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 2022. Attorneys Donna McBride, Joseph Suntum, Michael Campbell and James Thompson have been selected for this honor, and attorney Raymond Gambrill has been named to the 2022 “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40.
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, current President of 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, former Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and former Treasurer of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.
Joseph (Joe) Suntum is principal in the firm and the firm’s Eminent Domain/Condemnation Group Leader. 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 their compensation when their properties are targeted for condemnation. He is the Owners’ Counsel of America member attorney for the State of Maryland and Chair of the Owners Counsel Board of Directors. The Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) is a national network of experienced condemnation attorneys who represent property owners against federal, state and local governments. Membership in the Owners’ Counsel is selective and restricted to one member attorney per state. In addition to eminent domain cases, he accepts select commercial litigation matters requiring advanced strategic and trial skills.
Michael Campbell chairs the litigation department at Miller, Miller & Canby. He focuses his practice on disputes involving real estate, construction projects and commercial leases in state and federal courts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and before arbitrators. Now in his third decade at the firm, he has tried more than 100 cases before judges, juries and arbitrators. He has resolved many other cases through mediation and private resolution with opposing counsel. Mr. Campbell has also developed an expertise in property tax appeals for commercial and high-value residential properties in Maryland. 2022 is the second year that he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer.
2022 is the first year that Raymond Gambrill was selected as a “Rising Star.” An associate in the Litigation Practice Group, he focuses his practice on business, commercial and real estate litigation, as well as criminal defense litigation. He began his legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable John W. Debelius, III in Circuit Court for Montgomery County. He then served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County for two years, where he developed his trial skills. He followed his prosecution experience with several years in private practice prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby. He is a graduate of the Montgomery County Bar Association Leadership Development Academy and has been elected to serve on the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Executive Committee, beginning his two-year term in 2021. He is also the Treasurer of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association.
2022 marks the 16th year that James (Jim) Thompson has been named to the list. He 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.
Each year, Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, recognizes the top lawyers in Maryland through a patented multiphased selection process that involves independent research, as well as peer nomination and review/evaluation. 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.
About Miller, Miller & Canby
In 2021, Miller, Miller & Canby celebrated 75 years of serving the legal needs of metropolitan Washington, DC. As the oldest law firm in Montgomery County, MD, the firm recognizes that this milestone reflects the relationships built and maintained with our clients, friends and the business community, many spanning multiple generations. The firm focuses on five core areas of practice: Land Development, Real Estate, Litigation, Business and Tax, and Trusts, Estates and Elder Law. The firm has intentionally maintained a moderate size in order to ensure that all attorneys maintain close contact with our clients and have the opportunity to develop and foster trusted, lasting relationships. In all of our practice areas, an overarching concern for quality of product and efficiency of accomplishment assures clients that we strive for true value in legal representation. Miller, Miller & Canby is proud to have maintained this standard of service since the firm’s founding in 1946 and continues to abide by this standard every single day.