John E. Arness, II received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and is a 1989 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He is admitted to practice both in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. His current practice focuses predominantly on the areas of Real Estate law and Civil Litigation (principally commercial tort and contract disputes, quiet title and other actions seeking declaratory relief and the confirmation or establishment of legal status, rights and obligations); Transactions (including the purchase, sale, leasing, operation, titling, and transfer of real estate and business interests); Residential and Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law; Licensing and other Regulatory Compliance issues and disputes; Business Formation; Wills and Trusts; Contract Law; and related General Practice issues. Areas of experience and representation run the gamut from monetary and non-monetary landlord-tenant disputes, purchase and sale agreements, development and redevelopment of real estate, Rent Control, Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) matters, contract disputes, easements, plea of title, tax sales, forfeiture proceedings, specific performance and family and ownership disputes. He advises owners, trustees and property managers on local regulatory and statutory requirements for property ownership, management and sale. Prior to his admission to the Bar, Mr. Arness clerked for the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) and spent four years with Kass, Skalet, Segan, Spevack & Van Grack, P.C., in the District of Columbia where he was involved in the areas of real estate settlements, zoning, historic preservation, condominium law, debt collections, other real estate issues and general civil litigation. He has represented clients before both the Court of Special Appeals for Maryland and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is a member of the Litigation Section and the Real Estate, Housing, and Land Use Community of the DC Bar, and a Notary Public in the District of Columbia.