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



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

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





Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Protects Landowners; Admonishes Local Government


On June 25 the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District  that will help to protect private landowners against excessive demands made by government regulators during the land use approval process. In the ruling, the Court held that the government's demand from a land use applicant must satisfy the "nexus" and "rough proportionality" requirements previously addressed in two prior cases even when the demand is for money, not land.

Read Sue Carter's summary of this important decision by clicking download attachment below.

Miller, Miller & Canby has represented land developers for over 65 years. Contact an MM&C land use attorney with your land use planning & development legal needs or view more information about Miller, Miller & Canby's land development services by clicking here.

 





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


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

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





Montgomery County Council Enacts Important Property Rights Legislation


Attorney Soo Lee-Cho, in conjunction with The Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association, recently achieved the successful enactment of three separate but related pieces of legislation through the Montgomery County Council (ZTA 12-16, ZTA 12-18, and SRA 12-03) that finally clarifies once and for all the property rights of "pre-1928 substandard lots" in the County. When the County enacted its first Zoning Ordinance on March 16, 1928, it established a minimum lot size requirement of 5,000 square feet for a one-family dwelling, rendering substandard a number of smaller pre-existing lots located mostly in down-county areas such as parts of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Glen Echo and Cabin John, among others. To read Soo Lee-Cho's complete summary of this important legislation, click on Download Attachment at the end of this entry.





Joe Suntum Featured in March Issue of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer


As part of the American Law Institute's Continuing Legal Education, Joe Suntum recently participated in a program geared to preparation and presentation of eminent domain cases. The program, titled "Condemnation 101: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case," was held this past January in Miami and was open to attorneys and legal practitioners, property owner representatives, and appraisers who work within the condemnation process. Mr. Suntum and his co-presenter, attorney Brandee Caswell, spoke specifically to procedural and strategic issues involving opening statements.  This program on opening statements was also summarized in an article for the March 2013 issue of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer.  To read the article in its entirety, click on Download Attachment at the end of this entry.
Joe Suntum is a principal with Miller, Miller & Canby and focuses his practice in the areas of Eminent Domain, Real Estate Litigation, Appeals and Complex Commercial Litigation. For more information about eminent domain cases, visit the eminent domain section of this website or contact  Joe Suntum.





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


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

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

 

 

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Joe Suntum Joins Esteemed ALI CLE as Lecturer and Panelist


Condemnation 101:  How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case

As part of the American Law Institute's Continuing Legal Education, Joe Suntum participated in a program geared to preparation and presentation of eminent domain cases. The program, titled "Condemnation 101:  How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case," was held January 24-26 in Miami, and was open to attorneys and legal practitioners, property owner representatives, and appraisers who work within the condemnation process. Mr. Suntum and his co-presenter, attorney Brandee Caswell, spoke specifically to procedural and strategic issues involving opening statements.  He also participated with fellow eminent domain counsel on a panel discussing closing arguments. Mr. Suntum regularly teaches topics at this ALI CLE course, which draws eminent domain attorneys and related professionals from across the country.  A complete copy of the paper on Opening Statements may be found by clicking on "Download Attachment" at the end of this entry.  A copy of the course brochure and further information may be found here.  

Joe Suntum is a principal with Miller, Miller & Canby and focuses his practice in the areas of Eminent Domain, Real Estate Litigation, Appeals, and Complex Commercial Litigation. For more information about eminent domain cases, contact  Joe Suntum.





The Fiscal Cliff and Your Personal Finances


The recent talk about the fiscal cliff has many of us worried and wondering how our personal finances have been and will be affected by the decisions being made.  In her article titled, "Did You Fall Off The Fiscal Cliff?" Miller, Miller & Canby's Helen Whelan breaks down how the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013 affects income and estate taxes.  To read the article in its entirety, click on Download Attachment at the end of this entry.

Helen Whelan is a Principal in Miller, Miller & Canby's Estates and Trusts Practice Group. Her expertise is in educating and advising families and individuals in planning for their futures. For more information on current legislation and its effect on your personal finances, contact  Helen Whelan.





Eminent Domain: What Property Owners Should Know About The Process


The laws governing eminent domain and the process of condemnation are very complex. From the preliminary identification of a public need and the property selected to be acquired to the final settlement, Miller, Miller & Canby eminent domain attorneys Amy Grasso and Jim Thompson outline the stages of the process in "The Stages of Maryland Eminent Domain Cases," available for review by clicking on Download Attachment at the end of this entry.

Any property owner notified of the potential taking of his/her property should consult with an attorney experienced in eminent domain. For more information about the eminent domain process and the rights of property owners, contact one of Miller, Miller & Canby's top rated eminent domain specialists:  James Thompson or Joe Suntum.





Plan for the Care of your Pet: A Legal Guide


If you became ill or died, who would care for your pet?  According to Miller, Miller & Canby's Ellen Walker, there are many instances where a pet owner's expectations of how a pet would be provided for go unfulfilled, sometimes with tragic results.   She counsels clients to be proactive in preparing legally enforceable documents to ensure their wishes for the well-being of their pet(s) are carried out.  Learn more by reading Ellen's complete article on this topic by clicking on Download Attachment at the end of this entry. 

Ellen Walker concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts and estate administration. For more information contact Ellen Walker





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