University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1987, with honors

Washington & Lee University, B.A., 1984, cum laude

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  • Maryland, 1987
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Bruce N. Dean

ph: 301.620.1175
31 West Patrick Street
Suite 130
Frederick, MD 21701
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Bruce Dean chairs the Firm’s Frederick office. In addition, Bruce is a member of the Firm's Management Committee. Through three decades of experience in real estate transactions, development, and land use, he has become a prominent and sought-after professional in the Frederick real estate community.

Bruce assists a wide range of clients with diverse commercial real estate matters. His experience includes representing commercial and residential real estate developers and builders in the development of residential subdivisions, commercial retail centers, corporate parks, and numerous other new projects throughout the region. His services in this area range from providing counsel during the initial conception of a project to obtaining entitlements through annexation, rezoning, site plan and subdivision approval, and leasing and sales.

Bruce also regularly represents local, regional, and national real estate developers, builders, agents, and other clients at hearings before government administrative agencies in development, subdivision, land use, and government regulatory matters. He negotiates and drafts complex real estate contracts, covenants, and easements of all types. He also has significant experience in handling the complexities of public-private partnerships and drafting agreements with municipalities, including Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreements.

In addition, Bruce represents both banks and borrowers in negotiating and drafting commercial loan documents and provides legal counsel in complex business and commercial matters, including the purchase and sale of corporate assets and entities.

Bruce has forged extensive connections in the local legal, philanthropic, and business communities, and has held numerous high-profile leadership positions in trade and industry associations. He merges the resources and capabilities of a large law firm with the small-town atmosphere of Frederick, and leverages the talents of other Linowes and Blocher attorneys in condominium/homeowner association representation, environmental law, tax, litigation, legislative outreach, and additional areas to provide tailored advice and counsel.

Bruce’s practice covers all of Frederick, Washington, and Carroll counties and their municipalities, including Frederick City, Hagerstown, and Westminster. He has built productive relationships with numerous government officials and agencies, such as the County Executive and Frederick County Council, Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the City of Frederick, Washington County Board of County Commissioners, and Hagerstown Mayor and Council, as well as the planning commissions and boards of appeals in all jurisdictions where he practices.

Significant Projects

  • Represented MedImmune in a matter involving a $145 million expansion and tax credits from local governments
  • Represented Summers Farm in a revision to annexation conditions for a new residential community with an urban agriculture theme
  • Represented Ballenger Run PUD in approval of an 855-unit PUD, including a Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreement
  • Completed the annexations of the Clemson Property, Thatcher Farm, Crum Farm, Summers Farm, and Frederick Trading into the City of Frederick
  • Completed annexation of the Doub Property into the City of Hagerstown
  • Represented the Frederick News Post in its relocation and construction of its corporate headquarters and newspaper printing facilities
  • Represents the developer of the Frederick Brick Works site in Frederick City
  • Represents the developer of the Crum Farm in Frederick City
  • Represented the developer of the Clemson Corner Shopping Center with Wegman’s Grocery Store

Honors & Distinctions

  • Frederick County Building Industry Association, Associate Member of the Year for 2012


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Affiliations & Community Involvement

Golden Mile Alliance

  • Board of Directors

Land Use Council of Frederick County

  • Board of Directors
  • Past President, 1997; 2011-2012

Downtown Frederick Partnership, Past President

Frederick County Building Industry Association, Member

Legislative Committee, Frederick County Builders Association, Past Chairman

Citizens Zoning Ordinance Review Committee, appointed by County Commissioners, Member, 2002

Frederick County Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) Ad Hoc Committee, Member

Frederick City APFO Committee, Member

Frederick Salvation Army Advisory Board, Past President

Tourism Council of Frederick County, Maryland, Inc., Past President, 1999-2001

Frederick County Bar Association, Member

State of Maryland Bar Association, Member

Frederick Presbyterian Church, Elder and Deacon