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