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."



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.


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

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 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 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

From the start, we were reassured to know we could turn to Sean for calm and sure guidance. Leading us through the zoning process, he was very straightforward, laying out the options and risks, and keeping us informed with sound and honest counsel. Sean really went above and beyond for us; we'd trust him with any of our legal matters.

Dinesh and Jayanthi Babu

Our family was fortunate enough to work with Sean Hughes in resolving a legal matter for our family business. He was very attentive and maintained us in the loop throughout each phase of our case. Sean was key in resolving our dispute and in giving our family peace of mind knowing our business would continue to thrive for years to come.

Catarina Monge

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 Hughes has a long history in telecommunications and zoning, and has great insight into zoning regulations in our local counties and jurisdictions. He’s responsive, down to earth and a pleasure to work with!

Kristen Stelzer, Development Director, Arcola Towers

Sean Hughes was extremely helpful in navigating my case, guiding the process through to a successful resolution for me. I will definitely seek the services of this firm again next time I need an attorney!

Peter, Homeowner and Resident, Montgomery County

We retained Sean for assistance in resolving a permitting issue regarding our residence. With Sean’s guidance, we were able to find a positive solution with our local government in an expeditious manner. We enjoyed working with Sean and the MM&C team and were extremely pleased with the outcome.

MC Carbonell

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

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


  • 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 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 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 more →

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