May 2017 Legal News & Notes

The May 2017 issue of Miller, Miller & Canby's Legal News & Notes quarterly email newsletter covers promotions and new attorneys in the Land Use & Zoning practice,  Real Property Tax Expemptions, New Montgomery County Ordinance on Sick and Safe Leave, 2017 MM&C Scholarship Recipient and much more.  Click here to view newsletter.

MM&C Awards 2017 Scholarship to Richard Montgomery High School Graduating Senior

On Thursday, May 18, attorneys from Miller, Miller & Canby attended Richard Montgomery High School’s Senior Awards Night and awarded Erica Abshire with Miller, Miller & Canby’s Scholarship to attend Montgomery College. Presenting the Scholarship to Erica were partners Joseph Suntum and Donna McBride.

Erica Abshire is an individual who, despite certain challenges, has demonstrated a strong commitment to academics and has continually worked to overcome the obstacles she has confronted.  Erica’s efforts were also recognized by the Richard Montgomery’s faculty, selecting her as the school’s “Featured Scholar”, a recognition given to the student who has continuously improved academically throughout their time at Richard Montgomery High School.  Erica also spends time working to improve the lives of others within her community, devoting time within her church groups to counsel individuals with particular needs.

The Scholarship is awarded to students whose record of academic performance and community involvement reflect both the ability and commitment to succeed.   By the same token, the firm hopes the Scholarship will provide an opportunity to academically deserving students who, because of personal circumstances, might otherwise have difficulty financing their attendance at Montgomery College.  

Miller, Miller & Canby established its scholarship in 2016 as part of its commemoration of the firm’s 70th Anniversary. The scholarship is awarded annually to students from Richard Montgomery High School and provides each student up to $10,000 to attend Montgomery College.  The scholarship recognizes Miller, Miller & Canby’s long history of service to the Montgomery County community as well as its presence in Rockville where it has maintained its offices for its entire history.  

The firm chose to award the scholarship to students who will attend Montgomery College because, like Miller, Miller & Canby, Montgomery College has been a part of the fabric of Montgomery County, providing affordable college level educational opportunities to residents.  Montgomery College also celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016, and Miller, Miller & Canby has been privileged to provide legal representation to the College throughout that period.  By establishing this scholarship for students to attend Montgomery College, the firm recognizes the importance of the College’s mission and the firm’s support of that mission.

Richard Montgomery High School was chosen because the school shares a similar history as Miller, Miller & Canby within the City of Rockville   Richard Montgomery High School is located just a few hundred yards from Miller, Miller & Canby’s offices, in the location of the school’s site when it was the original “Rockville High School.”    In that sense, Richard Montgomery High School and Miller, Miller & Canby have been long-time neighbors in Rockville.

Maryland-DC Wireless Association 2017 Forum Lineup Starts Strong with Spring Event

As part of its Speaker Series, the Maryland-DC Wireless Association held a symposium on March 22, drawing more than 150 attendees to hear a prestigious panel of leading industry executives. Speakers included Jim Young, COO of Crown Castle; Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director of Wells Fargo Securities; Morgan O’Brien, Vice Chairman of pdvWireless Inc.(and a founder of the former Nextel Communications); and Phillip Rosenthal, Senior Vice President of American Tower Corporation.

“The Speaker Series brings industry veterans together to identify issues and opportunities in wireless telecommunciations,” said Sean Hughes, a member of Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use practice and MDDCWA Board Member. “We are dedicated to advancing our industry and providing a productive and valuable platform for the exchange of ideas.”

Founded in 2007, the MDDCWA includes members who are involved with the deployment, operations and maintenance of wireless networks, including cell carriers, tower companies, A&E firms, surveyors, general contractors and others. Issues such as infrastructure, zoning and regulatory matters are key priorities for the organization.

To learn more about future association events, contact Sean Hughes, or visit the MDDCWA website.

Sean P. Hughes is an attorney in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use practice group. His career spans more than two decades of focus in legal and wireless telecommunications and he has represented clients in land use and zoning matters throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  To learn more about the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice, contact Sean.

Four MM&C Attorneys Named 2017 DC Super Lawyers

Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce our attorneys who have been named to the list of Super Lawyers in the D.C. Metropolitan area for 2017. Attorneys James Thompson, Jody Kline and Donna McBride have been selected for this honor, and attorney Diane Feuerherd has been named to the 2017 Rising Stars list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40.

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in the nation’s capital through a patented multiphased selection process which involves independent research, as well as peer nomination and review/evaluation. The objective is to create a comprehensive listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and a variety of firm sizes. The lists are published annually in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers nationwide.

2017 marks the 11th year that James (Jim) Thompson has been named to the list. Jim has been a leader in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation Group for more than 35 years, concentrating his practice in eminent domain (with partner Joe Suntum) and in real estate valuation litigation, as well as in property tax assessment appeals and general civil litigation. For more than a decade, he represented Maryland as the sole member in the Owner’s Counsel of America, a national network of property rights attorneys with demonstrated excellence in this area, focusing upon the representation of landowners in eminent domain litigation.

Jody Kline
has been a named Super Lawyer for each of the past 10 years, and has led Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development and Zoning practice group since 1981. He focuses his practice in land use, zoning and subdivision law, and representing clients in many of Montgomery County’s planning and economic development initiatives. Additionally, he represents clients in matters relating to master planning, zoning text amendments, conditional use permits, building permit issuance, and other matters related to land use and development. His clients include residential and commercial developers, institutions, municipal corporations and entities, private schools, non-profit entities and private individuals.

Donna McBride
has been a named Super Lawyer since 2014, and has been a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation practice since 2009. She focuses her practice in litigation in the following areas:  business and commercial, employment, estates and trusts, personal injury and insurance, as well as real estate. In addition to her extensive background as a trial lawyer, she is co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, served on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, serves on the Executive Committee for the Montgomery County Bar Association and on the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

2017 is the second year that attorney Diane Feuerherd has been named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list. She is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation practice, focusing in appellate, employment, commercial and business litigation. She has successfully argued cases before the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals and represented a commercial developer challenging the validity of the Montgomery County “Rain Tax.” She contributes her time to the Finding Justice project, a committee of the Women’s Bar Association, researching and memorializing the history of women lawyers in Maryland.  

Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. View the entire 2017 DC Super Lawyers by clicking here.

Maryland Real Property Tax Exemptions

Maryland’s tax laws contain a variety of tax exemptions for different types of real property uses.  It’s important to note that just because a property owner is a church, charity or non-profit organization, such status does not automatically qualify the real estate for a property tax exemption.  Additionally, a tax exemption is not the same as a tax credit, which is available to certain property owners under a different section of the Maryland Code.  

View the article by MM&C Litigation Attorney, Michael Campbell, which discusses some of the more common tax exemptions available and the process for obtaining an exemption by clicking the download attachment link below.

Miller, Miller & Canby has been handling assessment appeals of various types of commercial properties in Maryland for more than 30 years.  In 2016, we obtained over $20,000,000 in property assessment reductions for our clients.  Our litigation attorneys regularly represent clients at the assessor level, before the Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board (PTAAB) and in the Maryland Tax Court.  We have successfully appealed the assessments on office buildings, hotels, casinos, retail stores, industrial sites, warehouses, apartment buildings and land at various stages of development.  

Michael Campbell is a partner in the litigation group at Miller, Miller & Canby. In addition to trial and appellate advocacy, his practice focuses on real estate litigation and property tax assessment appeals.  Please feel free to contact Mr. Campbell at 301.762.5212 or send him an email for property tax guidance.  For more information about the firm’s Maryland property tax appeals practice and representative cases, click here.

Zoning Attorney Sean Hughes Joins the Maryland DC Wireless Association Board of Directors

Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use & Zoning Attorney Sean Hughes has joined the Board of Directors of the Maryland DC Wireless Association (“MDDCWA”). The association’s mission is to promote awareness for the wireless industry with programming and communications that cultivate and advance relationships between industry members and local communities.

Founded in 2007, the MDDCWA includes members who are involved with the deployment, operations and maintenance of wireless networks, including cell carriers, tower companies, A&E firms, surveyors, general contractors and others. Issues such as infrastructure, zoning and regulatory matters are key priorities for the organization.

Sean, who previously served on the Board from 2009 into 2013, is honored to once again have the opportunity to be a valued member. “I look forward to contributing to the mission of the MDDCWA and to helping the organization achieve its goals on behalf of our industry and the communities we serve.”

David Yacoub, current MDDCWA President, is pleased to welcome Sean back on the Board. “I have had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Sean Hughes for nearly 20 years.  In that time, he has been one of the most competent and prolific wireless telecom land use attorneys I know.  Having him on the Board of the MD/DC Wireless Association is both beneficial and exciting. We will put his years of experience and expertise to great use as the MDDCWA represents the wireless telecom community in the Baltimore/Washington market on the issues that directly impact our industry.”

Sean P. Hughes
is an attorney in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use practice group. His career spans more than two decades of focus in legal and wireless telecommunications and he has represented clients in land use and zoning matters throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  To learn more about the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice, click here or email Sean. To learn more about the work of the MDDCWA click here.

Business Attorney Glenn Anderson Featured on Executive Leaders Radio Program

Glenn Anderson joined Executive Leaders Radio on January 12 and was interviewed by host Herb Cohen, co-founder of the program.

Executive Leaders Radio conducts interviews of prominent CEOs, CFOs, and organizational leaders,  focusing on factors that contribute to success.

The ten to twenty-five minute on-air interviews are essentially informal conversations, where guests are asked about their background, education, influences, mentors and early career experiences. Guests also talk about their business, what they do and who they serve. Additionally, questions probe “interests outside of work, personal turning points and family sacrifices to capture the unique human aspect behind these prominent leaders."

During his interview Glenn spoke at length about the entrepreneurial drive that he possessed at a young age, and how his father influenced this passion. He also spoke about his education, the leadership roles he has held at Miller, Miller & Canby, which include Chief Financial Shareholder and Managing Shareholder, and his belief in the importance of mentoring.

In addition to launching Executive Leaders Radio, Herb Cohen also co-founded the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Entrepreneurial Network, Fairleigh Dickinson Entrepreneurial Center, and the Center for the Advancement of Study of Entrepreneurship at Temple University.

Executive Leaders Radio airs on Federal News Radio (WFED 1500 AM and streams at The program also airs nationally in major markets.

Glenn Anderson
leads the Business & Tax practice and Estates & Trusts practice at Miller, Miller & Canby.  He can be reached 301-762-5212.

100 Percent of MM&C Attorneys Have Contributed to the Take Five Campaign in Honor of Bill Canby

Miller, Miller & Canby has a rich history in Montgomery County as the first law firm established in Rockville, Maryland. In 2016, the firm celebrated its 70th Anniversary by giving back to the community with several outreach programs throughout the year.  Miller, Miller & Canby has an unsurpassed dedication to serving and protecting client rights which sets the firm apart. It is within this community spirit that when asked by the 2016-2017 Bar Association Leadership Academy fellows to Take Five minutes to contribute to the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Endowment Fund, 100 percent of MM&C attorneys answered the call, and we encourage other firms to consider supporting this effort and contributing to positive change in our community.

The Montgomery County Bar Foundation Endowment Fund was started with a $20,000 gift from Bill Canby, prominent Miller, Miller & Canby attorney, who believed in giving back to the community.  The Bar Foundation supports meaningful programs within Montgomery County, including TV/Law School for the Public; Creating a New Tomorrow; the Pro Bono Program; the Summer Scholars Pipeline Program; High School Mock Trials; the Continuing Legal Education Program; and Montgomery County Special Olympics.

Several of MM&C attorneys have served as President and Board Members of the Montgomery County Bar Association. The firm highly encourages their younger attorneys to participate in the Bar Foundation’s Leadership Development Academy.  MM&C litigation attorney, Callie Carnemark is a 2016-2017 fellow of the Leadership Academy.

Click here
to Donate Now to the Take Five Campaign.  To learn more about the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Endowment Fund, click here.

MM&C Welcomes New Land Use & Zoning Attorney Sean Hughes

Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to welcome Sean P. Hughes as an attorney in the firm’s Land Use Group.
“Sean has an extensive understanding of zoning and land use law in and around the Washington, DC area,” noted Jody S. Kline, Co-Chair of the Land Use Group. “In addition, his background in telecommunications and communications law expands Miller, Miller & Canby’s resources in this quickly growing legal area.”
Sean's career spans more than two decades of focus in legal and wireless telecommunications, including handling public relations and affairs matters of a Fortune 50 company throughout the United States. During the course of his career, he has spoken extensively on topics related to telecommunications land use law. Additionally, he has represented clients in land use and zoning matters throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and in litigation matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Raised in Montgomery County, MD, Mr. Hughes attended Montgomery County Public Schools, is a past member of the Howard County Inns of Court and the MD/DC Wireless Association and is highly involved in youth soccer in Howard County, MD. Mr. Hughes is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s land development practice, click here or contact Sean at 301-762-5212.

Miller, Miller & Canby Names Soo Lee-Cho Principal; Joins Jody Kline as Co-Chair of Land Use Group

Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that Soo Lee-Cho, land use and zoning attorney, has been named Principal of the firm and will join Jody S. Kline as Co-Chair of the Land Development Practice Group.

“Soo represents the best of Miller, Miller & Canby’s strengths in an area of law that has been at the core of our firm’s practice for more than 70 years,” noted Jody S. Kline. “Soo approaches every client and every case with extraordinary passion, diligence and skillful application of the law.”

Soo Lee-Cho
’s practice includes land use, zoning law, real estate development and administrative law. She assists a wide array of property owners and developers (both local and national) with securing necessary entitlements to develop their properties, including local map amendments, sketch/site plans, subdivision approvals, zoning text amendments, historic preservation, master plan recommendations, special exceptions/conditional uses and variances. She appears before administrative boards, commissions and elected officials, including the Montgomery County Council, the County Board of Appeals, the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, various County agencies, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the City Councils, boards and planning commissions of Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Soo represents firms from multiple sectors including multi-family, senior housing, affordable housing developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs), retailers, commercial and industrial landowners, private educational institutions, day care facilities, hospitals and churches. Representative clients include Quadrangle Development Corporation, Duball, LLC, JBG Rosenfeld Retail, Montgomery College, The Bullis School, Medstar Montgomery Medical Center and PNC Bank.

Soo Lee-Cho’s law career spans 20 years, beginning with a municipal law and land development firm in Los Angeles, California, where her land use law practice focused on development impact review, California Environmental Quality Act compliance and entitlements procurement in connection with entertainment/sports and commercial development. She is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (Bachelor of Arts, 1993) and The Loyola Law School (Juris Doctor, 1996).

Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s land development practice, click here or contact Soo at 301-762-5212.

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