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Cathy G. Borten

"In addition to managing all of the many elements involved in a commercial real estate transaction, I see my role as ensuring that my client understands the process, has confidence in our ability to advocate for the client’s best interests, and that all of the client’s goals for the transaction are met, or surpassed."

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Overview

Cathy Greenebaum Borten is an associate in the firm’s Real Estate practice group, where she focuses her practice in commercial real estate transactions and leasing, real estate litigation, and commercial financings and settlements.

During the course of her twenty-five year career, Cathy has negotiated and drafted leases and amendments for a variety of properties, including life science labs and offices, 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.  She has represented clients in contested proceedings in state and federal trial courts and in appeals before the Maryland courts of appeal. Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Cathy was a partner in the Law Offices of M. Gregg Diamond, P.C., in 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 at Bethesda law firm Abrams, West, Storm & Diamond, P.C., handling matters at the local, state and federal levels for a diverse client base that included developers, a major national wireless telecommunication carrier, service station franchisees, and municipalities.

Cathy is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. 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.

In her community, she is an advisor to the Ivymount School Board Property Committee and previously served on the school’s Board of Directors.


Testimonials

I have had the opportunity to work with Cathy on a regular basis as I recommended her to my clients to assist in lease negotiations. Cathy’s knowledge of the life science industry and correlating facilities has been a key asset in negotiations; ensuring that my clients have well crafted legal language that protects them through their lease term. The scientific field is a high growth industry where companies regularly look to expand prior to their lease expiration. Cathy’s ability to understand the major business related issues going into negotiations saves my clients time and cuts down their time to occupancy which is the life-sci industry is crucial.

Andrew Davis, Vice President, Life Science Practice Scheer Partners

Cathy's expertise and industry knowledge is second to none. She has guided myself and many colleagues through the never-ending changes in telecom as it relates to county zoning code and has authored creative and common sense text initiatives allowing the industry and the government authorities to agree quickly on common ground. I have also had the opportunity to work with her as she represented our firm in client lease negotiations. Her ability to understand the client needs and processes, as well as her talent in negotiating has made her a true asset in our industry.

Michael Lautar, II, Principal, Acquisitions, Bridge Gap Consulting, LLC


Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), Maryland Suburban chapter, Community Service Committee; Secretary, Board of Directors, 2021
  • Member, Women in Wireless Leadership Forum

Education

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1995
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1985

Honors and Awards

  • AV “Preeminent” Rating from Martindale Hubbell


Representative Matters

Real Estate

  • Lease of 5,000+ square feet of lab and office space for immunotherapeutic start up in newly renovated life sciences building (including requirements for non-standard equipment and BSL environment needs), including negotiations related to provisions of certain common area amenities
  • Lease of 3,300+ square feet of office space for international biotech firm opening an office in Rockville, MD
  • Purchase and sale, commercial financing, closing and associated documents for purchase of Comus Inn property for renovation and reuse
  • Purchase and sale of local historic commercial property for reuse
  • Successfully shepherded Liquor License applications and hearings for new indoor soccer complex and for conversion of fine dining restaurant to beer garden concept
  • Lease of portion of Church property for solar farm development
  • Handle document drafting, review and submittals to support major residential redevelopment project applications
  • Handle applications for agricultural use of property for variety of commercial and residential clients

Telecommunications

  • Successfully shepherded application for 110 ft. tower in Frederick County, Maryland through hearing process.
  • Successfully prosecuted and obtained special exceptions and modifications for major national wireless telecommunications provider

Case Studies

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    Real Estate

    Appeal In Homeowner Association Dispute

    Issue: Clients requested and received all necessary HOA and County approvals to build an exterior construction project at their home, but as construction neared...read more →

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