Practice Areas

Clerkships

  • State of Connecticut, Superior Court, Judicial Clerk, 1992-1993

Education

George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1992

Holy Cross College, B.A., 1989

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Scott C. Wallace

Partner
ph: 301.961.5124
Bethesda
7200 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Scott C. Wallace is a partner in the firm’s Land Use Practice. His skilled legal counsel and strong interpersonal skills help his clients obtain expedited approval for their most important projects.

He represents a broad variety of industries, including commercial, industrial, and residential builders; landowners; and institutions, such as churches and private schools. He regularly advocates and appears before state and local administrative, judicial, and legislative bodies in matters of land use, entitlements, zoning, and permitting. He counsels clients on development approval processes, planning, and design strategies; preparing and processing applications for approval; and post-approval requirements, such as easements and development agreements. His broad experience is particularly valuable in assisting clients with public/private partnership projects. 

With comprehensive knowledge of state, county, and city land use and zoning laws, he helps clients navigate their office, retail, mixed-use, and residential projects through the proper development approval procedures. In addition, he is deadline-driven, focusing on ensuring developments move forward according to client timetables.

He works extensively with government entities and has created relationships with key personnel and decision-makers in Montgomery County and the municipalities of Rockville and Gaithersburg, including city councils, planning boards and commissions, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services, and Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the Sign Review Board, and the Historic Preservation Commission.

Before joining Linowes and Blocher, Scott served as associate general counsel for the Montgomery County Planning Board of the nationally recognized Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. While at the commissions, he provided legal advice to staff, on comprehensive planning, zoning text amendments and public land development issues. His involvement in Montgomery County grants him insight into how his clients’ projects make a positive impact on the community.

Significant Projects

  • White Oak Science Center (VIVA White Oak) - Mixed-use redevelopment project in partnership with Montgomery County
  • Tower Oaks – Conversion of office-zoned land in Rockville to a 375-unit residential project
  • Washingtonian North – Conversion of office-zoned land in Gaithersburg to a mixed-use project, including Lifetime Fitness Facility, multi-family housing, and senior housing
  • Mallory Square - Conversion of office-zoned land for development of 600 apartment units
  • Hanover Shady Grove – Entitlements of vacant pad sites in office park for development of 370 apartment units
  • Grosvenor Fenton Street – Redevelopment of church property in downtown Silver Spring with mixed-use residential, retail, and new church building
  • Pike & Rose – Redevelopment of a retail strip center with approximately 3.45 million square foot office, residential, entertainment, restaurant, and retail uses
  • Glenstone Museum – Expansion of private museum with new exhibition building, public entrance, support facility, and visitor amenities
  • Crown – Obtained entitlements for mixed-use development of farm property in Gaithersburg with 2,250 residential units and 320,000 square feet of retail and office uses
  • Park Potomac – Conversion of office-zoned project to mixed-use development, including 600 dwelling units and 850,000 square feet of commercial uses
  • Willow Oaks – Obtained zoning approval for senior housing project developed as a public/private partnership with Montgomery County

Professional Background

  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Partner, 2004-Present
  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Associate, 1998-2003
  • Montgomery County Planning Board, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Associate General Counsel, 1996-1998
  • Dzialo, Pickett & Allen PC, Middletown, CT, 1993-1995

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Bar Association of Montgomery County, Member

North Bethesda Transportation Action Partnership, Board of Directors

MBIA, Environmental and Green Building Committees, Member

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Member

VisArts Rockville, Board of Directors