William D. Shaughnessy, Jr., Member

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Since 1981, Bill has represented a vast array of commercial interests, from Fortune 100 companies to small and mid-sized businesses. He provides counsel to clients in a wide range of legal matters including real estate, development, business, commercial, telecommunications, environmental, solar and legislative affairs. He has represented developers and builders in the acquisition, financing and development of commercial, industrial and residential property; residential project owners and managers; condominium and homeowner associations; office building and industrial park owners and managers; landlords and tenants of commercial, industrial and retail facilities; institutional lenders and national and local companies in matters before state and local government agencies.

In the general real estate arena, Bill represents clients in all phases of the deal: land acquisition, development, financing, construction, leasing and sale. He has a depth of experience: structuring and closing apartment portfolios in REIT transactions; leasing of office, retail, and industrial space; representation of lenders in issuance of commercial loans, workouts and foreclosures; counseling builders and contractors regarding construction disputes, lien claims and general construction matters; creating and administering residential and commercial condominiums and other common interest ownership developments.

In addition to his general real estate practice, Bill has an active land use practice, assisting clients in zoning matters, special exceptions, variances, development plan and permitting approvals. He has successfully obtained governmental approvals and permits for office and retail facilities, healthcare/medical clinics, assisted/independent living facilities and other commercial and industrial operations, in some cases involving protracted adversarial proceedings.

As part of his land use practice, Bill has provided assistance to lender and property owner clients in matters regarding agricultural preservation easements. He has appeared before various local and state agricultural boards to obtain and modify agricultural easements, and to resolve conflicts that have arisen out of the existence of these easements. Additionally, Bill has been active in advising solar companies and landowners in structuring and negotiating options, leases, and ownership arrangements for the development and implementation of new solar generating facilities in the region.

Bill also has an active general business practice in which he counsels companies in areas of business structure, capitalization and finance, contracts, operations, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and assets, and general commercial matters. He has significant experience in succession planning for small to mid-size business owners who want to transition ownership to the next generation.

Prior to joining Gordon Feinblatt in 2003, Bill was a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP, and prior thereto, he was a partner in the firm of Kaplan, Heyman, Greenberg, Engelman, Belgrad, P.A. He also worked briefly as in-house counsel with Rite Aid Corporation.


AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell®

Named to Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law, Litigation - Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning Law, and Litigation - Land Use & Zoning since 2010

Named to Maryland Super Lawyers® for Real Estate, Business/Corporate and Land Use/Zoning since 2019


Professional and Civic Involvement

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Maryland State Bar Association

Member, Baltimore County Bar Association

Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City

Past President, Greater Jacksonville Association

Past Asst. Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 818, Jacksonville, MD

Adjunct Professor, Development Law and Ethics, University of Maryland, Master of Real Estate Development Program, Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development

Publications and Lectures


410-576-4182 (fax)

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Energy & Environmental
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J.D., cum laude, University of Maryland School of Law, 1981
B.A., summa cum laude, Loyola College, 1978

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. Claims Court
U.S. Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 1981
District of Columbia, 1985