Lawrence E. Schmidt

A principal of the firm, Lawrence E. Schmidt has been a practicing attorney and a member of the Bar for 35 years. His practice primarily focuses on land use matters, including zoning, development, historic preservation and environmental issues and related litigation. He has appeared in various courts through the state, including the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Mr. Schmidt also has significant experience in representing clients before State and local administrative agencies and tribunals.

Prior to joining Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC, Mr. Schmidt served as Zoning Commissioner (Hearing Officer) of Baltimore County, Maryland. His tenure as Zoning Commissioner for over 13 years (1991-2004) represents the longest period of service of any individual ever in that position. Mr. Schmidt also served on the Baltimore County Board of Appeals for 5 years during the 1980s. All told, he has personally adjudicated over 3,000 cases involving complex land use issues.

Mr. Schmidt is a 1975 graduate of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). He received his J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore. He has extensively lectured regarding land use issues and has authored published articles regarding historic preservation in Maryland and administrative practice. He is also a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and Baltimore County Bar Association, and previously served as a member of the MSBA's Board of Governors.

In addition to his legal endeavors, Mr. Schmidt has participated in numerous volunteer activities. He is formerly a member of the Board of Education for Baltimore County, and served as its President from 2011 through 2014. Mr. Schmidt has also served as President of the Greater Towson Committee and was also an active member of the Lutherville – Timonium Recreation Council. He is also a board member of the Baltimore County Chapter of the Maryland Building Industry Association (formerly known as the Home Builders Association of Maryland), and has lent his expertise to many other advisory groups and organizations including serving as President of the Greater Towson Committee, Builders for the Bay and similar organizations.


I wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks to Larry Schmidt and his team of clerks and paralegals in orchestrating our recent victory on appeal overturning our forest conservation violation. I am a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Our nation sends young men and women overseas to fight and die against the tyranny and oppression of regimes across the globe. In reality, there is not a single Talib that endangers the liberty of any average American citizens more than a petty bureaucrat with a misguided, capricious, and ignorant interpretation of the law. It brings me no small amount of pleasure to see the mighty pencil pushers of Baltimore County having to choke on their baseless complaints against us, thanks to the efforts of Mr Schmidt. It has restored my faith in the legal system. Smith, Gildea & Schmidt represents to me the acme of the legal profession in Greater Baltimore. We greatly appreciate the efforts of these tireless men and women.


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  Smith, Gildea & Schmidt Earns Victory for Parkton Homeowners in Forest Conservation Case


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  • Lawrence E. Schmidt Receives Alumni Community Service Award from McDaniel College

    Lawrence (Larry) Schmidt of Timonium, Md., has received the alumni community service award from McDaniel College. He is a 1975 alumnus of the college. Presented annually during McDaniel’s Homecoming, the alumni community service award is given to a graduate who has performed outstanding voluntary service to their community beyond normal business or professional obligations. A […]Read More »
  • Smith, Gildea & Schmidt Earns Victory for Parkton Homeowners in Forest Conservation Case

    On June 8, 2016, the Baltimore County Board of Appeals reversed a prior decision of the Baltimore County Administrative Law Judge in the case of a Parkton couple charged with violating Baltimore County’s Forest Conservation Regulations.In October 2015, Michael and Jessica Adams received a violation and were ordered to pay a $16,535 fine after having […]Read More »
  • Lawrence E. Schmidt honored with Leadership in Law Award

    The Daily Record today announced its 2016 Leadership in Law honorees – and among them, our very own Lawrence E. Schmidt! The top winner of this year’s Leadership in Law awards will be announced at the celebration event in conjunction with Law Day, May 5 at The Westin Annapolis. The honoree will be determined by […]Read More »
  • Baltimore County Board of Education Honors Former President Lawrence E. Schmidt

    The Baltimore County Board of Education honored former board president Lawrence E. Schmidt with the unveiling of his portrait at its board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Education Support Services Building on Greenwood Campus. Schmidt, a principal of Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC, served as president from 2011 through 2014. […]Read More »
  • Court of Appeals Denies Bowleys Quarters Community Association’s Appeal

    Galloway Creek Waterfront Condominium Project Will Proceed as Planned The Court of Appeals of Maryland recently denied the Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Bowley’s Quarters Community Association (BQCA) in opposition to the Galloway Creek Planned Unit Development (PUD) in eastern Baltimore County. The denial was issued by the Court on August 28. Previously […]Read More »



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