Michael W. Skojec

Senior Counsel

Tel 410.528.5541
Fax 410.528.5650

Michael W. Skojec concentrates on representing owners, developers, contractors, lenders, management companies, and other firms in a wide variety of advisory and contested matters. Mike’s practice is focused on real estate litigation, construction matters, and fair housing and accessibility, including:

  • Real estate development disputes
  • Mechanics lien claims 
  • Payment and performance bond claims 
  • Design and construction contracts 
  • Construction litigation and dispute resolution 
  • Condominium defects defense 
  • Housing discrimination defense 
  • Advice on compliance with accessibility laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act
  • Defense of housing accessibility and ADA claims 
  • Advice on Rehabilitation Act and UFAS compliance 
  • Claims against design professionals

Representative Cases

  • Gill v. Key Brand Theatrical Group, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:14-cv-03737-GLR, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Amicus Brief for Houston Housing Authority, in Texas Department of Housing And Community Affairs, et al. v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., Case No. 13-1371, United States Supreme Court
  • Escobar, et al. v. Tritex Real Estate Advisors, et al., Case No. 3:11-cv-00994, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • The Michaels Development Company, Inc., et al., v. New York City Housing Authority, Case No. 601027, Supreme Court of the State of New York (County of New York)
  • Park Potomac Condominiums I, LLC, et al., v. Gale Associates, Inc., et al., Case No. 346970-V, Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Equal Rights Center v. Lerner Enterprises, et al., Case No. 8:10-cv-02400-DKC, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • National Fair Housing Alliance v. H.H. Hunt Corporation et al., Case No. 7:11-cv-00131, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • ARL, LLC, et al. v. KB Home Maryland, Inc., et al., Case No. 305746, Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Equal Rights Center v. Trammell Crow Residential Company, Case No. 1:07-cv-01231-PLF, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • TGM Stonehaven, Inc. v. Shelter Development, LLC, Case No. 13-C-06-064742, Maryland Court of Special Appeals 
  • Council of Unit Owners of Woodland Lake Condominium v. Woodland Lake Partners One L.P., et al., Case No. CAL-07-04247, Circuit Court of Prince George's County, Maryland 
  • Equal Rights Center v. Bozzuto & Associates, et al., Case No. DKC-05-CV-2558, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States v. JPI Construction L.P., et al., Case No. 3:09-CV-0H2B, U.S. District Court for North District of Texas (Dallas)

Pro Bono Experience

Mike’s regularly handles pro bono matters and cases. He has provided services to Human Rights First and Kids in Need of Defense in asylum petitions and to the Lawyer's Committee for Fair Elections. He co-led a team working with Appleseed public interest justice network to draft an issue brief concerning legal rights and challenges to education and benefits for homeless youth. Mike’scontinues to accept a variety of pro bono cases from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. He is working with Project HEAL and the Kennedy Krieger Institute to help children and families obtain specialized educational services.

Military Service

Mike is a military veteran. He previously served in the U.S. Air Force as the Squadron Navigator for the 911th Air Refueling Squadron and the Public Information Officer for the 68th Bombardment Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Litigation and Construction Law Sections

Maryland State Bar Association, Council Member and past Chair, Construction Law Section

Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation

Recognition & Accomplishments

Recipient, Ballard Spahr's 2012 Pro Bono Award, for significant pro bono service


Chapter author for the Maryland Construction Law Deskbook

Co-author, "DOJ Rescinds 10 ADA Guidance Documents," Ballard Spahr alert, January 3, 2018 

Co-author, "Divided U.S. Supreme Court Holds Disparate Impact Claims Cognizable under FHA, but Subject to Safeguards Against Abusive Disparate Impact Claims," CCFL Quarterly Report, Vol. 68, No. 4

Teaching and Speaking Engagements

Frequent speaker on fair housing, accessibility, and construction law matters for the National Multi-Housing Council, the National Apartment Association, design professionals, and other industry organizations

Lecturer, Maryland Judicial Institute and Maryland Construction Law Institute

Past Instructor in the Cardin Program, teaching housing- and litigation-related matters, University of Maryland School of Law

Guest lecturer, George Washington University Law School, the University of Maryland Graduate Program in Real Estate Development, and other degree programs

Community Activities

Howard County Housing Commission, past member and Chair (1994-2002)

Howard County Housing and Community Development Board, past member and Chair (1989-1999)

Howard County Charter Revision Commission, past Subcommittee Chair and member (1987-1995)

Board Memberships

Council of the MSBA Construction Law Section

University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1985, with honors)

Central Michigan University (M.A. 1980)

University of Virginia (B.A. 1976, with distinction)

Court of Appeals of Maryland

U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court