The Law Offices of
Stevens Palmer, LLC

Stevens Palmer, LLC, Managing Member
Bay East Title, Managing Member

Over twenty-seven years of land use and real estate experience with a proven ability to successfully represent private, public and institutional clients in real estate, business, development  and governmental matters, such as: zoning approvals, developer agreements, municipal annexation agreements, special taxing and benefit assessments, utility agreements, code drafting, referendums, code enforcement proceeding, legislative services and government relation, closings and transactions, project financing, real estate workouts, commercial leasing, landlord tenant, contracts, community association, common property, rights of way issues, conservation easements; and quiet title actions. Practice before elected officals, administrative agencies, trial and appellate courts. Licensed title insurance agent representing clients in many of Maryland's Eastern Shore's largest transactions.


Managing Member Law Offices of Stevens Palmer, LLC Centreville, MD

Managing Member  Bay East Title, Centreville, MD 2000 to Present

Of-Counsel Linowes & Blocher, LLP, Annapolis, MD LLP 1995 -1997

Associate Attorney Foster, Braden & Thompson LLP, Stevensville, MD 1993-1995

Director Department of Planning and Zoning, Queen Annes's County, MD 1988-1993

Environmental Planner Planning and Zoning, Queen Anne's County, MD 1985-1988


Faculty Maryland Institute for the continuing Professional Education for Lawyers, the Land Use Institute.
Speaker: American Planning Association National Conference; the American Planning  Association, Maryland Delaware Conference; the American Planning Association Northern New England Conference; the National Association of Home Builders State & Local Government Affairs Conference; and, the Environmental Law Institute.

Maryland Land Use Code Revision Committee.
Maryland Judicial Disabilities Review Board.
LANDS Group,  National Association of Home Builders.

Adjunct Faculty (former) University of Maryland, Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Faculty (former) Continuing Education Program, University of Wisconsin.
President (former) Queen Anne's County, Maryland Bar Association.
President (former) Maryland Association of Counties Planning Officials.
Executive Committee (former) American Planning Association, Maryland Chapter.

Publications include: The Expanding Use of Benefit Assessments, 25 The Urban Lawyer 567, American Bar Association, Summer issue, 1993, 1994 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook, Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1994; Exactions Impact Fees and Dedications: Shaping Land Use Development and Funding Infrastructure in the Dolan Era, State and Local Government Law Society, American Bar Association, 1995.

Reported appellete opinions include: Kent Island Defense League, LLC et al v. Queen Anne's County Board of Elections, et al., 145 Md. App. 684 (2002); Queen Anne's Conservation, Inc. v. The County Commissioners of Queen Anne's County et al. 382 Md. 306 (2003); Robert W. Foley, et al.K. Hovnanian at Kent Island, LLC, 410 Md. 128 (2007); and Maryland Board of Public Works v. K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island, LLC (No. 67, Maryland Court of Appeals, September Term 2011).


Juris Doctor, University of Maryland School of Law
Master of Science, Eastern Michigan University, geography, concentration in land use planning.
Bachelors of Art, Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts, major English, minor geography.

Admitted Maryland and Maine bars;
U.S. District Court, District of MD
U.S. Appeals Court, 4th Circuit.

Joseph A. Stevens

114 West Water Street
PO Box 146
Centreville, Maryland 21617

T (410) 758-4600
F (410) 758-3555​