Cozen O’Connor: Mazo, Samantha L.

Samantha L. Mazo

Member

Washington, D.C.

(202) 747-0768

(202) 861-1905

Recent News:

Cozen O'Connor Promotes 27 to Membership

Cozen O'Connor is pleased to recognize 27 attorneys with the promotion to member: Dylan Alper, Philip J. Berens, Alison Weintraub Berson, Evan Berquist, Alexandra Campau, Alissa K. Christopher, Matthew D. Clyde, Rachel Collins Clarke, Michael A. Corgan, Matthew L. Elkin, Nicole M. Ellis, Alex H. Hayden, David S. Huard, Haryle Kaldis, David Kirchblum, Matthew Evan Lewitz, Jesse Ryan Loffler, Samantha L. Mazo, Lindsey A. Miller, Jeffrey M. Monhait, Jonathan Nase, Jacqueline Promislo, Shelby K. Riney, Kelly Shinn, Terri A. Sutton, Daniel P. Thiel, and Laura Zulick.

Samantha has more than a decade of zoning experience in representing clients in all aspects of the development life cycle. She has worked on matters spanning from conducting zoning due diligence prior to purchase, to processing cases for development approvals before the District of Columbia’s Board of Zoning Adjustment, Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Review Board, and D.C. Court of Appeals, to coordinating construction permitting approvals from the District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Samantha advances her clients' interests to governmental and community stakeholders in order to achieve viable and comprehensive development outcomes. She also works closely with other members of the development team to prepare architectural plans and other materials necessary for presentation to the District and local community.

A third-generation Washingtonian, Samantha is involved in the community, having served on the board of a regional chamber of commerce and chaired a local transportation advisory commission. Samantha is currently on the Steering Committee for the D.C. Bar Association's Real Estate, Housing, and Land Use Community. She frequently presents on matters relating to Washington, D.C., zoning and permitting. Samantha was named as one Washington D.C.’s top “35 under 35” in Washington, D.C. by Bisnow Media. 

Samantha earned her J.D., cum laude, from George Washington University Law School, her master’s degree in modern history from Oxford University and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Experience

News

Cozen O'Connor Promotes 27 to Membership

May 01, 2019

Cozen O'Connor is pleased to recognize 27 attorneys with the promotion to member: Dylan Alper, Philip J. Berens, Alison Weintraub Berson, Evan Berquist, Alexandra Campau, Alissa K. Christopher, Matthew D. Clyde, Rachel Collins Clarke, Michael A. Corgan, Matthew L. Elkin, Nicole M. Ellis, Alex H. Hayden, David S. Huard, Haryle Kaldis, David Kirchblum, Matthew Evan Lewitz, Jesse Ryan Loffler, Samantha L. Mazo, Lindsey A. Miller, Jeffrey M. Monhait, Jonathan Nase, Jacqueline Promislo, Shelby K. Riney, Kelly Shinn, Terri A. Sutton, Daniel P. Thiel, and Laura Zulick.

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.

Publications

Top Four Value-Adds for Hotels in the District of Columbia [Get The Dirt Blog]

October 10, 2018

The District hotel market is hot.  Statista.com states that 9.58 million people in the U.S. visited Washington, DC overnight within a period of 12 months and that, in 2014, Union Station was the fourth most-visited tourist attraction in the world, with 32.9 million visitors.  Here are four areas...

Into the Belly of the Beast [Get The Dirt Blog]

April 03, 2018

On the night of March 20th, 2018, I unwittingly walked into hostile territory – the DC Council chamber during the epic 13-hour public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Framework Element of the District’s Comprehensive Plan. Perhaps the Washington Post headline said it best: “Dry DC...

Top Five Key Factors to Look at When Buying Property to Develop in Washington, DC [Get The Dirt Blog]

March 01, 2018

Thanks to the recent development boom, the District certainly has certainly become hip.  It follows suit that many multi-family, condo and mixed-use developers are looking in the District for good buys to develop or to hold. These developers call us all the time to ask about properties.  We look...

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2003
  • Oxford University, M.A., 2000
  • Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, 1999
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland