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Michael S. Nagy

Michael S. Nagy


7979 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 400
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

    Michael S. Nagy, Esq. (1957 – 2019)

    It is with a deep sadness that we inform the RWL community of the sudden passing of our friend, colleague and partner, Michael (Mike) S. Nagy, Esq.  All of us who had the pleasure of working with or knowing Mike mourn the loss of this extraordinary man.  Not only was Mike a well-respected lawyer, but a friend and confidant of so many of us.  His gregarious nature, friendly disposition, integrity and concern for the larger community in which we live are irreplaceable.  We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Meg and his children Marget, Julia and Nick.

    Mr. Nagy was a member of the firm’s Land Use/Zoning and Real Estate group. His law practice concentrated in the areas of land use, zoning, natural resources, and construction law. Mr. Nagy’s technical background and experience as a registered landscape architect/land planner allowed him to negotiate with review agency staff and provide clients with a unique perspective into the planning, development, and construction of complex real estate projects. He regularly provided technical assistance to RWL’s Litigation and Government Relations practices in cases involving construction, land-use and environmental issues.

    Mr. Nagy was licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland and qualified to practice before the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland. He was a member of Prince George’s County Bar Association.

    Notable Representations

    • Successful defense of multiple Petitions for Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions before the Circuit Court and Maryland Court of Special Appeals, including Kaz Brother’s, Inc., Wawa, Inc., and Conifer Realty, LLC
    • Zoning cases for Dominion Power involving the construction of natural gas infrastructure
    • Reclassification of property as Planned Development Land through the State Department of Assessment and Taxation to significantly reduce the property tax rate during the pendency of the development process for Toll Bros. Inc.
    • Zoning case for the Redskins Stadium, Prince George’s County, co-counsel
    • County Council v. Brandywine Enterprises, on the brief
    • Author of zoning ordinance text amendments for various development projects, which expanded the definition of Residential Revitalization projects, created a new zoning use category to circumvent a moratorium on townhouse development, and modified the definition of multi-family development on behalf of numerous clients, including W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC, and Palisades Development, LLC


    Publications and Presentations

    • Lecturer for Lorman Education
    • Lecturer for the International Carwash Association
    • “The Definition of Wetlands under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act: Past, Present and Future,” University of Baltimore Environmental Law Review, Vol. III, No. 2

    Bar Admissions

    • Maryland (1995)
    • Virginia (1996) (inactive)


    Mr. Nagy attended law school at University of Baltimore, where he graduated Cum Laude. He received his MA from the University of Maryland and his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.