Emily J. Vaias

Emily Vaias is a real estate attorney with nearly 25 years of experience focused on zoning, land use, and development.

Ms. Vaias has worked on various projects in the District of Columbia and has guided large, complex, high-profile projects to completion in Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Charles Counties in Maryland. She appears before zoning and planning boards and other administrative, legislative, and judicial bodies on behalf of local and national developers, commercial and residential builders, retailers, business owners, and individuals.

Ms. Vaias has worked on a variety of projects, including medical office buildings, hotels, senior housing, and transit-oriented projects. She has experience with mixed-use developments, retail shopping centers, multi-family developments, office complexes, historic building renovations, and single-family housing developments. She has been involved with building industry efforts to redraft Montgomery County’s Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit law and the Stormwater Management law in Prince George’s County.

Ms. Vaias was an adjunct professor for more than 15 years in the Edward St. John Real Estate Program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a 1999 Leadership Montgomery graduate. She is past president of the Baltimore Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women and currently serves as a board member of the Purple Rail Alliance and the Homeless Persons Representation Project. She has served on various other community and professional boards including the Legislative Committee of the Apartment and Office Building Association, the National Capital Trolley Museum, and the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Good to know

Job Types Counsel
Areas of Practice 1) Real Estate, 2) Real Estate Development and Complex Transactions and 3) Zoning and Land Use
Law School University of Maryland School of Law (J.D.,1992)
Education University of Cincinnati (B.U.P.,1989)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia State Bar Associations,Pennsylvania State Bar Associations,Maryland State Bar Associations
Most recent firm Ballard Spahr LLP
LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-vaias-ab5063a
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