The December 2018 issue of Miller, Miller & Canby's Legal News & Notes quarterly email newsletter announces five attorneys as Maryland Super Lawyers, Maryland Property Tax Appeals Approaching Deadline, IRS Gives the Green Light for Gifting, the Importance of a Condemnation Clause in Commercial Leases, Montgomery County Council Defers Action on Small Cell Tower Bill for 5G Infrastructure, Why It's Important to Have an Advanced Medical Directive, Lessons Learned from Actor Wesley Snipes Offer In Compromise Case with the IRS and much more. Click here to view newsletter.
- Posted December 11, 2018 at 9:19 PM
- Categories Eminent Domain and Condemnation, Litigation, Land Development, Press, MM&C Happenings, Featured Events
Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to announce the following five attorneys have been named to the 2019 list of Super Lawyers for the State of Maryland: James Thompson, Jody Kline, Donna McBride, Diane Feuerherd and Callie Carnemark. Mr. Thompson has been named to the prestigious list every year since 2007, Mr. Kline every year since 2008 and Ms. McBride every year since 2014. Ms. Feuerherd and Ms. Carnemark are named to the “Rising Stars”, recognition for attorneys under the age of 40.
James (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. In 2018, Mr. Thompson was recognized with the President's Citation for Outstanding Service by the Montgomery County Bar Association. He was also selected as the Senior Lawyer of the Year by the Maryland State Bar Association.
Jody Kline has been at the forefront of 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.
Donna McBride, a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice, focuses her practice in litigation in the following areas: business and commercial, employment, estates and trusts, personal injury and insurance, and 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 and is a member of the Standing Committee on Practice and Procedures, where she was appointed to serve a second 5-year term beginning in 2018. She is also a member of the Trial Court's Judicial Nominating Commission, the Montgomery County Inn of Court, a former co-chair and current member of the Maryland State Bar Association's Judicial Selections Committee and has volunteered as a mediator for the District Court since 2008. In 2018, she was elected to serve as Treasurer for the Montgomery County Bar Association.
Diane Feuerherd is an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice. She has briefed and successfully argued cases before the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals, including a notable representation of a commercial developer challenging the validity of Montgomery County’s Rain Tax. Ms. Feuerherd is active in state and local bar associations, including: the Maryland State Bar Association, where she was named a Fellow of the prestigious Leadership Academy and now serves on the Judicial Appointments Committee; the Bar Association of Montgomery County; and the Montgomery County Inns of Court. In 2016, she was appointed to a social media workgroup for the Judicial Council, which is a policy advisory body to the Maryland Judiciary. She has also worked with the Finding Justice Project, a committee of the Women's Bar Association Foundation, to research and memorialize the history of women lawyers. 2019 is the fourth year in a row that she has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Callie Carnemark is an associate with the Litigation Practice Group, focusing her practice on real estate and business litigation as well as the firm’s appellate practice. She is a member of the Montgomery County Inns of Court, the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association. She is a graduate of the 2017 Class of the Montgomery County Bar Association Leadership Academy. 2019 is the first year Ms. Carnemark is being honored as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.
These five attorneys 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
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.
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- Posted October 20, 2018 at 9:56 PM
- Categories Land Development, Real Estate, MM&C Happenings, Featured Events
The Maryland DC Wireless Association’s Tenth Annual Golf Tournament took place on September 20, 2018 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. Miller, Miller & Canby was a sponsor of this year’s event which raised $50,000 for charity.
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. Sean played in a foursome with Bob Gough, MM&C Managing Partner and Real Estate Attorney, and two firm clients. Cathy Borten, MM&C Real Estate Attorney, volunteered at the golf tournament.
Each board member is able to direct a portion of the proceeds to a local charitable organization. Miller, Miller & Canby have directed their $5,000 portion to be shared equally to Ride Allegheny and Hopecam. Ride Allegheny is a 310 mile bike ride benefiting Operation Second Chance, which supports Veterans and their families’ immediate financial and emotional needs and interests. 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. Cathy Borten is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby’s real estate practice group. She focuses in commercial real estate transactions and leasing, real estate litigation, and commercial financings and settlements.
For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use practice, please click here or contact Sean Hughes or Cathy Borten at 301-762-5212. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Real Estate practice, please click here or contact Bob Gough at 301-762-5212.
Photo Credit: Mike Keller Photo
MM&C Real Estate Attorney, Cathy Borten and Barb Pivec from Calvert Crossland.
More than 1,000 people streamed into the Strathmore Music Hall last Friday evening to hear renowned author Dr. Temple Grandin speak about her groundbreaking work in animal behavior and autism. Dr. Grandin, professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, is known around the world for her insights on autism in humans and applications of sensory-based thinking to the humane treatment of animals.
“We were proud to be a sponsor of 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 Rockville 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.
Attendees of the event included dignitaries such as Montgomery County Council member Sidney Katz, Governor Larry Hogan’s Chief of Staff Matthew A. Clark, and members of the Rockville City Council, Mark Pierzchala, Beryl Feinberg, Virginia Onley and Julie Palakovich Carr, as well as supporters of the Rockville Science Center and members of the community.
Dr. Grandin’s work surrounding sensory-based thinking has made her a best-selling author and earned her global media attention; she has appeared on NPR, BBC, 60 Minutes, and in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Forbes and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy-award-winning move about her life.
During her talk at Strathmore, Dr. Grandin recounted her own journey as an autistic individual. Though she did not speak until she was almost four years old, she was fortunate to have benefited from therapy that enabled her to be mainstreamed into elementary school with her peers. Her message to the audience was one of understanding and hope: that as a society we can benefit best by learning from each other and appreciating the different things we can all contribute. Her message of hope for autistic individuals was that they should focus on all the things they CAN do. Her autism, she stresses, allows her to see things others miss.
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.
After the event, Dr. Grandin signed copies of her book and further engaged with attendees.
The event was organized for the benefit of The Rockville Science Center, and sponsored by Miller, Miller & Canby and other organizations, including the Foundation for Biomedical Research. The Rockville Science Center is dedicated to “inspiring a passion for lifelong exploration of science for our diverse community.”
Pictured from left to right: David Delalio, Director of RSC Makerspace at Rockville Memorial Library; Melissa Scales, RSC Board of Trustee; Dr. Temple Grandin; Soo Lee-Cho, RSC Board of Trustee; Judy Ackerman, RSC Board of Trustee; and Nancy Delalio, RSC Architect
Miller, Miller & Canby litigation attorney, Diane Feuerherd, authored a recent Maryland Appelate Blog which introduced the applicants for the Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals based on three vacancies on Maryland’s appellate courts, arising from the forthcoming retirements of Judge Sally D. Adkins of the Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Patrick L. Woodward of the Court of Special Appeals, and Judge Deborah Sweet Eyler of the Court of Special Appeals.
Click here to read the full blog 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.
- Posted August 21, 2018 at 7:08 PM
- Categories Eminent Domain and Condemnation, Litigation, Land Development, Real Estate, Press, MM&C Happenings, Publications, Maryland Property Tax News, Featured Events
Best Lawyers® released the 25th Edition of Best Lawyers in America on August 15, 2018. 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 (with partner Mike Campbell) 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.
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. View the firm press release by clicking the Download button below.
- Posted August 8, 2018 at 5:58 PM
- Categories Land Development, Press, MM&C Happenings, Featured Events
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.
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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 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.
Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Real Estate Practice, click here or contact Cathy at 301-762-5212.
- Posted June 28, 2018 at 12:12 AM
- Categories Litigation, Press, MM&C Happenings, Maryland Property Tax News, Featured Events
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.
Christopher Young has joined Miller, Miller & Canby as an Associate in the Business & Tax Practice Group, where he will focus his practice in tax law and business law. Mr. Young works with business clients and individuals to resolve tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies. He works with corporate clients on issues related to corporate disputes, governance, formations and restructurings, as well as drafting and reviewing corporate documents such as contracts and purchase agreements, operating agreements and partnership agreements. He also advises clients on matters related to foreign financial account reporting and compliance.
Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Mr. Young worked for four years as an associate attorney at JDKatz, P.C., where he focused his practice in tax controversies and issues related to corporate disputes. He represented clients on business and tax law matters, and provided general corporate and tax counsel.
Mr. Young began his career as a State Tax Law Editor at Bloomberg BNA. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, in the Financial Litigation Unit. There, he drafted legal documents and investigated and uncovered taxpayer assets to facilitate collection efforts. For his achievements, he was honored with a special commendation for his work on Fidelity International v. United States and Fidelity High Tech v. United States.
Mr. Young is admitted to practice law in Maryland and Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Virginia Tech, and earned his Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Business & Tax Practice, click here or contact Chris at 301-762-5212.