Cozen O’Connor: Moldenhauer, Meridith H.

Meridith H. Moldenhauer


Washington, D.C.

(202) 747-0763

(202) 861-1905

Meridith uses her real-world experience with her extensive legal knowledge to provide her clients with creative and results-driven legal advice. Armed with her in-depth business and regulatory background, Meridith works closely with developers, architects, contractors, property owners, and tenants as an integral member of their team.

Meridith has deep roots in Washington D.C., growing up in both Annapolis and Georgetown, attending Georgetown University and the University of Richmond, and building her family on Capitol Hill. Meridith served as a board member and chair of the Board of Zoning Adjustment from 2009 to 2011 as a mayor appointee, appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty. Meridith brings her knowledge of the region to her practice to provide her clients with informed legal insight and useful risk analysis. Meridith’s background in business, in conjunction with her regulatory experience, informs her approach to the practice of law and enables her to deliver realistic risk assessments and options, thus allowing her clients to proceed from an informed perspective. In addition to her focus on zoning, land use, and development, Meridith also possesses experience advising clients on a broad range of licensing, advertising, compliance, and distribution issues before the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board.



D.C. Council Approves Measure to Curb Wave of Development Appeals

October 09, 2019

Meridith Moldenhauer and Samantha Mazo comment on the D.C. Council’s vote to approve amendments to the Comprehensive Plan's Framework Element nearly two years after the Office of Planning introduced the proposed changes in an article in Bisnow.

Cozen O’Connor Names Jonathan Grossman, Robert Magovern, and Meridith Moldenhauer Washington, D.C. Office Leaders

August 27, 2019

Jonathan was promoted to office managing partner while Meridith and Robert will be co-vice chair, office managing partners.

Developers Say D.C. Comp Plan Changes Won't Do Enough to Beat Back Frequent Legal Challenges

July 22, 2019

Meridith Moldenhauer comments on the newly released amendments to D.C’s comprehensive plan in an article in the Washington Business Journal.

13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 25, 2019

The 2019 Washington, D.C, edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Latest Chapter In D.C. Zoning Appeal Saga Pits Developer Against Developer

February 12, 2019

Meridith Moldenhauer weighs in on a dispute between an owner of a high-rise apartment building and a developer of a hotel in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in Bisnow.

Proposal Calls For 26-Unit Apartment Building To Replace Columbia Heights Rowhouses

August 21, 2018

Meridith Moldenhauer, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice discusses an apartment development project in the Colombia Heights area of Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys

May 15, 2018

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been named 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine Washington, D.C. edition, published by Thomson Reuters.

D.C.'s Office of Planning asked for Comprehensive Plan comments. It got 3,000.

September 07, 2017

Meridith Moldenhauer, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Zoning, Land Use & Development Practice, discusses the increase in proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments that Washington, D.C.’s Office of Planning received during an open call process to seek feedback from residents in Washington Business Journal.

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.


Draft Snow Drift Issuance [Get The Dirt Blog]

October 31, 2018

We would like to circulate to our clients this draft document from DCRA intended to clarify the District’s interpretation of various regulations relating to snow drift. DCRA, developers, and neighbors have been struggling with how to interpret snow drift requirements. This clarification attempts to...

In DC, “H” Is Not For a Hairy Deal But, Rather, For Dealing with Historic Districts [Get The Dirt Blog]

August 30, 2018

It does not matter whether or not you are looking for a “hairy” deal – in DC, you will most likely find a deal that is “historic”.  More likely than not you will encounter (or already have encountered) the complexities of the DC’s Historic Districts. In April 2006, Mayor Anthony Williams said...


  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • Georgetown University, B.S., 2001

Awards & Honors

Washington D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Star" 2013-2019

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia