Miller, Miller & Canby Sponsors Rockville Science Center Event with Dr. Temple Grandin

 

On September 7, the Rockville Science Center will be hosting a talk by Dr. Temple Grandin on the subject of “Understanding Animal Behavior and Autism”.  America's leading expert and educator in autism and animal psychology, Dr. Grandin will share her insights on these subjects while also addressing humane management and handling of animals as they interact with humans. She will elaborate on her concept of sensory-based thinking, which has created widespread interest among parents of children on the autism spectrum, research scientists, and physicians.  The event will be held at The Music Center at Strathmore in Rockville, Maryland at 7:30 p.m.

“We are proud to sponsor this important program featuring Dr. Grandin, whose work has changed our perceptions of autism and largely influenced understanding of animal behavior,” said Miller, Miller & Canby attorney Soo Lee-Cho, who is principal and co-chair of the firm’s Land Use group and has served on the Science Center’s Board of Trustees since 2009.  “We are also honored to support the important work of the Rockville Science Center in Montgomery County, as the organization strives to inspire interest in the principles of science and how they impact our communities,” she added.

Dr. Grandin is internationally renowned for her discoveries about cognition in the form of pictures and its application to autism in humans as well as to the study of animal behavior. She is highly regarded as a successful autistic individual who has written extensively on the subject of autism. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. She has appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN, and 60 Minutes, and has also been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and U.S. News and World Report.

She has published numerous best-selling books, including Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, Animals Make Us Human, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, and Emergence: Labeled Autistic.  

Dr. Grandin holds a B.A. in Psychology from Franklin Pierce College, an M.S. in Animal Science from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. She is currently Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Proceeds from this event will support the Rockville Science Center. To learn more about Rockville Science Center and the event click here. To purchase tickets click here.

About Miller, Miller & Canby
In 2016, Miller, Miller & Canby celebrated 70 years of serving the legal needs of metropolitan Washington, DC. As the oldest law firm in Montgomery County, MD, the firm recognizes that this milestone reflects the relationships built and maintained with our clients, friends and the business community, many spanning multiple generations. The firm maintains its focus on its core areas of practice: Land Development, Real Estate, Eminent Domain, Tax Appeals, Litigation, Business and Tax, and Trusts, Estates and Elder Law. Since the firm’s founding in 1946, land use and zoning law has been a critical component of the package of legal services that Miller, Miller & Canby has provided to clients. For more information on the firm’s land use and zoning practice, contact Soo Lee-Cho at 301.762.5212 or email.
 

Miller, Miller & Canby Welcomes Attorney Cathy Borten to Real Estate Practice Group

 

Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to welcome Cathy Borten to the real estate practice group, where she will focus in commercial real estate transactions and leasing, real estate litigation, and commercial financings and settlements.

During the course of her twenty-year career, Ms. Borten has negotiated and drafted leases and amendments for a variety of properties, including shopping centers, government facilities, airports, hotels, hospitals and retail establishments. She has also handled land use and zoning matters, appearing before county and city government bodies and pursuing zoning and text amendments in cities and counties and has represented clients in contested proceedings in both trial courts and in appellate matters. Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, she was a partner in the Law Office of M. Gregg Diamond, P.C., of Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to this, she worked for the City of Gaithersburg, serving as the first in-house counsel for the city. There, she advised the Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission and drafted legislation to address a variety of city matters. She represented the City’s Planning & Code Enforcement Department in code violation proceedings, drafted and reviewed city contracts, and represented and advised city departments. She began her career working as a Law Clerk for The Honorable Paul H. Weinstein in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, after which she worked as an associate for a law firm in Montgomery County, handling matters for a diverse client base that included developers, wireless telecommunications firms and municipalities.

Ms. Borten is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She earned her Juris Doctorate, graduating cum laude, from Washington & Lee University School of Law and received her B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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  • Michael Campbell Selected President-Elect of American Inns of Court for Montgomery County

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby Litigation Attorney Michael Campbell was nominated and selected as President-Elect of the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Mr. Campbell currently serves as Treasurer of the chapter and will begin his term as President in June 2019.  The American Inns of Court is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals who share a passion for legal excellence.  Through monthly meetings, the chapter hosts a dinner followed by a presentation, demonstration or guest speaker.  In this collegial environment, outside the courtroom and pressure of daily practice, members discuss legal practice, principals and methods and provide mentorship to new lawyers.

    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 litigation matters.  For more information about the firm’s litigation practice, click here.
     

    Maryland Appellate Blog: COSA Spotlight on Judge Andrea Leahy

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby Litigation Attorney, Diane Feuerherd, co-authored a recent Maryland Appelate Blog which is part of a continuing series profiling members of the Court of Special Appeals. She and her co-author, Steve Klepper, interviewed Judge Andrea Leahy, one of the eight At-Large Judges of our intermediate appellate court, in her chambers on Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis.

    Click here to read the full article.

    In December 2017, Ms. Feuerherd joined the joined the Maryland State Bar Association’s Maryland Appellate Blog as its Blog Manager. Founded in 2013, the Maryland Appellate Blog is sponsored by the MSBA Litigation Section, and is dedicated to disseminating information about appellate practice and appellate law. The blog covers news from Maryland’s Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. It features commentary from a number of contributors and guest authors, including coverage of notable arguments, practice tips, commentary on implications of specific rulings or trends, and interviews with appellate judges.

    Diane Feuerherd is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation Practice Group and focuses her practice in appellate, commercial and business litigation. She has successfully represented individuals, property owners, and businesses in a variety of matters ranging from administrative hearings before the Board of Appeals of Montgomery County, to trials in state and federal courts, and to appeals before the Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals. She may be reached at 301-762-5212.

    Miller, Miller & Canby Welcomes New Litigation Attorney James Roth

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to welcome James (Jamie) Roth to the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, where he will concentrate his practice in real estate litigation with a focus in eminent domain, as well as business and commercial litigation.

    “Miller, Miller & Canby’s litigation practice has a long-standing commitment of serving businesses and property owners in our community,” said senior litigation partner James Thompson. “The addition of Jamie, with his comprehensive public and private sector experience, will help us to further expand the breadth of our services during a critical time of growth in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.”

    Mr. Roth enjoyed a distinguished career as a successful real estate consultant, including more than twenty years of experience in project management, strategic planning, asset management and risk mitigation.

    Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Mr. Roth was a Senior Consultant for LMI Government Consulting, where he served eleven years as a Real Estate Program Manager to his client, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component agency of the Department of Homeland Security. As an advisor to CBP, Mr. Roth worked closely with realty specialists from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), overseeing the real estate clearance process required for mission critical facility and border security infrastructure construction projects undertaken by CBP's Border Patrol and Air & Marine Program Management Office. In that capacity, he coordinated eminent domain litigation efforts, and supported counsel from CBP, Department of Justice and USACE.

    Mr. Roth was awarded a civilian public service medal by Department of the Army for his key role in effecting more than 400 property acquisitions to successfully construct over 600 miles of border fence by 2009. Mr. Roth is also a former U.S. Coast Guard officer. His decorated service included three years as a civil engineer managing the myriad facilities requirements of 24 USCG stations along the Gulf Coast, and three years as Chief Engineer and third-in-command of a 210-foot Cutter in Miami Beach, Florida.

    Mr. Roth is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland. In addition to his law degree from The Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, he holds a MBA from Georgetown University, a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The United States Coast Guard Academy, and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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  • James L. Thompson Awarded a President’s Citation at Montgomery County Bar Association Annual Meeting

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby’s James Thompson was honored, along with Larry Shulman of Shulman Rogers and Mark Goldstein of Paley Rothman, with a President’s Citation for Outstanding Service on Friday, May 4. The three attorneys each received the award at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Law Day Celebration of the Montgomery County Bar Association in Bethesda, Maryland. The men were recognized for re-establishing and bringing new energy to the Senior Lawyers Society of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.

    The Montgomery County Bar Foundation was established to support the Bar Association of Montgomery County, to help educate legal professionals and the general public, and to provide pro bono legal services and charitable support to the community.  The Senior Lawyers Society was formed to support senior lawyers in the county so they may continue to be active and to contribute to the legal community and the public. It has quickly become the fastest-growing section of the Bar Association.

    After a morning of informative programming, the honorees each received their Citation during a special luncheon featuring keynote speaker U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

    Mr. Thompson’s distinguished career has spanned more than 45 years, during which he has served clients and the legal community. He concentrates his practice in eminent domain, real estate valuation litigation, tax assessment appeals, and civil litigation involving complex real estate and commercial disputes. He has led the litigation practice group at Miller, Miller & Canby for more than 25 years. He may be reached at 301.762.5212 or via email.

    Pictured from left to right:
    Mark Goldstein, Paley Rothman; Jim Thompson, Miller, Miller & Canby; Larry Shulman, Shulman Rogers; and Lauri Cleary, Lerch, Early & Brewer (Montgomery County Bar Foundation President)

    Attorney Jody Kline Participates in Montgomery County Economic Development’s “We are MOCO” Campaign

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby’s Jody Kline was ready for his close up when he was invited to talk about the firm for Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation’s new marketing program, titled “We are Montgomery County.” The year-long campaign features business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators sharing insight and experiences about doing business in Montgomery County. It also serves as a platform for members of the community to help tell the story of the county.

    In his interview, Jody talked about the history of Miller, Miller & Canby, from the firm’s beginnings in 1946.  As the oldest law firm in Montgomery County, the firm has clients whose families it has served for multiple generations. Jody spoke about his own history with the firm; he joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 1974, has been a principal of the firm since 1981, and has served as head of the Land Development practice area since that time. Jody’s practice concentrates on land use, zoning and subdivision law in Montgomery County, and he has represented clients in many of the county’s major planning and economic development initiatives.

    To view Jody’s video interview, click here.

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    to view the entire #MOCO365 Campaign.

    Learn more about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development practice by contacting Jody Kline at 301.762.5212.

    Miller, Miller & Canby is a Sponsor of the 18th Annual Hopecam 5k Race/Walk on Sunday, May 6th

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to be a sponsor of the 18th annual Hopecam 5K Run / Walk to benefit children fighting cancer. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the race and the 4th year that Hopecam has included a team competition to create awareness among the community.

    The Hopecam 5K is a USATF certified race-fast and flat for those wanting to set a personal best record. This is also the perfect race for families featuring an easy course for runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. This fun, family event is also stroller friendly.

    The 18th Annual Hopecam 5k Race/Walk will take place on Sunday, May 6th at 1890 Preston White Drive in Reston, VA. The race will start at 8:15am with registration starting at 7:30am. Participants can register online at http://www.hopecam.org

    About Hopecam
    Development Director of Hopecam Lauren Priestas explains, “15,780 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Nearly every one of these children will have to be isolated from their friends and unable to attend school as a result of their treatment. Today, thanks to technology, this isolation can be overcome by giving the child a tablet or laptop computer and working with schools to establish a connection with the hospitalized and homebound child. For children who are being treated far from home, Hopecam provides a way to stay in touch with loved ones and support networks. Hopecam is the only charitable organization in the United States that provides this full-spectrum of service to ensure technology is used to bring sick children together with their classrooms and friends.”

    Hopecam has connected over 1,500 children in 47 states and abroad. It costs approximately $1,000 to connect each child. About 50% of the children live in homes unable to afford Internet, which Hopecam provides at a cost of $500 per year. 70% of the children attend schools eligible for Title 1 financing.

    Click here to veiw the full press release.

     

    James Thompson Honored by Maryland State Bar Association as Senior Lawyer of the Year

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce James L. Thompson has been selected as the Senior Lawyer of the Year by the Maryland State Bar Association Senior Lawyer Section. Mr. Thompson’s distinguished career has spanned more than 45 years, during which he has served clients and the legal community.

    Jim Thompson has been a leader in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation Group for more than 35 years, concentrating his practice in eminent domain 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. Additionally, he focuses in civil litigation, including complex real estate and business/commercial disputes. For his accomplishments, he has been named a Super Lawyer in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia for the past 12 consecutive years, an AV-Rated Preeminent Lawyer for 30 years, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a 2013 Lawyer of the Year Selection by Best Lawyers in the Eminent Domain/Condemnation area of practice. He has also received a number of prestigious leadership awards, including the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award and the Century of Service Award, recognizing the top judges and lawyers in the last 100 years in Montgomery County. In addition, he has served the legal community and the public as the President of both the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association.

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  • MM&C Welcomes New Estate Planning Attorney David Lucas

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to welcome David A. Lucas to the Estates & Trusts and Business & Tax Practices, where he will focus his practice on Estate Planning, Trust and Administration, Elder Law and Business Law.

    “Miller, Miller & Canby’s Estates & Trusts and Business & Tax, Elder Law and Business Law practices have served families and businesses throughout Maryland and Washington, DC for decades,” said Robert E. Gough, Managing Shareholder for the firm. “We are very pleased to welcome David. His extensive private practice experience in estate and legacy planning, asset protection planning, retirement and business planning services will strengthen and expand our capabilities in these important disciplines.”

    Mr. Lucas
    is committed to providing his clients with a well-crafted estate plan so they may avoid probate, protect their assets and legacies, and provide for the security of their loved ones. He takes a special interest in ensuring that the dreams parents have for their children and grandchildren are not lost to taxes, poor planning, or procrastination. He speaks frequently on a variety of estate planning topics to both the general public and private groups.

    Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Mr. Lucas was in private practice for 14 years. He began his legal career by serving as a Law Clerk to The Honorable Dennis M. McHugh of the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, Maryland. After his clerkship, he worked for a general practice firm, where he gained practical experience in a variety of disciplines, including civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation, administrative law, family law, estate planning, and business formation. Since 2006, Mr. Lucas has focused his practice on helping families preserve their financial wealth and legacies for future generations through the use of Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Living Wills, and other estate planning strategies.

    Mr. Lucas is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the respective local and federal courts. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the Montgomery County Bar Association. He earned a B.A. in Sociology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

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  • Diane Feuerherd Joins the Maryland State Bar Association’s Maryland Appellate Blog as Blog Manager

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby’s Diane Feuerherd has joined the Maryland State Bar Association’s Maryland Appellate Blog as its Blog Manager. Founded in 2013, the Maryland Appellate Blog is sponsored by the MSBA Litigation Section, and is dedicated to disseminating information about appellate practice and appellate law. The blog covers news from Maryland’s Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. It features commentary from a number of contributors and guest authors, including coverage of notable arguments, practice tips, commentary on implications of specific rulings or trends, and interviews with appellate judges.  “I am thrilled to be working with other members of the Maryland Appellate Blog to continue its tradition of spreading important Maryland legal news and fostering community and dialogue among appellate practitioners,” said Ms. Feuerherd.  

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    to view recent blog entries.

    Diane Feuerherd
    is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation Practice Group and focuses her practice in appellate, commercial and business litigation. She has successfully represented individuals, property owners, and businesses in a variety of matters ranging from administrative hearings before the Board of Appeals of Montgomery County, to trials in state and federal courts, and to appeals before the Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals. She may be reached at 301-762-5212.

    Miller, Miller & Canby Hosts Book Signing for Royce Hanson

     

    Suburb: Planning Politics and the Public Interest Offers Rare and Insightful Look at the Transformation of Montgomery County, MD

    Royce Hanson, former Montgomery County Planning Board President, author, civic leader and research professor at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, has released his new book, Suburb: Planning Politics and the Public Interest. The book looks at the history of Montgomery County over the past 100 years, exploring notable land use policies during a time of significant growth and change.
     
    On November 14, the Land Use and Real Estate departments of leading Maryland law firm, Miller, Miller & Canby, hosted a talk and book signing for Mr. Hanson in North Bethesda, Maryland.  The Washington Post’s Roger Lewis was on hand to provide introductory remarks before Mr. Hanson spoke briefly about his motivation for writing the book.  Suburb tells the story of Montgomery County’s transformation from a rural entity into a community of more than one million people. Throughout this remarkable period of growth, the county built a stellar reputation for strategic land use decisions that were progressive and innovative while serving the public interest. “Much of what the county accomplished,” writes Mr. Hanson, “can be attributed to a general plan that presented a pervasive vision that looked forward half a century, rather than fixate on immediate challenges.”
     
    Through this study of Montgomery County, Suburb shares a rare and insightful view of the process, and provides a valuable resource for citizens, planners, government officials and developers seeking to learn more about zoning and planning for the benefit of any community.

    Added Senior Land Use Department lawyer, Jody Kline, “There are young real estate attorneys who are coming into practice here who don’t know about Montgomery County’s history. This is an important work, not only to teach a new generation here about our county, but to also educate and inspire real estate professionals and community advocates nationwide.”

    In addition to a distinguished career in academia, Mr. Hanson served for many years in leadership positions on the Montgomery County Planning Board and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, as well as the Committee on National Urban Policy and National Research Council. He has won numerous awards for his service, including the AIA Kai Medal for contributions to planning and urban design, and the American Planning Association’s Benjamin Banneker Award and Frederick Gutheim Distinguished Leadership Award.

    Suburb can be ordered here.

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    The book signing was featured in the December 2017 issue of The Washington Business Journal. See feature below.

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  • Best Lawyers Releases 2018 List of Honorees, Includes MM&C Attorneys James Thompson and Jody Kline

     

    Best Lawyers® released the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America on September 29, 2017. The stand-alone publication highlights 2,886 lawyers recognized for their top legal talent, along with 103 “Lawyer of the Year” recipients from the Washington D.C. metro area. Additionally, the publication features notable local news and profiles of firms and individuals across the region.

    Best Lawyers in America will be mailed to recognized lawyers in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The publication will also be distributed in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Washington Post in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

    Miller, Miller & Canby’s Jim Thompson and Jody Kline have been recognized on the Best Lawyers list in their respective areas of practice every year since first being named in 2007. Mr. Thompson has been recognized for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law and Mr. Kline for Land Use and Zoning Law. In 2013, Mr. Thompson was also named a “Best Lawyer of the Year” for his accomplishments. This prestigious award is a testament to their long-standing reputations for their individual legal abilities and professionalism.  

    Jim Thompson
    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, Mr. Thompson represented Maryland as the sole member in the Owners’ 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. Currently Mr. Suntum is the selected member for the state of Maryland. With Mr. Thompson’s breadth of legal experience, proven results, mature judgment, and tenured leadership within the judicial system and the bar, having served as president of the Maryland State Bar Association, he brings the ideal blend of proven trial experience and legal skill to client representations.

    Jody Kline
    has led Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development department since 1981, focusing his practice in land use, zoning and subdivision law and representing clients in many of Montgomery County’s planning and economic development initiatives. In addition to zoning and subdivision law, he represents clients in matters related to master planning, zoning text amendments, conditional use permits, building permit issuance, and other administrative and real estate matters related to land use and development. His clients include residential and commercial developers, private individuals, religious institutions, private schools, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies.

    "For more than a third of a century," says Best Lawyers CEO Steven Naifeh, "Best Lawyers has been the gold standard of excellence in the legal profession." President Phil Greer adds, "We are extremely proud of that record and equally proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these exceptional legal professionals."

    Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, the organization as assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional, and national publications across the globe.

    For more information about Jim Thompson and Miller, Miller & Canby’s Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law practice click here or for information about Jody Kline and Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Use and Zoning Law practice click here.

     

    MM&C Litigation Attorney Successfully Represents Homeowners Against Fraudulent Developer

     

    You may have heard the following story featured in the Washington Post and WAMU 88.5 (NPR radio).  A private developer from Virginia purchased dilapidated residential properties in the District of Columbia for renovation and resale.  The developer submitted building plans to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and obtained approval, but deviated from the plans to save costs and increase profits.  This included ignoring important fire safety requirements, such as sprinkler systems and fire barriers between floors.  The developer renovated the properties using unlicensed contractors who performed sub-standard work in violation of the building code.  To avoid detection by DCRA, the developer hired private, third-party inspectors to review and approve the construction.  Then, the developer sold the properties to unsuspecting buyers under false pretenses by claiming the properties were “totally renovated” or “renovated from top to bottom.”  Once the buyers began living in the properties, they slowly realized they were deceived and left with a property that violates the law and is not marketable without substantial repairs.

    The developer engaged in this scheme with over 30 properties between 2012 and 2016, until lawyers, including MMC Attorney Michael Campbell, took action and shut down the developer.  Michael Campbell, represented five victims in litigation against the developer, which included claims of breach of contract, fraud and violation of the Consumer Protection Procedures Act.  Two of the cases were resolved to the satisfaction of the clients prior to trial, while a third case is still pending in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

    After several home owners complained to DCRA, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia finally took action and sued the developer for ignoring stop work orders and repeated violations of building codes and consumer protection laws.  After several months of litigation, the developer agreed to stop working in the District and pay $1.3M into a restitution fund for victims.  According to Mr. Campbell, that amount is insufficient to compensate all the property owners who need to make their properties code compliant.  As a result, more private litigation is necessary to fully compensate owners for their losses.

    Miller, Miller & Canby has represented property owners in Montgomery County and the Washington DC area since its inception over 70 years ago. The firm's attorneys bring their trial skills and deep knowledge of real property to this field of law, which many other practitioners tend to treat administratively. The extensive breadth of knowledge and experience of the firm's real estate attorneys is evidenced by the wide variety of cases Miller, Miller & Canby trial attorneys have handled -- both at trial and appellate levels.

    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 more information about the firm’s litigation practice and representative cases, click here.

    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.

    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.

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  • 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 federalnewsradio.com). 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.

    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.

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  • 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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  • The Prestigious 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers List Includes Four MM&C Attorneys

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to announce that attorneys James (Jim) L. Thompson, Joel (Jody) Kline and Donna McBride have been selected to the 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers list and attorney Diane Feuerherd has been named to the 2017 Rising Stars list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Maryland are selected by Super Lawyers.

    Jim Thompson
    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, Mr. Thompson represented Maryland as the sole member in the Owners’ 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. Currently Mr. Suntum is the selected member for the state of Maryland. With Mr. Thompson’s breadth of legal experience, proven results, mature judgment, and tenured leadership within the judicial system and the bar, having served as president of the Maryland State Bar Association, he brings the ideal blend of proven trial experience and legal skill to client representations.

    Jody Kline
    has led Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development department since 1981, focusing his practice in land use, zoning and subdivision law and representing clients in many of Montgomery County’s planning and economic development initiatives. In addition to zoning and subdivision law, he represents clients in matters related to master planning, zoning text amendments, conditional use permits, building permit issuance, and other administrative and real estate matters related to land use and development. His clients include residential and commercial developers, private individuals, religious institutions, private schools, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies.

    Donna McBride
    , a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice since 2009, has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and in the District of Columbia, approximately 100 of which were jury trials. 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, Ms. McBride is a co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, served on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, is a member of the Montgomery Inn of Court and volunteers as a mediator for the District Court. She also 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.

    Diane Feuerherd
    is an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice, focusing in appellate, employment, commercial and business litigation. Ms. Feuerherd joined the firm in the fall of 2013 after serving for two years as an appellate law clerk to the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the State’s highest court.  In her two years since joining the firm, Diane has briefed and successfully argued cases before the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals, and, most recently represented a commercial developer challenging the validity of Montgomery County’s “Rain Tax.”  She is an active member of the Montgomery County Inns of Court and the Montgomery County Bar Association. She also contributes her time to the Finding Justice Project, a committee of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, researching and memorializing the history of women lawyers in Maryland.
     
    Mr. Thompson has been named a Super Lawyer for each of the past 11 years; Mr. Kline for the past 10 years, and Ms. McBride since 2014. 2017 is the second year Ms. Feuerherd has been selected as a Rising Star. They join other Miller, Miller & Canby attorneys previously named Super Lawyers, including Joe Suntum and Pat McKeever.

    Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

    The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:
    •    Peer nominations
    •    Independent research by Super Lawyers
    •    Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys

    The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as the Maryland Super Lawyers Digital Magazine. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

    Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release.  Click here to view the digital article in The Daily Record.

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  • Joseph Suntum to Serve as Panelist at International Property Rights Conference in the Netherlands

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that Eminent Domain Attorney, Joseph P. Suntum, will speak at the 13th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in The Hague, Netherlands this October. Mr. Suntum is the Maryland representative of Owners’ Counsel of America, a national association of eminent domain lawyers dedicated to representing property owners in condemnation, inverse condemnation and property rights matters.

    Suntum will participate on a panel tasked with exploring the relations and dynamics between private property rights, equality and freedom.   At the center of the discussion is the question of whether the protection of private property rights becomes a barrier for equality and freedom or whether property rights encourages economic, political and social stability and promotes liberty.     

    “The ability to own property and have your ownership legally protected has proven to be a powerful foundation of a robust economic system. Legally protected private property ownership has been argued to be ‘the guardian of every other right,’ and the basis of a free society,” said Suntum.  “But private property rights alone do not insure equality or freedom. Rather, the dynamic relationship between private property ownership, equality and freedom dictates the nature of society and the individual’s place in it.”

    Established by the William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project, the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference promotes collaboration between legal scholars and the practicing bar through the annual conference and conference journal.  The 2016 Conference is presented in collaboration with the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University and will take place at the Peace Palace in The Hague.  Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute of Liberty and Democracy (ILD), will be honored at the Conference with the 2016 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize for his work advocating for legal and property rights reforms in developing nations around the world.

    Read the full press release from The Owners' Counsel of America by clicking here.  You may also view the 13th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Program by clicking the download attachment link below.

    Joe Suntum is a Principal at Miller, Miller & Canby, focusing his practice in eminent domain and condemnation law. U.S. News - Best Lawyers awarded Miller, Miller & Canby a “First-Tier” honor for its Eminent Domain and Condemnation practice.  For information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s eminent domain and condemnation practice click here, or contact Mr. Suntum directly at 301.762.5212 or via email.

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  • MM&C Welcomes New Litigation Attorney Anne-Marie "Callie" Carnemark

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby welcomes Anne-Marie “Callie” Carnemark as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Carnemark will focus on real estate and business litigation as well as the firm’s appellate practice.

    Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Ms. Carnemark served as a law clerk to the Honorable Terrence J. McGann of the Montgomery County Circuit Court. She also served as a legal intern for the First Shift Justice Project, an organization that protects the employment rights of low-income mothers.

    Ms. Carnemark received her Juris Doctor degree from the College of William & Mary Law School. While pursuing her law degree, she served as President of the Women’s Law Society and was also active on the National Trial Team, which inspired her to become a litigator. She also worked as a legal intern and summer associate for several firms.

    She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Newcomb College of Tulane University. A member of the “Katrina class” — referring to the students forced to evacuate and take time off in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane — Ms. Carnemark volunteered for a number of organizations during the rebuilding process.

    A native of Montgomery County, MD, Ms. Carnemark is a member of the Montgomery County Inns of Court, the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. She has been accepted to the Montgomery County Bar Association Leadership Development Academy for the class of 2017.

    We are pleased to welcome Callie to our team.  Please click the download button below to read the formal press release of Callie joining the firm.  To find out how her expertise may be of benefit to you, contact Callie Carnemark.

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  • Jim Thompson’s Successful MD Tax Appeal Case Chosen as one of the “Top 10 Ad Valorem Tax Cases"

     

    The 46th Annual Wichita Program Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation of Communications, Energy and Transportation Properties was held on July 24-28, 2016 at Wichita State University.  MM&C litigation attorneys, James (“Jim”) Thompson and Michael Campbell, represented Charles County, and David Lyon represented the State Department of Assessments and Taxation against the taxpayer’s efforts to obtain a dramatic reduction in the value of an electric generating plant in Charles County.  After a lengthy trial, they were successful in the reported case of GenOn Mid-Atlantic, LLC v. State Dept. of Assessments and Taxation, 2015 WL 9875283 (Md. Tax 2015).  This case was selected as one of the top ten significant ad valorem cases in 2015-2016 because of the complexity of the issues and the large dollar amount involved.  The case involved personal property assessments on property owned by a non-regulated coal plant in excess of One Billion Dollars.  Witnesses for the taxpayer stated that the fair market value of the plant would have been severely reduced by a number of factors, among them the contention that coal plants were becoming obsolete as new environmental regulations added increased costs to their operation and the availability of cheap natural gas made them non-competitive.  The Tax Court considered those issues, but also evaluated the long-term economics of the plant and ruled that the “highest and best use” of the property was a continuation of the existing plant, and there was nothing obsolete about the coal technology as of the valuation dates in 2009-2010.  The Court affirmed the assessments.

    For a detailed summary of the case, click here.  For more information regarding the Annual Wichita Program Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation, click here.

    Miller, Miller & Canby has been handling tax assessment appeals for owners of various types of properties in Maryland for more than 30 years, and occasionally represents governmental entities trying to protect their tax base.  In 2014, MM&C’s attorneys obtained millions of dollars in property assessment reductions for its 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.  Jim Thompson and Michael Campbell have headed up the firm’s ad valorem tax assessment practice for years.

    Also, Jim Thompson and Joe Suntum have an extensive practice in eminent domain and real estate valuation litigation.  Currently, Joe is the Maryland Member in the Owners’ 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.  With their breadth of legal experience, proven results and mature judgment, they have been extremely successful.

    Please feel free to contact Mr. Thompson, Mr. Campbell or Mr. Suntum, at (301) 762-5212 for any property value litigation issues.  For more information about the firm’s litigation practice and representative cases, click here.

    MM&C Attorneys Jody Kline and James Thompson Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby congratulates its Land Use & Zoning Law Practice Leader, Jody Kline and Senior Litigation Attorney, James ("Jim") Thompson, who have each been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  This will mark the 11th consecutive year for both attorneys to achieve this recognition, as both have been named to this list since 2007.  This prestigious award is a testament to their long-standing reputations for their individual legal abilities and professionalism.  

    Jody Kline is recognized in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law and Jim Thompson is recognized for his litigation practice in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

    Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer review survey of  more than 55,000 attorneys in 140 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Inclusion in this year's publication is based on more than 6.7 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice." Best Lawyers® listings are included in some of the nation's most recognized publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune.

    For more information about Jody Kline and Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Use and Zoning Law practice click here or for information about Jim Thompson and Miller, Miller & Canby’s Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law practice click here.  View the formal press release by clicking the download attachment link below.  Click here to see Jody Kline's coverage by Washington Business JournalClick here to see Jim Thompson's coverage by Washington Business Journal.

     

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  • Michael Campbell, Litigation Attorney, Published in the August 2016 IPT Insider

     

    The Institute for Professionals in Taxation published Michael Campbell's article that analyzes a recent decision by Maryland’s highest appellate court concerning the interpretation of the “date of finality” rule, which was thought by many practitioners to exclude comparable sales after January 1 of the tax cycle. The Court of Appeals interpreted the statute expansively to allow sales after the date of finality in certain circumstances, joining such states as New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Oregon. Mr. Campbell's article is published in the August 2016 issue of The IPT Insider.  Click here to view the issue or click the download attachment link below.

    Michael Campbell
    leads the Litigation practice of Miller, Miller & Canby. In addition to appellate advocacy, he concentrates his practice in the following areas of litigation:  Business & Commercial, Real Estate, Residential & Commercial Construction, and Maryland Property Tax Appeals. He has particular expertise in property tax litigation and appeals. Please feel free to contact Mr. Campbell at 301.762.5212 or send him an email for commercial property tax guidance in Maryland. For more information about the firm's Maryland Property Tax Appeals practice click here.

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  • MM&C Eminent Domain Attorney Joseph Suntum Awarded Prestigious CRE® Designation

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that litigation attorney Joseph P. Suntum, was recently awarded the prestigious CRE® designation from the Counselors of Real Estate®.

    “I am honored and humbled to receive the CRE designation from the Counselors of Real Estate,” said Suntum. “I am confident that collaboration with other CREs across the country and the globe will assist me in providing the best possible representation to my clients.”

    Click here
    to read the May 18, 2016 press release by The Owners' Counsel of America.

    Joe Suntum is a Principal at Miller, Miller & Canby, focusing his practice in eminent domain and condemnation law. U.S. News - Best Lawyers awarded Miller, Miller & Canby a “First-Tier” honor for its Eminent Domain and Condemnation practice. Mr. Suntum is the Maryland member attorney for the Owner’s Counsel of America, a nationwide network of the nation’s top condemnation attorneys.

    For information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s eminent domain and condemnation practice click here, or contact Mr. Suntum directly at 301.762.5212 or via email.

    MM&C Represents Residents in Successfully Settled Lawsuit with PG County Over Catastrophic Landslide

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby represented three Prince Georges County homeowners and achieved a successful settlement with the County that will compensate those homeowners for their losses and allow them to move forward with their lives. The homeowners were the victims of a catastrophic landslide on Piscataway Drive in Fort Washington, MD in May 2014 that ruptured their neighborhood road and permanently destabilized their homes and property.

    Miller, Miller & Canby litigation attorney, Joe Suntum, commented on the settlement, saying, “This settlement will allow these three families to move forward after suffering devastating losses far in excess of the fair market value of their homes.” For the Washington Post story about the successful settlement, please click here.

    Joe Suntum
    is a Principal at Miller, Miller & Canby, focusing his practice in eminent domain and condemnation law. U.S. News - Best Lawyers awarded Miller, Miller & Canby a “First-Tier” honor for its Eminent Domain and Condemnation practice. Mr. Suntum is the Maryland member attorney for the Owner’s Counsel of America, a nationwide network of the nation’s top condemnation attorneys.

    For information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s eminent domain and condemnation practice click here, or contact Mr. Suntum directly at 301.762.5212 or via email.

    Four MM&C Attorneys Named to Prestigious Maryland Super Lawyers List for 2016

     

    James (Jim) Thompson, Joel (Jody) Kline, and Donna McBride have been selected to the 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers list and Diane Feuerherd has been named to the 2016 Rising Stars list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40.
     
    Jim Thompson
    has led Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation Group for more than 25 years, concentrating his practice in eminent domain and real estate valuation litigation, as well as in property tax assessment appeals. For more than a decade, Mr. Thompson represented Maryland in the Owners’ 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. With his breadth of legal experience, proven results, mature judgment, and tenured leadership within the judicial system and the bar, having served as president of the Maryland State Bar Association, he brings the ideal blend of proven trial experience and legal skill to client representations.

    Jody Kline
    has led Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development department since 1981, focusing his practice in land use, zoning and subdivision law and representing clients in many of Montgomery County’s planning and economic development initiatives. In addition to zoning and subdivision law, he represents clients in matters related to master planning, zoning text amendments, conditional use permits, building permit issuance, and other administrative and real estate matters related to land use and development. His clients include residential and commercial developers, private individuals, religious institutions, private schools, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies.

    Donna McBride
    , a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice since 2013, has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and in the District of Columbia, approximately 100 of which were jury trials. 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, Ms. McBride is a co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, served on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, is a member of the Montgomery Inn of Court and volunteers as a mediator for the District Court. She also 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.

    Diane Feuerherd
    is an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice, joining the firm to expand its offerings in appellate, employment, commercial and business litigation. Ms. Feurherd joined the firm in the fall of 2013 after serving for two years as an appellate law clerk to the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the State’s highest court.  In her two years since joining the firm, Diane has briefed and successfully argued cases before the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals, and, most recently represented a commercial developer challenging the validity of Montgomery County’s “Rain Tax.”  She is an active member of the Montgomery County Inns of Court and the Montgomery County Bar Association. She also contributes her time to the Finding Justice Project, a committee of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, researching and memorializing the history of women lawyers in Maryland.
     
    Mr. Thompson has been named a Super Lawyer for each of the past 10 years; Mr. Kline for the past nine years, and Ms. McBride since 2014. They join other Miller, Miller & Canby attorneys previously named Super Lawyers including Joe Suntum, who practices in the field of eminent domain and commercial litigation, and Pat McKeever, whose practice focuses in real estate law.

    Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

    The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:
    •    Peer nominations
    •    Independent research by Super Lawyers
    •    Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys

    The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country, as well as the Maryland Super Lawyers Digital Magazine. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

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  • MM&C Attorneys Jody Kline and James Thompson Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby congratulates its attorneys, Jody Kline and James Thompson, who have each been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  This is the 10th consecutive year that both attorneys have received this recognition, a testament to their long-standing reputations for their individual legal abilities and professionalism. 

    Jody Kline is recognized in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law and Jim Thompson is recognized for his practice in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

    Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer review survey; more than 52,000 attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."  Best Lawyers listings are included in some of the nation's most recognized publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune.

    For more information about Jody Kline and Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Use and Zoning Law practice click here or for information about Jim Thompson and Miller, Miller & Canby’s Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law practice click here.  View the formal press release by clicking the download attachment link below.

     

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  • MM&C Litigation Attorney Michael Campbell Published in the August 2015 IPT Insider

     

    The Institute for Professionals in Taxation published Michael Campbell's article that analyzes a recent decision by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals concerning the interpretation of the "date of finality" rule, which was thought by many practitioners to limit the consideration of comparable sales to a time frame before January 1. The Court interpreted the statute more expansively to allow sales after the date of finality in certain circumstances. Mr. Campbell's article is published in the August 2015 issue of The IPT Insider.  Click here to view the issue

    Michael Campbell
    leads the Litigation practice of Miller, Miller & Canby. In addition to appellate advocacy, he concentrates his practice in the following areas of litigation:  Business & Commercial, Real Estate, Residential & Commercial Construction, and Maryland Property Tax Appeals. He has particular expertise in property tax litigation and appeals. For more information about the firm's Maryland Property Tax Appeals practice click here or contact Mike Campbell.

    Eminent Domain Attorney Joe Suntum Represents Fort Washington, MD Homeowners in Slope Failure Battle

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby's Joe Suntum is representing four landowners seeking fair market value for properties being condemned after a 2014 slope failure in Fort Washington, Maryland. For Channel 9 WUSA9 media coverage, click here.  For the Washington Post article A year after landslide, what price makes up for loss of beloved home?, click here.

    Joe Suntum is a Principal at Miller, Miller & Canby who, in addition to his eminent domain and condemnation practice, handles a wide variety of substantive areas of litigation, including, complex business litigation and appellate advocacy. U.S. News - Best Lawyers has awarded Miller, Miller & Canby a “First-Tier” honor for their Eminent Domain and Condemnation practice. Mr. Suntum is a named Super Lawyer in the State of Maryland, and is also the Maryland member attorney for the Owner’s Counsel of America, a nationwide network of the nation’s top condemnation attorneys.

    For information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s eminent domain and condemnation practice click here, or contact Mr. Suntum directly via email.

     

    MM&C Welcomes New Business & Tax Attorney Michael S. Spencer

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby welcomes Michael S. Spencer as an attorney in the Business and Tax Practice Group. Mr. Spencer brings experience in tax law and corporate transactional law to the firm.

    Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Mr. Spencer served as an Associate Tax Attorney for Frost & Associates, LLC, where he focused on tax controversy, serving clients on a wide range of matters related to IRS examinations. His experience includes representation on tax liens, tax levies, wage garnishments, collection due process hearings, collection appeals, offer in compromises, requests for penalty abatement, and tax court petitions. 

    Mr. Spencer is a native of Montgomery County. He has a Master of Laws in Taxation from the New York University School of Law and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of The Law Review. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the U.S. Tax Court Bar Association, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and is an associate member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accounts. Mr. Spencer clerked for the Honorable John W. Debelius III, of the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

    We are pleased to welcome Mike to our team.  To find out how his expertise may be of benefit to you, contact Michael Spencer.

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  • Governor Hogan’s Budget Includes the Purple and Red Line Projects

     

    Governor Hogan briefed legislators on his budget today. He stated that money to keep the two projects moving forward is included in his budget, but the extent of the funding was not announced. His formal budget will be released tomorrow.  To keep the projects on schedule pending a final decision it is likely that the necessary acquisition of real property will continue. We will learn more over the next several days as the budget details and continuation of the Purple and Red Line Projects are fleshed out.

    The eminent domain attorneys at Miller, Miller & Canby will review any offer made by the State without charge to determine whether we believe you may be entitled to greater compensation than has been offered by the State.  If you are interested in a no obligation review of your case, or if you have any questions about your rights or the condemnation process, please call our office at 301-762-5212 and ask to speak with one of our eminent domain attorneys, Jim Thompson or Joe Suntum.  To learn more about our eminent domain and condemnation law practice and representative cases, click here.

    Damon Orobona Named APA Chapter President; Presides Over National Capital Planning Awards

     

    Just before Thanksgiving, the National Capital Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) hosted the 2014 National Capital Planning Awards Ceremony in Silver Spring, recognizing outstanding plans, programs, initiatives and leadership for the planning of our region over the last 2 years. Miller, Miller & Canby attorney Damon Orobona, who is also the APA Chapter’s president, emceed the event.  Top leadership recognition went posthumously to Terry Holzheimer, Director of Arlington County Economic Development while the Plan Prince George's 2035 initiative took home the top award for a Comprehensive Plan.

    Miller, Miller & Canby has represented businesses and property owners for over 65 years. Please feel free to contact Damon Orobona or any of the land use attorneys with Miller, Miller and Canby for land planning and zoning guidance. Click here to learn more about MM&C's Land Use & Zoning Practice.

    U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Names Miller, Miller & Canby a 2015 “Best Law Firm” for Eminent Domain

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has awarded the firm a prestigious “First Tier” ranking in the Washington, DC metropolitan area in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law for the third year in a row. Tier 1 is the highest rank given; the rankings are based on a comprehensive process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, rigorous peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of a formal submission process.

    Firms included in the 2015 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence; achieving a top tier ranking represents both quality and breadth of legal skills and capabilities. As a prior recipient of US News’ most prestigious Tier 1 designation, Miller, Miller & Canby is particularly proud to receive the 2015 award, which reinforces the consistently high level of respect the firm has earned with its clients as well as the recognition by other leading lawyers for Miller, Miller & Canby attorneys’ abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

    “U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions,” says Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report. “Law firms are an integral part of our rankings and a natural accompaniment to the law school rankings.”

    To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S.

    Regional first-tier rankings will be published in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” General Counsel Publication.  They will also be published online at bestlawfirms.usnews.com

    “We are honored to receive this accolade, and are most appreciative to our clients for entrusting us to advise and represent them in important matters,” said Joe Suntum,  principal with the firm since 1988.

    Miller, Miller & Canby has more than 60 years of real estate, eminent domain and condemnation law focus —protecting clients’ rights throughout the condemnation process. The firm’s eminent domain and condemnation attorneys include Jim Thompson, who was recently named Lawyer of the Year in the Eminent Domain category by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, and Joe Suntum, the Maryland representative member of the Owners’ Counsel of America—a respected national organization of eminent domain attorneys dedicated to protecting client rights in condemnation. Mr. Suntum is a nationally-recognized speaker on topics related to Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law. Mr. Suntum lectures in national eminent domain litigation seminars conducted by ALI-CLE, as well as in the State of Maryland. He has authored numerous articles regarding eminent domain and worked with the Maryland legislature to reform eminent domain laws and protect the rights of property owners.

    To learn more about the Eminent Domain practice at Miller, Miller & Canby and your rights in the condemnation process, click here or contact Joe Suntum.  Click the download link below to view the firm's press release announcement.

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  • Jody Kline Leads Bisnow Conference Discussion on Zoning Rewrite

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use practice group leader, Jody Kline, moderated an informative discussion of Montgomery County, MD’s zoning rewrite at Bisnow Real Estate’s ‘The Coming Boom in Montgomery County’ conference on October 9th, 2014. Mr. Kline was joined by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission staff member, Pam Dunn, and Montgomery County Council Legislative Attorney, Jeff Zyontz, in a discussion that enlightened attendees on the upcoming changes from the current 1,200 page 35-year old code to the updated and re-organized rewrite that goes into effect on October 31st, 2014.

    Jody Kline
    joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 1974, has been a principal of the firm since 1981 and has served as head of the Land Development practice area since that time. Mr. Kline's practice concentrates on land use, zoning and subdivision law in Montgomery County and he has represented clients in many of the County’s planning and economic development initiatives. His areas of expertise include zoning, special exception, subdivision, master planning, building permit issuance, and administrative and real estate matters related to land development. He represents private clients, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies. He has qualified and testified in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County as an expert in land use and zoning law, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous professional seminars and conferences. He has been named a Best Lawyer and a SuperLawyer in the State of Maryland. Mr. Kline and Miller, Miller & Canby are the recipients of the Maryland State Planning Commission’s "Special Merit Award for Excellence for Residential Design" for their work in making Kentlands a reality.

    Miller, Miller & Canby has represented businesses and property owners for over 65 years. Please feel free to contact Jody Kline or any of the land use attorneys with Miller, Miller and Canby for land planning and zoning guidance, including advisory services on the zoning rewrite.  For more information, click here.

    Jody Kline and James Thompson Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby attorneys Jody Kline and James Thompson have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

    Mr. Kline is recognized in the field of  Land Use and Zoning Law and Mr. Thompson is recognized in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

    Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer review survey; more than 52,000 attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."  Best Lawyers listings are included in some of the nation's most recognizable publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

    For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Use and Zoning Law practice click here or Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law practice click here.

    MM&C Welcomes Edward S. West as Principal in the Real Estate Practice Group

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that Edward ("Ed") West (View Contact) has joined the firm as Principal in the Real Estate Practice Group.  An accomplished real estate attorney with significant regional and national transactional expertise, Mr. West has practiced for nearly 30 years in the areas of commercial leasing, real estate development, finance, and construction. He represents a wide variety of landlords, tenants, developers, businesses, trade associations and other not-for-profit organizations, and individuals in commercial and residential real estate and general business transactions.  During that time, he has negotiated more than 17 million square feet of leases for office, retail, and industrial properties, and special use projects, and over 100 ground leases. He has also worked with a wide variety of regional clients in the development, acquisition or sale of more than $5 billion in commercial properties, including mixed-use developments and public-private partnerships. Mr. West has represented lenders, borrowers, and investors in $17.4 billion of financings, equity investments, workouts and foreclosures. He also has substantial experience with property management matters, the structuring of partnerships, LLCs and joint ventures, and the resolution of real estate disputes. Mr. West has also negotiated design and construction contracts for numerous office buildings, special-use facilities and interior build-outs in the D.C. metropolitan area. He has worked on high-profile projects for JBG, RREEF Management, Pepco, Lockheed Martin, WMATA, Bank of America, Goodyear, Cafritz Interests, and the Communications Workers of America, among others.

    Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Mr. West served as Senior Counsel with Cushman & Wakefield, as Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group at Beveridge & Diamond, and as Of Counsel and Co-Manager of the Real Estate Practice Group at Covington & Burling. He was previously Associate General Counsel and Vice President at The Kaempfer Company (a prominent D.C.-area developer later acquired by Vornado) before which he worked at Jones Day. Prior to law school, he worked as an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City for several years.

    A former Co-Chair of the D.C. Bar’s Real Estate Section and frequent panelist for its CLE programs, Mr. West has been named a Super Lawyer in Washington, D.C. in Real Estate Law, a Best Lawyer in America in Real Estate Law, and a Legal 500 Recommended U.S. Real Estate Lawyer for D.C. Transactions and Finance.

    Mr. West received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was the Articles & Notes Editor of its American Criminal Law Review.  After receiving his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University, he attended Cornell University’s Business School.  He presently serves as President of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. and is completing his second three-year term on its Board of Directors.

    Edward West joins a team of attorneys in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Real Estate Practice Group who bring years of experience, knowledge, value, and commitment to practical and creative solutions to clients – at every stage of every transaction.  To contact Ed West, please send him an email or call him directly at 301-738-2038.  Click the Download attachment link below to save his vCard.  For more information about the Real Estate Practice Group, click here.

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  • MIT Shares Winning Presentation from Damon Orobona and Georgetown Team in 2014 CASE Competition

     

    MIT has updated its website and released links to the winning presentation from Damon Orobona and his team from Georgetown University’s Masters of Professional Studies in Real Estate Program.

    The 2014 CASE competition had the mission of preparing and presenting an abstract redevelopment strategy for the London Television Centre site located in the South Bank Submarket of London (the headquarters of ITV, one of the United Kingdom's largest television networks).  Click here to view the impressive winning presentation and 2014 CASE finalisits.

    View the releated entry and press release from Miller, Miller & Canby.

    View citybizlist coverage.

    Diane Feuerherd Selected as Fellow to the MSBA Leadership Academy

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that attorney Diane Feuerherd has been selected as a member of the 2014/2015 class of the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy.

    The MSBA Leadership Academy is a 12-month program during which fellows attend MSBA events, design and implement a public service project, and attend programs on a series of topics including public speaking, media relations, conducting effective meetings, budgeting and finance skills, and other related areas. Fellows establish relationships with current and past Bar Presidents, learn more about the MSBA and enhance leadership skills.

    Each year, only up to 15 fellows are chosen for this prestigious program, which grooms selected attorneys for future leadership roles in the MSBA.  View the list of 2015 MSBA Leadership Academy Fellows.

    Diane Feuerherd is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation group, where she focuses her practice in appellate, employment, commercial and business litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she served for two years as an appellate law clerk to the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia of the Court of Appeals of Maryland,the State's highest court. She is an active member of the Montgomery County Inns of Court, as well as the Montgomery County Bar Association and Maryland State Bar Association.

    For more information on the Litigation group at Miller, Miller & Canby, contact Ms. Feuerherd here.

     

    Three MM&C Litigation Attorneys Named Washington DC Super Lawyers for 2014

     

    Jim Thompson and Donna McBride have been selected to the 2014 Washington, DC Super Lawyers list and Amy Grasso has been named to the 2014 Washington, DC Rising Stars list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40. All three were also honored as Super Lawyers in the state of Maryland this year.
     
    James ("Jim") Thompson has led Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice for more than 25 years, concentrating his practice in eminent domain and real estate valuation litigation, as well as in property tax assessment appeals. For more than a decade, Mr. Thompson represented Maryland in the Owners’ 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. With his breadth of legal experience, proven results, mature judgment, and tenured leadership within the judicial system and the bar, having served as president of the Maryland State Bar Association, he brings the ideal blend of expertise and talent to client representation.

    Donna McBride, a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice, has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and in the District of Columbia, approximately 100 of which were jury trials. She has played leading roles in complex commercial disputes for large corporate clients and in other areas such as employment disputes, insurance related litigation, real estate and zoning litigation, and trust litigation. In addition to her extensive background as a trial lawyer, Ms. McBride is a co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, served on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, is a member of the Montgomery Inn of Court and volunteers as a mediator for the District Court. She also 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.

    Amy Grasso joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 2007 as an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice after completing a federal clerkship with the Honorable Charles B. Day, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Her practice includes civil litigation for individuals and businesses, with an emphasis on eminent domain, real estate and business litigation. Ms. Grasso is active in state and local bar associations, is a graduate of the competitive MSBA Leadership Academy and is currently a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County's Leadership Development Academy.
     
    Mr. Thompson, Ms. McBride and Ms. Grasso join other MMC attorneys who have also previously been named Super Lawyers including Joe Suntum, Jody Kline, and Pat McKeever,
     
    Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.
     
    The Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.
     

    MM&C Eminent Domain Attorneys Represent Landowners as Columbia Gas Sues for Pipeline Easements

     

    In a case between Columbia Gas and landowners in Baltimore and Harford Counties in Maryland, MM&C eminent domain attorneys, will be defending affected property owners as they seek just compensation for land sought by Columbia Gas for easements for a $180 million pipeline project.

    For recent Baltimore Sun coverage of the lawsuit, please click here.

    Contact one of Miller, Miller & Canby’s eminent domain attorneys in order to understand and protect your property rights.  For more information about eminent domain cases handled by our attorneys, visit the eminent domain section of this website or contact Joe Suntum.

    MM&C Trial Attorney, Donna McBride, Prevails in Chevy Chase Landlord Case--$1M in Damages to Client

     

    Van Dusen, a Chevy Chase Landlord, was charged criminally with 15 counts of being a peeping Tom, having prurient intent and other charges. To avoid trial, he pleaded guilty to three counts of “visual surveillance with prurient intent.”

    The judgment, in a companion civil suit, wrapped up in Montgomery County Circuit Court last week. Donna McBride and Diane Feuerherd of Miller, Miller & Canby represented a former female tenant and the tenant’s boyfriend who had been filmed by Van Dusen.  The civil suit sought punitive and compensatory damages.

    After trial the two plaintiffs — a 28-year-old woman and her then-boyfriend — were awarded more than $600,000 in compensatory damages.  The jury also awarded $400,000 in punitive damages.

    Donna explained that one of her clients became increasingly more suspicious of Van Dusen after reading a magazine article about landlords who spied on their tenants.  She eventually investigated and found a camera disguised as a smoke detector in her bedroom.  

    Following a four day trial, the jury awarded everything that the plaintiffs asked for as compensatory damages. In addition, Donna sought and received an award of punitive damages resulting in a total damage award of more than $1,000,000.  

    View the entire article posted by The Gazette.

    Donna McBride
    , an AV-rated partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice, is a native and lifelong resident of Montgomery County. In her two decades of practice, she has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and in the District of Columbia, approximately 100 of which were jury trials. Her trial practice is diverse and extensive. Earlier in her career, she concentrated her practice in personal injury matters and continues to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in such cases. More recently, she has played leading roles in complex commercial disputes for large corporate clients and in other areas such as employment disputes, insurance related litigation, zoning and land use matters and in trust litigation. Additionally, she has been appointed numerous times by the Court as a trustee, assisting in presenting sound options for disposition or allocation of trust property when parties involved are going through a separation or divorce. All her areas of practice concentration have involved difficult and novel issues that her extensive courtroom experience enables her to navigate with success.

    In addition to her extensive background as a trial lawyer and her new appointment to the Rules Committee, Donna is a co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, serves on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, and is a member of the Montgomery Inn of Court and volunteers as a mediator for the District Court. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Montgomery County Bar Association. Tap into her litigation and trial experience by contacting Donna McBride.

    Three Miller, Miller & Canby Litigation Attorneys Selected to the 2014 Maryland Super Lawyers List

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to announce that Litigation attorneys Donna E. McBride and James L. Thompson have been selected to the 2014 Maryland Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Maryland are selected by Super Lawyers. Additionally, Litigation attorney Amy C. H. Grasso has been named to the 2014 Maryland Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state.

    Donna McBride
    , a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice, has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and in the District of Columbia, approximately 100 of which were jury trials. She has played leading roles in complex commercial disputes for large corporate clients and in other areas such as employment disputes, insurance related litigation, zoning and land use matters and in trust litigation. In addition to her extensive background as a trial lawyer, Ms. McBride is a co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, served on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, is a member of the Montgomery Inn of Court and volunteers as a mediator for the District Court. She also 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.

    James ("Jim") Thompson
    has led Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice for more than 25 years, concentrating his practice in eminent domain and real estate valuation litigation. For more than a decade, Mr. Thompson represented Maryland in the Owners’ 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. With his breadth of legal experience, proven results, mature judgment, and tenured leadership within the bar and judicial system, he brings the ideal blend of expertise and talent to client representation.

    Amy Grasso joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 2007 as an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice after completing a federal clerkship with the Honorable Charles B. Day, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Her practice includes civil litigation for individuals and businesses, with an emphasis on eminent domain, real estate and business litigation. Ms. Grasso is active in state and local bar associations, is a graduate of the competitive MSBA Leadership Academy and is currently a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County's Leadership Development Academy.

    Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

    The Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in their practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.  To view the official MM&C digital press release, click here.

    Jody Kline, Named as One of “Washington’s Top Real Estate Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that Land Use practice group leader, Jody S. Kline, has been recognized as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers 2013-2014: Real Estate Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine. The December 2013 issue includes a list of the region’s top 1,000 lawyers across 30 practice areas. The rankings are based on a survey sent to attorneys in the Washington, DC area, seeking nominations for leaders in those 30 practice areas. Washingtonian then conducts additional research to make its final selections. This marks the second time that Mr. Kline was recognized in this prestigious list of Top Real Estate Lawyers by Washingtonian.  The magazine quips "Real-estate deals and zoning or land-use issues are no problem for these top real-estate lawyers". View the entire list of Washingtonian's 2011-2012 Top Real Estate Lawyers.  The 2013-2014 List of Top Lawyers will be available online January 1st.

    Mr. Kline joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 1974, has been a principal of the firm since 1981 and has served as head of the Land Use practice group since that time. Mr. Kline's practice concentrates on land use, zoning and subdivision law and he has represented clients in numerous planning and economic development initiatives. His areas of expertise include zoning, special exception, subdivision, master planning, building permit issuance, and administrative and real estate matters related to land development. He represents private clients, non-profit entities and municipal corporations and agencies. He has qualified and testified in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County as an expert in land use and zoning law, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous professional seminars and conferences.

    Mr. Kline is a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Bar Association. On the former, he has served as Secretary, a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Administrative Law Section and as member of various other committees. Related to his practice areas, Mr. Kline is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association.  

    View more information on Jody Kline or contact him directly for your zoning and land-use needs.

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby Recognized for Eminent Domain and Condemnation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to announce that U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has awarded the firm a First Tier ranking in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for Eminent Domain and Condemnation for 2014. Tier 1 is the highest rank given; the rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. 

    The award adds to the firm's recent notable accolades.  In early November, Miller, Miller & Canby was selected as one of Martindale-Hubbell’s 2014 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms™, gaining this recognition for having one of every three attorneys achieve an AV Preeminent® rating. Only 2,442 law firms in the country have attained this ranking. The firm's attorneys also have been recognized this year by Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and American Lawyer Media.

    Miller, Miller & Canby has more than 60 years of real estate, eminent domain and condemnation experience—protecting clients’ rights throughout the condemnation process. The firm’s eminent domain and condemnation attorneys include Jim Thompson, who was named 2013 Lawyer of the Year in the Eminent Domain category by Best Lawyers, Joe Suntum, the Maryland representative member of the Owners’ Counsel of America—a respected national organization of eminent domain attorneys dedicated to protecting clients’ rights in condemnation.

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  • Michael Campbell Elected President of the Board of Directors of the Child Center and Adult Services

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby attorney Michael Campbell has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the Child Center and Adult Services, Inc. (CCAS), a non-profit, mental health organization located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. CCAS has over 25 licensed mental health professionals who provide affordable, solution-focused therapy for individuals, families and couples experiencing difficulties with relationships, school, home, life changes and other challenges. Mr. Campbell has served on the Board for the past three years and his term as President will last for one year. A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Campbell's Board position may be found by clicking on Download Attachment below.

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  • MM&C Eminent Domain Attorney, Joseph P. Suntum, Quoted in Washington Post Purple Line Article

     

    Purple Line light-rail system would bring new infrastructure to neighborhoods

    A light-rail Purple Line, estimated to cost $2.15 billion, has no construction funding. Even so, the Maryland Transit Administration continues to refine its design, including an extensive rail infrastructure required to operate, maintain and house the trains.

    That could include 20 power substations, 14 “signal bungalows” containing train-control equipment, a nine-story “ventilation tower” in the Bethesda Row entertainment district, and a tunnel three-tenths of a mile long to be blasted beneath a Silver Spring neighborhood.

    The Lyttonsville area of Silver Spring would get a train storage yard, while part of Riverdale would get a maintenance facility.

    Some Montgomery County residents face the double whammy of losing parts of their front yards to a transitway and living next to a power substation.

    Joseph Suntum
    , a Rockville lawyer who focuses on eminent domain cases, said they might be the fortunate ones. People who lose any land to a public project are entitled to be compensated if their remaining property also has lost value, he said. Those who don’t lose any property are entitled only to financial compensation if a project’s impact on them is significantly worse than on their neighbors, Suntum said.

    That might end up being a question for the courts — and a topic of increasing interest.

    Read the entire Washington Post Article published on September 14, 2013.


    Contact one of Miller, Miller & Canby’s eminent domain attorneys if your business or property is affected by the proposed Purple Line in order to understand and protect your property rights.

    MM&C Attorneys Review New Treatise on Litigation in Federal Courts for MD Bar Bulletin

     


    A review by Jim Thompson and Donna McBride of the newly published Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts was featured in the September 2013 issue of the MSBA's Maryland Bar Bulletin.

    In their article, Mr. Thompson and Ms. McBride  recommend the 11-volume work as valuable reading for litigators who try cases in federal court. Learn more about what makes this collection of contributions from both lawyers and judges particularly useful and unique by reading their synopsis here.
     
    Jim Thompson
    and Donna McBride are both part of Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice group.  They concentrate their practice in business and commercial litigation, as well as other areas. Mr. Thompson is a past president of the MSBA, and Ms. McBride is currently a co-chair of the MSBA Committee on Judicial Appointments.

    Miller, Miller & Canby and OCA Announce Jim Thompson as 2013 Eminent Domain Lawyer of the Year

     

    Jim Thompson's selection as 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law was announced by Miller, Miller & Canby and the Owners' Counsel of America (OCA) today. Mr. Thompson has represented Maryland in the OCA, a national network of property rights attorneys. The Lawyer of the Year recognition is given by The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan community is honored as Lawyer of the Year, making this designation particularly significant. A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Thompson's selection may be found by clicking on Download Attachment below.

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  • Donna McBride Recognized for Alternative Dispute Resolution Service

     

    Attorney Donna McBride was recently recognized by the District Court of Maryland for her time, dedication, and service to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office, where she volunteered to help mediate cases on the civil docket. The District Court of Maryland's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Office provides mediation and settlement conferences for civil cases pending in many District Court locations. These ADR services are offered at no charge, either on the day of trial or before the trial date (pre-trial), through the District Court ADR program. For more information on this important program and its importance to the citizens of Maryland, please refer to the program's December 2012 "A Winning Solution" newsletter here.

    Miller, Miller & Canby Sponsors Maryland Public Service Project

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby has demonstrated its commitment to public service and the environment by becoming a Silver-level sponsor of the "Heroes on the Half Shell" project of the Maryland State Bar Association's Leadership Academy. The one-of-a-kind project focuses on awareness and education of the important role oysters play in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Oysters act as an important filter, extracting particles and algae and flushing water back into the bay. Some interesting facts that demonstrate the importance of oysters: one oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water per day, and, when oysters were plentiful 100 years ago the entire Bay cold be filtered in a few days. Now, it takes a year.

    Miller, Miller & Canby is a sponsor of the project, which has two components. First, it includes the development of an innovative display at the Maryland Science Center--which enjoys 400,000 visitors per year--which will educate visitors as to the role oysters play and how they may contribute to restoration of the oyster population in the Bay. The Science Center display was unveiled on May 15, 2013. All 200 children participating in the project, as well as many of the sponsors of the project, were in attendance. Speakers included Van Reiner, CEO of the Science Center and Neil Duke, Chair of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.

    Michael Campbell Featured in May 2013 Issue of IPT's The Tax Report

     

    The Institute for Professionals in Taxation published Michael Campbell's article about a recent Maryland Court of Appeals Decision that drew new attention to property tax exemptions in the State of Maryland. In Green v. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Court was asked to consider the tax exempt status of an apartment complex owned and used by the Church to house temporary workers who perform religious ceremonies. The Church ultimately had to litigate its case through five levels of adjudication before Maryland's highest court issued its decision in the Church's favor. Mr. Campbell's article is published in the May 2013 issue of The Tax Report.  Click here to view the issue.  A complete copy of the article may also be found by clicking on Download Attachment at the end of this entry.

    Michael Campbell is a partner in the Litigation practice of Miller, Miller & Canby. In addition to appellate advocacy, he concentrates his practice in the following areas of litigation:  Business & Commercial, Real Estate, Residential & Commercial Construction, and Property Tax Appeals. He has particular expertise in property tax litigation and appeals. For more information about these areas, contact Michael Campbell

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  • Damon Orobona and Georgetown Team Awarded 3rd Place in International MIT Competition

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby's Damon Orobona, along with Victor Gutierrez of CW Capital, Elizabeth Clipp of Jones Lang LaSalle, and Sonia Egyhazy of Crestline Hotels, all representing Georgetown University's Masters of Professional Studies in Real Estate Program, were awarded 3rd place out of 32 international team entries on April 5th at MIT's Annual Global Real Estate Forum. The contestants represented the world's most prestigious universities for the 2013 The Case competition with the mission this year of preparing and presenting an abstract redevelopment strategy for the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the current home of the FBI in Washington, DC. Three teams, of which Mr. Orobona's team was one, were selected from the semifinalists to advance to the final round, which will be judged by industry veterans in front of a live audience. More information about the competition may be found by reading the press release (click on Download Attachment at the end of this article).

     

    Damon Orobona is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Development practice area. His practice includes real estate development, land use law, zoning, and administrative and municipal law. His clients include developers, builders, real estate investment trusts, landowners and institutional organizations such as churches and private schools.

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  • Joe Suntum Selected to Represent Maryland for Owners' Counsel of America

     

    Joe Suntum has been selected as the Maryland representative of the Owners' Counsel of America, a nationwide network of experienced eminent domain and property rights attorneys dedicated to representing landowners threatened by condemnation and related property valuation litigation. Mr. Suntum succeeds his partner, James L. Thompson, who has been named as an Emeritus Member of the association.
    "It is an honor to be appointed as the Maryland Member of the Owners' Counsel of America and to follow in the footsteps of my partner, Jim Thompson," said Mr. Suntum. A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Suntum's appointment may be found by clicking on Download Attachment at the end of this article.
    While a major focus of his practice is the representation of Maryland and D.C. property owners in eminent domain litigation, Mr. Suntum also practices in the areas of real estate litigation, complex business litigation, and appellate advocacy. He is among the few exceptional trial lawyers who have successfully tried both murder cases and multi-million dollar civil actions. 
    Miller, Miller & Canby recently launched a new web page related specifically to condemnation and eminent domain issues in Maryland:  www.marylandeminentdomain.com.

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  • Ellen Walker Featured in Washingtonian Magazine Article About Pets in Estate Plans

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby's Ellen Walker is featured in Washingtonian Magazine's March issue in an article titled, "Everlasting Love." The article discusses a growing trend:  the provision of the care of pets in the estate plans of their owners. Oftentimes, pets end up in shelters after their owners pass away, if family members are unable or unwilling to care for them. One solution is a pet trust, a legally sanctioned agreement providing for the care of an animal after its owner dies. Unlike pet trusts created by wills, established in the course of the probate process and not immediately upon the owner's death, some pet trusts take effect immediately after an owner dies. Pet trusts can be integrated into trusts that are effective during the owner's lifetime. In either case, an owner designates a caregiver and trustee who manages funds for the care of the pet. As part of the process of setting up pet trusts for her clients, Ms. Walker has them fill out a "pet personality profile," so the designated caregiver has a true understanding of the animal's needs. For more information about pet trusts and other ways to provide for your pets, as well as other trust and estate planning concerns, contact  Ellen Walker

    Maury Epner Joins Esteemed Panel for SmartCEO Panel Discussion on Employment Law and Litigation

     

    At the invitation of SmartCEO Magazine, Miller, Miller & Canby's Maury S. Epner joined several other attorneys from the Greater Washington, DC Metro area for a 90-minute roundtable discussion addressing current issues of interest and concern to CEOs with respect to employment counseling and litigation. Mr. Epner and his peers focused on recent legal developments, employee classifications (W-2 vs 1099), issues of privacy and security related to the burgeoning trend of employees using personal  "smart" devices in the workplace, the overriding importance of well-written employment agreements and other contracts, and wage-payment and other compensation-related issues. The program, held on February 26th at the offices of Citibank in Washington, DC, was recorded and will be published, and also made available via podcast in the digital edition, of the June issue of SmartCEO Magazine. Smart CEO's readership consists of influential C-level executives who are business leaders and mentors in their companies and their communities.

    Mr. Epner is a partner with Miller, Miller & Canby and leads the firm's Litigation Section. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, and appellate advocacy.

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    Washington Business Journal Features Article by Soo Lee-Cho on Annexation Laws in Urban Planning

     

    As a follow up to the December 17, 2012 presentation by Miller, Miller & Canby Land Use team to members of the American Planning Association, attorney Soo Lee-Cho authored an article for the Washington Business Journal discussing the role of annexation laws in urban planning and development. We invite you to read the full story by clicking on Download Attachment at the end of this entry.

    For more insight on how Miller, Miller & Canby can bring their expertise on annexation and urban planning to your development plans, contact  Soo Lee-Cho or practice group leader, Jody Kline

     

     

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  • Three MMC Attorneys Named Super Lawyers for 2013

     

    Congratulations to Maury Epner, Jim Thompson and Joe Suntum, who were all named to the prestigious list of Super Lawyers in the state of Maryland for 2013. Super Lawyers is a highly regarded rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Only five percent of attorneys in any given state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

    Donna McBride's Employer Litigation Article Featured in "The Defense Line"

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby's Donna McBride recently examined an interesting case involving employer litigation in an article titled "The Law of Respondeat Superior is Alive and Well in Maryland -- A Review of Barclay v. Briscoe." The article has been included in the recent issue of The Maryland Defense Counsel's "The Defense Line" as a feature. In it, Ms. McBride outlines why the Court of Appeals declined to extend liability to employers for negligent acts of employees that occur outside the scope of the employer's business. Click here to read the article in its entirety. 

    Donna McBride is a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice group. In her two decades of practice she has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has played leading roles in complex commercial disputes for large corporate clients and in other areas such as employment disputes, insurance related litigation, zoning and land use matters and trust litigation. Additionally, she has expertise in acting as divorce trustee, assisting in presenting sound options for disposition or allocation of trust property when trustees involved are going through a separation or divorce. For information about Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice, contact  Donna McBride.

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    Masterplanned Communities: Past, Present, Future

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby's Jody Kline was interviewed by the Washington Times for a feature story on the three legendary and largest masterplanned communities in the Washington region as they reach milestone anniversaries. Read the full story here.

    Jody and his team of attorneys in Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Use and Land Development practice group provide informed counsel to clients on a wide range of legal issues and represent some of the newest ideas and plans by local, regional and national developers of commercial, residential and industrial properties as well as developers for public and private institutional facilities. For more information about our services, contact  Jody Kline.

    Miller, Miller & Canby Land Use Attorneys Featured at American Planning Association Seminar

     

    Land use attorneys Jody Kline, Soo Lee-Cho and Damon Orobona will lead a discussion on Annexations and Urban Planning, courtesy of the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association, on Monday, December 17th at the Catholic University School of Architecture.  The event has been approved for 1.5 CM law credits for APA members.

    The free session will address the importance of annexation law and its relevance to urban planning, particularly in the Washington, DC region, where planning is complicated by adjacent, multiple jurisdictions. The presentation will include a brief overview of general annexation law as well as insight into the negotiations that occur between both municipalities involved in the annexation process and real estate developers themselves. The presentation will discuss how the law allows this helpful negotiation to occur and will conclude with everyday examples that help explain annexation law in everyday practice.

    For more information on this event click here.  For more information on the Land Use practice at Miller, Miller & Canby contact  Damon Orobona.

    Jim Thompson Recognized by Best Lawyers as Eminent Domain "Lawyer of the Year"

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby's Jim Thompson has been recognized by Best Lawyers as 2012 "Lawyer of the Year" for the Washington Metropolitan area in the practice area of eminent domain and condemnation law.  Only a single lawyer in each geographic area and designated practice area is honored as Lawyer of the Year, which makes this accolade particularly significant. 

    Jim Thompson has been a leader in Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice for more than 25 years. He concentrates his practice in eminent domain and real estate valuation litigation, in addition to civil litigation involving complex real estate and business/commercial disputes. For more information on Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice contact  James Thompson or practice group leader  Joe Suntum.

    Jim Thompson Named Among SmartCEO's "Legal Elite"

     

    Congratulations to Miller, Miller & Canby's Jim Thompson for being named to the SmartCEO 2012 Legal Elite list for the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. This distinction is based on nominations from the business community and a poll of more than 15,000 area CEOs. Jim is being recognized in the December issue of Washington SmartCEO magazine.

    Jim Thompson is a senior litigation expert and part of Miller, Miller & Canby's seasoned Litigation Practice Group, which focuses on eminent domain, appeals and litigation in the following areas:  business and commercial, personal injury and insurance, real estate, construction, employment, tax, and estates and trusts litigation. For more information on Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice, contact  James Thompson or litigation group leader,  Joe Suntum.

    Damon Orobona Keynote Speaker at American Planning Association Conference

     

    Land use attorney and city planner Damon Orobona is scheduled to speak at the NCAC American Planning Association's fall Planning/Awards Conference on Saturday, November 10. The Conference will be held at The Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning. Damon will address a number of topics, including the role of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding in real estate development.
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    Damon Orobona is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Development practice group. He has considerable experience in transit-oriented development, mixed use development, affordable housing, master planning, urban design, and adequate public facilities. His clients include developers, builders, real estate investment trusts, land owners, and institutional organizations such as private schools and churches. Tap into Damon's expertise by contacting him at  Damon Orobona

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  • Maryland Bar Journal Features Landmark MM&C Case

     

    Joe Suntum recently prevailed in a significant commercial law case; the case is featured as the lead story in the July/August issue of the Maryland Bar Journal. Joe represented the successful petitioners in Boland v. Boland, a complex business litigation involving shareholder derivative suits.

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    Joseph Suntum is Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation Practice Leader, handling a wide variety of substantive areas of litigation including eminent domain condemnation, complex business litigation, and appellate advocacy. Tap into this expertise by contacting  Joe Suntum.

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  • Jody Kline Featured in Real Estate BISNOW's "What's Next for Wheaton?"

     

    Jody Kline provided insight in a recent Real Estate Bisnow article discussing the future of development in Wheaton, in light of BF Saul's recent decision to pull out of a partnership to redevelop Wheaton Metro.

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    MM&C Featured in Real Estate BISNOW Exclusive: Purple Line Purpose

     

    Miller, Miller & Canby was recently featured in Real Estate BISNOW discussing the current status of the Purple Line, Maryland transportation funding, and the significant impact on property owners.  

    Joe Suntum explained that “just compensation” includes not just the value of the property taken by eminent domain, but damages done to the property not taken, which they have successfully recovered for owners in the path of the recent Montrose Parkway and ICC projects. Transportation funds in Maryland are scarce and Maryland must commit to pay at least one-half of the projected $1.9B cost. But if the light turns green on the Purple Line, property acquisitions could start in '13 or '14.

    MM&C has represented clients in eminent domain matters and real property litigation for over 65 years. Specifically, protecting client rights when their property interests are threatened, or taken, by governmental authorities for public use. 

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    Damon Orobona Joins Miller, Miller & Canby

     

    Damon Orobona recently joined Miller, Miller & Canby as our newest associate in the Land Development Group. A former Senior Planner and Senior Legislative Analyst for the Montgomery County government, Damon brings valuable insight and expertise in the development review and approval process.  Damon is licensed to practice law and is also eligible for AICP planning certification, bringing a unique background and skill set to our established land use practice.  We are pleased to welcome him to our team.