One of the brightest rays of light in today's long suffering retail market may be the launching in the United States of franchise concept stores carrying Pandora brand jewelry and accessories. The Real Deal recently met with John Jackson, Vice President of Operations for the Albert S. Smyth Co., the nearly 100 year old jewelry store business based in Timonium, Maryland, regarding Smyth's experience as a Pandora franchisee in several states. Mr. Jackson, a veteran of 22 years in the jewelry business, the last ten with Smyth and 12 before that with Sterling Jewelers, has been leading Smyth's efforts to expand from a locally operated full service jewelry store into a national mall retailer. The experience has been exciting, especially in these times when the retail industry outlook continues to be very cautious.
Tami P. Daniel
Ms. Daniel’s practice focuses on representing landlords and tenants in a full range of commercial leasing transactions to accommodate the interests of her clients in the most efficient and effective manner possible. With over three decades of experience, Ms. Daniel has represented small and large retailers (including many restaurant and other franchisees), business owners, non-profit institutions, and medical and dental practices in negotiating the best terms for their leases throughout not only Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia but many other states, as well. This tenant representation includes advising when disputes with landlords arise. As a former in-house lead leasing attorney with a large shopping center developer, Ms. Daniel has deep experience in representing owners of retail projects in drafting and negotiating leases with anchor tenants, pad sites and small space retailers, and assisting in tenant default matters. Among Ms. Daniel’s clients are office building owners and property managers for whom she drafts and negotiates leases with tenants occupying space in office buildings and advices on tenant default issues.
Ms. Daniel’s real estate practice also encompasses drafting and negotiating contracts on behalf of sellers and purchasers involving the transfer of real estate, as well as easement agreements.
Memberships & Activities
- Member: Hunt Valley Business Forum
- Member: International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
- Member: Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Baltimore and member of the Beacon Awards Gala Committee 2014, 2016 and 2018
- Member: U.S. Green Building Council, Maryland
- Member: Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Real Property Planning and Zoning and Real Estate Discussion Group
- Member: American Bar Association
Civic & Community Activities
- Member: Historic Glyndon, Inc.
- Member: Glyndon Community Association
- Work with Community Crisis Center, Reisterstown
- Elder at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Reisterstown
- Handled all lease negotiations for several franchisees of a prominent national retail brand in projects throughout the US
- Handled the lease negotiations for several large businesses, including non-profit institutions, in relocating their headquarters in Baltimore and the District of Columbia and from Maryland into northern Virginia
- Representation of numerous medical and dental practices in negotiating leases in both office buildings and retail projects
- Representation of a large regional office and warehouse building owner and manager in leasing of space to tenants in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia
- Representation of a major national developer and shopping center manager in negotiating anchor leases and easement agreements
Real Estate Acquisition and Dispositions
- Drafted and negotiated contracts and handled closings for the purchase and sale of real property by non-profit institutions and business owners
- Acted as local counsel for a large real estate company in negotiating the contract for its first purchase of real property in Maryland
- Involved in transactions for the acquisition, disposition, development and refinancing of shopping centers and other commercial properties
Green Building and Sustainability
- Drafted “green” provisions to incorporate into landlord standard lease forms
Real Estate Disputes/Assets in Distress
- Assisted both landlords and tenants in negotiating and documenting rent relief agreements and settlement agreements resolving lease disputes
Panelist: International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Conventions
Panelist: "Franchise Issues in Commercial Leasing," commercial real estate discussion group of the real property section of MSBA, October 2013
Panelist: "Putting the 'Ease' in Sublease Consents," ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, May 2009
Panelist: "LEED Issues: Greening Your Form Lease," Baltimore County Bar Association Real Property Committee Seminar, November 2009
The movement toward the greening of commercial leases took a decisive step forward with the recent announcement of the formation of an alliance of major commercial building owners endorsing a "Green Lease Action Plan" in which participant organizations commit to incorporate principles of sustainability across their building portfolios.
One of the major challenges facing building owners and developers in response to BRAC is addressing the defense and intelligence agencies' and contractors' need for a room, group of rooms, or an entire building for the purpose of discussing, handling, processing and/or storing Sensitive Compartmented Information or SCI. SCI is classified information which is required to be handled within formal access control systems established by the Director of Central Intelligence.
Key Elements for Landlords and Tenants to Consider When Incorporating Green Provisions in Your Lease
With the increasing impetus behind the movement to "go green," owners of commercial buildings should be cognizant of strategies for incorporating green provisions in lease renewals and new leases. Even if the owner is not currently in the process of obtaining LEED certification, they should be mindful of when and where green lease provisions should be incorporated.
Maryland Solidifies its Commitment to Protect the Environment and Promote Sustainable Growth as "Smart, Green and Growing" Legislation is Signed Into Law
On May 7, 2009, Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law House Bill 294/Senate Bill 273 known as the "Smart, Green and Growing" legislation which will take effect October 1, 2009.
Six lawyers from Whiteford Taylor & Preston’s Baltimore, Towson and Columbia offices joined lawyers from the Legal Department of Constellation/Exelon and other law firms in the Wills for Heroes (WFH) pro bono clinic on August 1, 2012. The event was held at the Anne Arundel Fire Department Training Academy and served 35 clients without charge.