William   P. Cannon, III
Principal and Department Chair

Contact

Phone: 240.507.1771
Fax: 240.507.1735
Mailing: 4800 Montgomery Lane ,
9th Floor , Bethesda , MD   20814

PRACTICE FOCUS

Billy Cannon is a Department Chair and a member of Offit Kurman's Landlord Representation Practice Group. He represents property owners and property management companies in litigation, mediations, and administrative agency hearings. Mr. Cannon also works with his clients on leasing matters and Fair Housing Act compliance. He has been certified in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Compliance (LIHTC) and represents many LIHTC properties and other affordable housing providers. Additionally, Mr. Cannon represents sellers and purchasers in transactions, with a particular emphasis on the District of Columbia Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). He handles TOPA compliance and litigation, as well as other litigation arising out of the purchase and sale of real property. Mr. Cannon also handles appellate matters for property owners and property management companies.

ACTIVITIES

Mr. Cannon is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association, and the Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association. Mr. Cannon also serves as a mentor for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and presents and writes frequently on topics related to property management, Fair Housing and affordable housing management.

Mr. Cannon hosts a one minute weekly video series, The D.C. Property Management Minute, which concentrates on the unique set of laws impacting property managers in the District of Columbia.

Mr. Cannon also coaches CYO basketball and youth baseball and is a past president of the Fathers’ Club at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Cannon is a member of the Gonzaga Business Network and a past president of the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County, the Loyola Club of Washington and the Loyola University Maryland Alumni Regional Board.

POINTS OF DISTINCTION

Mr. Cannon was recognized as a Maryland Rising Star from 2012-2018 by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

PRESENTATIONS & ARTICLES

  • Fair Housing Issues in Affordable Housing, Mid-Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association, Richmond, VA, November 2019
  • Overview of DC Landlord Tenant Law, National Association of Real Property Managers, Washington, D.C., October 2019
  • Fair Housing & Harassment, Best Practices, IREM Webinar, September 2019
  • Fair Housing Update, National Apartment Association, Government Affairs Roundtable and Legal Symposium, Park City, Utah, July 2019
  • "Fair Housing Best Practices" - National Association of Realtors, 2019 Realtors Legislative Meetings, Property Management Forum, May 2019 Washington, D.C.
  • Fair Housing Seminar, TM Associates Management Maintenance Summit, April 2019, Charlottesville, VA
  • Fair Housing Presentation, IREM 77 Meeting, February 2019, Arlington, VA
  • Trending Topics Presentation, IREM Region 3 Education Program, October 2018, Washington, DC
  • D.C. Landlord Tenant Law Update Seminar, September 2018, Washington D.C.
  • D.C. Landlord Tenant Law Update, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, August 2018, Rockville, MD
  • Best Practices Regarding the Eviction Procedure Reform Emergency Act, Webinar, July 2018, Bethesda, MD
  • Overview of DC Landlord Tenant Law, National Association of Real Property Managers, May 2018, Washington, D.C.
  • "Reminder from the White House for DC Property Owners: Register Your Properties," Property Management Association Bulletin, April 2018
  • Best Practices Regarding the Fair Criminal Screening for Housing Act, Webinar, September 2017, Bethesda, MD
  • Top Litigated Issues in the LIHTC Program & Section 8 Housing, Mid Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association Conference, May 2017, Rockville, MD
  • Best Practices Regarding the Residential Lease Clarification Amendment Act, Webinar, April 2017, Bethesda, MD
  • Best Practices Regarding the Late Fee Fairness Amendment Act, Webinar, November 2016, Bethesda, MD
  • Presenter at Mid-Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association Conference on District of Columbia and Maryland Landlord Tenant Law, May 2016, College Park, MD
  • “The Proposed Rental Housing Late Fees Fairness Amendment Act of 2016,” Property Management Association Bulletin, Volume 44, No. 4, April 2016
  • Presenter at Mid-Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association Conference on District of Columbia and Maryland Landlord Tenant Law, November 2015, Richmond, VA
  • Presenter at Mid-Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association Conference on District of Columbia and Maryland Landlord Tenant Law, April 2015, College Park, MD
  • Presenter at Lorman Education Services Seminar on District of Columbia Landlord Tenant Law, May 2014, Washington, D.C.
  • Presenter on District of Columbia Landlord Tenant Law at the Property Management Association Expo, April 2014, Washington, D.C.

AWARDS

PREVIOUS WORK

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Cannon taught English at his alma mater, Gonzaga College High School, from 2001-2008. After law school, Mr. Cannon served as a law clerk to the Honorable William P. Greene, Jr., chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., The Catholic University of America
  • M.F.A., University of Maryland
  • B.A., Loyola University Maryland
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • District Court for the District of Maryland

Activities

  • Treasurer, The Barristers
  • Member, National Association of Real Property Managers (NARPM)
  • Board Member, Willie Strong Foundation
  • Board Member, Special Love Inc.

Posts

"D.C. Property Management Minute: Why offer a tenant a Good Behavior Agreement?"

When it comes to property management, the District of Columbia has a unique set of laws. Join Billy each week as he gives you advice on dealing with a common property management problem in D.C. and how to quickly solve it.

"D.C. Property Management Minute: What is an application to “Stay the Writ”?"

When it comes to property management, the District of Columbia has a unique set of laws. Join Billy each week as he gives you advice on dealing with a common property management problem in D.C. and how to quickly solve it.

"D.C. Property Management Minute: The importance of taking a complaint of discrimination seriously"

When it comes to property management, the District of Columbia has a unique set of laws. Join Billy each week as he gives you advice on dealing with a common property management problem in D.C. and how to quickly solve it.

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