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On the Move – Legal edition

Lee L. Bishop has joined the litigation department of Miles & Stockbridge, of Baltimore, as counsel in its products liability practice group. He had spent the past 16 years as senior counsel for product safety and regulatory compliance for General Electric’s consumer products, lighting and electrical industrial equipment businesses. Before that, Bishop was senior counsel for environmental law for GE Plastics, Of Counsel for Warner and Stackpole in Boston, an assistant attorney general for Massachusetts, and an enforcement attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael H. Mannes has joined Niles, Barton and Wilmer, of Baltimore, as a partner in the law firm’s real estate group. Mannes’ real estate practice includes the creation of condominium and planned unit developments, and representation of condominium and homeowners’ associations and cooperatives in dispute resolution, construction and governance issues. Before joining Niles Barton, Mannes was a solo practitioner for nine years. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Also joining the firm are Alicia D. Stewart, as an associate, and Heather M. Dunn, as a paralegal. Both graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2009 and have been working with Mannes.

Todd Chase has been added to the real estate practice in the Baltimore office of Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard as special counsel. He spent the previous 10 years at DLA Piper. Chase practices in the areas of real estate development and commercial real estate, including acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and financing. He represents lenders in construction and permanent financing. Chase earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Maryland. Cole Schotz also has offices in New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Texas.

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.

J. Christopher Nosher has been promoted to partner by Setliff Turner & Holland. He will have the primary responsibility for handling transportation cases, particularly railroad, that are tried in Maryland. Nosher joined the firm as an associate when it opened a Baltimore office in 2008; a few months later he was promoted to administrative attorney. Nosher’s practice focuses on transportation law, but includes criminal law, tort liability, personal injury, landlord tenant/premises liability, and general litigation. Before joining the firm, he served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Homicide Division of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Richmond, Va. Nosher also worked as an associate with Troutman Sanders’ transportation and white-collar crimes/special investigations practice groups. Setliff Turner & Holland also has offices in Richmond, Va., and Huntington, W.Va.

Ann L. Ramsey, special counsel, and Francie Cohen Spahn, associate, in the transactional real estate practice group of Saul Ewing, in Baltimore, have been appointed to posts in the Maryland State Bar Association. Ramsey will serve as committee chair of the Real Property, Planning & Zoning Section Council’s Real Estate Discussion Group. Spahn has been elected as an at-large member of the Real Property, Planning & Zoning Section Council, assigned to serve as co-chair of the annual Advanced Real Property Institute. She received her degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Donna Senft, principal in Ober|Kaler’s health law group, in Baltimore, has begun writing a health law blog, The blog focuses on Medicare enrollment issues, with information relating to the requirements and new initiatives with respect to the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System, the national electronic database for recording and retaining data on Medicare-enrolled providers and suppliers.

Carr Maloney, which has offices in Batimore, Bethesda, Washington, D.C., and Vienna, Va., 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. Schultz 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.

Kevin Shepherd, co-chair of the real estate practice of Venable, of Baltimore, and chair of its finance group, recently received the Distinguished Maryland Real Property Practitioner Award from the Maryland State Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Planning and Zoning. He had served on the American Bar Association Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession and the Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight. Shepherd is president of the American Academy of Real Estate Lawyers.

Mark F. Scurti, of Hodes, Pessin & Katz, of Towson, recently received the Belsky Award from the Maryland State Bar Association Consumer Bankruptcy Section for his support. Scurti received his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Loyola College, Maryland.  He is a past president of the Bar Association of Baltimore City.

Priscilla Carroll, a partner in Bowie & Jensen’s transactional department, recently received the William J. Casey Award from the American Red Cross of Central Maryland for her service, which includes serving as chair of the Red Cross board of directors nominating committee for the past two years. Carroll’s practice with Bowie & Jensen, of Towson, focuses on commercial real estate law. She previously was General Counsel to Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, and headed the real estate section of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, practicing commercial real estate and finance law there for more than 25 years.

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.