MM&C Update: Coronavirus COVID-19 Policy


Dear Clients and Friends:

We are all making adjustments to our daily lives in light of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the guidance and adjustments being implemented and recommended by Federal, State and local officials as well as professional health organizations.  

Miller, Miller & Canby is committed to continuing to provide the highest level of professional services during this time, but we also place our highest priority on the safety and health of you, our clients and customers, as well as the attorneys and staff that comprise the Miller, Miller & Canby family.  We would like to take this opportunity to share some of the measures we believe will help us to continue to meet your needs and we hope that you will take them into consideration when choosing how to interact with us.

Miller, Miller & Canby has always made advanced technology a part of our firm’s culture, and we have a platform for facilitating communications with clients, whether our attorneys are located at our office, at home or some other location.  While we actively monitor adjustments that local governments, educational institutions and other businesses are implementing in response to public health considerations – such as remote work, tele-conferencing and on-line educational instruction – rest assured that Miller, Miller & Canby is capable and prepared to engage in such activities as warranted or requested by our clients.  While we continue to operate on a “business as usual” basis, we do encourage clients to consider whether in-person meetings, whether held at our office or other locations, are necessary when teleconferencing or video conferencing options are available.

We have also treated client information with the highest degree of confidentiality, and our technology platform allows for the transmission of encrypted documents or other information with our attorneys.  We always encourage clients to use this means of communication to protect the privacy of their information.  If you require any assistance with utilizing this secure upload we are available to assist.

Miller, Miller & Canby remains committed to staying current on developments and recommendations from government and public health officials that impact on our work-place practices in order to provide the safest environment for our employees and you, while continuing to afford the highest level of professional service to our clients and friends.

Thank you, as always, for your continued trust in Miller, Miller & Canby.





Miller, Miller & Canby Announces Five Attorneys Named as 2020 Maryland Super Lawyers


Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce our attorneys who have been named to the list of Super Lawyers in the state of Maryland for 2020. Attorneys James Thompson and Donna McBride have been once again selected for this honor, and attorneys Diane Feuerherd, Callie Carnemark and Christopher Young have been named to the 2020 “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40. 
 
2020 marks the 14th year that James (Jim) Thompson has been named to the list. He 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. 
 
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 2019, Ms. McBride was admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers as a Fellow. In addition to her background as a trial lawyer, Ms. McBride is a member of the Court of Appeals Standing Committee of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 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, to serve the 2018-2019 term. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Montgomery County Bar Foundation. 
 
2020 is the fifth year that attorney Diane Feuerherd has been named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list. 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. She serves as a co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association's Judicial Appointments Committee, Blog Manager of the Maryland Appellate Blog, Board Member of the Maryland Bar Foundation and a past Fellow of the MSBA's prestigious Leadership Academy. 
 
2020 is the second year that attorney Callie Carnemark has been recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” An associate in the Litigation group, she focuses her practice on real estate and business litigation as well as the firm’s appellate practice. Ms. Carnemark is a member of the Montgomery County Inns of Court, the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. She is a graduate of the Montgomery County Bar Association Leadership Academy, Class of 2017. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and Co-Chair of its New Practitioner Section. She is also a member of the Montgomery County Women's Bar Association. 
 
2020 is also the second year that Christopher Young has been recognized as a “Rising Star.”  An associate in the Business & Tax Practice Group, he 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.
 
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, Pat McKeever, whose practice focuses in real estate law and Jody Kline, whose practice focuses in Land Use and Zoning. 

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 is to create a comprehensive listing of exceptional attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, 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, but are limited to no more than 5% of attorneys practicing in any given region (2.5% for Rising Stars). The lists are published annually in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers nationwide. 

View a PDF of the press release by clicking Download below.





MD Appellate Blog: Seventeen Apply for At-Large Vacancy on the Court of Special Appeals


Miller, Miller & Canby litigation attorney, Diane Feuerherd, authored a recent Maryland Appellate Blog which introduced the seventeen applicants for the open at-large seat on the Court of Special Appeals based on the forthcoming retirement of Judge Alexander Wright, Jr.

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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.





Miller, Miller & Canby Litigation Attorneys Obtain Jury Verdict in Employee Embezzlement Case


Miller, Miller & Canby litigation attorneys Donna McBride and Callie Carnemark have obtained a jury verdict on behalf of their client, a medical practice, with offices in Montgomery and Howard Counties.  An employee of the practice, who worked as the office administrator, was charged with embezzling funds in excess of $900,000 over the course of several years.  After a 6-day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the practice which represented almost the entirety of the damages presented to the jury. Through skilled direct and cross-examination, both attorneys worked to seamlessly present the evidence in a manner that was efficient, captivating and highly effective. The defendant will face a criminal trial in April.

“We are delighted with this outcome, and we are pleased that the defendant was held accountable” said Donna McBride.

Donna McBride
, a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby’s litigation practice, has an extensive and diverse trial practice. She focuses on various areas of litigation including business and commercial, employment, personal injury, insurance, and real estate. Callie Carnemark is an associate with the litigation practice group, and focuses her practice in business and commercial litigation. To learn more about MM&C's litigation practice, click 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.
 





Join MM&C Attorney David Lucas for an Estate Planning Seminar on October 29, 2019


Estates & Trusts Attorney, David A. Lucas, will be hosting an Estate Planning Insights Seminar on October 29, 2019 from 8 - 9:30 a.m. at Miller, Miller & Canby's Rockville Office in the Founders' Room.

  • Learn about the “nuts and bolts” of estate planning and probate

  • Hear about fascinating real-life case studies that illustrate what can go wrong without proper planning

  • Gain a greater understanding of the most beneficial approach for you and your family

  • Learn about the latest Maryland estate tax exemptions

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED I REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED I ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED

David A. Lucas is an attorney in the MM&C's Estates & Trusts and Business & Tax practice groups, focusing his practice in Estate Planning, and Trust and Estate Administration. He provides extensive estate and legacy planning, asset protection planning, and retirement planning.





Attorneys James Thompson and Jody Kline Selected for 2020 Best Lawyers in America® for 14th Year


Miller, Miller & Canby’s James (Jim) Thompson and Joel (Jody) Kline have been named Best Lawyers for the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America.®  Both attorneys 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.  Mr. Thompson is also named a “Best Lawyer of the Year” for 2020 for his accomplishments.   This is the second year Mr. Thompson has achieved this recognition.

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 Joseph Suntum) and in real estate valuation litigation, as well as in property tax assessment appeals (with partner Michael 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. He has also served in numerous leadership roles within the legal community in Maryland, including President of the Maryland State Bar Association.

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 in America is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service 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.

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.
 





MM&C Attorney James Thompson Selected 2020 Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of The Year"


Miller, Miller & Canby’s James (Jim) Thompson has been named a Lawyer of the Year for the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America.®  This is the second year Mr. Thompson has achieved this recognition.  

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 Joseph Suntum) and in real estate valuation litigation, as well as in property tax assessment appeals (with partner Michael 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. He has also served in numerous leadership roles within the legal community in Maryland, including President of the Maryland State Bar Association.

The “Lawyer of the Year” recognition is exclusive, meaning there is only one attorney selected for each metropolitan area and practice area. Mr. Thompson also won this recognition in 2013.

Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service 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.

For more information about Jim Thompson and Miller, Miller & Canby’s Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law practice click here or for information about the Maryland Property Tax Appeals practice click here. View the firm press release by clicking the Download button below.
 





Michael Campbell Begins Presidency of Montgomery County Inn of Court


Miller, Miller & Canby’s Michael Campbell has begun a one-year term as President of the Montgomery County Inn of the American Inns of Court.  The American Inns of Court is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals who share a passion for legal excellence.  The mission of the organization is to “inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education and mentoring.”

“I am honored to assume this role for the coming year, and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and our legal community, furthering the mission of the American Inns of Court,” said Mr. Campbell.

Through monthly meetings, the Inn 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.  The Montgomery County Inn of Court boasts 136 active members. Its meeting in September will feature Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

Mr. Campbell is a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby’s litigation group, with a practice that is diverse and extensive. He focuses his practice on real estate and construction disputes in state and federal courts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia and before arbitration panels. He handles cases relating to commercial and residential construction projects, property and lease disputes, property tax appeals, and other commercial matters.

View the firm press release by clicking the Download button below.





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