Soo Lee-Cho is a Principal of the firm and Co-Chair of the Land Development Practice Group. Soo’s practice includes land use, zoning law, real estate development and administrative law.
Soo is focused and determined when it comes to achieving her clients’ development goals. A wide variety of property owners and developers (both local and national) have entrusted her with securing necessary entitlements to develop their properties, including local map amendments, sketch and site plans, subdivision approvals, zoning text amendments, historic preservation, master plan recommendations, water/sewer category changes, special exceptions/conditional uses and variances. She regularly appears before administrative boards, commissions and elected officials, including the Montgomery County Council, the County Board of Appeals, the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the City Councils, boards and planning commissions of Rockville and Gaithersburg.
Soo’s experience includes the successful representation of clients from multiple sectors including multi-family, senior housing/assisted living, affordable housing developers, real estate investment trusts (REITS), retailers, commercial and industrial landowners, private educational institutions, day care facilities, hospitals and churches. Representative clients include Quadrangle Development Corporation, The NRP Group, JBG Rosenfeld Retail, Exeter Property Group, Montgomery College, The Bullis School, Medstar Montgomery Medical Center and Bank of America.
Soo’s career spans nearly 25 years in land development, beginning with a municipal law and land development firm in Los Angeles, California, where her land use practice focused on development impact review, California Environmental Quality Act compliance and entitlements procurement in connection with entertainment/sports and commercial development. She is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (Bachelor of Arts, 1993) and The Loyola Law School (Juris Doctor, 1996).
Soo provided guidance on our limited certified site plan process. We received Board approval on September 24, 2020 exactly on the date Soo’s timeline predicted. Her efforts included navigating through the County Planning Department and, in a lead role, attending meetings both in person and virtual, with The County staff, The Board, and our neighbors. Soo is professional, knowledgeable, personable and nimble. Her efforts have been a material contributor to our success thus far. I look forward to continuing our work with Soo over the course of the Development.
Jeremy Small, Exeter Property Group
Soo excels at taking a proactive approach towards assessing our needs, finding creative solutions and anticipating what to expect going forward. She always thinks three steps into the future. She is frankly an engine of solutions; she can't stop analyzing an obstacle until she's figured out a way to address it squarely. Soo thinks about our problems and our needs holistically and she is always quick to think outside the box. We could not recommend Soo more highly!
David Harris, Song Dog Distilling
Soo Lee-Cho's rapid mastery of our unusual business model, as well as her creative thinking, opened doors for us, and resulted in a smooth and efficient experience securing our permit. I am tremendously grateful for her incredible work.
John Wesson, DVM Dr. Boyd's Veterinary Resort
Soo and the MM&C team have been a tremendous asset in all matters of zoning and permitting law. We've completed several large-scale construction projects that have required significant coordination with county officials, and Soo's knowledge of the law and understanding of how the county process works has helped make a typically challenging undertaking very smooth and efficient. Soo fully understands complex zoning law and provides counsel in a practical and useful way that helps her clients make informed decisions.
William D. James, The Heights School
- Bar Association of Montgomery County
- Maryland State Bar Association
- City of Rockville Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Advisory Committee, Member, 2011
- Rockville Science Center, Board of Trustees, 2009-present
- Loyola Law School, J.D., 1996
- University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1993
Honors and Awards
- Best Lawyers, 2022
- Urban Land Institute – Washington Regional Land Use Leadership Institute, Inaugural Class, 2011-2012
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