Lawrence S. Conn

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Biography

Lawrence S. Cohn

Lawrence S. (“Larry”) Conn practices in the area of real estate, emphasizing development, financing, leasing, title insurance and affordable housing law. He represents developers, property owners, lenders and tenants in all aspects of real estate development, including acquisitions, financings and leasing. Larry prides his practice on his sound judgment of cases and his depth of knowledge and expertise that allow him to provide sophisticated, personal service to each of his clients.

Larry is a member and former Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section’s Title Insurance and Surveys Committee. He represents clients dealing with title and survey issues, including claims under title insurance policies, boundary and other landowner disputes, and serves as an expert witness on title law and other real estate law issues in Federal and State courts.

Larry began practicing as an associate assigned to Morton P. Fisher, Jr., chair of the real estate practice group at a large Baltimore firm, which has since merged with a national firm. Mr. Fisher was President of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and Chair of the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section. Larry then served as an assistant attorney general at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). During his service at DHCD, he authored legislation including the “Maryland Assisted Housing Preservation Act of 1989” and the “Maryland Community Reinvestment Fund Act of 1990”. He represents developers of government assisted housing in all aspects of building affordable residential units.

After serving as assistant attorney general, Larry joined a large Baltimore firm and then chaired its real estate practice group. He and a group of other attorneys at that firm formed Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A., with the goal of providing large firm service without the bureaucracy and expenses of larger firms.

Larry has authored numerous articles and seminar materials on real estate law, and has taught many classes in Advanced Real Estate Law, Real Estate Title Law and Commercial Leasing Law. He has assisted developers locally and nationally in complex real estate developments, including a mixed unit development of 20 blocks in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the development of a large entertainment district adjacent to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Larry serves on, and is a past Chair of, the Code Revision Committee of the Maryland State Bar Real Property Section, and is a past member of the MSBA Section Council. An advocate for people dealing with mental illness, Larry serves as both a member of the Advisory Board for the Psychiatry Department of Johns Hopkins University and as President of the Board of the Baltimore Chapter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree from the University of Maryland, Order of the Coif, where he was an Assistant Editor of the Maryland Law Review.

Practice Areas

Real Estate, Title Law, and Government Assisted Housing involving: 

Real estate development
Acquisition
Leasing
Financing.

Education

University of Maryland School of Law

J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, Assistant Editor of Maryland Law Review, 1985

University of Virginia

B.A., Economics, High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, Echols Scholar, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1985

Memberships, Certifications

  • Member and former Vice-Chairman: Title Insurance & Surveys Committee – American Bar Association, Real Property and Probate Division
  • Member and Chair (2004-2005): Code Revision Committee – Real Property Section, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member: Section Council of Real Property Section, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member: Governmental Assistance for Real Estate Programs Committee – American Bar Association, Real Property and Probate Division
  • Member: Joint Property Ownership Committee – Adviser to Maryland Board of Public Works.
  • Member: Baltimore City Bar Association – Member
  • Real estate – certified as expert by Federal and State courts
  • Title and survey law – certified as expert by Federal and State courts
  • Settlement agent duties – certified as expert by Federal and State courts

Honors & Awards

  • University of Virginia – Phi Beta Kappa, Echols Scholar
  • University of Maryland – Order of the Coif, Assistant Editor of Maryland Law Review
  • Chair (2004- 05): Code Revision Committee – Real Property Section, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Section Council (2006-07) – Real Property Section, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Vice-Chairman (2004-10): Title Insurance & Surveys Committee – American Bar Association, Real Property and Probate Division

Other Experience

Pro Bono activities

  • Advisory Board – Psychiatry Department of Johns Hopkins University
  • President of Board, Baltimore Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Member, Maryland Task Force (CoP) for Education Behavioral Health
  • Member, Therapeutic Services Council of the Jewish Community Services of the Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore (Associated)
  • Member, Clinic/PRP Advisory Board of the Associated’s Mental health services unit
  • Member, Disabilities Task Force of the Associated
  • Member, Board and Executive Board of the Shoshanna S. Cardin Jewish Community High School
  • Member of the Board of the Baltimore Chapter of the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society
  • Chair of the Young Lawyers Campaign of the Associated
  • Campaign Chair of the Advanced Leadership Development Committee of the Associated
  • Coach, youth soccer and youth baseball, including for Pikesville Soccer Club.

In The News

Media Appearances

  • Lecturer and Author, “Landlord and Tenant Law in Maryland”, Lorman Education Services.
  • Lecturer and Author, “Advanced Real Estate Law in Maryland”, National Business Institute.
  • Lecturer and Author, “Mastering Real Estate Titles and Title Insurance in Maryland”, National Business Institute
  • Draftsman, Legislation – Maryland Assisted Housing Preservation Act of 1989 (Model for portions of Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, the civil rights act for tenants of expiring government-assisted housing); and Maryland Community Reinvestment Act of 1990.
  • Consultant, State of Oregon Joint Legislative Committee for Affordable Housing.

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer, “Landlord and Tenant Law in Maryland”, Lorman Education Services. Numerous courses for attorneys and real estate professionals.
  • Lecturer, “Advanced Real Estate Law in Maryland”, National Business Institute. Numerous courses for attorneys and real estate professionals.
  • Lecturer, “Mastering Real Estate Titles and Title Insurance in Maryland”, National Business Institute. Numerous courses for attorneys and real estate professionals.

Articles & Publications

  • Author, “Landlord and Tenant Law in Maryland”, Lorman Education Services.
  • Author, “Advanced Real Estate Law in Maryland”, National Business Institute.
  • Author, “Mastering Real Estate Titles and Title Insurance in Maryland”, National Business Institute.