William and Mary School of Law, J.D., 1987

The College of William and Mary, B.A., 1983

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Earl E. Wise, III

Of Counsel
ph: 301.961.5280
7200 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Earl E. Wise, III is an Of Counsel in Linowes and Blocher’s Real Estate Transactions Practice. Splitting time between the firm’s Bethesda and Annapolis offices, he provides title examination and underwriting services and conducts large commercial closings throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Earl has extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions. Past positions held in the field include working as a title abstractor, serving as the managing partner of a commercial title services company, and serving as counsel to a major title insurer. Earl applies this accumulation of real world knowledge to advise clients on a wide range of issues pertaining to title insurance, and closings. He has conducted closings for national law firms, national offices of title insurers, Fortune 500 companies, and major institutions.

Earl works closely with other members of the firm’s Real Estate Transactions Practice, handling pre-closing and post-closing matters in parallel with other aspects of clients’ deals. He is adept at handling recordation, transfer tax, and other legal issues with implications for closing, and he routinely interacts with court clerks in multiple jurisdictions to resolve closing-related matters before settlement. Earl serves as clients’ go-to resource for any actual and potential issues related to commercial settlements.

Earl is active in the local legal and real estate communities and recently began teaching courses for the Maryland Land Title Association (MLTA). He enjoys giving back and finds it both rewarding and informative to explore complex title-related issues from new perspectives.

Significant Projects

Provided title insurance and closing representation Crown Farm (Maryland)

Provided title insurance and closing representation King Farm (Maryland)

Provided title insurance and closing representation Settlers Market (Virginia)

Provided title insurance and closing representation The Allegro (Washington, D.C.)

Provided title insurance and closing representation Lexington Village (Maryland)

Provided title insurance and closing representation Contee Farm (Maryland)

Provided title insurance and closing representation King Farm Presbyterian Retirement Community (Maryland)

Professional Background

  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Of Counsel, 2019 - Present;
    Linowes and Blocher LLP, Associate, 1998-2003; 2005-2019;
  • Commercial Underwriting and Business Development, Vice President, Chicago Title Insurance Company, 2003-2005;
  • Commercial Title Services, Managing Partner, 1997-1998;
  • First American Title Insurance Company, Counsel,1996-1997;
  • Beltway Title and Abstract, Inc., Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel, 1992-1996;
  • Atlantic Abstracts, Inc., Vice-President and Abstractor, 1989-1992

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Anne Arundel County Bar Association

Anne Arundel Commercial & Industrial Association

Maryland Land Title Association Board Member

DC Land Title Association