Cozen O’Connor: DeBear, Eric J.

Eric J. DeBear


Washington, D.C.

(202) 747-0769

(202) 861-1905

Eric advises clients in land use and zoning matters throughout all phases of residential and commercial real estate development projects. He is experienced in drafting a range of documents as part of the zoning entitlement process, including applications for special exceptions, variances, and planned unit developments as well as zoning determination letters. Eric also presents applications on behalf of clients to the Board of Zoning Adjustment and local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. 

Eric earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America — Columbus School of Law, where he was the associate editor of The Journal of Contemporary Health Law Policy. He received his B.A. from Connecticut College.


Cozen O’Connor Continues Rapid Expansion in Washington, D.C., with Addition of Zoning, Land Use & Development Group

June 27, 2017

The group is led by Meridith Moldenhauer, who joins as a member, and includes Samantha Mazo, who joins as of counsel, Alyssa Bigley and Eric DeBear, who both join as attorneys, and Stephen Varga, who joins as planning services director.


The Court of Discontent is a Whale of a Problem [Get The Dirt Blog]

May 09, 2018

A blue whale grows more than thirty pounds a day and doubles in size in its first six months of life.  Every developer wants to land the whale of a deal.  Many big deals in the District of Columbia require complicated entitlements before the Board of Zoning Adjustment or the Zoning Commission....

The Caveman’s Club vs. The Modern Neighbor [Get The Dirt Blog]

February 15, 2018

Protecting one’s property is an innate impulse that dates back to the beginnings of man.  The cavemen defended their caves with clubs and rocks.  It remains unclear whether cavemen also went to community meetings and objected to an increase in density at the neighboring cave.  The question is: how...


  • Catholic University - Columbus School of Law , J.D., 2012
  • Connecticut College, B.A., 2007
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland