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Maryland College Park to teach trial advo-cacy and family law at an undergraduate level. Shortly thereafter, Thrush began his pri-vate practice, but he never lost his desire to teach. His dedication shown through and he was named an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. For almost a decade, he taught budding law-yers, molding them into trial lawyers, me-diators, judges and professionals working in the field today. However, the desire to develop his pri-vate practice pulled him away from teach-ing and toward expanding his litigation practice. He stepped down from his posi-tion with the university and turned his sights on becoming a top-notch trial at-torney. “Teaching gave me some invaluable skills,” he says. “My decision to leave was bittersweet.” practice with a small firm before he joined Weinstock as an associate in 2003. “It was a gradual process,” Thrush says. “I always wanted to be a trial attorney.” Today, his practice focuses on banking and commercial finance, commercial loan workouts, creditor’s rights and corporate general counsel portfolio management. He draws on his experiences from law school and his previous practices to maintain a healthy list of clients and oversee a growing roster of attorneys. Legal Services Inc.) in 1988. That affiliation was one of the driving forces behind the firm’s growth and success. Becoming a Leader When Thrush was brought on in 2003, he was eager to find his footing as a litiga-tor. Now, having made his way up through the ranks to managing partner, his goals have shifted significantly. As a managing partner, Thrush oversees all operations of the firm, including three main groups: LegalShield, commercial banking and lending, and commercial and retail collections. Each group has a manag-er that reports back to Thrush and oversees its daily success. “The firm is fun and collegial,” he says. “We work together to help each other help others. I shape our firm around the saying, ‘Be nice and be helpful because if you are both, everything else will work itself out.’” To emphasize his mantra, the firm is ac-tively partaking in local, annual initiatives. One of these unique projects leads to the attorneys and staff members huddled to-gether during their lunch hour over cro-chet needles and knitting patterns, to make hats and scarves. At Christmas, the com-pleted hats and scarves are donated to local shelters. “Nearly 200 hats and scarves are made for donation each year,” Thrush says. “In The Firm Weinstock was originally founded by Louis Sagner in the 1920s and started out as a boutique collections firm. Over the last century, the firm has undergone many evo-lutions. Today, it is a general practice firm headed by Thrush. According to Thrush, the firm’s affilia-tion with LegalShield is the main reason he joined and decided to continue his career in private practice. “I was contemplating making a change,” he says. “I was disenchanted with the prac-tice of chasing the billable hour. When I came across Weinstock and its affiliation with LegalShield, however, I felt a real con-nection to the firm and its vision to truly help the client.” The firm was named a provider law firm for LegalShield (then known as Pre-Paid A Gradual Process According to him, upon graduating law school, he was lucky to be able to find a position with a small firm in Bowie, Mary-land where he stepped into a vacated fam-ily law practice. From there, he expanded his practice to personal injury, workers’ compensation and civil litigation at a firm in Baltimore City. He then achieved partnership and a broader civil litigation Vol. 1 No. 5 Attorney at Law Magazine ® Greater Baltimore | 11

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