Author Archives: Ground Rules

COUNTY COUNCIL OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY V. ZIMMER DEVELOPMENT COMPANY: A NEW ORDER IN THE REGIONAL DISTRICT

Robert J. Shannon wrote the following article. Robert was admitted to the Maryland Bar in June of 2014. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in December of 2013 and summa cum laude from Towson University in May of 2011. As a result of the Maryland Court of Appeals’ decision in […]

Are Exculpatory Clauses for Commercial Landlords Enforceable in Maryland?

This article was written by Robert S. Tanenbaum, an associate with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP in its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Tanenbaum counsels commercial landlords and tenants on litigation avoidance and litigates business and real estate disputes in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and throughout the Eastern seaboard.   Many commercial leases contain an expansive […]

Judge Strikes Down Montgomery County’s Rain Tax

Gordon Feinblatt LLC and its member Maggie Witherup contributed the following article.  Last week, the Circuit Court for Montgomery County struck down the County’s water quality protection charge – also known as a stormwater remediation fee or “rain tax” – on the grounds that the charge violates a State law requiring the fee to be […]

Are we out of the woods yet?

Kevin L. Shepherd, a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group of Venable LLP, a past president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and a past chair of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, contributed the following article.  This article appeared in the electronic edition of The Daily Record […]

SUPREME COURT HOLDS DISPARATE-IMPACT CLAIMS COGNIZABLE UNDER FAIR HOUSING ACT

This article was written by Iyen A. Acosta and Meghan Levine.  Iyen is currently an associate at Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC and has been admitted to the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia. She was a January 2014 cum laude graduate of the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, where she was a […]

In the Wake of the Freddie Gray Events, Does Senate Bill 541 Provide West Baltimore New Hope?

This article was written by Steven J. Willner, a July 2014 cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. While in law school, Steve concentrated his studies on business and transactions-related courses. Steve also served on the Moot Court Board and won Best Brief for the Board’s Fall 2012 Moot Court Competition. […]

A Night in Review: Everyman Theatre

The following article was written by Anitra Washington, a 2015 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. While in law school, she served as the captain of the University of Maryland Black Law Student Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team. Anitra is also the 2015 recipient of the University of […]