Vermont Law School, J.D., Environmental Law, 1990

University of New Hampshire, B.S., Concentration in Environmental Policy and Resource Economics, 1985

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Maryland
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Charles R. Schaller

ph: 443.949.3793
One Park Place
Suite 585
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Charles R. Schaller is a partner in the firm’s Environmental Law Practice. He is based in the Annapolis office and focuses primarily on land development, hazardous waste, water pollution, stormwater management, endangered species, wetlands, and critical area issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay. His diverse practice includes regulatory guidance, litigation, counseling, and transactional assistance.

Charles is an assertive advocate who provides clients with sound, practical counseling and approaches matters with a thorough understanding of the scientific, economic, and governmental implications. He counsels clients of all sizes in the agri-business, mining, industrial, maritime, development, and energy industries on matters involving business and project development in Maryland and Delaware. He interacts frequently with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Maryland Department of Environment; Department of National Resources; Board of Public Works; Anne Arundel, Queen Anne’s, Charles, Cecil, and Harford counties; and Annapolis city government, and is deeply familiar with the laws and regulations related to the environment, natural resources, and land use around the Chesapeake Bay region.

As a skilled litigator, Charles represents clients in federal and state courts, and handles permitting matters and enforcement actions before federal, state and local administrative agencies in areas such as hazardous waste, water pollution, and land development. He also has extensive experience in securing regulatory authorizations for projects involving energy development, air emissions, wastewater discharges, solid waste, hazardous waste, endangered species, and tidal and non-tidal wetlands.

Charles also advises real estate and business clients on regulatory compliance and environmental matters regarding issues such as shifting abatement responsibilities and transactional due diligence. He maintains a deep and up-to-date knowledge of wetland-related laws, and handles the interplay between local, state, and federal jurisdictions. In addition, Charles counsels clients on the development of electric power generating stations, including approvals related to air permitting, certificates of public convenience and necessity, water discharge, and oil and hazardous waste.

Significant Projects

  • Provided Brookfield Residential with critical advocacy, counseling, and representation on nearly every aspect, including securing federal, state, and local regulatory approvals for its Villages at Swan Point in Charles County, a 900-acre planned unit development.
  • Provided K. Hovnanian Homes of Maryland, LLC with advocacy before state courts and federal and state regulatory agencies to advance and secure federal and state permits for Four Seasons at Kent Island, LLC, a 1,200-residential planned unit development project in Queen Anne’s County, fronting on the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Provided Competitive Power Ventures Holding, LLC – St. Charles Energy Center, with advice, counseling, and representation before local, state, and federal agencies in securing the necessary regulatory approvals for a 725 MW combined-cycle gas-fired facility in Charles County, Maryland.
  • Provided Allen Biotech, LLC, with legal counsel on all aspects of the transaction relating to environmental, natural resource, and real estate matters, including assistance in transferring permits and conducting due diligence on 88 acres in Linkwood, Maryland. Under a complex asset purchase agreement, the company assets were transferred to Valley Proteins in 2014 for $37.5 million.

Reported Cases

Maryland Board of Public Works v. K.Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Kent Island, LLC, 443 Md. 199 (2015)

Para v. 1691 Limited Partnership, 211 Md. App. 335 (2013)

Maryland Board of Public Works v. K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons, 425 Md. 482 (2012)

Rogers v. Eastport Yachting Center, LLC, 408 Md.737 (2009)

Becker v. Anne Arundel County, 174 Md. App. 114, (2007)

Bennett v. Zelinsky, 163 Md. App. 292 (2005)

In Re:  Allen Family Foods, Inc. – EPA Docket No. CWA-3-2001-002 EPA ALJ Lexis 15 (2002)

Centerior Service Company v. Acme Scrap Iron & Metal Corp., et al., 153 F.3d 344 (6th Cir. 1998)

Stansbury v. Jones, 372 Md. 172, 812 A2d 12 (2002)

Holiday Point Marina Partners v. Anne Arundel County, 349 Md. 190, 707 A2d 829 (1998)

Holiday Point Marina Partners v. Anne Arundel County, 107 Md. App. 160, 666 A2d 1332 (1995)

Mona v. Citizens Bank and Trust Co. of Marylandet al., 143 B.R. 375 (1992)

Professional Background

  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Partner, 2008 - Present
  • Schaller & Gorski, L.L.P., Partner, 1997 - 2008
  • Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., Associate, 1993 - 1997
  • Graham & James, Associate, 1990 - 1993

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Anne Arundel Bar Association

American Bar Association

Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce

Marine Trades Association of Maryland

DelMarva Poultry Industry

Eastport Yacht Club, Ltd.