Miller, Miller & Canby and OCA Announce Jim Thompson as 2013 Eminent Domain Lawyer of the Year


Jim Thompson's selection as 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law was announced by Miller, Miller & Canby and the Owners' Counsel of America (OCA) today. Mr. Thompson has represented Maryland in the OCA, a national network of property rights attorneys. The Lawyer of the Year recognition is given by The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan community is honored as Lawyer of the Year, making this designation particularly significant. A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Thompson's selection may be found by clicking on Download Attachment below.

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  • Donna McBride Recognized for Alternative Dispute Resolution Service


    Attorney Donna McBride was recently recognized by the District Court of Maryland for her time, dedication, and service to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office, where she volunteered to help mediate cases on the civil docket. The District Court of Maryland's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Office provides mediation and settlement conferences for civil cases pending in many District Court locations. These ADR services are offered at no charge, either on the day of trial or before the trial date (pre-trial), through the District Court ADR program. For more information on this important program and its importance to the citizens of Maryland, please refer to the program's December 2012 "A Winning Solution" newsletter here.

    Miller, Miller & Canby Sponsors Maryland Public Service Project


    Miller, Miller & Canby has demonstrated its commitment to public service and the environment by becoming a Silver-level sponsor of the "Heroes on the Half Shell" project of the Maryland State Bar Association's Leadership Academy. The one-of-a-kind project focuses on awareness and education of the important role oysters play in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Oysters act as an important filter, extracting particles and algae and flushing water back into the bay. Some interesting facts that demonstrate the importance of oysters: one oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water per day, and, when oysters were plentiful 100 years ago the entire Bay cold be filtered in a few days. Now, it takes a year.

    Miller, Miller & Canby is a sponsor of the project, which has two components. First, it includes the development of an innovative display at the Maryland Science Center--which enjoys 400,000 visitors per year--which will educate visitors as to the role oysters play and how they may contribute to restoration of the oyster population in the Bay. The Science Center display was unveiled on May 15, 2013. All 200 children participating in the project, as well as many of the sponsors of the project, were in attendance. Speakers included Van Reiner, CEO of the Science Center and Neil Duke, Chair of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.

    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

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  • Damon Orobona and Georgetown Team Awarded 3rd Place in International MIT Competition


    Miller, Miller & Canby's Damon Orobona, along with Victor Gutierrez of CW Capital, Elizabeth Clipp of Jones Lang LaSalle, and Sonia Egyhazy of Crestline Hotels, all representing Georgetown University's Masters of Professional Studies in Real Estate Program, were awarded 3rd place out of 32 international team entries on April 5th at MIT's Annual Global Real Estate Forum. The contestants represented the world's most prestigious universities for the 2013 The Case competition with the mission this year of preparing and presenting an abstract redevelopment strategy for the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the current home of the FBI in Washington, DC. Three teams, of which Mr. Orobona's team was one, were selected from the semifinalists to advance to the final round, which will be judged by industry veterans in front of a live audience. More information about the competition may be found by reading the press release (click on Download Attachment at the end of this article).

    Damon Orobona is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Development practice area. His practice includes real estate development, land use law, zoning, and administrative and municipal law. His clients include developers, builders, real estate investment trusts, landowners and institutional organizations such as churches and private schools.

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  • Joe Suntum Selected to Represent Maryland for Owners' Counsel of America


    Joe Suntum has been selected as the Maryland representative of the Owners' Counsel of America, a nationwide network of experienced eminent domain and property rights attorneys dedicated to representing landowners threatened by condemnation and related property valuation litigation. Mr. Suntum succeeds his partner, James L. Thompson, who has been named as an Emeritus Member of the association.
    "It is an honor to be appointed as the Maryland Member of the Owners' Counsel of America and to follow in the footsteps of my partner, Jim Thompson," said Mr. Suntum. A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Suntum's appointment may be found by clicking on Download Attachment at the end of this article.
    While a major focus of his practice is the representation of Maryland and D.C. property owners in eminent domain litigation, Mr. Suntum also practices in the areas of real estate litigation, complex business litigation, and appellate advocacy. He is among the few exceptional trial lawyers who have successfully tried both murder cases and multi-million dollar civil actions. 
    Miller, Miller & Canby recently launched a new web page related specifically to condemnation and eminent domain issues in Maryland:

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  • Ellen Walker Featured in Washingtonian Magazine Article About Pets in Estate Plans


    Miller, Miller & Canby's Ellen Walker is featured in Washingtonian Magazine's March issue in an article titled, "Everlasting Love." The article discusses a growing trend:  the provision of the care of pets in the estate plans of their owners. Oftentimes, pets end up in shelters after their owners pass away, if family members are unable or unwilling to care for them. One solution is a pet trust, a legally sanctioned agreement providing for the care of an animal after its owner dies. Unlike pet trusts created by wills, established in the course of the probate process and not immediately upon the owner's death, some pet trusts take effect immediately after an owner dies. Pet trusts can be integrated into trusts that are effective during the owner's lifetime. In either case, an owner designates a caregiver and trustee who manages funds for the care of the pet. As part of the process of setting up pet trusts for her clients, Ms. Walker has them fill out a "pet personality profile," so the designated caregiver has a true understanding of the animal's needs. For more information about pet trusts and other ways to provide for your pets, as well as other trust and estate planning concerns, contact  Ellen Walker

    Maury Epner Joins Esteemed Panel for SmartCEO Panel Discussion on Employment Law and Litigation


    At the invitation of SmartCEO Magazine, Miller, Miller & Canby's Maury S. Epner joined several other attorneys from the Greater Washington, DC Metro area for a 90-minute roundtable discussion addressing current issues of interest and concern to CEOs with respect to employment counseling and litigation. Mr. Epner and his peers focused on recent legal developments, employee classifications (W-2 vs 1099), issues of privacy and security related to the burgeoning trend of employees using personal  "smart" devices in the workplace, the overriding importance of well-written employment agreements and other contracts, and wage-payment and other compensation-related issues. The program, held on February 26th at the offices of Citibank in Washington, DC, was recorded and will be published, and also made available via podcast in the digital edition, of the June issue of SmartCEO Magazine. Smart CEO's readership consists of influential C-level executives who are business leaders and mentors in their companies and their communities.

    Mr. Epner is a partner with Miller, Miller & Canby and leads the firm's Litigation Section. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, and appellate advocacy. Tap into his expertise by contacting  Maury Epner.


    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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  • Three MMC Attorneys Named Super Lawyers for 2013


    Congratulations to Maury Epner, Jim Thompson and Joe Suntum, who were all named to the prestigious list of Super Lawyers in the state of Maryland for 2013. Super Lawyers is a highly regarded rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Only five percent of attorneys in any given state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

    Donna McBride's Employer Litigation Article Featured in "The Defense Line"


    Miller, Miller & Canby's Donna McBride recently examined an interesting case involving employer litigation in an article titled "The Law of Respondeat Superior is Alive and Well in Maryland -- A Review of Barclay v. Briscoe." The article has been included in the recent issue of The Maryland Defense Counsel's "The Defense Line" as a feature. In it, Ms. McBride outlines why the Court of Appeals declined to extend liability to employers for negligent acts of employees that occur outside the scope of the employer's business. Click here to read the article in its entirety. 

    Donna McBride is a partner in Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice group. In her two decades of practice she has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has played leading roles in complex commercial disputes for large corporate clients and in other areas such as employment disputes, insurance related litigation, zoning and land use matters and trust litigation. Additionally, she has expertise in acting as divorce trustee, assisting in presenting sound options for disposition or allocation of trust property when trustees involved are going through a separation or divorce. For information about Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice, contact  Donna McBride.


    Masterplanned Communities: Past, Present, Future


    Miller, Miller & Canby's Jody Kline was interviewed by the Washington Times for a feature story on the three legendary and largest masterplanned communities in the Washington region as they reach milestone anniversaries. Read the full story here.

    Jody and his team of attorneys in Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Use and Land Development practice group provide informed counsel to clients on a wide range of legal issues and represent some of the newest ideas and plans by local, regional and national developers of commercial, residential and industrial properties as well as developers for public and private institutional facilities. For more information about our services, contact  Jody Kline.

    Miller, Miller & Canby Land Use Attorneys Featured at American Planning Association Seminar


    Land use attorneys Jody Kline, Soo Lee-Cho and Damon Orobona will lead a discussion on Annexations and Urban Planning, courtesy of the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association, on Monday, December 17th at the Catholic University School of Architecture.  The event has been approved for 1.5 CM law credits for APA members.

    The free session will address the importance of annexation law and its relevance to urban planning, particularly in the Washington, DC region, where planning is complicated by adjacent, multiple jurisdictions. The presentation will include a brief overview of general annexation law as well as insight into the negotiations that occur between both municipalities involved in the annexation process and real estate developers themselves. The presentation will discuss how the law allows this helpful negotiation to occur and will conclude with everyday examples that help explain annexation law in everyday practice.

    For more information on this event click here.  For more information on the Land Use practice at Miller, Miller & Canby contact  Damon Orobona.

    Jim Thompson Recognized by Best Lawyers as Eminent Domain "Lawyer of the Year"


    Miller, Miller & Canby's Jim Thompson has been recognized by Best Lawyers as 2012 "Lawyer of the Year" for the Washington Metropolitan area in the practice area of eminent domain and condemnation law.  Only a single lawyer in each geographic area and designated practice area is honored as Lawyer of the Year, which makes this accolade particularly significant. 

    Jim Thompson has been a leader in Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice for more than 25 years. He concentrates his practice in eminent domain and real estate valuation litigation, in addition to civil litigation involving complex real estate and business/commercial disputes. For more information on Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice contact  James Thompson or practice group leader  Joe Suntum.

    Jim Thompson Named Among SmartCEO's "Legal Elite"


    Congratulations to Miller, Miller & Canby's Jim Thompson for being named to the SmartCEO 2012 Legal Elite list for the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. This distinction is based on nominations from the business community and a poll of more than 15,000 area CEOs. Jim is being recognized in the December issue of Washington SmartCEO magazine.

    Jim Thompson is a senior litigation expert and part of Miller, Miller & Canby's seasoned Litigation Practice Group, which focuses on eminent domain, appeals and litigation in the following areas:  business and commercial, personal injury and insurance, real estate, construction, employment, tax, and estates and trusts litigation. For more information on Miller, Miller & Canby's litigation practice, contact  James Thompson or litigation group leader,  Joe Suntum.

    Damon Orobona Keynote Speaker at American Planning Association Conference


    Land use attorney and city planner Damon Orobona is scheduled to speak at the NCAC American Planning Association's fall Planning/Awards Conference on Saturday, November 10. The Conference will be held at The Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning. Damon will address a number of topics, including the role of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding in real estate development.
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    Damon Orobona is an associate in Miller, Miller & Canby's Land Development practice group. He has considerable experience in transit-oriented development, mixed use development, affordable housing, master planning, urban design, and adequate public facilities. His clients include developers, builders, real estate investment trusts, land owners, and institutional organizations such as private schools and churches. Tap into Damon's expertise by contacting him at  Damon Orobona

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  • Maryland Bar Journal Features Landmark MM&C Case


    Joe Suntum recently prevailed in a significant commercial law case; the case is featured as the lead story in the July/August issue of the Maryland Bar Journal. Joe represented the successful petitioners in Boland v. Boland, a complex business litigation involving shareholder derivative suits.

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    Joseph Suntum is Miller, Miller & Canby's Litigation Practice Leader, handling a wide variety of substantive areas of litigation including eminent domain condemnation, complex business litigation, and appellate advocacy. Tap into this expertise by contacting  Joe Suntum.

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  • Jody Kline Featured in Real Estate BISNOW's "What's Next for Wheaton?"


    Jody Kline provided insight in a recent Real Estate Bisnow article discussing the future of development in Wheaton, in light of BF Saul's recent decision to pull out of a partnership to redevelop Wheaton Metro.

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    MM&C Featured in Real Estate BISNOW Exclusive: Purple Line Purpose


    Miller, Miller & Canby was recently featured in Real Estate BISNOW discussing the current status of the Purple Line, Maryland transportation funding, and the significant impact on property owners.  

    Joe Suntum explained that “just compensation” includes not just the value of the property taken by eminent domain, but damages done to the property not taken, which they have successfully recovered for owners in the path of the recent Montrose Parkway and ICC projects. Transportation funds in Maryland are scarce and Maryland must commit to pay at least one-half of the projected $1.9B cost. But if the light turns green on the Purple Line, property acquisitions could start in '13 or '14.

    MM&C has represented clients in eminent domain matters and real property litigation for over 65 years. Specifically, protecting client rights when their property interests are threatened, or taken, by governmental authorities for public use. 

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    Damon Orobona Joins Miller, Miller & Canby


    Damon Orobona recently joined Miller, Miller & Canby as our newest associate in the Land Development Group. A former Senior Planner and Senior Legislative Analyst for the Montgomery County government, Damon brings valuable insight and expertise in the development review and approval process.  Damon is licensed to practice law and is also eligible for AICP planning certification, bringing a unique background and skill set to our established land use practice.  We are pleased to welcome him to our team.