Maxwell Cooke, Associate

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    Max is an Associate on the Energy & Environmental and EMERGE teams.



Max is an Associate with the firm's Energy & Environmental and EMERGE practice groups with experience in corporate matters.

He represents power plant developers, public utilities, and other regulated entities in administrative proceedings before the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). His developer practice includes assisting clients in navigating the process of obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), which is required for most utility-scale solar projects. Max also focuses on Maryland’s community solar program. Specifically, he helps developers interpret and comply with the regulatory requirements for subscriber organizations in order to receive necessary state approvals.

Max has experience reviewing environmental site assessments and drafting environmental liability opinion letters for homebuilders. He has experience in administrative proceedings concerning environmental issues. Max also provides counsel to real estate developers and business owners on environmental permitting.

Recently, Max has been involved with navigating Maryland’s Climate Solutions Now Act and the corresponding Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS), which will soon require almost all buildings over 35,000 square feet to meet reporting requirements and to retrofit in order to convert from fossil fuel to high efficiency heat pumps.

Prior to joining Gordon Feinblatt, Max was a judicial intern to the Hon. Robert E. Cahill, Jr. of the Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Before transitioning to a legal career, he worked for a Maryland-based marketing agency where he supervised contract development in the pre-sale stage as well as advanced marketing campaigns for clients.

Max received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and received his B.A. in Strategic Communications in 2015 from Elon University in Elon, NC.



Energy & Environmental


J.D., magna cum laude; University of Baltimore Law Forum, Articles Editor (2019-2020); Staff Editor (2018-2019); Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society, Distinguished Scholar, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2021
Bachelor of Arts, Elon University, 2015

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 2021