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Sean P. Hughes

"My clients are looking for a legal advocate who can navigate them through a myriad of local government review steps. I consider my role as an issue resolver who collaborates with clients to establish a road map to success that we work on together. I pride myself on providing full commitment to each client’s goals."

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Overview

Sean Hughes is a telecommunications and land development attorney. His practice focuses on helping clients who are in need of local governmental review and approval in order to proceed forward on development projects. 

Sean’s career spans more than two decades of focus in legal and wireless telecommunications, including handling public relations and affairs matters of a Fortune 50 company throughout the United States. During the course of his career, he has spoken extensively on topics related to telecommunications land use law. Additionally, he has represented clients in land use and zoning matters throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and in litigation matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Sean was a Director at Network Building + Consulting, where he led the company’s Infrastructure Development division that worked with publicly-traded, regional and local cell tower,  and small cell companies’ wireless land use development. He also had operated the Law Office of Sean Hughes, focusing on zoning and land use matters in the Washington Metropolitan area. Before launching his own firm, he represented clients as an attorney with the Washington, DC area zoning/telecommunications law firm of Donahue & Blue. In addition, he served as a Director of Public Affairs/Communications at Sprint/Nextel, supporting external public relations activities on land use siting, network, legislative/regulatory matters, and philanthropy. His tenure at Sprint Nextel also included leading the zoning and permitting build out of the Nextel network in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Before joining Sprint Nextel, he worked as a zoning and leasing attorney for Vento/Entel Technologies, Inc., helping to launch the Sprint Spectrum PCS and Nextel networks in the D.C. region. His legal career began at a general practice law firm in Montgomery County, Maryland where he represented clients and litigated civil, criminal and domestic law matters.

Raised in Montgomery County, MD, Sean attended Montgomery County Public Schools, is a past member of the Howard County Inns of Court, member of the MSBA Maryland Land Use Institute & planning committee, member of Montgomery County Bar Association, and a Board Member of the MD/DC Wireless Association. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  His wife, an educator, and he are proud parents of three incredible young adults.


Testimonials

As a Maryland zoning expert in the telecommunications industry, Sean is level-headed, pragmatic and a great communicator. He clearly outlines our options and describes the path forward in the land development and permitting process. We couldn't be happier with the service he provides!

Bert Stern, Chief Development Officer, Centerline Communications

From start to finish, Sean and Jody were very thorough with my matter; they did an excellent job keeping me updated and communicating openly with me about my options. In the end, it worked out very well for me. I have nothing but positive things to say about this firm.

John Miller, Montgomery County Small Business Owner

Sean took my issue to heart and worked to ensure the best outcome for me. He reached out to his contacts in the county, which greatly helped our cause. He attended meetings, provided testimony...each step of the way he communicated with me and we worked together to affect change.

Angela M. Golub, CPA, CGMA

I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Sean Hughes for nearly 20 years. In that time, he has been one of the most competent and prolific wireless telecom land use attorneys I know. Having him on the Board of the MD/DC Wireless Association is both beneficial and exciting. We will put his years of experience and expertise to great use as the MDDCWA represents the wireless telecom community in the Baltimore/Washington market on the issues that directly impact our industry.

David Yacoub President, Maryland DC Wireless Association

I am so grateful to Mr. Hughes. He called me personally and gave me honest, practical advice which solved my issue. He is a true gentleman, highly gifted and astute. I highly recommend Mr. Hughes and Miller, Miller & Canby.

H. B. Marcos

Sean was invaluable in the creation of The Boxer Transfer Network (a dog rescue) -- from setting up the 501(c)(3), to helping obtain zoning approval, to consulting on appropriate, and welcoming, space to accommodate us as we grow. We owe Sean a huge part of our success!

Irene Bain, Executive Director The Boxer Transfer Network, Ltd.

Sean has a unique ability to assess risk, helping us successfully navigate through complex regulatory processes in the DC area market. He is professional, insightful, and a great strategic thinker, and his great demeanor makes him an absolute pleasure to work with.

Len Forkas, President, Milestone Communications, Inc.

I have worked with Sean Hughes for many years and consider him to be one of the most conscientious attorneys I know. Through his years of experience, he offers excellent results and advice, but most importantly his integrity and honesty are his top qualities as a professional.

Tom Kane CEO, Network Building Consulting


Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Board Member, MD/DC Wireless Association

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 1990

Case Studies

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    Land Use & Zoning

    Commercial Development / Nonconforming Use

    Issue: Clients, two large, professional Landscape Contracting firms, received civil citations alleging that the businesses did not have...read more →

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    Land Use & Zoning

    Telecommunications / Land Use Approval for Cell Tower

    Issue: A longtime client of Miller, Miller & Canby attorney Sean P. Hughes, Esq. needed legal assistance to gain land use approval...read more →

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    Land Use & Zoning

    Telecommunications / Zoning Approval for Out of State Wireless Company

    Issue: An out of state wireless infrastructure development (cell tower) company retained Sean in mid-December.  The client needed...read more →

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DISCLAIMER: THE CASES AND RESULTS DESCRIBED HEREIN ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF PAST RESULTS OBTAINED BY MILLER, MILLER & CANBY, AND ITS ATTORNEYS. PAST CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE FUTURE RESULTS. ALL CASES ARE DISTINCT AND HAVE UNIQUE FACTS, CIRCUMSTANCES AND LEGAL QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED AND EVALUATED ON THEIR OWN MERIT.