As Maryland’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis shifts to less restrictive conditions, the status of government availability is continuously changing. Those seeking decisions or approvals from courts, local boards, and administrative officials should carefully watch the status of openings, closures, and virtual meetings.  In fact, all business and property owners should stay alert as legislative activity and agency policy actions resume in ways that could affect their interests.


Liff, Walsh, & Simmons is in daily contact with state and local officials to remain aware of these important changes in governmental activity and availability. During the State of Emergency, our attorneys have successfully conducted administrative hearings and participated in court proceedings, as well as the legislative process throughout the jurisdictions in which we practice.


If you need to know the status of government activities in Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, Montgomery County, or Washington, DC, contact our front desk and ask for a partner in the Land Use, Litigation, or Administrative Law & Permitting practice groups.


Current status of select government entities as of 6/17/2020 is listed below. Please call for details

Anne Arundel County, Circuit CourtPartially ActiveVirtual Meetings
Anne Arundel County, County CouncilActiveVirtual Meetings
Anne Arundel County, Office of Administrative HearingsActiveVirtual Meetings
Anne Arundel County, Board of AppealsNot ActiveNA
Anne Arundel County, Liquor BoardNot ActiveNA
Anne Arundel County, Agency StaffPartially ActiveVirtual Meetings
City of Annapolis, City CouncilActiveVirtual Meetings
City of Annapolis, Board of AppealsActiveVirtual Meetings
City of Annapolis, Planning CommissionActiveVirtual Meetings
City of Annapolis, Alcoholic Beverage Control BoardActiveVirtual Meetings
City of Annapolis, Historic Preservation CommissionActiveVirtual Meetings
City of Annapolis, Maritime Advisory BoardActiveVirtual Meetings
City of Annapolis, Agency StaffPartially ActiveVirtual Meetings
Montgomery County, Circuit CourtPartially ActiveVirtual Meetings
Montgomery County, County CouncilActiveVirtual Meetings
MNCPP, Montgomery County Planning BoardActiveVirtual Meetings
MNCPP, Montgomery County Planning Dept., Agency StaffActiveVirtual Meetings
Montgomery County, Agency StaffActiveVirtual Meetings
Maryland, ComptrollerPartially ActivePhone Only
Maryland, State Department of Assessments and TaxationPartially ActivePhone Only
D.C., Court of AppealsActiveVirtual Meetings
D.C., City CouncilActiveVirtual Meetings
D.C., Agency StaffPartially ActiveVirtual Meetings

About Liff, Walsh & Simmons

Liff, Walsh & Simmons is a full-service business law firm serving the legal needs of small businesses and privately held middle-market companies, their owners and operators, and individuals throughout their business and family life cycles in the mid-Atlantic region.  From helping entrepreneurs bring their business visions to market, to representing middle-market companies in business transactions and disputes, to preserving the wealth that a family business has worked so hard to earn, we take pride in providing value-driven solutions and great results.  Our responsive service is focused on general and transactional business advice, commercial and civil litigation, real estate, land use, finance, and estate planning and administration.  At Liff, Walsh &  Simmons, we are Experienced, Innovative, and Entrepreneurial.

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Phil Dales

Phil Dales

Phil Dales is a Partner with Liff, Walsh & Simmons and a member of the firm’s Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Practice Groups. He counsels clients on zoning matters, including rezonings, variances, special exceptions, planned development applications and comprehensive planning. He also assists clients with building permits, liquor licensing, administrative law, real property, commercial landlord tenant disputes, and litigation issues. He has obtained favorable decisions for clients from the Circuit Court to the Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court. Contact Phil at or at (443) 569-0580

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