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Kevin J Best

Practice areas:

State, Local And Municipal Law, Landlord & Tenant, Land Use & Zoning, Business, Debt Collection, Guardianship

About Me

Why pay large firm rates for quality legal representation particularly if you lease (rent or own) or manage real property, run a small business, nonprofit or homeowners association?  If you are involved in local government, I have a total of 18 years experience working for and with Maryland municipal governments and have served as a municipal attorney since soon after my admittance to the bar. 


I am currently the Town Attorney for the Towns of Forest Heights, North Brentwood, Eagle Harbor and Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County and am also or have been specially retained by other cities and towns.


I am also experienced in land use/zoning law particularly in Anne Arundel Co. and Prince George's County (Md.) representing developers, owners and local governments.


In addition to my core municipal practice, I also handle matters involving zoning, code enforcement, business formation and governance, homeowners association and landlord/tenant matters.  I am primarily a municipal and general practice attorney with experience in land use, ordinance drafting, legislative advocacy, contract drafting, review & litigation, personnel and police matters and the entire spectrum of matters facing medium to small cities and towns in Maryland including litigation. I have represented clients in numerous other real estate and government-related matters.


I also enjoy real property related issues including boundary disputes, easements, riparian rights, homeowners association governance and covenant issues, and landlord tenant matters. I have formerly served as an HOA president.


I was raised in northeastern Indiana but was educated in Maryland having lived in central Maryland for the past 23 years.  A retired U.S. Marine officer (infantry) and U.S. Naval Academy graduate, I currently serve as a lieutenant colonel in the Maryland Defense Force's JAG Corps. 


Please don't hesitate to call ((O)410-777-8506 or (C) 410-533-6019) or email (kevin@kevinbestlaw.com). 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. State, Local And Municipal Law: 65%
    12 years
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 13%
    12 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 10%
    12 years
  4. Business: 8%
    12 years
  5. Other: 4%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($220-300/hour), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • John T. Brennan

    Mr. Best is very knowledgeable about the intricacies of municipal law and serves his clients thoughtfully and diligently. He has also impressed me with his ethics and his zeal for mastering the law to ensure that his clients get the best representation he can provide. I would not hesitate to entrust a legal matter to Kevin Best.

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    John Brennan Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Kevin is a smart, thorough and conscientious attorney who has handled several sensitive cases for me. From the pleadings to appellate work, he has never disappointed. He ensures he knows all the details, all the law and the goals of the client. Aside from his legal skills, he is a personable individual that is a pleasure to work with.

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    Jack Gullo
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

The Law Office of Kevin J. Best

133 Defense Highway
Suite 208
Annapolis, MD, 21401-7909

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 200505/24/2015
MDActive200307/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Navy-Marine Corps Commendation MedalUnited States Marine Corps1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal AttorneyThe Law Office of Kevin J. Best2010 - Present
Of CounselFunk & Bolton P.A.2008 - 2010
Associate AttorneyLinowes and Blocher LLP2003 - 2008
Manager, Research and Information ManagementMaryland Municipal League1996 - 2003
Lieutenant - Captain (Infantry)U.S. Marine Corps1985 - 1993

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Maryland State Bar Association, State and Local Government Law SectionPast Chair2013 - 2014
Prince George's County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)Member2010 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Anne Arundel County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Maryland Municipal Attorneys AssociationMember2003 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In re: Greater Morningstar Pentacostal ChurchWon (PGCo. Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board)
Adams Rezoning MatterSuccessful rezoning
SWLC v. Vernoica Ilupejujudg. $8,895.32 incl. Int. & costs

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Municipal MarylandWhat Happens if an Applicant Disputes the Payment of a Licensing Fee?2010
Municipal MarylandQuestions and Answers2008
Municipal MarylandDoes Your City or Town Need Zoning Approval to Develop Land For a Public Building or Facility?2006
Municipal MarylandAdministrative Searches and Inspections by Municipal Code Enforcement Officers2004
Municipal MarylandMaryland Municipal Recall Elections2003
Municipal MarylandModel Format for Maryland Municipal Ordinances2003
Municipal MarylandThe Meaning of 'Contiguous and Adjoining' Requirements by Maryland Annexation Law2002
Municipal MarylandDual Offices of Profit2002
Municipal MarylandMunicipal Elections2001
Municipal MarylandMaryland Public Information Act2000

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
George Washington UniversityPublic AdministrationMA - Masters1994
United States Naval AcademyPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1985

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Maryland Municipal LeagueCode Enforcement on Property in Foreclosure2010