Lynn Caudle Boynton
Lynn began her legal career as a law clerk for Jim Clifford in 1977, as a college student. Lynn interned for the Honorable Judge Howard Chasanow, then on the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, and served as Chair and a member of the Campus Judicial Board, while a student at the University of Maryland; receiving her B.A. in Political Science in 1979. She continued working as a law clerk for Jim and for Conroy, Fitzgerald, Ballman & Ridgway while at the University of Baltimore School of Law, until she graduated in 1982. Lynn clerked for the Honorable John F. McAuliffe, then on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland from August 1982-August 1983. She was an associate at Conroy, FitzGerald, Ballman & Ridgway from 1983-1986, then an associate at what was then Debelius, Clifford & Debelius from 1986-1992. Lynn practiced law with Henry C. Clarke, Jr. from 1992-2006, where they each had their own private practices and co-owned Signature Settlement Services. From 2006- June 2014, Lynn was a partner at Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger, where she created and managed Olde Key Title as well as continued to expand her estate, trust, probate, trustee and guardianship practice. Lynn returned to Clifford, Debelius, Boynton & Hyatt in June 2014. While she still handles commercial and residential real estate settlements for clients and peers, Lynn's focus is on her growing work in the areas of Guardianships, Trustee appointments, Estate and Trust Planning, Probate/Estate Administration, and complex real estate matters.
Lynn is licensed to practice in Maryland (1982), the District of Columbia (1990) and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (1983). Lynn is past President of the Bar Association for Montgomery County, Maryland (BAMC) and President of the Bar Foundation, having been a member since 1982, serving on the Nomination & Elections, Fee Dispute, and Judicial Selections committees, the Bar Foundation, Bar Endowment committee and as a member of the Elder Law, Solo and Small Firm, Real Property and Trust and Estate sections. Lynn is a "bencher" on the Montgomery County Inns of Court, a member of the Women's Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, was selected as a "Bar Leader" by her BAMC colleagues. Lynn was awarded the "Citizenship Award" by BAMC in 2016 for her role in creating the "Speak Up, Save a Life" program and directing the "Creating an Improved Tomorrow" (C-IT) program towards focusing on opioid prescription drug abuse and heroin use and the Good Samaritan Law, in conjunction with the Montgomery County State's Attorney Office, the Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Collaboration Council for Montgomery County's "Many Voices, Good Choices" program, Montgomery County Public Schools, community religious institutions, sports teams and clubs, and local hospitals.
She is "AV" rated by her peers in Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating an attorney can attain for competency and ethics. Lynn is a member of the AARP and Union Plus legal panels. Lynn stays current in her areas of concentration by participating in bar section activities and continuing legal education classes, taking an average of 50 hours of CLE per year. Lynn successfully completed the 40 hour Mediation Skills certification in 2010 and annual recertifications and Best Interest Attorney Certification /Child Counsel Training in 2011. Lynn enjoys mediating (Alternative Dispute Resolutions, ADR) disputes among parties regarding joint real estate ownership, boundary disputes, sale in lieu of partition, estate and probate or guardianship matters.
After living in Ohio, Alabama and New Mexico, Lynn's family moved to Maryland after her father's return from Viet Nam in 1969, so she feels like a native Marylander. She has always been an active board member and/or volunteer in the community. Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, Gaithersburg Presbyterian Preschool and Church, St. John's Episcopal School, Academy of the Holy Cross, Georgetown Preparatory School, Flower Valley Citizens Association, Manor Country Club Community Association, Fisher House, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville, Affordable Housing Corporation, and Hospice Caring of Gaithersburg all hold a special place in her heart and she has gladly contributed her time and energy to support their purposes. As a proud member of a military family, ever since 9/11, Lynn has prepared wills and powers of attorney for active and retired military personnel and their spouses pro bono.
Lynn's practice of more than 34 years, has evolved to incude not only a traditional real estate settlement practice but also more sophisticated matters, serving the legal needs of individuals, families and businesses with regard to organizing and preserving their estates, succession planning, guardianships, court appointed trusteeships in family law, criminal and civil restitution matters, keeping families intact while administering estates, simplifying and posturing client's plans to leave a legacy to their families and the community consistent with their intentions and as free from controversy as possible.
While Lynn's goal is to plan well in order to avoid adversarial matters with regard to a client's needs, she is grateful to be partners with talented trial attorneys such as Jim Debelius and Jerry Hyatt, who can zealously protect a client's interests when necessary. Lynn handled the Silver Spring Urban Renewal project for Montgomery County, whereby the County acquired 26 properties to create what is the new and improved downtown Silver Spring; some Maryland National Capital Park and Planning acquisition work and other commercial work including multi state transactions. She enjoys working on complex land use and development matters with her original mentor, Jim Clifford.
Lynn resides in Rockville with her husband, Larry Pendleton, they have five children and a dog, Mac. Larry owns and manages Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro in Beltsville, MD. They enjoy traveling, gardening, cooking and entertaining, live music, art, history, architecture and reading. Most of all, they enjoy time spent with family and friends.