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It is my top priority to be attentive and responsive to my clients’ needs. While I focus on real estate or leasing transactions, I also understand that our clients are real people. My clients include residential and commercial developers and builders throughout the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore region. I regularly assist them with negotiating and drafting land and building acquisition contracts and development documents, easements, loan documents, private water and sewer utility documents and home purchase contracts. A large portion of my practice is planning and drafting governing documents to establish homeowners’, commercial, master, mixed-use and condominium associations.  I work with both landlords and tenants drafting and negotiating various types of commercial leases for medical practices, retail spaces, restaurants, warehouses and other industrial buildings. I help these clients understand the complex issues and language that will likely affect them for years. Furthermore, I help many restaurant owners with their unique legal issues, including liquor licensing.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Real Estate: 50%
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 35%
  3. Contracts: 10%
  4. Business: 5%

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Helen M Whelan

    I worked with Michael for 9 years. He is always professional and an excellent lawyer. I would recommend Michael to anyone.

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    Relationship: Co-worker

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Michael for many years on a variety of real estate matters (HOA, Water and Sewer companies, Leasing) and consider him to be a valuable and knowledgeable resource in these areas.

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    Jonathan Kipnis Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

7811 Montrose Road
Suite 400
Potomac, MD, 20854

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 199207/06/2016
MDActive199009/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Legal EliteSmart CEO Magazine2010
President's AwardMaryland National Capital Building Industry Association2009
Joseph C. Rogers, Sr. Memorial AwardMaryland National Capital Building Industry Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMcMillan Metro, PC2001 - Present
AssociateMcMillan Metro, PC1996 - 2001
AssociateFossett & Brugger, Chartered1989 - 1995
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
VistageKey Executive2009 - Present
Montgomery County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Maryland Building Industry AssociationLife Director1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Restaurant Lease NegotiationsSuccessful completion of multiple transactions
Large Multi-Use Real Estate ProjectSuccessful
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
MM NewsHOA and Condo Board Members: A New Law in Montgomery County Applies to YOU!2016
MM NewsNegotiating Construction Requirements in Commercial Leases2014
MM NewsWhat Should You Consider When Negotiating a Restaurant Lease?2013
Building in Maryland and Washington D.C. (MNCBIA)Expansion of Implied Warranties for HOA and Condominium Projects2010
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1990
Rutgers UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MBIA - Remodelors Council MeetingRemodeling Contracts2016
Bisnow - 3rd Annual Restaurant Development SummittRestaurant Development2013
Lorman Education SeminarAnalysis of Commercial Leases in Maryland2004