Dino C. La Fiandra, Esquire
Dino C. La Fiandra helps businesses and individuals get things built in central Maryland.
Whether he’s representing a national franchisee opening two dozen locations in the Baltimore/Washington corridor, a local energy company renovate and expand its portfolio of real estate holdings, or a family-owned real estate enterprise position itself to maximize the return on its investments for generations to come, Dino’s clients benefit from his 23 years of experience in the real estate industry, his working relationships with regulators throughout central Maryland, and his practical knowledge of how to get things done.
Dino represents real estate investors, property owners, builders, tenants, families, individuals, and other business owners in all types of real estate matters, from land use and zoning to transactional and corporate matters. He guides his clients through the myriad of federal, state and local regulations that impact their real estate, including zoning, environmental, historic, architectural, agricultural, traffic and transportation and land planning matters. His work brings him before governmental agencies, hearing officers, boards, legislative bodies, and courts throughout central Maryland and beyond.
Dino’s residential development projects include mixed use developments, planned unit developments, multi-family housing, major and minor subdivisions, and custom home developments for national, regional, and local home builders. His commercial development projects include shopping centers, national “big box” retailers, office buildings, medical offices, car dealerships, fuel service stations, car washes, banks, catering halls and flex space developments. His institutional projects include medical campuses, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, churches, synagogues, schools, camps, community centers, and public utilities.
• Land Use Approvals
Zoning verifications, administrative interpretations, special exceptions, special hearings, conditional uses, non-conforming/grandfathered uses, variances, planned unit developments, development plans, waivers, exemptions, and modifications of standards. Zoning reclassifications and zoning text amendments; other regulatory and legislative advocacy.
• Due Diligence
Identification of the property, zoning designation, comprehensive and community plan designations, water and sewer plan designations; preliminary assessment of impact of zoning, environmental, historic, architectural, agricultural and adequate public facilities regulations on the property. Assessment of suitability of the property for specified uses and regulatory risks.
Negotiation and preparation of letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, declarations, covenants, easements, and commercial leases, from both landlord and tenant perspective; Reviewing title abstracts and clearing title exceptions; Formation of entities and preparation of operating agreements, by-laws, and corporate resolutions.
Real estate litigation involving land use approvals, transactional matters, constitutionality of land use regulations and takings.
• Permit Facilitation
Grading, building, demolition, etc.
• Code Enforcement Matters
Affiliations ⋅ Community Involvement ⋅Education
Dino is active in many groups that impact the real estate industry, including the Maryland Building Industry Association, the Urban Land Institute, and the Baltimore County Engineers Association.
Dino received his J.D. from the George Washington University in 1995. He holds his M.S. in Public Policy Analysis and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1995 and the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars in 1998.
Dino is currently the president of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Hunger Project, which provides weekend meals to food insecure elementary school students in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. Previously, Dino served 8 years on the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Home, including serving as Board president, vice president, and treasurer. The Children’s Home is a residential treatment facility in Baltimore County for abused and neglected youth from throughout Maryland and beyond. Dino is a pro bono guardian ad litem representing the interests of children in the Baltimore City Circuit Court.