Miller, Miller & Canby Welcomes Attorney Debra Yerg Daniel to Firm


Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to welcome Debra Yerg Daniel to the firm’s Land Development Practice Group. She focuses her practice in zoning law and land use planning and development, as well as administrative and municipal law for clients that include municipalities, property owners and developers.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Daniel enjoyed a long-standing career in state and local government, previously serving as the City Attorney for the City of Rockville and as Associate General Counsel with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. As City Attorney, she served as legal counsel to the Mayor and Council of Rockville, as well as the City’s numerous Boards and Commissions. At the Commission, she served as supervising attorney for the General Counsel’s Montgomery County Land Use team.

“We are delighted to welcome Debra to our firm,” said Land Development practice co-chair Soo Lee-Cho. “Debra’s history of public service aligns with our firm’s dedication to serving our clients, and her track record of representing clients across a wide range of issues, from land use and zoning to ethics, election and employment matters will help us expand our breadth of services, particularly in municipal and administrative law.”

“I am looking forward to joining a practice with deep roots and a strong tradition of service throughout the State of Maryland,” said Ms. Daniel. “With the marking of Miller, Miller & Canby’s 75th anniversary in 2021, I can’t think of a more exciting time to be part of this firm.”

About Miller, Miller & Canby
In 2021, Miller, Miller & Canby will celebrate 75 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. The firm's moderate size allows its attorneys to maintain close contact with clients and have the opportunity to develop and foster trusted, lasting relationships. In all of our practice areas, an overarching concern for quality of product and efficiency of accomplishment assures clients that we strive for true value in legal representation. Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to have maintained this standard of service since the firm’s founding in 1946.

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MM&C's Cathy Borten Featured in AGL Media Profile



Miller, Miller & Canby's Cathy Borten was profiled in an AGL Media Group article titled, "For Cathy Borten, it's a Wonderful Life in the Wireless Industry." 

The article ran in the publication's December 22nd issue and is reprinted in its entirety below:

For Cathy Borten, it’s a Wonderful Life in the Wireless Industry
BY J. SHARPE SMITH, SENIOR EDITOR

Cathy Borten comes from a family with a deep connection to the law profession. That background led to a career — indeed, a life — devoted to performing the legal work that has made many, many wireless systems possible.

Her father, who passed away in 2014, was a lawyer and graduate from Washington and Lee University Law School, as are her uncle and nephew. From an incredibly early age, six to be exact, she began talking about the profession with her father, Leonard “Curly” Greenebaum, who was a managing partner in the high-profile practice of Sachs, Greenebaum & Tayler in Washington, D.C.

“I admired him more than I could ever say,” Borten said. “I was fascinated by his job. And I spent all of high school and all of my college years laser-focused on becoming a lawyer.” Because of her family connections, she grew up knowing a judge who would become her mentor. A life in law seem preordained.

After graduating from college, she took a seven-year detour as a media buyer and marketing director, but at the urging of the Judge Paul H. Weinstein, who was a family friend, she followed the family tradition and entered Washington and Lee University. Upon graduation, she clerked for Judge Weinstein in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.

In 1996, although she was offered a job in a high-powered D.C. law firm, Borten opted not to follow her father’s path. She instead joined smaller firm with four partners and two associates — Abrams, West, Storm & Diamond (AWSD). She was in her 30s and wanted to raise a family.

“I had just seen too many women wind up in this situation where they were really torn between working for these big law firms and taking care of their families, and they couldn’t meet anybody’s expectations,” Borten said.

That firm’s diverse client base, which included developers, Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems (BAMS) and the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, would begin a career-long education for Borten as she became immersed in multiple points of view in the zoning and permitting of wireless structures.

“One day, one of the partners, M. Gregg (MG) Diamond, asked me to help with a BAMS appeal, which led to me working with him consistently on all of the wireless work that we had,” she said.  “It started out just like a lease here and there, or a special exception for zoning here and there. And it wound up really becoming an ongoing, very volume-intense matter.”

The next big change for Borten came when the City of Gaithersburg, which was growing at a fast clip, decided to bring its city attorney in house. She left the firm and became city attorney where 90 percent of her work entailed land use zoning and planning.

“I maintained, just by extension, my connection with the wireless world, as tower companies and wireless carriers would come in with applications for sites,” she said.

Borten’s former colleague, Diamond, left AWSD to start his own firm, the Law Office of M. Gregg Diamond, in Bethesda. After her stint with the city, Borten rejoined Diamond at his new firm.

“So, most people will tell you a lawyer alone is not a great scenario, because you need to be able to bounce things off of other attorneys,” Borten said. “MG was always that person for me. I just had so much respect for him, and he was just such a great mentor.”

She worked at the two-person law firm from home from 2007 to 2018, and during that time she and her husband raised two children who are now in college.  She performed the leasing and zoning and land use work for a major carrier and related work with a tower company in the area, which included macro and rooftop sites and indoor DAS, as well as the early stages of outdoor DAS. Her work included hospitals, hotels and federal secure office buildings, even the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (home of Dr. Fauci!).

“When I started out, in-building wireless was a small market,” Borten said. “It forced me to learn about so many different indoor environments. Indoor wireless ended up being a value-added proposition for the landlord and a tremendous piece of business for us.”

Borten performed the legal work for the DAS that is deployed in the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which was the gift that just kept on giving.

“The airport is just a piece of the airport authority, and all these different levels that must give approval for changes,” she said. “It was a third party putting in the system, so we had to make sure that what they were doing was going to work for our client, which was a carrier. We worked on this lease for years, because it was always being amended to add new phases.”

In 2018, as her youngest went off to college, Borten was ready for a change. She reached out to an attorney she knew from her days as city attorney, Jody Kline, about an open position at Miller Miller & Canby. She is now in the firm’s real estate practice group and has found leasing experience in wireless to be helpful on the real estate side. But she keeps her hand in wireless, working with site acquisition companies and carriers, and she is now licensed to practice in Virginia.

The Importance of Connections

Borten acknowledges the importance of her longtime relationships with many people in the legal, land use and wireless worlds during her career.

“I think the relationship side is beyond critical,” she said. “My relationships have always helped me get to the next level in my legal career. Who knew when I left the law firm to become the city attorney that I would go back and work with MG again for 11 years?” she said.

Timing has also been essential to her success. When she started working with Abrams, West, Storm & Diamond, wireless was still in its second generation, and very few women were in land use and zoning. In fact, there were not that many women working in telecom in general.  She got in on wireless early. She eventually would help develop the ordinances that would accommodate outdoor small cells.

In 2014, when Borten was at The Law Offices of M. Gregg Diamond, Montgomery County was rewriting its whole zoning ordinance. The telecom ordinances were so outdated and cumbersome that they lagged behind the pace of wireless technology.

“We wanted the opportunity to update them. Any time the size of the antennas changed, there had to be a new amendment. I had the opportunity to help draft the original small cell provisions of the zoning ordinance,” she said.

Borten couldn’t have foreseen her life in wireless when she chose a small Maryland law firm instead of a large Washington, D.C., firm, but she has had an impact on wireless as it moved from 2G to 5G. She has spent her career zoning and permitting macrotowers, facilitating indoor DAS networks and working to keep ordinances from impeding the progress of wireless technology. Along the way, she has earned the respect of many long-term colleagues. She has had, it seems, a wonderful life in wireless.

Click here to view the online edition.

Cathy Borten is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby's Real Estate practice group, where she focuses her practice in commercial real estate transactions and leasing, real estate litigation, and commercial financings and settlements. She also focuses in telecommunications law, handling matters for a diverse client base that includes developers, wireless telecommunications firms and municipalities.  To learn more contact Cathy via email.





The Daily Record Announces 2021 Best Lawyers in Maryland; Names Four MM&C Attorneys to the List


Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce four attorneys have been named to the Daily Record list of Best Lawyers in Maryland for 2021. The list recognizes leaders in the state of Maryland based on their professional accomplishments in their respective areas of practice.

Donna McBride was named in the Litigation area of practice for both commercial and estates and trust litigation. McBride is a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation group, where she focuses in complex business matters for corporate clients, as well as insurance-related litigation and trust litigation. In 2019 she was admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers as a Fellow, an honor reserved for experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards.

James Thompson and Joseph Suntum were named in the Eminent Domain and Condemnation practice area.

Thompson concentrates his practice in eminent domain and real estate valuation litigation, in addition to civil litigation involving complex real estate and business/commercial disputes.  Among other honors, he was selected as the 2018 Maryland State Bar Association Senior Lawyer of the Year, received the 2018 President’s Citation for Outstanding Service from the Montgomery County Bar Association, and also was honored with the Century of Service Award and the Leadership in Law Award.

Suntum is a principal in the firm and the leader of the Eminent Domain and Condemnation group. His decades of trial experience and his in-depth knowledge of real property valuation and the law of eminent domain allow him to protect his clients' property rights and maximize their compensation when their properties are targeted for condemnation. He is the Owners’ Counsel of America member  attorney for the state of Maryland, a selective membership restricted to only one attorney per state.

Joel (Jody) Kline was named in Land Use and Zoning. Kline joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 1974, has been a principal of the firm since 1981 and has served as head of the firm’s Land Development practice since that time. His practice concentrates on land use, zoning and subdivision law, representing private clients, nonprofit entities, and municipal corporations and agencies.

The Daily Record, a multimedia news source, publishes a print and online edition five and breaks news daily on its website. In addition, The Daily Record publishes more than 30 special products a year and honors leading Marylanders through annual awards events including Maryland's Top 100 Women, Influential Marylanders, Most Admired CEOs, and Best Lawyers. The Daily Record is part of BridgeTower Media, one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies with 44 print and digital publications in more than 20 U.S. markets.

About Miller, Miller & Canby
In 2021, Miller, Miller & Canby will celebrate 75 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 Use and Zoning, Real Estate, Litigation, Business Law and Tax Advocacy, and Estates and Trusts Law. The firm's moderate size allows its attorneys to maintain close contact with clients and have the opportunity to develop and foster trusted, lasting relationships. In all of our practice areas, an overarching concern for quality of product and efficiency of accomplishment assures clients that we strive for true value in legal representation. Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to have maintained this standard of service since the firm’s founding in 1946.





FCC Ruling Streamlines Compound Expansion Rules for 5G Deployment


In order to advance wireless infrastructure deployment, the FCC voted on October 27 to streamline the agency’s rules for ground compound expansion at existing tower site bases.  The new order will make it easier to co-locate antennas and other equipment on existing infrastructure, while also continuing to “preserve state and local government’s ability to manage and protect local land-use interests.” The new ruling revises Section 6409a of the Spectrum Act of 2012 that directed State and local government to not delay certain modifications to existing wireless infrastructure that does not “substantially change” the physical dimensions of the structures. At the time the Spectrum Act was passed, clear guidance was provided about the amount of height increase allowed for an existing tower.  The ruling this week goes further and provides clear guidance to the permissible increase at the base of towers by allowing excavation or deploying transmission equipment in an area no more than 30 feet beyond the existing site boundaries.

“While the vast majority of the public desires to have enhanced wireless connectivity in our communities, there remains much debate on the level of local government review required for wireless infrastructure development,” said Miller, Miller & Canby’s Sean Hughes, a twenty plus year wireless development attorney.  “Here, the FCC has sent a strong message and mandate to local governments everywhere.  I suspect that this debate is not over and we will hear much about this order from local government in the days to follow,” he added.

According to Wireless Infrastructure Association President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein, the new ruling is critical to the advancement of emergency communications that preserve and protect public safety.  According to Adelstein, necessary equipment such as new competitors, edge data centers, small cell hubs, and emergency generators have “negligible environmental impact.”

Cathy Borten of Miller, Miller & Canby’s telecommunications’ land use team shared, “The streamlined rules could be a big win for consumers of wireless who desire faster and enhanced connectivity where they live, work and play”.

The telecommunications land use attorneys at Miller, Miller & Canby are experienced in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia and are closely monitoring the impacts of the FCC order and the efforts of state and local governments to craft small cell legislation in order to advise telecommunications and property owner clients.

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

Cathy Borten
is an associate in the firm's Real Estate practice group, where she focuses her practice in commercial real estate transactions and leasing, real estate litigation, and commercial financings and settlements. 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 appellate matters. Contact Cathy here.




 





Best Lawyers in America® Announces 2021 Best Lawyers Awards; Recognizes Five MM&C Attorneys


Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce five firm attorneys have been recognized as Best Lawyers in America.® for 2021. James (Jim) Thompson, Joel (Jody) Kline, Donna McBride and Joseph (Joe) Suntum have been recognized in their respective areas of practice as “Best Lawyers” and Diane Feuerherd has been recognized as a Best Lawyers “One to Watch”, an honor for attorneys who are earlier in their careers, typically in practice nine years or less. 

Mr. Thompson
concentrates his practice in eminent domain and real estate valuation litigation, in addition to civil litigation involving complex real estate and business/commercial disputes. He has led Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation practice group for close to 30 years. He has been named to the Best Lawyers list every year since first being recognized in 2007.

Mr. Kline
joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 1974, has been a principal of the firm since 1981 and has served as head of the firm’s Land Use & Zoning practice since that time. His practice concentrates on land use, zoning and subdivision law, representing private clients, nonprofit entities, and municipal corporations and agencies. He has also been named to the Best Lawyers list every year since first being recognized in 2007.

Ms. McBride
is a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation practice, where she focuses in complex business matters for corporate clients, as well as insurance-related litigation and trust litigation. In 2019 she was admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers as a Fellow, an honor reserved for experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards.

Mr. Suntum
is a principal in the firm and the leader of the Eminent Domain and Condemnation group. His decades of trial experience and his in-depth knowledge of real property valuation and the law of eminent domain allow him to protect his clients' property rights and maximize their compensation when their properties are targeted for condemnation. He is the Owners’ Counsel of America member  attorney for the state of Maryland, a selective membership restricted to only one attorney per state. The firm’s Eminent Domain practice has been honored as a Best Law Firms Metropolitan “Tier 1” practice.

Ms. Feuerherd
is an attorney in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice with a focus in appellate, business and real estate litigation. She has successfully represented individuals, property owners, and businesses in a wide variety of matters, ranging from administrative hearings before the Board of Appeals, to jury and bench trials in state and federal courts, and to appeals before the Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals. In addition to her work she is active in state and local bar associations.

Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and one of the most respected attorney ranking services in the country. Recognition is based entirely on peer review. For more than 30 years, the organization has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them across hundreds of areas of practice.

Best Lawyers publishes a stand-alone publication which announces recognized attorneys. Best Lawyers lists are also published in local, regional, and national print and digital versions of leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Washington Post.

ABOUT MILLER, MILLER & CANBY
In 2021, Miller, Miller & Canby will celebrate 75 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 Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Litigation, Eminent Domain, Business & Tax and Trust and Estates Law. The firm's moderate size allows its attorneys to maintain close contact with clients and have the opportunity to develop and foster trusted, lasting relationships. In all of our practice areas, an overarching concern for quality of product and efficiency of accomplishment assures clients that we strive for true value in legal representation. Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to have maintained this standard of service since the firm’s founding in 1946. For more information, visit www.millermillercanby.com.
 





U.S. Ninth Circuit Upholds FCC’s Small Cell Wireless Deployment Order Designed to Promote 5G


On August 12, 2020, The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld major portions of the Federal Communications Commission's attempts to speed up 5G deployments on existing infrastructure. The order is largely “in accord with the congressional directive” and “not otherwise arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law,” a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit wrote in a 2-1 decision. The FCC’s 2019 order was challenged by a host of local governments, including Montgomery County, City of Rockville and City of Gaithersburg, Maryland.  (Click here to view full petition ruling.)

The City of Portland v. Federal Communications Commission filing questioned the FCC's One-Touch Make Ready order and its subsections, the Small Cell Order, the Moratoria Order and the One Touch Make-Ready Order, all of which faced major criticisms from dozens of major cities.

The agency’s actions were an attempt to create a unified broadband infrastructure rollout plan, but have been met with turbulence because of the complex interplay between federal, state and local policies and zoning review authority. The decision notes that “expansion has been met with some resistance where 5G is concerned however, particularly from local governments unhappy with the proliferation of cell towers and other 5G transmission facilities dotting our urban landscapes.”

The court upheld the Federal Government’s actions, calling them “reasonable attempt[s] by the FCC to prevent unnecessary costs for attachers,” as well as being “an appropriate exercise of the FCC’s regulatory authority under the Telecommunications Act.”

Miller, Miller & Canby’s Sean Hughes noted that, “The Court’s decision is a big win and paves the way for a wireless industry better equipped to deploy small cell technology across the country more rapidly.”  The ruling allows the FCC to cap rates, allowing easier access.

Attorney Cathy Borten added, “This decision allows the industry to move forward in delivering the much sought-after benefits of small cell and 5G technology in a streamlined and consistent fashion.”

The decision is also a win for big telecom companies like T-Mobile and Verizon.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai praised the decision, saying, “Today’s decision is a massive victory for U.S. leadership in 5G, our nation’s economy and American consumers. The court rightly affirmed the FCC’s efforts to ensure that infrastructure deployment critical to 5G — a key part of our 5G FAST Plan — is not impeded by exorbitant fees imposed by state and local governments.”

The telecommunications land use attorneys at Miller, Miller & Canby are experienced in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia and are closely monitoring the impacts of the FCC order and the efforts of State and local governments to craft small cell legislation in order to advise telecommunications and property owner clients.

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

Cathy Borten
is an attorney in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Real Estate practice group. She focuses in commercial real estate transactions and leasing, real estate litigation, land use and zoning and commercial financings and settlements. Cathy has over 10 years' experience in leasing, land use and zoning in the wireless telecommunications industry. Cathy also participated in the drafting of the Montgomery County and City of Gaithersburg original small cell ordinances. To learn more about the firm’s Real Estate practice, click here.
 





Jody Kline Joins University of Maryland School of Architecture as Guest Lecturer


On the evening of Thursday, April 30, Jody Kline of the Land Use and Zoning Department at Miller, Miller & Canby was a guest speaker / lecturer at a class offered at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.  The class, titled “Planning Policy, Practice and Politics for Developers” is offered within the University’s Master of Real Estate Development program.  Through videoconferencing, Jody spoke to graduate students along with their instructor, Jamey Pratt, a Senior Planner of the Area 3 Team of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Silver Spring. 

Jody began his presentation by explaining how developers of real estate use the services of attorneys during the land development process to secure entitlements throughout a project, from acquisition to implementation.  Relying on his more than 45 years of experience in the land use field, Jody discussed how real estate development is highly influenced by area master plans, governing regulations and even the personalities of plan reviewers.  He encouraged the students to recognize that the success of their potential future projects would be more determined by how they responded to the challenges of the development review process, rather than what pro forma told them.  Each project is unique with its own issues and attention needed to walk through the process. Finally, based on his experience from years in the field, he provided a cautionary tale of realistic time constraints that can either make or break a real estate development project.
   
Jody Kline
has been a principal at Miller, Miller & Canby since 1981 and co-chairs the Land Development practice group with attorney Soo Lee-Cho. The practice group has been honored with a national “Tier 1” ranking in US News & World Report Best Law Firms.

Jody Kline concentrates his practice 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 is a recognized “Super Lawyer,” and U.S. News & World Report “Best Lawyer” in the state of Maryland, as well as a recognized Top Real Estate Lawyer in publications that include Washingtonian and Bethesda Magazine.

To learn more about his practice, contact Jody Kline here; learn more about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development practice by clicking here
 





U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers Name Miller, Miller & Canby among 2020 “Best Law Firms”


Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce the firm has been recognized among the  2020 “Best Law Firms” in the Washington, DC metro area and across the nation.

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers publicly announced the Tenth Edition of the Best Law Firms rankings this month. Miller, Miller & Canby received Metropolitan Tier 1 honors in two practice areas:  Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and Land Use and Zoning Law.  The firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice also achieved a National Tier 1 Ranking.  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.

“For the 2020 ‘Best Law Firms’ publication, the evaluation process has remained just as rigorous and discerning as it did when we first started ten years ago,” says Phil Greer, CEO of Best Lawyers. “This year we reviewed 14,931 law firms throughout the United States – across 75 national practice areas – and a total of 2,106 firms received a national law firm ranking. We are proud that the ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings continue to act as an indicator of excellence throughout the legal industry.”

“We are honored to be recognized in this prestigious publication, across both the metropolitan and national categories,” said Miller, Miller & Canby’s Soo Lee-Cho, who Co-Chairs the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice along with Jody Kline.  Mr. Kline, who has led the practice group since 1974, has been named to the US News “Best Lawyers” list for 14 consecutive years.

“It is particularly gratifying for our practice to be named to this list, as both our clients and colleagues in the legal industry contribute to this process,” said Miller, Miller & Canby’s Joseph Suntum, who leads the firm’s Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law practice. “We take great pride in our dedication to our clients and to be recognized for this service is a privilege.”

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a 2020 ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer recognized in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.

National and metropolitan tier 1 rankings will be featured in the physical edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, which will be distributed to more than 30,000 in-house counsel. The 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by clicking here.

Miller, Miller & Canby has more than 70 years of land use & zoning, real estate, eminent domain and condemnation law focus —protecting clients’ rights throughout the condemnation process. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law practice click here or for information about Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Use and Zoning Law practice click here. View the firm press release by clicking the Download button below.





Bethesda Magazine Names MM&C’s Jody Kline to “Top Attorneys” List


Bethesda Magazine has released its list of the region’s Top Attorneys, recognizing Miller, Miller & Canby’s Jody Kline for 2019. The recognition honors the region’s most respected legal practitioners, as selected by their peers.  The publication surveys hundreds of attorneys who practice in Montgomery County, asking respondents to name attorneys they would recommend across approximately 25 areas of practice. Mr. Kline was named in the practice area of Land Use/Zoning.

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 Development practice area since that time. His 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.

For the complete list of recognized attorneys, visit Bethesda Magazine's website (requires subscription). Learn more about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development practice by clicking here.
 





MDDCWA’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $40,000 for Charity; MM&C Sponsors Event for 3rd Year


The Maryland DC Wireless Association’s Eleventh Annual Golf Tournament took place on September 19, 2019 at the Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Maryland. It brought together members of the association, as well as friends, colleagues and community members for a relaxing day of golf in support of various worthy charities. MDDCWA is donating over $40,000 to charity with 50% of proceeds going to the Tower Family Foundation and 50% to local charities. Click here to view a YouTube video of the event.

Miller, Miller & Canby’s Sean Hughes serves on the board for the Maryland DC Wireless Association and, along with other board members, is involved in testifying and providing key insight for policymakers concerning wireless legislative issues and amendments on the local, state and even federal level, as well as raising funds for charitable causes through events like its annual golf event.

Each board member is able to direct a portion of the proceeds to a local charitable organization. Miller, Miller & Canby has directed their portion to Hopecam. Hopecam is a local charity that helps kids with cancer overcome the social isolation of cancer treatment by connecting with their friends and classmates through technology.

Sean Hughes is a telecommunications attorney in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use practice group. His career spans more than two decades of focus in legal and wireless telecommunications.  
 
For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use practice, please click here or contact Sean Hughes at 301-762-5212.

 





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