William "Bill" Kominers

William "Bill" Kominers


Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered

Recognized since 2007

Bethesda, Maryland

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law

Real Estate Law

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Land use and zoning attorney Bill Kominers navigates governmental processes to help companies achieve the best use of their properties in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Bill’s idea of light reading on the weekend is scouring the footnotes of proposed new zoning codes. He is creative in using his exacting knowledge of land use law to shepherd developer and corporate clients through the approval process, crafting zoning solutions akin to selecting the correct rocks to traverse a stream. Trained as an architect, Bill visualizes projects from blueprints to building. He communicates with planners and designers in their own language, translating detail into design with good-natured humor. Legal guide Chambers USA notes: “Clients praise [Bill] for having ‘a business sense that embraces collaboration.’”

For more than 35 years, Bill has represented developers and businesses before administrative agencies, legislative bodies, and courts in proceedings involving rezonings, master plan amendments, subdivisions, adequate public facilities examinations, site plan reviews, special exceptions, variances, and building and occupancy permits. He has particular skill guiding large-scale mixed-use developments through the full range of planning, zoning, and regulatory processes.

Bill also represents large office and industrial parks in general land use and legislative matters, including redevelopment, master planning, text amendments, and zoning and regulatory approvals. He has extensive experience with urban development projects, especially using optional zoning tools for increased densities and negotiation of design and amenities in the regulatory process. He has managed these projects in the central business districts of Bethesda, Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, and the City of Rockville.

When he’s not perusing zoning code, Montgomery County native Bill enjoys studying military history and playing bridge with a group of fellow Walt Whitman High School alums.

Location
  • 7600 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 700
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3663
Languages
  • English
Demographics
  • Gender: Male
  • Ethnicity: White
Education
  • George Washington University, J.D., graduated 1977
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.Arch , graduated 1974
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS, graduated 1973
Bar Admissions
  • Maryland, Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
Affiliations
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland - Member
  • Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce - Immediate past Chair, Chair 2012
  • Leadership Montgomery - Class of 1996
  • Maryland National-Capital Building Industry Association - Member, Liaison Committee, past Chair, Development Review Process Subcommittee
  • Maryland State Bar Association - Member
  • Montgomery County Planning Board's Traffic Mitigation Issues Group - Member
  • Montgomery County Zoning Advisory Panel - Member
  • National Chamber Orchestra - Past Vice Chair, Board of Directors
  • ScienceMontgomery - Board of Directors
  • Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board - Member
  • Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Board - Past President
  • The George Washington University Law Alumni Association - Member
  • The Harbor School - Past Co-President, Board of Trustees
  • Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board - Past Chair
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Real Estate Law

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