ADR Maryland Guide .

COMPLEX DISPUTE RESOLUTION: EXPERIENCE COUNTS
ADR MARYLAND GUIDE
INTRODUCTION
Experience counts in resolving complex legal disputes though mediation,
arbitration, or other ADR techniques. The widely respected neutrals of ADR
Maryland not only have the experience, but also the credibility and training to
get the job done.
PANEL OF NEUTRALS
Rignal W. Baldwin, Jr.
Paul D. Bekman
Herbert Better
Neil Dilloff
Paul H. Ethridge
Robert L. Ferguson, Jr.
Andrew Jay Graham
Lawrence S. Greenwald
Charles E. Iliff, Jr.
Robert Dale Klein
Thomas E. Lynch, III
Timothy F. Maloney
Albert J. Matricciani, Jr.
M. Natalie McSherry
Robert R. Michael
Benjamin Rosenberg
Sheila K. Sachs
David W. Skeen
All ADR Maryland neutrals are Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorneys,
including more than a dozen Presidents of Maryland statewide or local bar
associations, more than fifteen Fellowships in the American College of Trial
Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates or the International Academy
of Trial Lawyers, and over twenty listings in Best Lawyers in America,
Maryland/D.C. Superlawyers, or Who’s Who. ADR Maryland’s panel also
includes Inner Circle of Advocates members, national defense coordinating
counsel, a former U.S. Attorney, former members of the Office of the Attorney
General of Maryland, a former member of the General Assembly of Maryland,
and appointees to innumerable federal, state and county judicial and executive
branch commissions and committees dealing with a broad array of matters
of public interest. All of our neutrals are trained, skilled and experienced in
alternative dispute resolution techniques and practices.
Our members have extensive litigation practice and courtroom experience.
Courtroom experience is essential to understanding and analyzing complex
issues to effectively assist parties in resolving the serious matters that divide
them. Our neutrals understand the risks and rewards of high stakes litigation,
the business considerations of protracted legal battles, the potential effects of
pattern litigation, the pros and cons of drawing lines in the sand, the problems
of difficult clients or adversaries, the involvement of experts, unpredictable
judges and juries, and the other challenges in the modern courtroom arena. The
members have walked in the same shoes as the lawyers and litigants who may
call upon ADR Maryland. They are uniquely qualified to provide insightful,
effective, and efficient resolution of significant disputes.
Put the experience of ADR Maryland neutrals to work for you.
J. Snowden Stanley, Jr.
Gregory K. Wells
John A. Wolf
For additional information
on ADR Maryland please
e-mail us at: info@
adrmaryland.com
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ABOUT US
PANEL OF NEUTRALS
Rignal W. Baldwin, Jr.
Paul D. Bekman
Herbert Better
Neil Dilloff
Paul H. Ethridge
Robert L. Ferguson, Jr.
Andrew Jay Graham
Lawrence S. Greenwald
Charles E. Iliff, Jr.
Robert Dale Klein
Thomas E. Lynch, III
Timothy F. Maloney
Albert J. Matricciani, Jr.
M. Natalie McSherry
Robert R. Michael
LITIGATION too often is the only means of resolving disputes. Litigation
involves time, expense, risk and loss of control. The alternative? Until recently,
not much. Because of increasing dissatisfaction among participants in lawsuits,
a group of Maryland’s leading attorneys formed ADR MARYLAND, a nonprofit service that offers an alternative process for effective dispute resolution.
The process, used successfully throughout the country, is Alternative Dispute
Resolution or “ADR.”
ADR MARYLAND offers the advantages of fair, fast, and cost efficient
methods of dispute resolution. Just as important, ADR MARYLAND provides
control, confidentiality and relationship preservation often destroyed by
litigation. When a dispute arises involving your interests, ADR MARYLAND
urges you to consider arbitration or mediation for possible resolution before
resorting to litigation, or as a means to terminate pending litigation. ADR
MARYLAND provides a panel of neutral Maryland attorneys to serve as
impartial arbitrators or mediators in the dispute resolution process.
The neutrals of ADR MARYLAND are respected in the Maryland legal
community for their experience and judgment. Each member is selected based
upon extensive peer evaluation and training in mediation techniques. Choosing
ADR MARYLAND for alternative dispute resolution provides a neutral with
an understanding of Maryland law and business in a confidential setting, at a
reasonable cost.
Whether you need more information about ADR MARYLAND or you wish
to discuss the availability and fee structure of an ADR Services neutral for the
purposes of dispute resolution, please contact any of the ADR MARYLAND
neutrals on the following pages.
Benjamin Rosenberg
Sheila K. Sachs
David W. Skeen
J. Snowden Stanley, Jr.
Gregory K. Wells
John A. Wolf
For additional information
on ADR Maryland please
e-mail us at: info@
adrmaryland.com
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RIGNAL W. BALDWIN, ESQ.
Principal
Baldwin Law, LLC
111 S. Calvert Street
Ste.2700
Baltimore, MD 21202
112 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-2802
RbaldwinSr@
BaldwinLawllc.com
Phone: 410-385-5697
Fax: 844-385-5690
Website: www.
BaldwinLawllc.com
Education
University of Baltimore
School of Law with
Honors (J.D. 1975) ,
Editor-in-Chief Law
Review
Dickinson College
(B.A. 1969)
Court Admissions
Maryland Court of Appeals,
1976
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland, 1976
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit, 1982
United States District Court
for The District of Virgin
Islands, 1986
United States Court of
Appeals for the Third
Circuit
Mr. Baldwin practices in the area of commercial litigation, personal injury
(auto tort, medical malpractice and products liability) and professional
liability. Since 1996 he has successfully mediated settlements in over two
hundred cases and has served as an arbitrator in the out-of-court resolution of
litigation. In 2011 he was selected as Best Lawyers Lawyer of The Year for
mediation/arbitration in the D.C./Baltimore metro area. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law with
Honors (1975), where he was the Editor in Chief of the Law Review. Prior
to law school Mr. Baldwin served as an Infantry Officer in the United States
Marine Corps, and was honorably discharged in 1972 at the rank of Captain.
Mr. Baldwin is a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers (peer
selection of the top 1% of trial lawyers in the country). He is a member
of The Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a Fellow of the American Bar
Foundation and a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation. His skill as a trial
lawyer is reflected by induction into the American Board of Trial Advocates,
peer designation in the Best Lawyers in America publications, peer designation
in Super Lawyers, and inclusion in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of
Preeminent Lawyers. He was selected on a second occasion by Best Lawyers
in America as Lawyer of The Year in the area of litigation. He is a recipient of
the Maryland Bar Foundation Professional Legal Excellence Award for The
Advancement of Professional Competence and has been recognized for his
leadership in pro bono activities by the Equal Justice Council.
Mr. Baldwin is past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Judicial Appointments Committee, past Chair of the Professionalism Committee, past Chair of the
Committee on Laws, a former member of the Maryland Court of Appeals
Commission on Professionalism and former member of the Maryland Volunteer
Legal Services Board of Directors. He has served an adjunct professor of law
at the University of Baltimore and University of Maryland Law Schools, as
well as a faculty member in continuing legal education programs.
BAR ADMISSIONS
American Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
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PAUL D. BEKMAN, ESQ.
Managing Partner
Salsbury, Clements,
Bekman,
Marder & Adkins LLC
300 West Pratt Street
Suite 450
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
bekman@scbmalaw.com
Phone: 410-539-6633
Fax: 410-625-9554
Website:
www.scbmalaw.com
Education
University of Maryland Law
School, J.D., 1971
Court Admissions
Court of Appeals of
Maryland
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland
United States Court of
Appeals
for the Fourth Circuit
United States Supreme
Court
Bar Memberships
Maryland
Paul D. Bekman graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1971.
Since his graduation, Mr. Bekman has concentrated his practice in the handling of
serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, with special emphases in medical
negligence, product liability, maritime and common carrier cases. He is currently
managing partner of the Baltimore law firm of Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder
& Adkins, LLC. Mr. Bekman has lectured, taught and written extensively in the
areas of trial advocacy, personal injury and wrongful death, damages, and medical
negligence. He was certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial
specialist in 1980 and recertified in 1990, 1995 and 2000. In 1986, Mr. Bekman was
elected President of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. In 1982, he served as
Chairman of the Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of Baltimore City. In
1993, he served as President of The Bar Association of Baltimore City. In June 1997,
he became President of The Maryland State Bar Association.
In 1992, he was certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
and was re-certified in 2002. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates
(ABOTA) and served as President of the Maryland Chapter between 1997-2012. In
2000 he became a Senior Counsel of the American College of Barristers. In 2003, Mr.
Bekman was elected to membership in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
whose membership is limited to 500 trial lawyers throughout the United States. In
1993, he was elected to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the
foremost trial organization in the country, whose membership is limited to the top one
percent of trial lawyers in each state. In 2000 he was appointed State Committee Chair
for Maryland. In 2006 he became a Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
In 2011 he served as Secretary of the College. Mr. Bekman has been recognized as a
top ten Maryland Super Lawyer in the Maryland Super Lawyer Magazine from 20062014. In 2011 he was recognized by the BABC as one of 11 Living Legal Legends.
Since 1989, and for every year thereafter, Mr. Bekman has been recognized as one
of the top lawyers in the country in The Best Lawyers in America. He is currently
recognized in five areas of practice: alternative dispute resolution, personal injury,
medical malpractice, products liability, and maritime law.
In addition, Mr. Bekman has been an elected member of the Trial Courts Judicial
Nominating Commission for Baltimore City since 1983. He has served as President of
the Maryland Bar Foundation, is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a
member of the Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys, and is a former Chairman of
the University of Maryland School of Law Board of Visitors. Mr. Bekman is a regular
faculty member and seminar participant for MICPEL and the National Business Institute
on a variety of topics, including medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries, wrongful
death, damages, trial tactics, trying the automobile accident case, premises liability,
joint tortfeasor releases, maritime law, settlements and other trial related topics.
For approximately 20 years, Mr. Bekman has regularly conducted mediations
and arbitrations in medical negligence, automobile, products liability, insurance,
construction, general liability, and complex commercial cases throughout the state
of Maryland.
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HERBERT BETTER, ESQ.
Partner
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
100 E. Pratt Street, Suite
2440
Baltimore, MD 21202-1031
hbetter@zuckerman.com
Phone: 410-949-1143
Fax: 410-659-0436
Website:
Zuckerman.com
Education
University of Maryland Law
School, J.D., 1968
Johns Hopkins University
Phi Beta Kappa, 1965
Bar and Court
Admissions
Maryland
United States Court of
Appeals, Fourth Circuit
United States District Court,
District of Maryland
United States Tax Court
As a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, Herbert
Better, the founding partner of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP’s Baltimore office,
knows what it takes to succeed. He has applied that knowledge to his legal
practice, as exemplified by his recognition in The Best Lawyers in America in
five different categories Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation,
White-Collar Criminal Defense, Mediation and Arbitration – and his awards
for public and pro bono service. In 2014, Mr. Better was recognized by Best
Lawyers as the Baltimore Mediation Lawyer of the Year, and in 2011 he was
recognized by Best Lawyers as the Baltimore Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer of the year. Mr. Better’s practice includes the representation of
individuals and corporations involved in complex civil and criminal no
litigation, as well as mediation and arbitration.
Before opening the Baltimore office in 1987, Mr. Better spent 14 years in the
U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland, starting as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in
1972. He served for five years as the First Assistant US Attorney, and in 1981
he was appointed by the U.S. District Court to serve as the U.S. Attorney.
Into 2003, the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association presented
Mr. Better with the Peter A. DiRito Award for his outstanding and dedicated
service to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and to the
Maryland Chapter. In 2001, the judges of the U.S. District Court for the
District of Maryland presented Mr. Better with the Pro Bono Service Award
and in 2011, they presented him with the Exceptional Service Award. He
currently is a member of the U.S. District Court’s Bench Bar Committee and
serves as President of The Historical Society of the United States District
Court for the District of Maryland.
He is a former president of the Maryland Chapter for the Federal Bar
Association and of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.
HIGHLIGHTS
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
U.S. District Court Liaison Committee
U.S. District Court’s Attorney Admissions Fund Committee
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NEIL DILLOFF, ESQ.
Partner
DLA Piper LLP (US)
6225 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
neil.dilloff@dlapiper.com
Phone: 410-580-4138
Website: www.dlapiper.com
Education
Georgetown University Law
Center, J.D., 1973
University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Phi Beta Kappa, 1970
Bar and Court
Admissions
Maryland
District of Columbia
Neil J. Dilloff graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
in 1970 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1973, he graduated
from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as an editor of Law
and Policy in International Business. Mr. Dilloff served in the US Navy as a
lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. from 1973-1977. In 1977,
he joined what was then known as Piper & Marbury and has been at the firm
ever since. He has engaged in a diversified national litigation practice including
complex commercial, professional liability, construction and insurance litigation.
He has tried more than 100 cases in state and federal courts and has won two of
the largest plaintiffs’ verdicts in Maryland history. He has successfully defended
law firms, insurance companies, and other organizations.
Mr. Dilloff has written more than 40 articles and books on a variety of
subjects. One of his recent articles won the 2014 Burton Distinguished Legal
Writing Award. He has taught civil trial practice, trial advocacy, settlement
negotiations and deposition practice for the continuing legal education arm
of the Maryland State Bar Association since 1983. He also serves as a senior
adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law where he
teaches written and oral advocacy, legal malpractice law and alternate methods
of dispute resolution and at the University of Baltimore School of Law where
he teaches trial advocacy. Since 2002, he has served as a civil case mediator
on the Baltimore City Circuit Court’s Mediation Panel where he has handled
hundreds of mediations. He also has been appointed as a civil case mediator in
the Circuit Court for Baltimore and Frederick Counties.
In Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the leading
global research firm Chambers & Partners ranks him as one of the best business
litigators in Maryland. Chambers praises him as “one of the best trial lawyers in
the country,” a “master of the courtroom” whose “thoroughness, integrity and
intellect were all deemed to be absolutely first-rate.” He has been ranked by
Chambers in the first tier of Maryland business litigators for several years. He
has been named to the Best Lawyers in America since 2006 in four categories:
legal malpractice, commercial litigation, construction litigation and personal
injury litigation. In 2010, he was named to a fifth category: alternative methods
of dispute resolution. Best Lawyers in America named him 2015 “Lawyer of
the Year” for “bet-the company “ litigation. He also is listed in The National
Registry of Who’s Who. Baltimore Smart CEO magazine has named him one
of Maryland’s Legal Elite. He has been named as a Maryland Super Lawyer
for several years and in both 2008 and 2009, he was cited as one of the state’s
top 50 Super Lawyers based on the votes from his colleagues. He was listed
in the top 100 in 2012. He also is listed as a “litigation star” in the Benchmark
Litigation guide.
Mr. Dilloff believes that his extensive trial and mediation experience makes
him an effective mediator.
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PAUL H. ETHRIDGE, ESQ.
Partner
Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe,
Rowan & Hartinger
33 Wood Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20850
phe@eqmrh.com
Phone: 301-762-1696
Fax: 301-762-7691
Website: eqmrh.com
Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the
United States
United States Court of
Appeals for the District
of Columbia Circuit
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit
United States District
Court for the District of
Columbia
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland
Maryland Court of Appeals
District of Columbia Court
of Appeals
Bar Memberships
Maryland
Paul H. Ethridge has practiced law in Maryland since 1973 and in the District
of Columbia since 1976. He has held an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell
for more than two decades. Having served three separate terms on the Board
of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, Mr. Ethridge also had the
privilege of sitting on the Maryland State Bar Association Board of Governors’
Executive Committee for two terms as well. He was the chair of the Maryland
State Bar Association Committee on Rules of Practice and liaison with the
Rules Committee. He was also the chair of the Maryland State Bar Association
Committee on Laws.
Paul was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, having
the distinction of being chosen in this select membership as one of the less than
one percent of all trial lawyers in the nation. Paul was elected to the Maryland
Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. As a member of the
Montgomery County Bar Association, he served on the Executive Committee
from 1985-1995.
Mr. Ethridge is admitted to the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, the
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United
States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court
for the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District
of Maryland, as well as the Maryland Court of Appeals and the District of
Columbia Court of Appeals.
Mr. Ethridge served on the Governor’s Trial Court Nominating Commission
from 1998 to 2002 and on the Litigation Section Council of the Maryland State
Bar. Currently he is on the Governor’s Appellate Nominating Commission.
He is a frequent lecturer for Montgomery County, State, and National CLE
programs. He has sat on numerous Montgomery County Bar Association
Committees, including the Judicial Selections Committee, the Insurance
Committee and the Administration of Justice Committee.
Mr. Ethridge’s experience includes hundreds of trials involving business
disputes, medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury matters,
insurance coverage disputes and legal malpractice. Currently, he serves as a
Special Mediator and Special Master to the Circuit Court for Montgomery
County, Maryland. He is part of a group of Maryland’s leading attorneys,
mediators and arbitrators that formed ADR Maryland, a non-profit service
that offers an alternative process for effective dispute resolution. Paul also
has the distinct honor of receiving the Leadership in Law Award presented by
the Daily Record. Paul is proud to have served on the governing body of the
Montgomery County Special Olympics. He presently volunteers at The Lords
Table kitchen, and has actively been involved in his church and other outreach
community activities.
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ROBERT L. FERGUSON, JR., ESQ.
President
Ferguson, Schetelich &
Ballew, P.A.
1401 Bank of America
Center
100 South Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
rferguson@fsb-law.com
Phone: 410-837-2200
Fax: 410-837-1188
Website: fsb-law.com
Education
University of Maryland
School of Law, J.D.,
1972, with honors
University of Maryland,
B.S., Electrical
Engineering, 1968
Court Admissions
Maryland Court of Appeals,
1972
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland, 1974
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit, 1974
United States Supreme
Court, 1982
District of Columbia Court
of Appeals, 1985
United States District
Court for The District of
Columbia, 1986
United States Court of
Appeals for the Third
Circuit
Robert L. Ferguson, Jr. is a trained mediator, having taken the 40 hour course in
civil mediation as well as advanced mediation for complex cases. Mr. Ferguson has
been mediating cases since 1996 and is a court appointed mediator in the circuit
court in five Maryland counties, Mr. Ferguson is a Fellow of the American College
of Trial Lawyers. His practice is concentrated in the defense of complex personal
injury and construction cases, with extensive experience in insurance coverage,
aviation, maritime and products liability matters. Mr. Ferguson is a Past Chair of
the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, Past President of
the Bar Association of Baltimore City and a Member of the Trial Courts Judicial
Nominating Commission for Baltimore City (1999-present).
HIGHLIGHTS
Maryland Bar Foundation,
1995 Special Outstanding Achievement Award for Professional Legal Excellence
Governor’s Citation, 1996 for service on the Governor’s Council for Criminal and
Juvenile Justice
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
ARTICLES and PUBLICATIONS
Discovery Under the Maryland Rules (Co-Author) (MICPEL):
Section on Discovery Motions, Sanctions and Protective Orders
Maryland Discovery Guidelines (Co-Author)
Ferguson, Robert L. and Ebersole, Jodi K., Discovery of Defendant’s Financial
Condition in Cases Claiming Punitive Damages, 21.2 Maryland Law Forum 3 (1991)
Ferguson, Robert L. and Heffernan, Christopher, J., Insurance Requirements
Under the AIA Documents, American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice
Section, Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction Claims.
PROFESSIONAL and CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
Defense Research Institute
International Association of Defense Counsel
Baltimore City Drug Treatment Court Committee (Co-Chair 1992 - 2001)
Baltimore Coalition Against Substance Abuse (President, 1991-1996)
Baltimore Prevention Coalition (Co-Chair 1994 - 1996)
The Baltimore Bar Foundation Trustee (1996 - Present)
The Bar Insurance Trust Trustee (1999 - Present)
Fellow, Baltimore Bar Foundation
Fellow, Maryland State Bar Foundation
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ANDREW JAY GRAHAM, ESQ.
Mr. Graham co-founded Kramon & Graham, P.A. in 1975 after clerking for
a federal judge, working two years at Shearman & Sterling in New York, and
serving for three years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland.
Principal
Kramon & Graham P.A.
1 South Street, Suite 2600
Baltimore, MD 21202-3281
agraham@kg-law.com
Phone: 410-752-6030
Fax: 410-539-1269
Website:
kramonandgraham.com
Education
Yale University, B.A.
(1965)
New York University
School of Law, J.D.
(1968)
Court Admissions
Maryland
District of Columbia New
York
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland
United States District
Court for the District of
Columbia
United States District Court
for the Eastern District of
New York
United States District Court
for the Southern District
of New York
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit
Supreme Court of the
United States
Bar Memberships
Maryland State Bar
Association
Bar Association of
Baltimore City
American Bar Association
Mr. Graham has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for more than
10 years. That publication recognizes him in the areas of Bet-the-Company
Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Commercial Litigation, and
Alternative Dispute Resolution as one of the leading lawyers in Maryland. In
a recent survey of his peers conducted by Baltimore Magazine, Mr. Graham
was recognized as one of the 30 best Baltimore lawyers and one of the four
best business litigators. Chambers USA rated Mr. Graham as one of the best
commercial litigators in Maryland for 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. And Mr.
Graham has been listed as on of the Top Ten lawyers in Maryland by Super
Lawyers each year from 2007-2015, and as the Top Vote Getter in every one
of those years but one.
Mr. Graham was the Maryland State Chairman of the American College of Trial
Lawyers from 1996 to 1998. He was Chairman of the Ethics 2000 Committee,
a committee of the Maryland State Bar Association, from 2001 to 2003, and
a member of the committee appointed by the Maryland Court of Appeals to
study and recommend changes to the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct.
He has held many offices and board and committee positions with the ABA,
the FBA, and the Maryland and Baltimore City Bar Associations. Mr. Graham
served on several Maryland and federal judicial selection committees and on
the Maryland Judicial Selection Commission. He is a former President of the
Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation, and of the Maryland
Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is a founding member of ADR
Maryland, a non-profit forum for alternative dispute resolution. He is a
permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is currently
the chairperson of the committee appointed by Maryland’s federal court to
study and recommend changes to that court’s rules on attorneys’ fees. Mr.
Graham has been Chair of Maryland Legal Aid’s Equal Justice Council from
2002 to date.
Mr. Graham is frequently invited to lecture on a wide variety of subjects before
diverse audiences. He has authored numerous articles and presentations, such
as”Basic Principles of Corporate Investigations,” “Law Firm Break-Ups:
The Need to Consider Divorce Before Marriage,” “Repressed Memory or a
Vivid Imagination: Are the Courts in Dangerous Waters?,” “The Significance
of Civility,” and “Changes in Maryland’s Rules of Professional Conduct on
Horizon.”
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LAWRENCE S. GREENWALD, ESQ.
Mr. Greenwald is the senior member of Gordon Feinblatt LLC’s Litigation Practice
Group. His practice focuses on complex litigation, both trials and appeals, including
multi-state litigation. Mr. Greenwald graduated from Harvard Law School in 1964.
Between 1964 and 1966, he served in the United States Army, achieving the rank of
Infantry Captain.
Member
Gordon, Feinblatt,
Rothman, Hoffberger &
Hollander, LLC
233 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
lgreenwald@gfrlaw.com
Phone: 410-576-4264
Fax: 410-576-4269
Website: www.gfrlaw.com
Education
LL.B., Harvard Law School,
1964
B.S., University of
Pennsylvania (Wharton
School of Finance), 1961
Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the
United States
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland
Court of Appeals of
Maryland (and Maryland
state courts generally)
Court of Appeals of New
York (and New York
state courts generally)
Bar Memberships
Maryland, 1969
New York, 1965
From 1966 to 1969, Mr. Greenwald served as a trial attorney in the United States
Department of Justice. Since joining Gordon Feinblatt in 1969, he has served as
lead counsel in a broad spectrum of cases. Many of them have involved issues of
first impression and significant constitutional litigation. He has argued before the
Supreme Court of the United States.
Most recently, Mr. Greenwald has defended providers of financial services in class
action litigation. He also has served as national trial and appellate counsel defending
a firearms manufacturer in nationwide litigation brought by New York State and
various municipalities and individuals. He also has served as lead counsel in multistate litigation defending a Roman Catholic order of priests in child abuse cases. He
also has served as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of cases.
HIGHLIGHTS
In 2001 Mr. Greenwald was selected by Lawyers Weekly USA from the more than a
million lawyers throughout the country as one of ten “Lawyers of the Year” who had
a “noticeable impact on the law and legal system in this country.” He also has been
recognized in “The Best Lawyers in
America,” which named him in 2012 as Baltimore Lawyer of the Year in Litigation
– Banking and Finance and in 2013 as Baltimore Lawyer of the Year – Real Estate.
He has received the Daily Record’s “Leadership In Law” award, and has been named
as a Maryland “Super Lawyer.”
PROFESSIONAL and CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Former President, Harvard Law School Association of Maryland
Founder/Past Trustee, Temple Beth Shalom of Howard County
Former Trustee, Baltimore Bar Foundation
ARTICLES, PUBLICATIONS and LECTURES
Co-Author, “Municipalities’ Suits Against Gun Manufacturers - Legal Folly,” Journal
of Health Care Law & Policy, Vol. 4.13, 2001 (Selected as a winner by the Burton
Awards for Legal Writing 2001)
Co-Author, “Personal Liability of Corporate Officials In Ejectment Actions: Evolution
Of The Tort And The Implications of Metromedia Co. v. WCBM Maryland, Inc.,”
University of Baltimore Law Review,
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CHARLES E. ILIFF, JR., ESQ.
After serving in the United States Army from 1963 to 1966, Mr. Iliff was
discharged from active duty as a First Lieutenant. He attended the University
of Virginia School of Law, graduating in 1969 after serving on the Editorial
Board of the Virginia Law Review and being selected to the Order of the Coif.
Principal
Iliff & Meredith, P.C.
Patriots Plaza,
Suite 201-203
8055 Ritchie Highway
Pasadena, Maryland 21122
charlie@ilimer.com
Phone: 410-685-1166
Fax: 410-685-1233
Website: www.ilimer.com
Education
Williams College, BA 1962
University of Virginia
School of Law, LlB
1969, Order of the Coif
Court Admissions
Court of Appeals of
Maryland
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit
United States Court of
Claims
Supreme Court of the
United States
Mr. Iliff has been practicing in the area of civil litigation since admission to the
Maryland Bar in December 1969. His practice has involved cases in the areas
of professional negligence in health care, dental care, law and accounting.
products liability including automobiles, household and recreational products,
pharmaceuticals, boats, aircraft and aircraft components, as well as airline
crash liability, automobile and aircraft negligence, business disputes and
insurance litigation.
Mr. Iliff has held a Private Pilot’s License since 1963, and is a member of the
Lawyer Pilot’s Bar Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He has experience in maritime
litigation supplemented by his own experience with sail and power boats
beginning in early childhood.
In 2003, Governor Ehrlich appointed Mr. Iliff Chairman of the Trial Courts
Judicial Nominating Commission for Anne Arundel County, a position he
held until 2007. The Commission screened and interviewed applicants and
recommended qualified potential judges to the Governor for appointment to
the District and Circuit Courts. Mr. Iliff is a Fellow of the American College
of Trial Lawyers, has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Maryland Super
Lawyers, and has been rated AV by Martindale Hubbell.
Bar Memberships
Maryland State Bar
Association
Lawyer Pilots Bar
Association
Fourth Circuit Judicial
Conference - Emeritus
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ROBERT DALE KLEIN, ESQ.
Shareholder
Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut
& Klein, P.A.
104 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
rdk@wlekn.com
Phone: 410-263-5900
Fax: 410-263-6583
Website: www.wlekn.com
Education
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, B.S. 1973
University of Durham,
England (JYA 1971-1972)
Columbia University School
of Law, J.D. 1976
Court Admissions
Maryland
District of Columbia
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland
United States District
Court for the District of
Columbia
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit
Bar Memberships
Maryland State Bar
Association
Maryland Defense Counsel
Anne Arundel County Bar
Association
District of Columbia Bar
Association
Mr. Klein is a name principal in the law firm of Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut &
Klein, P.A. Since 1976, Mr. Klein has focused on the defense of products liability,
mass tort and complex commercial matters. He is a trained mediator, with emphasis
on the mediation of complex matters. Admitted to practice in Maryland and the
District of Columbia, Mr. Klein also has been admitted pro hac vice as lead counsel
in at least ten states and in federal multi-district proceedings.
Mr. Klein’s experience includes serving as national coordinating counsel in toxic
tort, product defect and construction defect cases filed in nearly every state in the
U.S.A, as well as its territories and in foreign countries. In those roles, Mr. Klein
successfully developed, implemented, and coordinated the defense strategies of
more than 50 law firms nationwide and in foreign jurisdictions. With more than 35
years’ experience as the chief strategist and negotiator in the resolution of complex
tort and commercial litigation matters across the country, Mr. Klein has successfully
resolved more than 125,000 product liability and other complex claims.
First appointed in 1994 by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland,
Mr. Klein served for 18 years as a member of the Court’s Standing Committee on
the Rules of Practice and Procedure. He chaired or was a member of numerous
Rules subcommittees, and in these roles helped develop procedural rules governing
all aspects of litigation in the Maryland court system.
Mr. Klein has taught at the Maryland Judicial Institute, and has published and
lectured extensively on product liability law and civil practice in the United States
and abroad. From 1976 to 1987, he worked as an associate and then as an equity
partner in the Baltimore office of Piper & Marbury (now known as DLA Piper).
ARTICLES, and PUBLICATIONS
“Maryland Civil Procedure Forms -- Practice”, 2 Vols., Lexis Law Publishing, 3rd
Edition, Supplemented annually, 2000
“Managing E-Discovery and ESI: From Pre-Litigation Through Trial”, American
Bar Association (co-author of Chapter 13)
“A Comparison of the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability and the
Maryland Law of Products Liability”, 30 University of Baltimore Law Review 273,
2001
“Old Products -- The Admissibility of State of the ArtEvidence in Product Liability
Actions”, 9 Journal of Products Liability 233, 1986
“Caps in the Hat: Legislative Lids on Runaway Verdicts”, For the Defense, July, 1986
“Caps in the Hat Come Back: Revisiting Legislative Lids on Runaway Verdicts”,
For the Defense, September, 1993 (co-author)
“Comparative Fault in Maryland: The Time Has Come”, 41 University of Maryland
Law Review 275, 1982 (co-author)
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THOMAS E. LYNCH, III, ESQ.
Principal
Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.
30 W. Patrick St., Suite 600
Frederick, MD 21701-6903
tlynch@milesstockbridge.
com
Direct: 301-698-2304
Main: 301-662-5155
Fax: 301-662-3647
Website: www.
milesstockbridge.com
Education
Boston College School of
Law, J.D. 1977, Cum
Laude, and Order of the
Coif
Harvard University, B.A.
1974, Magna Cum Laude
Bar and Court
Admissions
Maryland
Maryland Court of Appeals
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland
Supreme Court of the
United States
Thomas (“Tom”) E. Lynch, III is a member of the Real Estate Litigation Practice
Group and has been a partner and then a principal of Miles & Stockbridge for more
than 30 years. Mr. Lynch has a very diversified litigation and alternative dispute
resolution background. Since the mid-1980s, Mr. Lynch has represented industry,
large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals on environmental
matters, including environmental litigation, compliance counseling, transactional
matters including mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiation. Mr. Lynch
also has handled a very broad range of complex litigation matters, including
emergency injunctive practice, employment and employment-related litigation,
general corporate and civil business litigation, land use and real estate litigation.
Mr. Lynch also is one of our most experienced alternative dispute resolution
practitioners.
Mr. Lynch also is known for his very broad knowledge and experience on ethics
issues. He has participated as a member of the Maryland State Bar Ethics Committee
since 1989. Tom was selected by the Maryland Court of Appeals to participate on
a committee, chaired by Judge Rodowsky, retired Judge of the Court of Appeals,
which rewrote the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct in 2003. He was also
selected by the Judges of the Circuit Court for Frederick County to serve as Frederick
County’s representative on the Professionalism Task Force headed by a Judge of the
Maryland Court of Appeals. He was thereafter appointed by the Court of Appeals
to serve on the Professionalism Commission as the representative from Frederick
County and chaired the Professionalism Subcommittee of that body, which drafted
the Ideals of Professionalism approved by the Commission and adopted by the
Maryland Court of Appeals. Tom now serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of
the Maryland Professionalism Center, Inc. and chairs the Subcommittee on Aging
Attorneys, Substance Abuse and Other Factors That Affect Professionalism.
Mr. Lynch also is well recognized for his contributions to his community and to
the Maryland and Frederick County Bar Associations. Tom served as the President
of the Frederick County Bar Association in 2000. He also was responsible for the
creation of a non-profit consensus building organization called the Committee for
Frederick County, which he chaired from 1998 until July of 2003. He served as the
Vice Chair and then Chair of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee for Frederick
County. Mr. Lynch also serves on the Board of Directors of the Frederick County
YMCA and on the Board of Directors of the Frederick County Chamber of
Commerce, having just completed a two year term as its Chair.
As a result of his contributions to his community and to the Bar, Tom was selected
by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s “Leaders in the Law” and, was given a
Vision of Character Award by the Character Counts Council of Frederick County.
Prior to joining Miles & Stockbridge in 1980, Mr. Lynch worked for Venable,
Baetjer & Howard between 1977 and 1980, working as an associate for Francis D.
Murnaghan, Jr., who became a distinguished Judge of the United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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TIMOTHY F. MALONEY, ESQ
Principal
Joseph Greenwald
& Laake, P.A.
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 400
Greenbelt, MD 20770-1400
tmaloney@jgllaw.com
Phone: 240-553-1206
Fax: 301-220-1214
Website: www.jgllaw.com
Education
University of Baltimore
School of Law,
Baltimore, Maryland,
1986, J.D.
Georgetown University
Bar and Court
Admissions
Maryland, 1986
District of Columbia
United States District Court
of the District of Columbia
United States District Court
District of Maryland
United States Court of
Appeals
District of Columbia Circuit
United States Court of
Appeals
Fourth Circuit
Supreme Court of the
United States
Tim Maloney has extensive Maryland trial and appellate experience. In June
of 2014, he was named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Litigation Section
of the Maryland State Bar. That same month, he received the John Hardwicke
Award for Outstanding Contribution to field of administrative law in the State
of Maryland. Two years earlier, he was named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by
the Maryland Association of Justice.
Maloney is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. From 1988 to
2014, he served as a member of the Rules Committee of the Maryland Court of
Appeals. He also serves on the Court’s Character Committee and is a member
of the Maryland Judicial Appellate Nominating Commission.
Maloney has been the lead counsel in pioneering civil rights and employment
litigation, winning over $30 million in settlements and verdicts in the last
five years. He is also highly recognized for his commercial litigation and
administrative law practice, winning major legal challenges to zoning
decisions at National Harbor, Cafritz, Melford and other major developments.
He has won major election law cases, including the challenge to the 2012
casino gaming referendum, the recent attempts to petition Baltimore County
zoning maps to referendum, and the 2014 campaign finance challenge to
Brown-Ulman campaign.
Maloney serves on the Executive Board of the University of Maryland
Foundation, the Board of Governors of the Maryland Catholic Conference,
and the Board of Trustees of Archbishop Carroll High School. He currently
serves on the Governor’s Commission on Pretrial Reform.
AWARDS and HONORS
Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland
Maryland and Washington, D.C. SuperLawyers, 2008–present
Best Lawyers in Washington, Washingtonian magazine, 2011
American College of Trial Lawyers, inducted 2008
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ALBERT J. MATRICCIANI, JR., ESQ.
Senior Counsel
Whiteford, Taylor &
Preston, LLP
Seven Saint Paul Street
Suite 1300
Baltimore, Maryland 212021626
amatricciani@wtplaw.com
Phone : 410.347.8784
Fax : 410.223.4377
Website: www.wtplaw.com
Education
Johns Hopkins University,
M.L.A., 1975
University of Maryland,
J.D., 1973
Villanova University, B.A.,
1969
Court Admissions
Maryland
District of Columbia
United States District
Court For the District of
Maryland
United States Court of
Appeals For the Fourth
Circuit
United States Supreme
Court
Bar Memberships
Bar Association of
Baltimore City
Maryland State Bar
Association
American Bar Association
Judge Matricciani brings more than 40 years of experience as a practicing
lawyer, trial judge and appellate judge to his dispute resolution practice. After
20 years as a civil litigator, the last 8 as a partner at Whiteford, Taylor &
Preston, LLP, he was appointed to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in
1994. In 2008, he was elevated to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland,
where he served until May 1, 2014, when he re-joined Whiteford, Taylor &
Preston, LLP as Senior Counsel. Judge Matricciani is a trial lawyer in the
firm’s business litigation group and chair of its dispute resolution practice
group.
Judge Matricciani has been active in professional and civic affairs throughout
his career. He is a past President of the Bar Association of Baltimore City,
an elected member of the American Law Institute, an Adjunct Professor at
the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland and a
former member of the Rules Committee of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
He is President of the Friends of the Sheridan Libraries at the Johns Hopkins
University and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Homeless
Persons Representation Project, Inc.
Judge Matricciani received his dispute resolution training from Harvard Law
School, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and
the Straus Institute associated with Pepperdine Law School. He is a certified
Neutral of the American Arbitration Association and he serves as a mediator
for complex commercial cases and medical malpractice cases in the Maryland
Circuit Courts.
AREAS of EXPERTISE
Complex Commercial Cases
Professional Negligence Cases
Family Law Cases
Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance
Business torts
Contract Disputes
Personal Injury Claim
Employment Actions
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M. NATALIE MCSHERRY, ESQ.
Principal
Kramon & Graham, P.A.
One South Street
Suite 2600
Baltimore, MD 21202
nmcsherry@kg-law.com
Phone: 410.752.6030
Fax: 410.539.1269
Website: www.
kramonandgraham.com
Education
University of Maryland J.D.
1974, with honors
Manhattanville College,
Purchase, N.Y. , B.A.
1971
Court Admissions
Maryland
California (inactive)
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit
Bar Memberships
Maryland Bar Association
American Bar Association
Ms. McSherry has over 30 years’ experience practicing law in the areas of civil
litigation, commercial and personal injury, medical malpractice defense, medical
licensing, medical staff issues and insurance defense. Her experience includes
representation of various professionals, including attorneys, architects, financial
planners, and dentists in various negligence and commercial matters, as well as
physicians, nurses and hospitals in medical negligence in the Circuit Courts, Court
of Special Appeals, Court of Appeals of the State of Maryland, and the United States
District Court. She has also represented health care professionals from various
specialties in credentialing and licensing actions. In addition, she has represented
Railroads in mass tort and employee claims. She serves as mediator in civil disputes
including commercial, insurance, personal injury and professional liability claims.
HIGHLIGHTS
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, (Top 10 lawyers in Maryland)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, in areas of commercial litigation, health care
law, mediation and medical malpractice law - defendants
Listed in Chambers USA for Healthcare Law in Maryland
Listed in Leadership in Law, 2006 - The Daily Record
Daily Record Top 100 Women, Circle of Excellence
ARTICLES, PUBLICATIONS and SPEECHES
Contributing Author: Maryland Practice Forms (MICPEL 1984); Condemnation
(MICPEL 1984)
Maryland Judicial Institute - Medical Malpractice
Maryland Judicial Institute - Civil Impact Cases
Adjunct Faculty - University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
PROFESSIONAL and CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
Ms. McSherry is a member of the Maryland Society of Healthcare Risk Managers,
the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Maryland Defense Counsel,
and the Defense Research Institute. Ms. McSherry has held committee and ranking
positions at the American Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association
(MSBA). Additionally, she has served the law profession as a member of the
Board of Maryland Legal Services Corporation. She served on the Maryland
State Board of Law Examiners from 1980- 1985, the Maryland Commission of
Judicial Appointments (Baltimore City) from 1979-1982, and Senator Mathias’s
Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (1982-1985). Ms. McSherry is currently
a member of the MSBA, the Baltimore City Bar Association’s Lawyer Helpline, the
Leadership Campaign for Catholic Charities, and Chairs the Leadership Committee
for My Sister’s Place. She is a former board member of the Women’s Law Center, the
YWCA, the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Mount Saint Mary’s College, and the
National Aquarium in Baltimore. She is a former member of the Greater Baltimore
Committee Services Council, and volunteer for the Homeless Persons Representation
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Project. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Woodsboro Bank.
ROBERT R. MICHAEL, ESQ.
Partner
Shadoan, Michael & Wells,
LLP
108 Park Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
rrmich@aol.com
Phone: 301-762-5150
Fax: 301-309-8344
Website: www.smwlawfirm.
com
Education
George Washington
University School of
Law, J.D.,1971
Bar Memberships
District of Columbia:1972
Maryland:1972
West Virginia: 2004
United States Supreme
Court: 1975.
Also admitted to Federal
Courts in D.C., Maryland
and Southern District of
West Virginia
Mr. Michael is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization of courtroom
warriors that limits its membership to 100 of the best personal injury lawyers in the
nation who have demonstrated their expertise by achieving multiple million dollar
awards for their clients; the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to 500
Fellows in the U.S.; a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, limited to no
more than 1% of the trial lawyers in each state; and a member of the select American
Board of Trial Advocates. Bob has been listed since 1986 in the publication Best
Lawyers in America, is listed in Washingtonian Magazine as one of Maryland’s top
medical malpractice lawyers; is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who
in the East, Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders, and Who’s Who in the World. He is a
past president of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association; is a founder and was the
first attorney president of the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Inns
of Court in 1991; is a past member of the Trial Courts Nominating Commission for
Montgomery County; is a past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association;
and is a past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association Foundation; and
is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC. In
1999 he was one of twenty-five lawyers to receive the Montgomery County Bar
Association’s Century of Service Award for outstanding contributions to the legal
profession and the community during the Twentieth Century. In 2004 he also
received the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award from the Trial Lawyers Association
of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Court of Appeals Standing
Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. He was a founding member of the
national public interest law firm, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and is a member
of the Roscoe Pound American Trial Lawyers Foundation, the Maryland State Bar
Association Foundation and the American Bar Association Foundation. He is also
listed in the “Maryland Super Lawyers” published by Baltimore Magazine, and
“Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers” published by Law & Politics. Bob is only one of
two lawyers to have been named to the ”Top 10” Super Lawyers in both Washington,
D.C., and Maryland. Based on the particularly high level of recognition of his peers,
Best Lawyers in America named Bob as 2010 District of Columbia “Trial Lawyer
of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation”; in 2011 he was selected as the 2012 “Trial
Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability”; and in 2014 he was selected as the 2015
“Trial Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability.”
Mr. Michael is a prolific author and lecturer in the areas of personal injury litigation,
professional negligence, and products liability litigation, including contributions
to the Maryland Bar Journal, Maryland Tort Damages (Fourth Edition), Maryland
Automobile Accident Deskbook, Product Liability Law in Maryland, and Closing
Argument: The Art and The Law, Clark, Boardman & Callaghan.
Mr. Michael also generously gives of his time and expertise to those in need. Bob
represented, without fee, on behalf of the Trial Lawyers Care Program, the worst burn
survivor of the Pentagon 9/11 attack who was featured on many national television
programs including “20/20” and “60 Minutes.” Bob achieved the largest award thus
far from the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund. He was also awarded the Maryland
State Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award for his work.
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BENJAMIN ROSENBERG, ESQ.
Chairman
Rosenberg Martin
Greenberg, LLP
25 South Charles Street, 21
Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201-3305
brosenberg@
rosenbergmartin.com
Phone: 410-727-6600
Fax: 410-727-1115
Website: www.
rosenbergmartin.com
Education
Johns Hopkins University,
B.A., 1965
University of Pennsylvania
and University of
Maryland, School of
Law, J.D., 1969,
with honors
Court Admissions
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland
Court of Appeals of
Maryland
Supreme Court of the
United States
Bar Memberships
Maryland
Benjamin Rosenberg, the founder and Chairman of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, is
recognized as one of the preeminent litigators in Maryland. He handles major cases
in state and federal trial courts and has argued many significant appeals. Ben is a
fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers and the Maryland Bar Foundation.
He was named one of Maryland’s top litigators in Chambers USA: America’s
Leading Lawyers for Business and is one of Maryland’s top commercial litigators in
Best Lawyers in America. He was also recognized as one of the top ten lawyers in
Maryland in the 2007, 2010 and 2011 editions of Maryland Super Lawyers.
Ben serves on the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission of Maryland and
has previously served on the Judicial Compensation Commission of Maryland and
the Review Board of the Attorney Grievance Commission. He is a past member
of the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association and is currently
serving as Co-Chair of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s Equal Justice Council.
Ben represents clients in appeals and business, antitrust and contract disputes and
is also an accomplished mediator and arbitrator.
HIGHLIGHTS
Maryland Bar Foundation, Advancement of Public Service Responsibility Award
The Daily Record, Leadership in Law
Equal Justice Council, 2011 Executive Director’s Award
The Legal Aid Bureau, Champion of Justice
Maryland Super Lawyers (2007-2014) - Business Litigation; Top 100 (2012-2014),
Top 10 (2007, 2010-2011)
Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2008-2014)
Chambers USA (2006-2014) - Maryland, General Commercial Litigation (Senior
Statesman)
Best Lawyers In America (2006-2015) - Commercial Litigation, Appellate Law,
Arbitration, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation
- Securities, Litigation - Trusts & Estates, Alternative Dispute Resolution and BetThe-Company Litigation
Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Real Estate (2012, 2014)
ALM Washington D.C. & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers (2012 - Business &
Commercial)
Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, Baltimore Appellate Practice (2013)
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SHEILA K. SACHS, ESQ.
Sheila Sachs, a senior partner of Gordon Feinblatt in its Litigation Practice
Group, has been a leading Maryland family law practitioner for over 35 years
and has acted as a mediator or arbitrator, in addition to representing clients in
mediation and arbitration. Since 2012, Sheila Sachs has also been certified in
the collaborative practice method of resolving conflicts.
Partner
Gordon Feinblatt LLC
Garrett Building
233 E. Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
ssachs@gfrlaw.com
Phone: 410-576-4247
Fax: 410-576-4269
Website: www.gfrlaw.com
Since joining Gordon Feinblatt in 1977, Sheila Sachs has served as Chair
of the Family and Juvenile Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar
Association and is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial
Lawyers. After many years of traditional family law practice either litigating
issues attendant to divorce or custody to negotiating settlements, Sheila Sachs
emphasizes to clients that a private mode of dispute resolution of divorce and
other family disputes through mediation or collaborative practice is more
effective than litigation.
Court Admissions
Active in Bar Association activities, Sheila Sachs is a former President
of the Bar Association of Baltimore City. In addition, Ms. Sachs has
served on various boards, including the Baltimore City Board of School
Commissioners, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Baltimore City,
the Board of Trustees of Goucher College and presently serves on the Board
of Managers of Haverford College. She is rated in Martindale-Hubbell an
AV Preeminent Lawyer, was designated by the Daily Record as an Influential
Marylander in 2008 and 2012, is the recipient of awards as a family lawyer
and for leadership in the legal profession. In 2012, Ms. Sachs was named by
Best Lawyers in America as Family Law Mediation – Baltimore “Lawyer of
the Year.” Currently, she serves on the Board of Collaborative Professionals
of Baltimore, reflecting her conviction that the courtroom is not a desirable
forum for resolving family conflicts.
Bar Memberships
HIGHLIGHTS
Education
J.D., University of
Maryland Law School,
1964
Assistant Editor,
Maryland Law Review
B.A., Goucher College
Vassar College 1957-1960
Maryland Court of Appeals
American Bar Association
Maryland Bar Association
Bar Association of
Baltimore City
Recognized for membership in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,
Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers in Maryland. Chairperson of the
Maryland Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission.
Languages
Spanish
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DAVID W. SKEEN, ESQ.
AREAS of PRACTICE
Partner
Wright, Constable & Skeen,
LLP
One Charles Center
16th Floor
100 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
dskeen@wcslaw.com
Phone: 410-659-1305
Fax: 410-659-1350
Website: www.wcslaw.com
Education
JUniversity of Maryland,
J.D., 1973
Princeton University, A.B.
History, 1968
Court Admissions
Court of Appeals of
Maryland (1973)
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland (1973)
United States Court of
Appeals, Fourth Circuit
(1976)
Supreme Court of the
United States (1987)
Admiralty, maritime, and transportation law, including matters relating to cargo
and property damage, collision, towage, salvage, marine insurance (hull, cargo and
P&I), personal injury, death, maritime creditor’s rights, maritime liens, arrests and
attachments, ship repair, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, Jones
Act, freight forwarders, brokers, truckers, warehousemen, marine products liability,
limitation of liability, and recreational boating.
General Litigation, mediation and arbitration, fire litigation, insurance defense,
subrogation, personal injury, and commercial litigation, and trucking and
transportation related claims in state and federal courts.
ARTICLES, PUBLICATIONS, and SEMINARS
Assistant Editor, American Maritime Cases, 1976-2011, Editor , 2011-present
Lecturer, Tulane Admiralty Law Institute 1985
Author: “Liens and Liquidation: Preferences, Strong-Arm Clause, Fraudulent
Transfers, Equitable Subordination, Priorities and Other Lien Claims”,
59 Tulane Law Review, 1401 (1985)
Lecturer, Knox Marine Seminar, “Yacht claims” (1997, 1998, 2000, 2006)
Lecturer, “Longshore Act Third-Party Claims” NBI Seminars (1993, 1996)
AWARDS and HONORS
Listed in 1989-present Editions, “Best Lawyers in America” for Admiralty
Listed in 2006 Edition, “Best Lawyers in America” for Mediation
Listed in “Super Lawyers” for Admiralty, 2007-present
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Maritime Law Association of the U.S. (1973-present)
Defense Research Institute, Admiralty Committee (1995-present)
Trained Mediator - ADR Maryland President (2002-2007); Secretary (1996-2002)
Chairman, Treatment Based Drug Court Committee, Baltimore City Circuit and
District Courts (1994 to 2006)
American Bar Association, Committee on Admiralty and Maritime Law TIPS
Section (1986-1998)
President, Bar Association of Baltimore City (1990-1991), Chairman, Young
Lawyers Section (1980-1981)
Maryland State Bar Association Member, Board of Governors, (1981-1982)(19911993)
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J. SNOWDEN STANLEY JR., ESQ.
Principal
Semmes, Bowen & Semmes
14th Floor
25 South Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
jstanley@semmes.com
Phone: 410-576-4811
Fax: 410-539-5223
Website: www.semmes.com
Education
Georgetown
University(J.D., 1967)
Trinity College (B.A., 1964)
Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the
United States (1983)
United States District
Court for the District of
Columbia (1982)
District of Columbia Court
of Appeals (1982)
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit (1981)
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland (1971)
Maryland Court of Appeals
(1967)
Bar Memberships
Maryland State Bar
Association
District of Columbia Bar
American Bar Association
Mr. Stanley joined the firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in 1971 after service
in the United States Navy. Throughout his career, Mr. Stanley has represented
diverse clients regarding disputes arising under a wide variety of commercial
and insurance contracts. His particular focus has been on advising clients in
connection with claims involving construction and procurement projects and
in defending life, health and disability insurers in the state and federal courts
of Maryland and the District of Columbia and before arbitration panels. His
service to construction industry clients has included advice concerning the
drafting, negotiation and administration of construction contracts in an effort
to avoid disputes. He has been a frequent speaker to various professional and
industry groups on these topics.
Mr. Stanley is a trained mediator and arbitrator. For the last 18 years, he has
frequently served as an arbitrator or mediator of disputes under construction,
commercial and insurance contracts. He is a member of the American
Arbitration Association National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, a member
of its Mediation Panel and has been approved as a mediator by the Circuit
Courts for Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. He has been
certified as a mediator for the Business and Technology Case Management
Program in the Circuit Courts of Maryland. He is also a member of the FINRA
Board of Arbitrators.
Mr. Stanley has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Maryland Super
Lawyers and is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
He has achieved an A/V rating from Martindale Hubbell.
AFFILIATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS and SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
American Bar Association
Committees on Life Insurance Law (former Chair), Health & Disability
Insurance and Fidelity and Surety Law of the Tort and Insurance Practice
Section
Forum Committee on Construction Industry
Section of Dispute Resolution
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Committee on Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Law
Committee on Construction Litigation
Maryland State Bar Association
Construction Law Section Council, 2010-2013
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GREGORY K. WELLS, ESQ.
Partner
Shadoan, Michael & Wells,
LLP
108 Park Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
gwells@smwlawfirm.com
Phone: 301-762-5150
301-925-2000
Fax: 301-309-8344
Website: www.smwlawfirm.
com
Education
University Of Maryland
School of Law, J.D. 1984
University of Maryland,
College Park, B.A. 1982
Court Admissions
Maryland Court of Appeals,
1985
United States District
Court for the District of
Maryland, 1985
District of Columbia Court
of Appeals, 1986
United States District
Court or the District of
Columbia, 1986
United States Court of
Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit, 1986
United States Court of
Appeals for the District
of Columbia Circuit,
1987
Gregory K. Wells, a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland School of
Law , concentrates his practice in the trial of Plaintiff’s medical malpractice,
serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as commercial and
business litigation. Mr. Wells has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in
the specialties of Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability and
Professional Malpractice Law since 2007. He has also been listed in both the
“Maryland Lawyers” published by Baltimore Magazine, and “Washington,
D.C. Super Lawyers” published by Law & Politics since 2007.
Mr. Wells is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is a
Past Chair of the Maryland State Committee of the American College of Trial
Lawyers. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and
the Academy of Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Wells is the immediate Past Chairs of the Trial Courts Nominating
Commission for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mr. Wells is a Past Chair
of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Standing Committee in Maryland
Pattern Jury Instructions, as well as the Maryland State Bar Association’s
Litigation Section Council. He is also is a former Adjunct Faculty Member
(Trial Practice) at the University of Maryland School of Law and has also
served on the faculty of the Maryland Trial Advocacy Institute. He was recently
invited to membership in the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Mr Wells is
also a Life Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation.
A long-time resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Mr. Wells’
reputation and commitment to his community resulted in several appointments
including, People’s Zoning Counsel (1995-1997); Member (and Chair) of the
Prince George’s County Cable Television Commission (1985-1991); Special
Counsel to the County Executive (1994-2002) and Commissioner, Washington
Suburban Sanitary Commission (2002-2003).
Mr. Wells is also a member of the following professional organizations:
American Bar Association, American Association for Justice (formerly known
as “Association of Trial Lawyers of America”), J. Franklyn Bourne Bar
Association, Prince George’s County Bar Association, Maryland Association
for Justice (formerly known as “Maryland Trial Lawyers Association”),
Maryland Bar Foundation and Leadership Greater Washington.
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JOHN A. WOLF, ESQ.
John Wolf is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Ober|Kaler, where he practices
in construction contract negotiation, litigation and Alternative Disputes Resolution
(ADR) matters. John’s practice involves power, industrial, public works and
commercial projects in many jurisdictions, domestically and internationally. He is
former Chair of the firm’s Litigation and Construction practice.
Principal & Chairman
Ober Kaler Grimes &
Shriver
120 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1674
jawolf@ober.com
Phone: 410-347-7346
Fax: 410-230–7272
Website: www.ober.com
Education
Washington & Lee
University School of
Law, J.D., cum laude,
1972
Washington & Lee
University, B.A., 1969
Court Admissions
Court of Appeals of the
District of Columbia
Court of Appeals of
Maryland
United States Courts of
Appeals for the Third,
Fourth and District of
Columbia Circuits
Supreme Court of the
United States
Bar Memberships
American Bar Association
Forum Committee on
Construction Section
of Litigation Public
Contracting Section
International Law
Section
Maryland State Bar
Association Section on
Litigation, Past Council
Member Construction
Cases Committee, Past
Chair
John is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has tried major
construction cases in numerous jurisdictions. He represents owners/developers,
lenders and other funding agencies, design-builders, engineers, construction
managers, contractors and equipment manufacturers.
John also arbitrates as an advocate before panels of the American Arbitration
Association (AAA), Center for Public Resources (CPR) and the International
Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and represents clients in mediations, mini-trials and
dispute review board matters. John also serves as a neutral in ADR matters, as an
arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations and as a mediator.
John serves as a member of the Washington & Lee University Board of Trustees. He
has served as the chair of the University’s national annual fund, on the University’s
Athletic Council, past President of the Law School Alumni Association, and is a
recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
PROFESSIONAL and COMMUNITY
The Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore Board of Trustees, Past Member
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Board of Directors
Marshall Foundation Board of Trustees
Maryland Mentoring Partnership Board of Directors
Union Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors
Washington & Lee University
Board of Trustees
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Law School Alumni Association, Past President
National Annual Fund, Past Chair
HONORARIES
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers for Construction Surety, 2007
Listed since 2003 in The Best Lawyers in America, Construction, Alternative Dispute
Resolution, and Commercial Litigation categories (Woodward/White, Inc.)
Listed since 2005 in The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Co-author with Kelly M. Preteroti, “Written Witness Statements — A Practical
Bridge of the Cultural Divide,” Dispute Resolution Journal, 2007
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