Noel S. Manalo is a member of the McNees Real Estate Group who works with commercial and residential real estate developers in Frederick County, Md., and its municipalities. He represents clients in all aspects of land use, zoning, development, and general real estate matters, including appearances before government entities, and often serves as outside general counsel to his clients.

Noel is a speaker with thought leadership in affordable housing and other real estate law matters. He has presented to public interest groups and advocated for affordable housing in his capacity as a Land Use Council board member.

What does Noel do for clients?
As a lifelong Frederick-area resident, Noel has a deep personal connection to the community and is proud to play a part in its continued growth. Understanding that the regulatory environment for land development can be confusing and unpredictable, he builds on his professional experience and relationships to assist clients and their development team in navigating the regulatory environment to achieve the client’s timeline and delivery as efficiently as possible.

Before joining McNees, Noel worked for an AM Law 200 mid-Atlantic firm representing residential, commercial, mixed-use and institutional real estate developers and property owners. Representative engagements include assisting a solar energy developer in site plan approval for the construction of a solar energy facility and helping a religious congregation with the purchase and development of a 40-acre site for their place of worship.


Stanford University, A.B., 1996

University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2001


Frederick County Building Industry Association (FCBIA) — Associate Member of the Year, 2018


Frederick County Building Industry Association (FCBIA) Land Use Council — Board of Directors Member, 2012-Present; President, 2014-2016

Frederick Arts Council — Board of Directors, 2007-2015; President, 2014-2015

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