Zoning Attorney Sean Hughes Joins the Maryland DC Wireless Association Board of Directors

Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use & Zoning Attorney Sean Hughes has joined the Board of Directors of the Maryland DC Wireless Association (“MDDCWA”). The association’s mission is to promote awareness for the wireless industry with programming and communications that cultivate and advance relationships between industry members and local communities.

Founded in 2007, the MDDCWA includes members who are involved with the deployment, operations and maintenance of wireless networks, including cell carriers, tower companies, A&E firms, surveyors, general contractors and others. Issues such as infrastructure, zoning and regulatory matters are key priorities for the organization.

Sean, who previously served on the Board from 2009 into 2013, is honored to once again have the opportunity to be a valued member. “I look forward to contributing to the mission of the MDDCWA and to helping the organization achieve its goals on behalf of our industry and the communities we serve.”

David Yacoub, current MDDCWA President, is pleased to welcome Sean back on the Board. “I have had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Sean Hughes for nearly 20 years.  In that time, he has been one of the most competent and prolific wireless telecom land use attorneys I know.  Having him on the Board of the MD/DC Wireless Association is both beneficial and exciting. We will put his years of experience and expertise to great use as the MDDCWA represents the wireless telecom community in the Baltimore/Washington market on the issues that directly impact our industry.”

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 legal 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 or email Sean. To learn more about the work of the MDDCWA click here.

Business Attorney Glenn Anderson Featured on Executive Leaders Radio Program

Glenn Anderson joined Executive Leaders Radio on January 12 and was interviewed by host Herb Cohen, co-founder of the program.

Executive Leaders Radio conducts interviews of prominent CEOs, CFOs, and organizational leaders,  focusing on factors that contribute to success.

The ten to twenty-five minute on-air interviews are essentially informal conversations, where guests are asked about their background, education, influences, mentors and early career experiences. Guests also talk about their business, what they do and who they serve. Additionally, questions probe “interests outside of work, personal turning points and family sacrifices to capture the unique human aspect behind these prominent leaders."

During his interview Glenn spoke at length about the entrepreneurial drive that he possessed at a young age, and how his father influenced this passion. He also spoke about his education, the leadership roles he has held at Miller, Miller & Canby, which include Chief Financial Shareholder and Managing Shareholder, and his belief in the importance of mentoring.

In addition to launching Executive Leaders Radio, Herb Cohen also co-founded the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Entrepreneurial Network, Fairleigh Dickinson Entrepreneurial Center, and the Center for the Advancement of Study of Entrepreneurship at Temple University.

Executive Leaders Radio airs on Federal News Radio (WFED 1500 AM and streams at federalnewsradio.com). The program also airs nationally in major markets.

Glenn Anderson
leads the Business & Tax practice and Estates & Trusts practice at Miller, Miller & Canby.  He can be reached 301-762-5212.

100 Percent of MM&C Attorneys Have Contributed to the Take Five Campaign in Honor of Bill Canby

Miller, Miller & Canby has a rich history in Montgomery County as the first law firm established in Rockville, Maryland. In 2016, the firm celebrated its 70th Anniversary by giving back to the community with several outreach programs throughout the year.  Miller, Miller & Canby has an unsurpassed dedication to serving and protecting client rights which sets the firm apart. It is within this community spirit that when asked by the 2016-2017 Bar Association Leadership Academy fellows to Take Five minutes to contribute to the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Endowment Fund, 100 percent of MM&C attorneys answered the call, and we encourage other firms to consider supporting this effort and contributing to positive change in our community.

The Montgomery County Bar Foundation Endowment Fund was started with a $20,000 gift from Bill Canby, prominent Miller, Miller & Canby attorney, who believed in giving back to the community.  The Bar Foundation supports meaningful programs within Montgomery County, including TV/Law School for the Public; Creating a New Tomorrow; the Pro Bono Program; the Summer Scholars Pipeline Program; High School Mock Trials; the Continuing Legal Education Program; and Montgomery County Special Olympics.

Several of MM&C attorneys have served as President and Board Members of the Montgomery County Bar Association. The firm highly encourages their younger attorneys to participate in the Bar Foundation’s Leadership Development Academy.  MM&C litigation attorney, Callie Carnemark is a 2016-2017 fellow of the Leadership Academy.

Click here
to Donate Now to the Take Five Campaign.  To learn more about the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Endowment Fund, click here.

MM&C Welcomes New Land Use & Zoning Attorney Sean Hughes

Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to welcome Sean P. Hughes as an attorney in the firm’s Land Use Group.
“Sean has an extensive understanding of zoning and land use law in and around the Washington, DC area,” noted Jody S. Kline, Co-Chair of the Land Use Group. “In addition, his background in telecommunications and communications law expands Miller, Miller & Canby’s resources in this quickly growing legal area.”
Sean's career spans more than two decades of focus in legal and wireless telecommunications, including handling public relations and affairs matters of a Fortune 50 company throughout the United States. During the course of his career, he has spoken extensively on topics related to telecommunications land use law. Additionally, he has represented clients in land use and zoning matters throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and in litigation matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Raised in Montgomery County, MD, Mr. Hughes attended Montgomery County Public Schools, is a past member of the Howard County Inns of Court and the MD/DC Wireless Association and is highly involved in youth soccer in Howard County, MD. Mr. Hughes is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s land development practice, click here or contact Sean at 301-762-5212.

Miller, Miller & Canby Names Soo Lee-Cho Principal; Joins Jody Kline as Co-Chair of Land Use Group

Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that Soo Lee-Cho, land use and zoning attorney, has been named Principal of the firm and will join Jody S. Kline as Co-Chair of the Land Development Practice Group.

“Soo represents the best of Miller, Miller & Canby’s strengths in an area of law that has been at the core of our firm’s practice for more than 70 years,” noted Jody S. Kline. “Soo approaches every client and every case with extraordinary passion, diligence and skillful application of the law.”

Soo Lee-Cho
’s practice includes land use, zoning law, real estate development and administrative law. She assists a wide array of property owners and developers (both local and national) with securing necessary entitlements to develop their properties, including local map amendments, sketch/site plans, subdivision approvals, zoning text amendments, historic preservation, master plan recommendations, special exceptions/conditional uses and variances. She appears before administrative boards, commissions and elected officials, including the Montgomery County Council, the County Board of Appeals, the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, various County agencies, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the City Councils, boards and planning commissions of Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Soo represents firms from multiple sectors including multi-family, senior housing, affordable housing developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs), retailers, commercial and industrial landowners, private educational institutions, day care facilities, hospitals and churches. Representative clients include Quadrangle Development Corporation, Duball, LLC, JBG Rosenfeld Retail, Montgomery College, The Bullis School, Medstar Montgomery Medical Center and PNC Bank.

Soo Lee-Cho’s law career spans 20 years, beginning with a municipal law and land development firm in Los Angeles, California, where her land use law practice focused on development impact review, California Environmental Quality Act compliance and entitlements procurement in connection with entertainment/sports and commercial development. She is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (Bachelor of Arts, 1993) and The Loyola Law School (Juris Doctor, 1996).

Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release. For more information about Miller, Miller & Canby’s land development practice, click here or contact Soo at 301-762-5212.

Property Owners Have 45 Days to Appeal New Maryland Property Tax Assessments

Last week, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) issued new Assessment Notices to owners of one-third of all commercial and residential properties in Maryland.  Property owners have 45 days from the date of the Assessment Notice to challenge these new assessments.  The “first-level” appeal allows the owner the opportunity to convince the assessor that the assessment is incorrect.  If the assessor refuses to reduce the assessment, the owner may file a further appeal within 30 days to the county Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board (PTAAB).   The Board will consider the evidence and issue a written decision, usually within two weeks.  If the property owner is still dissatisfied, another appeal may be filed to the Maryland Tax Court.

Miller, Miller & Canby has been protesting the assessments of various types of commercial properties and high-value residential properties in Maryland for more than 30 years and has obtained substantial reductions in real property assessments for our clients.  Our litigation attorneys regularly represent clients before the local Assessment Office, PTAAB and the Maryland Tax Court.  We have successfully appealed the assessments on office buildings, retail stores, senior living centers, warehouses, casinos, apartment buildings, cemeteries and property being developed.  Let us help you reduce your Maryland property assessments in 2017.  

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 property tax guidance or to help reduce your commercial Maryland property tax assessment.  For more information about the firm’s Maryland property tax appeals practice and representative cases, click here.

MM&C Commemorates 70th Anniversary by Donating 70 Wreaths and Volunteering at Arlington Cemetery

In 2016, Miller, Miller & Canby celebrated 70 years of serving the legal needs of our community. We celebrated this milestone anniversary through several initiatives and public service projects.

Our last event of the year was the donation of 70 wreaths to Wreaths Across America and volunteering to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday December 17th.  MM&C employees and their families also participated in laying wreaths and remembering those men and women who served our country. The 2016 Wreaths Across America theme was to “#SayTheirNames.”  Volunteers were reminded that when you place the wreath, you may be the first person to visit that particular grave in years, and were asked to “Say Their Names” to honor the memory of that hero.  This event has special meaning to Miller, Miller & Canby as, James R. Miller, Sr., who along with his wife founded our firm, was a Marine who served in WWII and was awarded the Silver Star for Valor.  Many others who subsequently joined Miller, Miller & Canby, were also members of our country’s Armed Services, including Bill Canby (USN), Robert Burchett (US Army), Jim Thompson (USMC), Lew Schumann (USAF) and Jody Kline (US Army-Special Forces).

We recognize that our 70th anniversary is in many respects due to the relationships we have built and maintained with you, our clients, friends and the business community.  For many, these relationships have been long-standing and span multiple generations.  So, as we celebrated our firm's anniversary in 2016, we also celebrated our relationships with you, and the continued trust that you have placed in us to represent and counsel you in your business and personal affairs. We invite you to learn more about our firm’s history here.

Have you Updated Your Employee Handbook to Comply with the New Ordinance on Sick and Safe Leave?

A new Montgomery County ordinance took effect on October 1, 2016, which now requires Employers in Montgomery County to provide certain paid sick and safe leave, to expand the permitted uses of this sick and safe leave, and to permit certain carryovers of unused leave into the next year.  Do the provisions of your current employee Handbook comply with these new requirements?  Are your policies consistent with the law?  If not, an experienced business law attorney can assist you in these areas.

A summary of the principal provisions of the new requirements are as follows:

  1. Employers must allow employees who regularly work more than eight (8) hours each week to accrue paid time off in order to provide care for themselves or family members in cases of illness, preventative care, or in response to sexual violence or stalking.
  2. Employers in Montgomery County are required to provide each employee earned sick and safe leave for work performed in the County paid at the same rate and with the same benefits that the employee normally earns.  
  3. An employer with less than 5 employees is only required to provide up to 32 hours of paid sick and safe leave and 24 hours of unpaid sick and safe leave in a calendar year.
  4. An employer with 5 or more employees is required to provide up to 56 hours of paid sick and safe leave in a calendar year.  
  5. An employee can carryover up to 56 hours of unused sick and safe leave into the next calendar year.
  6. The definition of activities qualifying for sick and safe leave has been expanded.
  7. Employers must keep records for at least 3 years of: (i) earned sick and safe leave by each employee and (ii) earned sick and safe leave used by each employee.

The business law attorneys at Miller, Miller, and Canby can assist employers with setting up or updating their employee handbook, so that it complies with the County’s ordinance on sick and safe leave. To learn more about MM&C’s business law practice and to contact one of the firm’s business law attorneys click here.

The Prestigious 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers List Includes Four MM&C Attorneys

Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to announce that attorneys James (Jim) L. Thompson, Joel (Jody) Kline and Donna McBride have been selected to the 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers list and attorney Diane Feuerherd has been named to the 2017 Rising Stars list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Maryland are selected by Super Lawyers.

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.

Donna McBride
, a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation practice since 2009, has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and in the District of Columbia, approximately 100 of which were jury trials. 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, Ms. McBride is a co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, served on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, is a member of the Montgomery Inn of Court and volunteers as a mediator for the District Court. She also 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.

Diane Feuerherd
is an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice, focusing in appellate, employment, commercial and business litigation. Ms. Feuerherd joined the firm in the fall of 2013 after serving for two years as an appellate law clerk to the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the State’s highest court.  In her two years since joining the firm, Diane has briefed and successfully argued cases before the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals, and, most recently represented a commercial developer challenging the validity of Montgomery County’s “Rain Tax.”  She is an active member of the Montgomery County Inns of Court and the Montgomery County Bar Association. She also contributes her time to the Finding Justice Project, a committee of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, researching and memorializing the history of women lawyers in Maryland.
Mr. Thompson has been named a Super Lawyer for each of the past 11 years; Mr. Kline for the past 10 years, and Ms. McBride since 2014. 2017 is the second year Ms. Feuerherd has been selected as a Rising Star. They join other Miller, Miller & Canby attorneys previously named Super Lawyers, including Joe Suntum and Pat McKeever.

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. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

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. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

Click the download button below to view the firm's formal press release.  Click here to view the digital article in The Daily Record.

November 2016 Legal News & Notes

The November 2016 issue of Miller, Miller & Canby's Legal News & Notes quarterly email newsletter covers the firm's new litigation attorney, Jim Thompson's Maryland Tax Appeals Case "Top 10 Ad Valorem Tax Cases", Valuation Discounts Ending for Gift & Estate Tax Planning, and much more.  Click here to view newsletter.

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