Robert A. Hoffman

Hoffman Robert

Rob Hoffman is partner-in-charge of Venable’s Towson, Maryland office. Rob assists real estate development clients with land-use, zoning, and other government regulations in Baltimore County that impact real estate development. Rob has in-depth familiarity with administrative approval processes in Baltimore County and Baltimore City, enabling him to facilitate land use and permit approvals for his clients’ major economic investments, and bring ambitious development plans to fruition.




  • J.D. University of Maryland School of Law 1982
  • B.S.B.A. Washington University 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Service Academy Review Panel for Honorable C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
  • Former chair, Baltimore County Bar Association, committee on state and local laws and regulations
  • Member, National Association of Office and Industrial Properties
  • Former member, editorial board, Daily Record
  • Former member, board of directors, Greater Towson Committee
  • Former member, board of directors, Towson Development Corporation
  • Former member, board of directors, Home Builders Association of Maryland
  • Former member, board of directors, Northwest Hospital


  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Lawyer of the Year, Maryland, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2023
    • Land Use and Zoning Law, 2011 – 2024
    • Litigation, Land Use and Zoning, 2011 – 2024
  • Chambers USA
    • Senior Statespeople, Real Estate: Land Use, Maryland, 2022 – 2023
    • Real Estate: Land Use (Band 1), Maryland, 2018 – 2021
    • Real Estate: Land Use (Band 2), Maryland, 2012 – 2017
    • Real Estate: Land Use (Band 3), Maryland, 2011
  • Legal 500, Land Use/Zoning, 2016
  • Super Lawyers, Maryland, 2008 – 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated


Pro Bono

  • Counsel, Land Preservation Trust – on the establishment of Shawan Downs in Baltimore County


  • Former director, Arthritis Foundation of Maryland