Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Donohue & Stearns, PLC. She joined the firm in 2016 to expand its real estate and land use practices in the District, with a focus on zoning, historic preservation, land entitlements and administrative litigation. With over twenty years of experience, Ms. Brown has successfully guided developers, retailers, institutions, private schools, non-profits, and homeowners through the approval process on a variety of issues, ranging from large new mixed-use projects to small additions in historic districts. She holds a Master's degree in historic preservation, which provides an unmatched level of knowledge and expertise to complex entitlement projects affecting historic resources.

Ms. Brown develops land use strategies and advises clients on the intricacies of the design review process for historic properties, as well as zoning and building code compliance. Ms. Brown practices regularly before the District's Zoning Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustment (including numerous appeal cases), the District's Historic Preservation Review Board, the Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Ms. Brown also represents clients in the D.C. Court of Appeals defending agency orders approving development projects.

Ms. Brown has been involved in a number of pivotal developments in Washington, D.C., including planned unit development ("PUD") approvals for Phase I of The Wharf at the Southwest Waterfront, and PUD and Mayor's Agent approvals for the McMillan Slow Sand Filtration Plant, the former Randall School in Southwest Washington, the Third Church of Christ, Scientist site, and the second Convention Center Hotel project at 9th and L Streets, N.W.

Graduate School: The George Washington University (American Studies/Historic Preservation)
Law School: The George Washington University Law School
Bar Admissions: District of Columbia, Maryland