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Heise & Heise, LLP is a Baltimore-based real estate law firm that prides itself on its innovative and tailored approach to addressing your needs. We take the time talk to you, evaluate your matter, and craft the best, most cost-effective solution, in which to fulfill your objectives or resolve your issues.


J. Todd Heise concentrates his practice on assisting distressed property owners, throughout the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia, in undertaking short sales of residential and commercial real property. Todd also facilitates transfers of property from distressed property owners to lenders via the deed in lieu of foreclosure process.

Todd’s practice also includes representing businesses and developers in a variety of corporate and commercial real estate related matters. His business practice includes entity formation and governance; drafting and negotiation of transfer documents; preparation of non-compete and confidentiality agreements; and, general business planning. His real estate practice includes: representation of clients in real estate financing; acquisition and development; preparation of historic preservation tax credit applications; resolution of complex title defects; and, conducting real property assessment appeals.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law (1999), Cum Laude

  • Concentration in Real Estate Practice
  • University of Baltimore Law Review, Production Editor
  • University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law, Recent Developments Editor
  • Telecommunications Moot Court Team Member

B.S., University of Baltimore (1995), Cum Laude

Of Counsel: Leah Heise

Leah Heise, Esq., is the other Heise in our firm. Leah worked for the Federal Government for ten years at the United States Coast Guard and at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Office of General Counsel for Enforcement. There, Leah drafted Federal regulations, commented on Federal legislation and prosecuted administrative enforcement actions and asset forfeitures for commercial fisheries cases. Through those experiences she built a specialty in enforcement and compliance.

Most recently, Leah’s practice focused on counseling nascent cannabis companies, ancillary service businesses and individuals interested in joining the cannabis industry in everything from business formation, infrastructure creation, operational compliance and personal skill assessment. Her work was comparable to a Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel rolled into one. Leah’s clients and mentees ranged from Patient Scheduling companies to Testing labs to students looking for possible career paths. Leah passionately believes that many skills are transferrable to success in the cannabis space and loves educating and empowering others to ascertain where they fit in the industry and how to make their companies successful.

Leah is currently on a leave of absence from the firm as she has accepted the position of Chief Experience Officer (CXO) with 4Front and Mission Partners (Mission website). As CXO, Leah is responsible for the user experience across the touch point of all of the 4Front brands, from customer to employee. You will still find her at the office on occasion.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


J.D., Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (1994)

  • Vice Dean, Delta Theta Phi
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Bankruptcy

B.A., University of Maryland, College Park (1991)

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Baltimore, MD 21224
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