In May of 2019, Ms. Schuett was appointed as Legislative Counsel to the County Council for Anne Arundel County. In this position, she drafts legislation for the Council and provides guidance on many legislative issues.
Prior to her appointment as Legislative Counsel, Ms. Schuett concentrated her law practice in land use and appellate practice. She also served as an expert witness and as a local lobbyist.
Former Experience in Land Use; Lobbying and Governmental Relations
Ms. Schuett served as the County Attorney for Anne Arundel County from 1999 to 2006. In that capacity, she represented the County Executive, the County Council, and all branches of County government. She was the author of a comprehensive revision of the County’s laws relating to zoning, subdivision, and development. She authored or supervised comprehensive revisions of the code provisions relating to the Chesapeake Bay critical area; floodplain, grading, and stormwater management; impact fees; permits for the use of County-owned rights-of-way; and solid waste facilities. She also authored a comprehensive revision of the Anne Arundel County Code as a whole.
Prior to her appointment as Legislative Counsel, Ms. Schuett handled zoning, subdivision, development, permitting, and critical area issues before such County agencies as the Office of Planning and Zoning, the Department of Inspections and Permits, and the Department of Public Works. She also handled many variance, special exception, and re-zoning cases before the Administrative Hearing Officer and the Board of Appeals.
Ms. Schuett maintains her appellate practice in the Court of Appeals and the Court of Special Appeals in many areas of the law, including complex commercial and property cases and civil procedure issues. She formerly litigated a wide range of cases, including cases relating to the Anne Arundel County Charter; land use and property issues; construction disputes; contract disputes; and receiverships.
Ms. Schuett is the co-author of Maryland Rules Commentary, Paul V. Niemeyer and Linda M. Schuett, The Michie Company, 1984; Second Edition, 1992; Third Edition, 2003; Fourth Edition, 2014; Fifth Edition, 2019, a widely recognized treatise on the rules of civil procedure and trial practice. She is also the author of Advance Court Rules Service for Maryland.
Ms. Schuett was a member of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Court of Appeals for 30 years. She served as the Vice-Chair of the Committee for 15 years. She drafted the rules governing discovery, trials, and judgments in the 1984 comprehensive revision of the Maryland Rules. She participated in all rule changes after that time, including rule changes governing civil proceedings in the circuit courts and the District Court and rule changes relating to evidence, appeals, property actions, receivers and assignees, foreclosure sales, judicial sales, tax sales, arbitration, contempt, injunctions, mandamus, attorney discipline, and alternative dispute resolution. She chaired or was a member of the following subcommittees: Discovery, Receivers and Assignees, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Rules, Visual and Electronic Evidence, Trial Rules, Management of Litigation, General Provisions, Specific Remedies, Probate and Fiduciaries, Professionalism, Form Interrogatories, and Style.
Expert Witness Services
Ms. Schuett serves as an expert witness on issues relating to trial practice, civil procedure, and ethics. Specifically, she has served as an expert witness on the standard of care with respect to foreclosure and collection of judgment issues, civil procedure issues, discovery matters, receivership issues, and withdrawing from representation of a client. She has testified on the reasonableness of attorney’s fees in a bankruptcy proceeding, on the provisions of Rule 2-652 (enforcement of attorney’s liens), and on the circumstances under which the statute of limitations is tolled in Maryland after a case has been dismissed in another state.