)
  • Hairston v. United States, 500 A.2d 994 (D.C.)
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission v. Frankel, 57 Md. App. 419, 470 A.2d 813

Honors & Distinctions

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, 2009–2018
  • Best Lawyers in America,® 2008–2018
  • AVVO-rated 10 out of 10Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated; highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009
  • Washington SmartCEO, “Legal Elite,” August 2005, December 2009
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Committee Chair of the Year, 2000, 2001
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Federal Practice Section, Section Chair of the Year, 1996, 1998
  • Montgomery County Inn of Court, Bencher Emeritus and former Executive Committee Member

Professional Background

  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Partner, 1991 - Present
  • United States Department of Justice, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1984-1988

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Affiliations & Community Involvement

Federal Bar Association, Maryland Chapter

  • Former President
  • Former Vice President
  • Former Chair, Board of Governors

Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow

Maryland State Bar Association, former Member, Board of Governors

Assistant U.S. Attorney's Association

Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, former Treasurer and Chair of various Committees and Sections

  • Federal Practice Section, Former-Chair
  • Federal Practice Section, Section Chair of the Year, 1996, 1998
  • Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, Former Co-Chair
  • Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, Committee Chair of the Year, 2000, 2001

Montgomery County Bar Foundation, Former Member, Board of Directors

Montgomery Inn of Court, Bencher and Former Member of Executive Committee

Maryland State Bar Association, Former Co-Chair, Federal District Court Subcommittee

United States District Court, Southern Division of Maryland, Former Chair of the Joint Bar Association Advisory Committee

Maryland State Bar Character Committee, Member