Ryan D. Showalter

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Ryan D. Showalter


Ryan D. Showalter’s diverse legal practice encompasses many facets of real estate, litigation and business law, including real estate transactions, construction, zoning, permitting and entitlements as well as environmental and natural resources laws. Ryan represents a broad array of clients, including individuals, developers, municipal governments, health care institutions, utilities and renewable energy producers, and Fortune 500 companies. Many of Ryan’s business clients have an emphasis on utility infrastructure or the construction or agricultural industries. He regularly counsels clients with respect to the sale or donation of conservation easements.

Ryan has substantial land use and zoning experience, including an undergraduate degree in environmental planning. His practice encompasses the complete range of land use and real estate development issues, including annexation, zoning matters, subdivision and development plan approval, real estate sales, acquisitions and financing, construction, and Critical Areas, wetland, environmental and cultural resource permitting. If necessary, Ryan also litigates cases related to these areas. 

Ryan routinely interacts with design and engineering professionals, local, state and federal regulatory agencies, administrative and legislative bodies and courts. His practice currently includes development approvals and litigation related to development projects ranging from small-scale zoning matters to utility-scale renewable energy, healthcare and complex commercial retail, golf course and master planned mixed-use communities.

Prior to founding McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker (MDSW), Ryan practiced with Miles & Stockbridge P.C. for 14 years, six of which as a partner. Ryan lives with his family in Easton, Maryland. He is a Scouting Leader and enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, hunting and keeping bees in his spare time.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 2001

Court Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • United States Federal District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, 2001-present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, 2001-present
  • Talbot County Bar Association, 2001-present
  • Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2012-2018; Chairman, 2015


  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rated, 2015-present
  • What’s Up Eastern Shore® - Eastern Shore Leading Lawyers – Selected for inclusion in the areas of Construction Law, Real Estate Law and Zoning, Planning & Land Use, 2016, 2018.

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Panelist, “Going Solar: The Roles of the Local and State Governments Post-Board of County Commissioners of Washington County v. Perennial Solar, LLC”, Univ. of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative, Environmental and Agricultural Law Conference, Nov. 2019