Jim is an outstanding attorney and has been our company's singular resource for all real property related transactions since 1999. Throughout our 14+ year association Jim has always been responsive, thorough, and creative in his advice. Furthermore, Jim and his staff always remain genuinely engaged in our projects and truly understand "customer service". He is a valued advisor and we appreciate his approach of assessing our goals first – then crafting an action plan to achieve those goals. His knowledge base of real property allows him to move quickly without the need to perform research on the topic at hand. I highly recommend Jim to all friends and business associates who have real property legal needs. (W.W)
The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair is largest and most attended, family event in our community. As our corporate attorney, Mr. Clifford has provided legal advice and guidance to help continue our tradition of agricultural education, entertainment and great food for millions of our citizens. His ability to include the past, the present and the future in the counsel we request and the decisions that he makes, provides a path to problem solving that is essential to our long term success. Including stakeholders in discussions and considering all opinions, establishes confidence that outcomes and solutions will be fair to all. Mr. Clifford has the ability to find consensus and compromise while considering aspects of the law, making him very effective and efficient at using his time. His character and moral compass have instilled in me the trust and confidence that he will have the best interests of the Montgomery County Fair as the primary goal in all matters under his direction. (M.S.)
As an owner of an aging 26 unit apartment building in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, I owe a huge "Thank You" to Jim Clifford and his team for the endless work and tireless effort they gave to me and the other property owners of the 6 acre assemblage of land that is now known as the Archstone-Smith project. Jim was the driving force behind the success of this project bringing 368 residential units to an aging downtown area that was looking for revitalization. Jim brought his years of experience and extraordinary vision to this project and guided us through every step, with well thought out and forward thinking clarity. The complexities of managing the needs of 6 landowners, and the desires of the City, local residents and business owners, all while producing an economically feasible project for developers would have been overwhelming to anyone else. Jim brilliantly maneuvered through the politics and red tape. The ability to see 5 steps ahead was most evident as the 2007 financial crisis and resulting economic downtown took hold. As similar projects were being abandoned, Jim was able to keep this project on track and obtain higher values for each owner as a result of being part of this assemblage. A Harvard Business School case study could be done on this deal and the adept maneuvering that Jim orchestrated to see it to the finish line. A job truly well done!
Mark Olinger, Owner
Diamond Court Apartments
"Jim Debelius was my attorney who successfully represented me in recent personal injury lawsuit...During the process of this litigation, I found Jim, to be an excellent attorney, very professional, always prepared, of high integrity, straight forward, honest, direct, detailed, and kept me fully informed at all times. Jim, always responded and answered my questions during this legal process. In my opinion, Jim is the finest attorney in the DC metro area." (W.B.)
"Our daughter and son-in-law died in a motorcycle accident. We hired Jim Debelius to represent us in a wrongful death lawsuit...Jim did an excellent job...If we should ever need an attorney in the future, Jim would be our choice to represent us again." (L.G.)
"..(m)y fondest memories of Jim Debelius managing my case was the tireless time he devoted to it ...he made it a 24/7 effort, always thinking it out as to where he wanted to go, studying and preparing ... Jim's representation of my case over 2 and a half years never left me feeling a second short of rock solid confidence we were in command and on the high ground...When the litigation of my case had been successfully concluded there was nothing I could look back on from day one that wasn't brilliant and every move /act calculated to be a block timely added in building toward a success ...I could smell it and feel it that on my behalf this attorney was headed to the winner's circle" (W.P.)
"Knowledgeable, thorough, and prompt are just a few words to describe the work I received from Jim Debelius. He answered all questions I had in a timely fashion and gave thorough explanation so I would understand. Lawyer jargon isn't always the easiest to comprehend. Jim covered all the bases of my case, even so when we closed it nothing would pop back up to haunt me. I am completely satisfied with the work that Jim did on my behalf and would recommend him to anyone who has a traffic accident and needs a terrific lawyer." (A.D.)
"James Debelius went above and beyond what I would normally expect from a Law Firm. He spent time with our family making sure that we were comfortable with the documents he prepared for us and that we understood what each provided. A true professional, with a great support staff, I have counted on Mr. Debelius and his team in the past and will use his service again when we have to facilitate the instruments he developed for us. Great job. Tops in my book." (D.P.)
"Recently my elderly parents survived being struck in a head-on car collision. Our family was at first hesitant to enlist the help of an attorney...Jim Debelius' kindness and obvious experience convinced us that we would have a much easier time if we had his help. Throughout, Jim explained what to expect and he kept us informed of progress. Each and every one of the law firm was efficient and knew how to make us comfortable. We are grateful." (C.J.)
"Jim Debelius represented me after I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle. He was compassionate and understanding but at the same time very knowledgeable about the law. He explained all of my options thoroughly, and advised me on the best course of action. He led me through all the necessary legal steps so I could focus my energy on healing. I was fortunate to have him there to help me through a difficult time and to ultimately receiving the maximum settlement I was entitled to." (J.M.)
Thank you Lynn for the wonderful job you have done with my grandfather's trust and working through all of the details after his passing. I love your hand holding style, it has done wonders for our family to get through this difficult time. It has been a pleasure to have you as our attorney. Your knowledge and patience has been second to none! Sincerely,
My wife and I were very fortunate to be recommended and referred to Lynn Boynton during the refinancing of my home over 20 years ago. Her extensive knowledge and friendly demeanor allowed us to be well informed and at ease with the overwhelming process and paperwork to be completed during the process. Throughout the years Lynn has been able to assist with various issues and assistance to our family for other matters. Recently we went thru some mortgage and financial issues and again we called Lynn for advice. She again took the strain of an extremely overwhelming problem and made us feel at ease. We cannot thank her enough for making us feel more like family than just another client for all she has done for us throughout the years.
Tom & Rae P.
I have used Lynn for all of my real estate settlements for over 15 years. She takes the word commitment and service to the next level. Lynn usually knows how to diffuse issues when they arise in a real estate transaction, but if she can not do it immediately, she will draw upon her vast knowledge of contacts to help to find out who can solve the issue. She has also done my personal estate planning and I feel so much at ease now knowing that my assets are protected and that my family will receive what they are due in case something happens to me. That can be a very complicated and delicate issue, but Lynn has the right demeanor to work through it with individuals and couples who have to make difficult decisions. Patience is one of her best virtues. Michael R.
It is difficult to express just how much it meant to my entire family to be in the compassionate and highly capable hands of Lynn Boynton for the Trust and Estate Planning of my parents during their time of need. When my Dad recognized that the time had come to update his final Estate Planning and Trust, Lynn met with him and my Mom to fully understand their wishes, and then worked quickly and efficiently to structure a comprehensive plan to meet all of their needs and concerns. Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives are among the many items that are necessary, but often confusing and sometimes even frightening to the average person. Lynn's calming, professional, and thorough approach was reassuring and gave my parents the confidence that they were both prepared and protected, enabling them to focus their attention on the truly important things, each other and the family. She was a blessing to us. John M.
Largely due to your efforts within, above and beyond, and below and benath the call of duty, we finally settled on ____ Street, this afternoon. Had it not been for your time., energy, acumen, tenacity, etc. we would never have gotten an indemnity from ____ and would likely never have settled. Again, thanks beyond words, Chris K.
Thank you so much for your seemingly unending assistance with my trust. Your work and your manner are both top notch. You are an "angel walking on this earth". Michael S.
It is a pleasure to know you and to work with you and again I want to thank you for making this venture pleasant. I am very satisfied and feel that we have done the best thing for all. I hope the New Year will bring you every happiness and continued success. God Bless, Joan M.
I need to thank you again for all your help, patience, compassion and guidance over the past year. You have relieved me of many burdens, both real and imagined, and have been instrumental in helping me get focused on the time that remains ahead. I am especially appreciative with your counsel regarding the necessity of helping my daughter get started on her estate planning. Thank you. P. L.
Thank you for all the understanding, generosity and compassion for my disabled daughter's unfortunate situation. God bless you! Sincerely, L. D.
Thanks very much for your care, kindness and considerable patience in dealing with mom and pulling this revision together. She values you as a trusted friend. That's an observation seldom said. D.F.
Grace and peace Lynn. We were blessed, back on the 20th, to have you with us again, teaching about advance planning. I feel like we are turning a corner in our ministry, where this kind of conversation is not only accepted but welcomed. A great deal of the credit goes to you. Thanks for the preparation, the handouts, and most of all for your willingness to make this contribution.
Working with you on ____'s sale and all my other client's sales, was a pleasure. Your professional and helpful manner made what is often a confrontation into a friendly and beneficial transaction. If I am ever asked to recommend a real estate attorney, I will not hesitate to provide your name. Thanks again for everything. L.S.
Thank you very much for all your help in setting up the Trust agreement for us. I would highly recommend anyone needing a Trust to use your services. The very organized binders you supplied us with have made it easy to keep track of it all. I appreciate your follow though on the project. Thanks again, R.F.
Jerry was very helpful walking me through a difficult custody battle for my daughter. He was extremely knowledgeable in the law and was there when I had any questions proving counsel and guidance. I am most grateful for his representation and highly recommend his services to anyone going through what I went through. O.K.
We had an issue with a contractor who was performing work at our home, including the construction of an addition. We ran into several problems with the contractor, who had grown very hostile, and no work was being performed at my house. Jerry was able to deal with the situation with the attorney for the contractor so that the situation resolved and the project was finished by another contractor. Jerry's knowledge of contract law is first rate and I am grateful for his assistance in this matter. I highly recommend Jerry to anyone who needs legal assistance." K.P.
I had a payment issue with a tenant at one of my properties. Jerry moved quickly to eject the tenant from my property so I could prepare the property for future rental. He also was able to garner a judgment against the tenant for damage done to the property. I highly valued Jerry's skill and advice. B.R.
Jerry has represented me in a long custody dispute involving my daughter. He has been with me every step of the way, providing the counsel I needed. We recently prevailed at trial. Jerry is very good at what he does, cannot thank him enough for his hard work and perseverance in protecting my daughter. R.V.
"I want to thank Jerry for representing me over the last several months. This has been the worst time of my life, being charged with a DUI. Having his representation brought a tremendous feeling of peace to me. Jerry was always there when I had questions and I am very satisfied with his representation. Despite the turmoil I felt at the beginning, now that the matter has concluded, I now feel confident that I can get on with my life." M.W.
"I was sued in my capacity as personal representative of my mother's estate. The purchaser of my mother's home brought suit against the estate arising of the alleged concealment of defects in the home. Jerry very aggressive in defending the lawsuit and his skill and knowledge of Maryland tort and contract law was exceptional. He was able to get the matter dismissed before trial and even recovered attorney's fees that the estate expended to defend the litigation. I highly recommend Jerry and his firm." D.R.
Jerry handled my divorce for me and a great job. I cannot thank him enough. The issues in the case were complex, involving custody, support and complicated property issues. Jerry was always there to answer my questions and his advice was valuable. He got me a good result and I highly recommend him to anyone going through divorce. R.N.