ROCKVILLE, Md., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Joseph P. Suntum, Esq. of Miller, Miller & Canby in Rockville has been selected as the Maryland representative of the Owner's Council 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. 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.
Mr. Suntum received his bachelor's and Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Elsbeth Levy Bothe in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Before joining Miller, Miller & Canby, he served four years as an Assistant Public Defender for Montgomery County. Mr. Suntum is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Montgomery County for which he served as Secretary, 1995-1996 and on the Executive Committee, 1997-1999. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Montgomery General Hospital, 2003-2009, and on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 2005-2009.
In addition to his legal practice and leadership positions, Mr. Suntum frequently speaks at continuing legal education conferences, including the national Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation and Condemnation 101 courses presented annually by the American Law Institute. He also regularly publishes articles relating to issues arising in condemnation litigation. Mr. Suntum has been recognized by Super Lawyers and has received the highest peer review rating, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell®.
"We welcome Joe Suntum as the Maryland representative of Owners' Counsel. Joe, his partner Jim Thompson, and Miller, Miller & Canby have had great success protecting property owners throughout Maryland and D.C." said Cathy Newman, Owners' Counsel of America Executive Director. "OCA and its member-attorneys are devoted to defending private property ownership throughout the country and pledge to assist Joe and his firm with any resources we can offer to protect and defend the property rights of Maryland landowners."
About Miller, Miller & Canby
For more than six decades, a reputation for excellence and dedication to client success have made Miller, Miller & Canby one of the most respected law firms in Montgomery County, Maryland. This recognition is built on experience, a stellar record of achievement and deep roots in the community. 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 its focus and moderate size in order to ensure that all attorneys maintain close contact with their clients and have the opportunity to develop and foster trusted, lasting relationships. 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. For more information, please visit www.millermillercanby.com.
ABOUT OWNERS' COUNSEL OF AMERICA (OCA)
The Owners' Counsel of America is a nationwide network of experienced eminent domain attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of private property owners large and small, locally and nationally, and to advancing the cause of property rights. The lawyers affiliated with OCA are in private practice in nearly every state and represent property owners against federal, state, and local governments, utilities, redevelopment authorities and other entities that may be armed with eminent domain power. For more information or to locate an eminent domain lawyer in your state, please visit www.ownerscounsel.com.
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