Robert “Bob” C. Park, Jr. is Senior Counsel at Selzer Gurvitch and chair of the firm’s Real Property Taxation Practice. Bob is well-known for his knowledge of property tax law and a recognized leader in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
Bob represents developers, builders, commercial property owners, landlords, and property managers in tax assessment appeals and litigation involving landlord/tenant issues, eminent domain, and condemnation. He also represents clients in mediation and arbitration, and serves as a court-appointed mediator in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Focusing his practice in Montgomery County, Bob routinely represents clients in matters involving the Montgomery County Departments of Finance and Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation, Maryland Transit Administration, and other state and local government authorities.
Throughout his career, Bob has shown a knack for finding creative ways to forge common ground between adversarial parties, in both tax appeals and real estate-related litigation. He focuses on building comprehensive case strategies that protect his clients’ interests while providing a path forward once their disputes have been resolved. His reputation for credibility, integrity, and honesty facilitates collaboration with key stakeholders, and his extensive experience affords clients the insights needed to make strategic decisions throughout the dispute resolution process.
Bob has lectured and authored programs for the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL), National Business Institute, Lorman Education Services, and Montgomery County and Maryland State bar associations. He also has taught the professionalism course previously required of all newly admitted attorneys in the State of Maryland.
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Real Property Tax
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1972
Hiram College, B.A., 1969
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- District of Columbia
- Thomas A. Huggins, et al., v. Huggins & Harrison, Inc., 220 Md. App. 405 (2014) – Represented landlord-client Huggins & Harrison, where the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland affirmed a favorable decision that, pursuant to the language of the parties’ commercial lease, the lease had terminated upon rezoning of the property and the tenant was obligated to renegotiate the lease on the landlord’s demand
- Stephen J. Miller, et al., v. Rosewick Road Development, LLC, 214 Md. App. 275 (2013) – Represented Stephen J. Miller, et al., where the appeals court found in the clients’ favor and reversed the lower court’s decision removing clients who were the trustees of a real estate trust. The appeals court found clear error in the lower court’s ruling that the trustees’ inability to sell trust property under the facts of the case equated to a failure or inability to perform the trustees’ fiduciary duties.
- Supervisor of Assessments v. Stellar GT, 406 Md. 658, 961 A.2d 1119 (2008) – Represented property owner, Stellar GT where the Court of Appeals of Maryland affirmed the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland decision in Stellar GT v. Supervisor of Assessments, 178 Md. App. 624, 943 A.2d 100 (2008), that had reversed previous decisions of the circuit court and the Maryland Tax Court. The appellate courts held in favor of the property owner and ruled that an out-of-cycle reassessment of commercial property, triggered by its sale, was not authorized by statute. The decision resulted in a tax refund to the client of more than $1.5 million.
- Olle v. 5401Western Avenue Residential, LLC, F. Supp. 2d 141 (D.D.C 2008) – Represented developer/seller, 5401 Western Avenue Residential, LLC, where the court held that claims of the contract purchaser of a luxury condominium unit against the client had to be arbitrated.
- Marrick Properties, Inc. v. Bell Atlantic-Maryland, Inc., Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, No. 2948, September Term 2002 (filed February 9, 2004) – dealing with responsibility for costs of relocating Bell Atlantic-Maryland, Inc.’s facilities adjacent to a private subdivision development.
- Society of American Foresters v. Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, 114 Md. App. 244, 689 A.2d 622 (1997) – Represented Renewable Natural Resources Foundation in dealing with obligations to arbitrate disputes under contracts.
- Edward Mowle, et al., v. Epping Forest, Inc., Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, No. 928, September Term 1994 (filed February 9, 1995) – Represented Epping Forest, Inc. in dealing with claims of adverse possession against community association property.
- Ferrero Construction Company v. Dennis Rourke Corporation, 311 Md. 560, 536 A.2d 1137 (1988) – Represented Ferrero Construction Company, a leading case in Maryland dealing with rights of first refusal and the rule against perpetuities in real estate contracts.
- Italian Fisherman, et al., v. Rosalie Middlemas, 313 Md. 156, 545 A.2d 1 (1988) – Represented Rosalie Middlemas, a case that, for the first time in Maryland, provided clear distinction between assignments and subleases of lease interests in commercial property.
Honors & Distinctions
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated for 25 consecutive years; highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards
- Chairperson of the Year, Montgomery County Bar Association, 1989-90
- Seventh Annual Pro Bono Service Award, Montgomery County Bar Association, 2000
- Fourteenth Annual Professionalism Award, Montgomery County Bar Association, 2003
- Linowes and Blocher LLP, Associate, 1975-1980, Partner, 1981-May 2020
- Montgomery County, Maryland, Assistant County Attorney, 1972-1975