James R. Clifford, Sr.
Jim received his B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1973, and graduated from George Mason University School of law in 1978. Jim is a part time farmer in the Poolesville area and has been involved extensively in the agricultural community in Montgomery County, land use and development issues, property rights and farmland preservation for over four decades. Jim's practice involves advising property owners regarding the development potential of their individual property and property assemblages, the possibility of preservation easements, estate planning and contract negotiations relating to property sales. Jim was on the Montgomery County Agricultural Advisory Committee for six years and is the former chairman of the Real Property Review Board for Montgomery County. He also currently serves on the board of directors for Damascus Community Bank. Jim was also a former Board Member and District Chair of the National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America, former Scout Master and former Eagle Advisor for local Boy Scout Troop 1094 in Darnestown. Jim is an active open water ultra-marathon swimmer. Having successfully completed the swims around Manhattan Island, Catalina Channel and the English Channel at the age of 63 Jim holds the World Record as the oldest Triple Crown Winner and the fastest swimmer over the age of 50 to swim the English Channel.
Jim is AV rated by Martindale and Hubbell, a national peer rating service. "A" represents competency and "V" represents ethics, both of which are the highest ratings an attorney can achieve.
Areas of Practice
Real Estate; Land Use and Development; Business Law; Wills and Estates
George Mason University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1978
University of Maryland, Bachelor of Arts, 1973
Montgomery County Bar Association (Member, Real Property Section), Maryland State Bar Association; (Member, Real Property and Agricultural Sections), Member of the Virginia Bar; Member of the Pennsylvania Bar; District Chairman, Black Hill District, 2003-2004 and Assistant and Head Scoutmaster Troop 1094, 1993-2002, Boy Scouts of America; Board of Directors, National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2003-2004; Board Member, Irish American Club, 2004; Member, Agricultural Advisory Committee; Upper Montgomery County Farmers Club; Legal Counsel for Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Inc. (Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Life Member), Attorney for the Darnestown Civic Association; Member, Our Lady of the Visitation Parish; Board Member, Damascus Community Bank 2008-present; Montgomery County Property Review Board, Chair 2012-2016