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On the Move – Legal edition

Neal and Winnie Borden will be honored May 13 when Maryland New Directions celebrates 37 years of providing free career services. Winnie Borden was a founding board member; her husband, Neal, drafted the incorporation papers. In addition to supporting MND, she was executive director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for 17 years and on the Port Discovery Museum board of directors. She founded and led Goucher College’s Women’s Management Development Program. Neal Borden long worked as a business and tax attorney with Venable and is now Of Counsel. He was an original National Aquarium governor, has been on the Walters Art Gallery board of trustees for over 20 years and president of the Harry L. Gladding Foundation since 1989. For more information on the May 13 dinner, write to or call 410-230-0630.

Eileen M. Coggins has become a partner in Ober|Kaler’s health law practice. Most recently, she spent seven years as general counsel, corporate secretary and senior vice president for Genesis HealthCare. Coggins has also served as chief compliance officer, deputy general counsel and associate general with Genesis Health Ventures, and as general counsel and associate counsel with Keystone Care Corp.

Ballard Spahr has added two attorneys to the real estate department of its office in Bethesda. Mark D. Jackson advises developers and end users in the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of real estate projects, and represents lenders and investors in workouts and restructurings of debt and equity transactions and enforcement of remedies. He was with the D.C. offices of Tucker, Flyer for more than 10 years and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan for nine years before joining Shulman Rogers in 2009. Erica A. Leatham will serve as of counsel in the office, focusing on site plans, special exceptions, subdivision approvals, historic preservation, local map amendments, zoning text amendments, master plans, and permitting. She also handles tax assessment appeals. Leatham, a member of the firm’s zoning and land use group and real estate tax group, is a LEED Accredited Professional. Leatham previously was a principal in Meyers, Eisler & Leatham’s Rockville office.

J. Nicole Windsor has become a member of Bowie & Jensen, of Towson. She concentrates her practice in employment law.

Rhian McGrath has been named a partner in the family law group of Lerch, Early & Brewer, of Bethesda. She is experienced in divorce law issues. After law school, McGrath served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable James L. Ryan in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Montgomery County and a barrister of the Inns of Court of Montgomery County. McGrath previously was co-chair of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section.

The Shump Law Firm, of Towson, has acquired the Daniel M. Twomey Law Firm, also of Towson. Daniel Twomey was a friend and mentor of W. Randolph Shump, principal attorney and founder of the law firm. Mr. Twomey died late last year. The Shump firm has specialized in tax and estate planning services; the acquisition has expanded its services to include corporate consulting and business employment expertise.

Paul M. Finamore, a partner with Niles, Barton & Wilmer, of Baltimore, has been selected for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, an international organization founded in 1936 to further the principles of knowledge, justice and fellowship in connection with professionals involved with the defense of civil litigation. Finamore’s practice includes appellate, employment, business, and insurance law. He serves as chair of the employment law section of his firm.

Michael W. Skojec, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office, is directing formation of a Construction Law section under the Maryland State Bar Association. He is chair of the MSBA’s Special Committee on Construction Law, the precursor of a permanent MSBA section. The committee has begun offering construction law programs and intends to publish the state’s first practical deskbook on construction law for attorneys and to update older publications. Skojec is a partner in Ballard Spahr’s litigation and real estate departments and a member of the construction, construction dispute resolution, complex commercial litigation, and housing groups.

Daniel Wilansky, an associate in the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr, has been elected to the board of directors of the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the law firm’s public finance department and a member of the housing group and transactional finance group.

Michelle Dickinson, a partner in DLA Piper’s litigation practice in the Baltimore office, will receive a Champion of Justice Award from the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s Equal Justice Council on May 20 at the council’s 13th annual awards breakfast. Dickinson has served as the firm’s representative to EJC for the past two years. Kelly Tubman Hardy, partner in DLA Piper’s corporate practice, and partner emeritus Deke Miller are also active members of the Equal Justice Council.

Lisa Y. Settles, an attorney with Hodes, Pessin & Katz, of Towson, has been elected to the board of the Hannah More School, in Reisterstown. Settles serves on the Scholarship and Services to Children and Youth committees of the Patapsco River Chapter of The Links, and was involved in the Women Helping Women Initiative. She has a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service has been awarded over $79,000 by the Internal Revenue Service’s Taxpayer Advocate Service to operate its Low Income Taxpayer Clinic this year.  The clinic is operated in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Law Tax Clinic. Volunteer lawyers and students from the law school under supervision of faculty, provide free legal assistance to low-income Marylanders who have IRS tax disputes or need to file back taxes.

McNamee, Hosea, Jernigan, Kim, Greenan & Lynch, a regional business, corporate and real estate law firm, announced that it has doubled its usable space at its Annapolis office.

Jerrold A. Thrope of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger and Hollander, of Baltimore, and Michael Schatzow of Venable, of Baltimore, have become Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Leslie J. Polt, who is of counsel to Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, of Baltimore, was scheduled as a featured panelist at the International Factoring Association’s 16th Annual Factoring Conference, Apr. 14-17, in Scottsdale, Ariz., and at the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association’s BBA Spring Break Weekend, May 7-8, at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort.

Two attorneys at Lerch, Early & Brewer, of Bethesda, have been recognized by Smart CEO magazine as “go-to attorneys for business law” in its “Legal Elite” issue. Paul Alpuche, a principal in the firm’s business & tax group, was selected for his work in business law and tax law. Joel Aronson, chair of the creditors’ rights & workouts group and a principal in the litigation group, was included for his work in litigation and creditor’s rights.

Three partners in the Baltimore office of Saul Ewing have been recognized for legal excellence and client service by Chambers USA 2010: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. They are: Charles O. Monk II (bankruptcy litigation), and Harriet E. Cooperman and Gary B. Eidelman (labor and employment).

Steven D. Frenkil, a principal in the labor & employment practice group of Miles & Stockbridge, in Baltimore, was to receive an Alumni Outstanding Service Award from George Washington University and the George Washington Alumni Association on April 29. Frenkil is the vice president for student-alumni initiatives and serves on the executive committee of the GWAA board of directors. He earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law after receiving his B.A from GWU. Frenkil represents management in employment law and education law matters.

Searle E. Mitnick, of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, of Baltimore, has been elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.  He is a member of the firm’s real estate practice group, where he provides legal counsel to real estate and business clients, including commercial real estate developers, residential apartment owners, and borrowers and lenders in loan transactions and workouts.