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Joe Suntum joined the firm in 1988 after 4 years in the Public Defenders Office where he earned his reputation as a exemplary trial attorney. He became a partner in the firm in 1994 and served the firm as Managing Partner from 1998 to 2006.




Mr. Suntum is a rare trial lawyer who has successfully tried both murder cases and multi‑million dollar civil actions. He has also successfully argued numerous appeals before the Maryland courts of appeal. And his trial skills were publicly acknowledged by the court as it granted Mr. Suntum’s motion, on behalf of his clients, for reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the successful prosecution of a complex derivative shareholder complaint, which resulted in a $6,326,250 judgment in favor of his clients.




Mr. Suntum now focuses his trial practice on real estate disputes, most particularly eminent domain and condemnation. The trial of condemnation actions requires full knowledge of the substantive issues concerning land valuation, as well as the unique procedural rules applicable to such matters. Mr. Suntum’s knowledge in this area permits him to work effectively with experts such as appraisers, land planners, brokers, developers and others to maximize the compensation paid to his clients for property taken by governmental agencies.


Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 90%
    33 years
  2. Appeals: 10%
    33 years

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Miller, Miller & Canby, Chartered

200-B Monroe Street
Rockville, MD, 20850-4447



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Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 5% of Maryland Litigation AttorneysSuper Lawyers2013
Top 5% of Maryland Litigation AttorneysSuper Lawyers2009
Top 5% of Maryland Litigation AttorneysSuper Lawyers2008
Top 5% of Maryland Litigation AttorneysSuper Lawyers2007
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalMiller, Miller & Canby, Chartered1988 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Montgomery County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee1997 - 1999
Montgomery County Bar AssociationSecretary1995 - 1996
Montgomery County Bar Association, Federal Practice SectionMemberN/A
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Chester MowellNot Guilty
Park Avenue Associates v. Peter DavisVerdict in favor of plaintiff
Schochet v. State, 320 Md. 714 (1990)Conviction reversed
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Publication NameTitleDate
ALI-CLEOpening Statements in Eminent Domain cases2013
ALI/ABA publicationEffective Voir Dire, Opening, and Closing Argument From a Property Owner's and Condemnor's Perspective2013
The Practical Real Estate LawyerDemonstrative Evidence in Eminent Domain: The Essential Exhibits2011
ALI/ABA publicationDirect Examination of a Valuation Witness2009
ALI-ABA publicationsTaking Your Condemnation Case to the Next Level: Winning Ideas and Best Practices2008
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of MarylandN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
University of MontanaWildlife BiologyN/AN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Eighth Annual Virginia CLE International Virginia Eminent Domain Law & Practice SeminarEmbracing New Technology: The iPad at Trial2014
ALI-CLE, Eminent Domain and Land Value LitigationiPad at Trial: Using the iPad to Enhance Your Eminent Domain Practice2014