Bar Admissions

  • Maryland


  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2004
    Managing Editor of Student Works, Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2001


  • American Bar Association

    Maryland State Bar Association

    Baltimore County Bar Association
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Christopher D. Mudd


Chris Mudd is a partner in the State and Local Government Division. Chris represents local, regional, and national clients in all stages of the land development process from beginning to end in multiple jurisdictions in Maryland, including Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, and the City of Westminster. He has experience with negotiating purchase contracts and lease agreements, analyzing title issues, assessing zoning and land use issues, navigating state and local administrative approval processes, and assisting clients with development project close-outs and permitting. Chris also works on administrative appeals of land use decisions, from the local appeals board through the Maryland Court of Appeals, and lends support on other real estate related litigation. Before joining Venable, Chris clerked for the Honorable J. Norris Byrnes of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.

Significant Matters

  • Chris assisted a Baltimore-area institution with obtaining a special exception and related development approvals for a proposed use in rural Baltimore County that garnered significant community opposition. Chris assisted in writing briefs to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Maryland Court of Appeals, and ultimately obtained a ruling affirming the grant of the special exception and development approvals in a reported opinion that has become the precedent for special exception law in Maryland.
  • Chris assisted a Baltimore County institution with a multi-faceted defense of a number of development-related approvals before the Hearing Officer of Baltimore County, the Board of Appeals, the Circuit Court, the Court of Special Appeals, and the Court of Appeals. 
  • Chris assisted a commercial developer in obtaining entitlements for a fuel service station project in Baltimore County and successfully defended against appeals in the Circuit Court and Court of Special Appeals by a competitor station.


Chris is a member of the State, Local Laws & Zoning Committee of the Baltimore County Bar Association and in 2011 served as the Chairman of the Committee.