William D. Shaughnessy, Jr., Member

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    Bill was named to Best Lawyers 2020 for Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning Law.


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With more than three decades of experience, Bill is active in the Firm's practice areas of Business, Energy & Environmental, Financial Services, Real Estate, and Securities. However, his specialty lies in providing sage guidance where these different practice areas intersect. 

In his practice, 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 development, cannabis and legislative affairs.

Through Bill’s Real Estate practice, he represents his clients in a wide array of matters, including land acquisition, development, financing, construction, leasing and sale, issuance of commercial loans, workouts, and foreclosures.  He counsels builders and contractors regarding construction disputes, lien claims and general construction matters; he creates and administers residential and commercial condominiums and other common interest ownership developments. 

In many situations, Real Estate matters overlap Energy & Environmental issues and vice versa. In addition to his general Real Estate practice, he has extensive experience in land use, zoning, permitting, entitlements, environmental issues impacting development and agricultural preservation easements. He frequently advises solar companies and landowners in land use and permitting issues, structuring and negotiating options, leases, and ownership and construction arrangements for the development and implementation of new solar generating facilities throughout the region. He guides clients through the labyrinth of where land use, environmental, energy and real estate requirements impact upon a project.

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. Recently, Bill has been deeply involved in advising clients in the legalized medical cannabis arena, assisting in capital raising, structuring, compliance and regulatory affairs.

The breadth and depth of his practices and specialties allows Bill to keenly assess the needs of his clients and counsel them throughout the legal process. He listens to their problems, is decisive about the best course of action and is a skillful and capable negotiator and litigator.

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 the Rite Aid Corporation.


AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell®

Named to Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law, Litigation-Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Litigation-Land Use and 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 Assistant 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

Co-led a presentation with Caroline E. Sweet titled “Commercial Leasing: Considerations and Practical Tips in the Age of COVID-19,”  Baltimore chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel virtual meeting, October 27, 2020.


410-576-4182 (fax)


Energy & Environmental
Financial Services
Real Estate


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