➤ Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan P.A. is pleased to announce that John J. Doud, Brian T. Gallagher, Maria Worthington McKenna and Britt G. Rife have been elected as directors of the firm effective July 1, 2016. Doud focuses his practice on general civil litigation, criminal defense, insurance defense and personal injury. Gallagher focuses his practice on general civil litigation, real property litigation, insurance defense, retail and hospitality, and foreclosure and banking matters. Worthington McKenna focuses her practice on estate planning, estate administration, education law and general civil litigation. Rife focuses his practice on real estate transactions, commercial financing, business organization and commercial transactions. ➤ Plaxen & Adler senior partner Bruce M. Plaxen was recently elected to serve on the executive committee of the American Association for Justice. The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is the world’s largest trial bar. AAJ promotes justice for those injured as a result of negligence. AAJ safeguards victim’s rights, particularly the right to trial by jury and works regularly to strengthen the civil justice system. Plaxen has been a member of the board of governors of AAJ since 2002. ➤ Anne Arundel County state’s attorney Wes Adams was appointed to the new Police Training and Standards Commission by Maryland State’s Attorney Association president Scott Shellenberger. Effective Oct. 1, 2016, this commission was created as a result of the Maryland House Bill 1016, which passed in the most recent session of the Maryland legislature. ➤ Press & Dozier LLC is pleased to announce the expansion of its practice wiThthe opening of an office in Washington, D.C. The establishment of a Washington, D.C. office is part of the commitment to continue providing prompt, individualized counsel and to better serve clients in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The firm is based at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1350, Bethesda, MD 20814. The Washington, D.C. office address is 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, 10ThFloor, Washington, DC 20009, and the new location will be open by appointment only. ➤ The law firm Ober|Kaler is pleased to announce that Thomas H. Barnard has joined the firm as a principal in the litigation group. ➤ Zuckerman Spaeder LLP is pleased to announce that Baltimore partner William J. Murphy was named Lawyer of the Year in White-Collar Criminal Defense in Baltimore by Best Lawyers in America. ➤ Three Ober|Kaler Baltimore attorneys were named 2017 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. Alan J. Mogol was honored in banking and finance law. E. Scott Johnson was honored in motion pictures and television entertainment law. James E. Edwards Jr. was honored in construction litigation. ➤ Miles & Stockbridge is pleased to be recognized in the brand new BTI Power Rankings 2016: The Law Firms with the Best Client Relationships. Miles & Stockbridge has been named to BTI’s honor roll of core firms in the top 30 percent of law firms in the manufacturing industry. ➤ Ober|Kaler’s private wealth law practice has been ranked in the highest tier of the 2016 Chambers High Net Worth(HNW) Guide, a new publication specifically aimed at the private wealth market. The guide covers private wealth management work and related specialties in key jurisdictions around the world, featuring in-depth evaluation of the leading lawyers and law firms for wealthy individuals and families. Chambers HNW names Ober|Kaler principals John P. “Jack” Edgar and Matthew A. Mace as Leaders in their Field. ➤ Shulman Rogers adds Jennifer Smith to the firm’s data use, protection and privacy practice. Smith has nearly two decades experience as a general counsel, chief privacy officer, data privacy and insurance subject matter expert. Most recently, she focused on big data and building a healthcare analytics organization within LexisNexis Risk Solutions. ➤ Paley Rothman, a full service law firm serving corporate and individual clients throughout the Washington metropolitan area, is pleased to announce the election of Bibi Berry and David Shapiro to shareholders of the firm. Berry and Shapiro have worked tirelessly developing their practices since joining the firm in 2005, while simultaneously giving back to the community and taking on leadership positions with the local and state bars. ➤ Semmes, Bowen & Semmes congratulates Lee Carpenter on his induction into the Professional Advisor Recognition Society by The Baltimore Community Foundation For Professional Advisors. The Baltimore Community Foundation recognizes professional advisors, who demonstrate a commitment to the community by working to advance philanthropy and encourage charitable giving across Baltimore. ➤ Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White is proud to announce it has launched a new $150,000 fellowship program to support the University of Baltimore School of Law. The goal of the fellowship is to encourage outstanding first year students to stay at the law school and practice in Baltimore. The fellowship provides each fellow a 10-week summer position at Silverman Thompson as well as a scholarship to finish their legal education at UB. Greg Waterford, a rising 2L, was chosen as the first fellow. ➤ Brown, Goldstein & Levy is proud to announce that Dan Goldstein received the Kenneth Jernigan Award at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)’s annual convention in July in Orlando. The Kenneth Jernigan Award was inaugurated in 2011 and named for the beloved teacher, civil rights advocate and past president of the NFB. This award is given to someone who has made a significant contribution to the blindness community, either through their participation in or partnership with the NFB. It has been given to only one other individual since its inauguration. ➤ Jennifer Busse has been appointed to serve as a director of the Baltimore County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC). Her background in assisting clients through all phases of the development process in the Baltimore Metropolitan region is a welcomed addition to the BCEDC board in its deliberations and the BCEDC looks forward to the contributions she would make to the business advocacy of Baltimore County. ➤ Astrachan Gunst Thomas P.C. proudly announces that the International Trademark Association (INTA) has named firm principal, Jim Astrachan to its International Trademark Mediators Network. INTA’s Trademark Mediators Network is the only panel of mediators with dual expertise in trademark and unfair competition law as well as the art of mediating dispute settlement rates for these mediated disputes reach 70 percent. ➤ Kevin Kelehan and Darren Burns, partners with Columbia-based law firm Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr LLP, were re-elected to the section council of the construction law section of the Maryland State Bar Association for the 2016–2018 term. Kelehan and Burns first joined the section council in 2012 and have been active as council members or officers of the construction law section since its inception several years ago. In addition, their partner, Daniel Scherr, continues in his current term on the council. ➤ Ballard Spahr shares that two Baltimore attorneys were honored as 2017 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. Paul E. Harner was honored in bankruptcy litigation. Charles R. Moran was honored in corporate governance law. ➤ Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP, a Baltimore-based law firm, is pleased to announce that James Buck has joined the firm. Buck joins the firm as counsel and will practice in the firm’s growing health law group. Buck will advise health systems, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare providers on a range of business and regulatory issues and work closely with healthcare clients on corporate compliance. ➤ Christopher Ryon and David Wright have been elected principals of Kahn, SmiTh& Collins P.A. Since joining the firm, Ryon has counseled labor organizations and represented them in arbitrations, litigation, negotiations, and before government bodies. Wright counsels labor organizations and professionals. He has represented labor organizations in administrative proceedings, arbitrations, litigation, negotiations and before legislative bodies. ➤ Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP is proud to announce that Giovanni Alberotanza has been named a partner of the firm, effective July 22, 2016. He is an attorney in the firm’s nationally recognized tax controversy department. His practice focuses on the representation of individuals and businesses throughout all stages of civil and criminal federal and state tax controversies, including litigation in federal and state courts.
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