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On the Move – Legal Edition

Jerald B. Lurie and Andrew Radding, of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, of Baltimore, Ellicott City and Towson, were selected for leadership positions at the Maryland State Bar Association’s recent annual meeting. Lurie was chosen by the Board of Governors to fill a vacancy from Baltimore City. He also was reappointed as co-chair of the Judicial Appointments Committee for a sixth consecutive term. Radding, a former member of the Board of Governors, was reappointed as Program Committee co-chair for the fifth consecutive term; he will continue to oversee programming for the MSBA’s annual and mid-year meetings.

Guy Flynn, a partner in DLA Piper’s real estate practice group in the Baltimore office, has been appointed to Baltimore’s newly reconstituted City Ethics Board. In his new role, Flynn will meet monthly with the other four members of the board to review potential ethics issues. At DLA Piper, Flynn practices in the area of commercial real estate investment, development and finance, representing institutional investors, pension funds, developers, lenders, borrowers, underwriters, and other public and private business entities. He also counsels clients on land use regulation, taxation, environmental, corporate and bankruptcy issues. Flynn is a member of the board of trustees of the Walters Art Museum and the boards of directors of Health Care for the Homeless, Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland, the Center for Urban Families and St. Elizabeth School.

Ava Lias-Booker, a partner in the complex commercial litigation department of McGuireWoods, has been named the new office managing partner of the firm’s Baltimore office. She takes over for partner Alan Cason, who was recently promoted to chair of the firm’s public finance department. Lias-Booker will continue to lead the Baltimore litigation practice group. She represents businesses and other clients in complex commercial and civil litigation in state and federal courts.

Mitzie V. Smith-Mack, of counsel in the real estate department at Ballard Spahr LLP, has been elected to the board of directors of the Housing and Development Law Institute. HDLI is a nonprofit organization created as a legal resource for the affordable and public housing industry. Smith-Mack is a member of Ballard Spahr’s housing group in Washington, which represents more than 60 housing authorities across the country.

William Erskine, of Miles & Stockbridge’s Columbia office, has been elected to the board of directors of The Arc of Howard County. The organization provides housing, job placement, vocational training and a wide variety of individual and family support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has named Franchise & Business Law Group, of Lutherville, as a finalist for a 2010 state Small Business of the Year Award. Many of the firm’s clients are companies that are creating and overseeing a franchise network, or individuals investigating ownership of or actively operating one or more franchised businesses.

Louis Jay Ulman, a senior principal of Offit Kurman, has been designated chair of the Maryland Racing Commission. He concentrates his practice on estate tax planning, business succession planning, the preservation of assets in connection with long-term care stays and special needs planning.  He is a member of the board of trustees of The Columbia Foundation and serves as counsel to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Heidi Gaasch has been hired as community & business affairs coordinator of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, of Columbia.  She will manage production of publications and e-newsletters, the website, and social media efforts. Additionally, Gaasch will work with the firm’s community and nonprofit partners in philanthropic efforts.

Matt Hjortsberg, a partner with Bowie & Jensen, of Towson, has been named president of the board for the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Hjortsberg is a member of the firm’s litigation department. Although his practice is concentrated in contract disputes and construction litigation, he has represented clients in business dissolution disputes, theft of trade secrets claims, regulatory investigations and estate & trust litigation matters.

Ober|Kaler has formed an alliance with Tranto, Stiff & Associates LLC, a specialized tax consulting firm that provides industry and trade associations with excise tax representation in all areas of highway, airport and environmental trust funds, as well as general excise tax advice for U.S. and international taxpayers.

June 4 was designated Tribute to E. Scott Johnson Day in Maryland to honor Johnson, head of the intellectual property group at Ober|Kaler, of Baltimore, who is stepping down as chair of the Maryland State Arts Council. Johnson is a past president of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Maryland Lawyers for the Arts, the CityLit Project and Young Audiences of Maryland. He is a co-founder and immediate past chair of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, and serves on the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Film Production Workgroup.

Carr Maloney, which has offices in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, has added two new associate attorneys to its team. Amy Beth Mogetz was an associate for three years at Coleman & Ragland, an Alexandria, Va., firm. Matthew D. Berkowitz spent three years as an associate at Jackson & Campbell, a Washington, D.C., firm. Carr Maloney specializes in complex tort and commercial litigation, professional liability representation, employment law and a range of business-related legal services.

Zuckerman Spaeder has been awarded the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award among large firms by the District of Columbia Bar. In 2009 the firm helped an individual accused of capital murder avoid a death penalty charge, a Rwandan genocide survivor secure political asylum after he was tortured by government agents for testifying against those accused of murdering his family, early-child care providers who sought increases in child care subsidies, and grandmothers gain custody of their grandchildren.

Jane C. Luxton, a partner with Pepper Hamilton, has been appointed chair of the firm’s sustainability, clean tech and climate change team, which helps businesses and individuals respond to new regulatory mandates and “green” initiatives. Luxton’s experience includes federal and state environmental laws as well as international environmental regimes. Before joining the firm, she was general counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For her work at NOAA, Luxton twice received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award; in previous government service she received the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for complex litigation. Pepper Hamilton is a multi-practice firm with offices in seven states and the District of Columbia.

William B. Schultz, a partner with Zuckerman Spaeder and head of its food and drug practice, has been named one of 10 “Champions” recognized for public service, pro bono efforts, and advocacy by the National Law Journal. Schultz was recognized for his role in the passage of last year’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. He started working on the issue of tobacco regulation in 1994 as counsel to the House Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, where he staffed the congressional tobacco hearings on tobacco and nicotine addiction. He continued that work as deputy commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration and as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department’s Civil Division. His commitment to advocate for more stringent regulation continued when he joined Zuckerman Spaeder in 2001, where he assists public health groups in educating congressional staff, analyzing related legal issues, drafting amendments, and negotiating the language and scope of the bill.

T. Sky Woodward, of the Baltimore office of Womble Carlyle, has been named a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. She represents real estate and financial service industry clients in indoor environmental quality and commercial litigation; manufacturing clients in mass tort product liability and toxic tort cases and emerging environmental matters; and other businesses in environmental, land use, and commercial litigation matters.

Several attorneys with Paley Rothman, of Bethesda, have been honored or named to new positions: Linda D. Schwartz has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Association. Patricia M. Weaver was recently inducted as president of the Bar Association of Montgomery County; she is a two time winner of the BAMC’s Chair of the Year Award and is a past president of the Women’s Bar Association of Montgomery County. Arthur G. House has been certified as an international mediator and named to the Panel of Mediators of the International Mediation Institute, in The Hague, Netherlands. Four of the firm’s family law attorneys — Glenn M. Cooper, Kathleen M. Dumais, Howard B. Soypher and Bibi M. Berry — were named in a report on “Top Divorce Lawyers” in the May/June 2010 issue of Bethesda Magazine.

Eight attorneys in Ballard Spahr’s Maryland offices have been listed as “Leaders in Their Field” in the 2010 edition of “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business”: Charles R. Moran for capital markets: REITs (Nationwide) and corporate/M&A; Douglas M. Fox for corporate/M&A; Morton P. Fisher Jr., Marci I. Gordon, Mark Pollak, Raymond G. Truitt and Roger D. Winston for real estate; and Jon M. Laria for real estate: land use. In addition, the firm’s real estate practice in Maryland received Chambers’ highest band ranking.

Three partners from the Baltimore office of Saul Ewing have received recognition for legal excellence and client service by “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” They are Harriet E. Cooperman and Gary B. Eidelman for their labor and employment practices; and Charles O. Monk II for his bankruptcy litigation practice.

Gregg Bernstein and Martin S. Himeles Jr. of the Baltimore office of Zuckerman Spaeder have been recognized  by “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” for their work in Litigation: General Commercial Maryland.