Joseph P. Suntum, CRE
Joseph Suntum joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 1988 and has been a principal in the firm since 1994. Joe focuses his practice upon the representation of property owners throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia in eminent domain litigation. He also practices in the areas of real estate litigation, complex business litigation and appellate advocacy. Joe is among the few exceptional trial lawyers who have successfully tried both murder cases and multi-million dollar civil actions. He has also successfully argued numerous appeals before the Maryland courts of appeal.
Before joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Joe served as a law clerk to the Honorable Elsbeth Levy Bothe in Circuit Court for Baltimore City. He also served four years as an Assistant Public Defender for Montgomery County where he first earned his reputation as an outstanding trial advocate.
Significant Eminent Domain and Property Rights Representations and Reported Decisions
- Montgomery County Board of Education v. Jean K. Phillips, Trustee, et. al., Civil No. 364708-V, (Offer: $2,300,000; Agreed Inquisition: $4,142,500), 2013
- State Highway Administration v. Landfair Properties, LLC, Civil No. CAL11-37734, (Offer: $2,300,000; Settlement: $12,500,000), 2013
- Montgomery County, Maryland v. Wilgus Associates, Civil No. 325597-V, (Offer $4,819,000; Settlement: $9,669,000), 2011
- Montgomery County, Maryland v. Jack F. Poole, Civil No. 334945-V, (Offer: $74,650; Inquisition: $225,000), 2011
- Montgomery County, Maryland v. Oakmont Limited Partnership, Civil No. 330053-V, (Offer: $1,600,000; Settlement: $4,390,000), 2010
- State Roads Commission v. Bertrand T. Fang, Civil No. 295600-V, (Offer $1,483,750; Agreed Inquisition: $3,698,000), 2009
- Montgomery County, Maryland v. John G. Grimberg Trust, Civil No. 297479-V, (Offer: $1,725,000; Inquisition: $2,225,000), 2009
- State Roads Commission v. Frederick Dunn, Civil No. 23395-M, (Offer: $704,200; Settlement: $1,056,300), 2008
- State Roads Commission v. Interdenominational Church of God, Civil Nos. 22265-M and 22226-M, (Offer: $147,850; Settlement: $737,727), 2008
- State Roads Commission v. Anne M. Willson, Civil No. 285025-V, (Offer: $3,750,000; Agreed Inquisition: $4,650,000), 2008
- State Roads Commission v. Donald E. McNeill, Civil No. 283022-V, (Offer: $2,700,000; Settlement: $3,825,000), 2007
- SHA v. Southern Asias Adventist Association, Civil No. 281607-V, (Offer $2,150,000; Settlement: $3,375,000), 2007
- Montgomery County, Maryland v. Montrose Medical Associates, Civil No. 259921-V, (Offer $1,162,800; Settlement: $4,500,000), 2006
A selection of Joe’s most recent presentations are listed below. For a full list of his speeches, please visit here.
- American Law Institute, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Opening and Closing: Laying Out Your Case and Bringing It Home,” February 6, 2015, San Francisco, California.
- American Law Institute, Condemnation 101, “Tips and Traps for the Beginning Eminent Domain Attorney,” January 24, 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana.
- American Law Institute, Condemnation 101, “Trial Strategies for the Opening Statement in an Eminent Domain Jury Trial,” January 25, 2013, Miami Beach, Florida.
- American Law Institute, Condemnation 101, “Effective Closing Arguments in Eminent Domain Cases,” January 25, 2013, Miami Beach, Florida.
- American Law Institute, Condemnation 101, “Giving the Judge and Jury the Big Picture in a Condemnation Case,” January 27, 2012, San Diego, California.
- American Law Institute, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, “Effective Voir Dire, Cross Examination, and Closing Argument from a Property Owner’s and a Condemnor’s Perspectives,” February 18, 2011, Coral Gables, Florida.
- American Law Institute, Condemnation 101, “Essential Exhibits: Demonstrative Evidence in Eminent Domain,” February 4, 2010, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Published Articles and Papers
A selection of Joe’s published works are available below. For a complete list of his written works, please visit here.
- Maryland Property Owners’ Handbook: The Condemnation Process and Just Compensation in the State Courts of Maryland
- Condemnation of Easements
- Compensation for Loss of Visibility to and View from the Owners’ Property
- Precondemnation Planning
- Post-Judgment Matters and Apportionment Proceedings
- The Condemnation Landscape Across the Country Post-Kelo — A Maryland Perspective
Bar Admissions and Membership
- District of Columbia
- American Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Montgomery County Bar Association (Secretary, 1995-1996; Executive Committee 1997-1999)
- Designated Member, Counselors of Real Estate®, www.cre.org, an international organization of real estate professionals recognized as the leading advisors in complex real property matters. Joe is among approximately 50 practicing attorneys who hold a CRE® designation.
- Character Committee, Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1992-1997
- Board of Directors, Montgomery General Hospital, 2003-2009
- Board of Directors, Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 2005-2009