- Posted February 15, 2018 at 2:10 PM
- Categories Land Development, Real Estate, MM&C Happenings, Featured Events
On Thursday, February 8, the University of Maryland’s Colvin Institute Real Estate Development Program hosted Miller, Miller & Canby’s land use and planning attorney Jody Kline. Mr. Kline addressed students in “Introduction to the Principles, Practice and Process of Real Estate Development.” He was invited to speak by University of Maryland Professor Stephen Shapiro; Mr. Kline and Mr. Shapiro are both members in Lamda Alpha, an honorary land economics society.
The main objective of the comprehensive course is to provide a foundation for study of all aspects of real estate, to acquaint students with an overview of the real estate industry, including the development process, and to help students understand the roles of multiple parties, politics and citizens in real estate development. The class also serves to help students understand how to analyze the development potential of real property sites.
In a lively question and answer discussion led by Professor Shapiro, Mr. Kline engaged with students representing a variety of different disciplines of study. Drawing on his more than 45 years of experience in a successful land use and zoning practice, Mr. Kline brought valuable hands-on knowledge and perspectives to the students to help illustrate the concepts and skills they had been learning in the course. Mr. Kline used real-world examples of several projects that have been impacted by zoning, in the context of discussing the personnel, processes and risks involved with the development of land.
Mr. Kline has served as head of Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Development practice group since 1981. He concentrates his practice in land use, zoning, and subdivision law. During the course of his career, he has been involved in a number of important land development projects that have helped to shape Montgomery County. He has been featured as a Washingtonian Magazine “Top Lawyer”, and has also been named a Super Lawyer in the state of Maryland every year since 2008, as well as a recognized Best Lawyer for the past 11 consecutive years. To learn more about Jody Kline and Miller, Miller & Canby’s land development practice click here or contact Mr. Kline at 301.762.5212 or via email.
- Posted February 14, 2018 at 6:41 AM
- Categories Elder Law, Estates & Trusts, Press, MM&C Happenings, Business & Tax
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.
Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s Estates & Trusts and Business & Tax Practices, click here or contact David at 301-762-5212.
- Posted January 18, 2018 at 12:06 PM
- Categories Eminent Domain and Condemnation, Litigation, Real Estate, MM&C Happenings, Featured Events
Miller, Miller & Canby Eminent Domain attorney Joseph (Joe) Suntum will be joining the faculty for the American Law Institute’s 35th Annual Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference, to be held in Charleston, South Carolina on January 25-27, 2018. The conference draws hundreds of eminent domain practitioners from all over the country, and is recommended for experienced practitioners as well as those new to the field. In addition to pertinent information such as effective case planning strategies and tips on staying current in eminent domain practice, discussions are targeted for attendees to learn about emerging issues.
Mr. Suntum’s presentation is part of the “Condemnation 101” portion of the conference directed to new practitioners in the field of eminent domain law, and is titled “Back to Basics: An Overview of Common Condemnation Issues.” This is the 10th year that Mr. Suntum has been a member of the faculty for this highly-regarded event. He will be joined at the conference by Miller, Miller & Canby’s eminent domain practice group, James Thompson, Diane Feuerherd and Callie Carnemark.
The conference is sold out for live attendance, but interested persons may sign up for the live webcast by visiting this link.
Joe Suntum is a principal with Miller, Miller & Canby and leads the firm’s 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 compensation for his clients when their properties are targeted for condemnation. Mr. Suntum speaks regularly on issues pertaining to eminent domain practice. He is the Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) member attorney for the State of Maryland. Membership in the OCA, a national network of experienced condemnation attorneys who represent property owners in federal, state and local condemnation proceedings, is restricted to only one member attorney per state.
For more information about the practice of Eminent Domain, or if you have questions about your rights as a property owner, contact Joe Suntum at 301-762-5212.
- Posted November 21, 2017 at 6:02 PM
- Categories Land Development, Press, MM&C Happenings, Featured Events
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.
The Maryland DC Wireless Association’s Ninth Annual Golf Tournament took place on September 27, 2017 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 $38,000.
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 needy charitable organization. Miller, Miller and Canby has directed its portion to the American Red Cross in support of hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Sean Hughes is a member of 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 contact Sean Hughes at 301.762.5212 or click here.
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- Posted October 5, 2017 at 12:51 PM
- Categories Eminent Domain and Condemnation, Litigation, Land Development, Press, MM&C Happenings, Maryland Property Tax News, Featured Events
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.
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.
- Posted June 30, 2017 at 1:45 AM
- Categories Eminent Domain and Condemnation, Litigation, MM&C Happenings, Featured Events
Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that James (Jim) Thompson as been selected to join the 2018 Senior Leadership Montgomery Class. For nearly 30 years, Leadership Montgomery has worked to educate, inspire, convene and connect current and emerging leaders to serve the Montgomery County community in constructive ways. Through a series of monthly interactive and comprehensive education sessions with the County’s most prominent senior business leaders, participants have a unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the complex social and economic issues facing Montgomery County and to help advance important initiatives.
Leadership Montgomery graduates play an active role, serving on numerous State, County and nonprofit boards and committees. The organization’s vision is to build and sustain a thriving Montgomery County, supported by a network of engaged, dedicated leaders.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Senior Leadership Montgomery Class of 2018,” said Thompson. “I look forward to working with the Leadership Montgomery team and with other members of our community to identify opportunities to better serve the businesses, organizations and residents of Montgomery County.”
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 11 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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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.
- Posted May 17, 2017 at 6:14 PM
- Categories Litigation, Land Development, Press, MM&C Happenings, Maryland Property Tax News, Featured Events
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.
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