The Maryland Bar Journal’s editor, Janet S. Eveleth, accepted her fourth National Association of Bar Executives Luminary Award — the top honor for state bar association magazines — on Oct 8 during the National Association of Bar Executives’ Communications Workshop. Eveleth has served as the Maryland State Bar Association’s director of communications, and editor of the bimonthly magazine, for almost 24 years. Before joining the MSBA she led the communications department for the Home Builders Association of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association, where she also served as a lobbyist. Eveleth began her association communications career at the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland. She is a past chair of the National Association of Bar Executives’ Communications Section and a past president of the Maryland Society of Association Executives. In 1997, Eveleth received the NABE Communications Section’s Wally Richter Leadership Award for outstanding professional achievement, the highest honor for a bar communicator.
Janet S. Eveleth
Education: B.A., Washington College; M.S., Johns Hopkins University.
Resides in: Towson
Daily commute: 25 minutes — at 7 a.m.
Most recent vacation: Working in my garden.
Hobbies: Gardening, reading, walking with my sheepdog, Sherlock.
Favorite books: Nora Roberts, John Grisham, Elizabeth Lowell.
Most recently read: Janet Evanovich’s “Sizzling Sixteen”
Favorite food: Salad
Favorite quotation: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
Robert (Bob) Porter has joined the real estate and development practice of Wagonheim Law, a Baltimore-based firm that focuses on providing legal services to institutional and privately held companies. Porter had spent 11 years with Hodes, Pessin & Katz. His practice concentrates on the acquisition, financing, development, use, leasing and disposition of commercial, investment, and institutional real estate.
Gregory S. Weiner has joined Hodes, Pessin & Katz as a member. The University of Baltimore School of Law graduate is one of two members of the firm’s corporate and businesses services group to be recognized by Baltimore SmartCEO. He previously worked at Tydings & Rosenberg. Appearing again on the list is Managing Director Drake Zaharris, who works primarily with individuals and business owners in complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, construction and financing litigation, purchase and sale of businesses and business formation and financing.
Michelle Noorani has joined the Baltimore office of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston as counsel in the products liability & environmental exposure section. She has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola College Maryland and a law degree from the University of Baltimore. Noorani has been admitted to the bars in Maryland and the District of Columbia and appeared in the state’s and district’s courts.
The board of directors of the Maryland Legal Services Corp. has selected persons and organizations to receive its 2010 legal services awards at a Dec. 6 reception: Ward B. Coe III of Gallagher Evelius & Jones will receive the Arthur W. Machen Jr. Award for his years of support of legal services to the poor. Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., executive director of the Legal Aid Bureau, will receive the Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award. Carole J. Alexander, former executive director of the House of Ruth, will receive the William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award. Two firms, Dickstein Shapiro and Hunton & Williams, will receive the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award for pro bono services on behalf of immigrants’ rights in cooperation with the Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services in Silver Spring and the Montgomery County Family Justice Center. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Del. Kathleen M. Dumais will receive Awards of Special for their work toward the passage of the filing fee surcharge legislation in 2010 to benefit funding for legal services to low-income Marylanders. The MLSC will also recognize Marguerite Gardner, longtime administrative assistant for the Legal Services to the Elderly Program of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, and outgoing MLSC board member Douglas S. Snyder.
The Law Offices of James L. Mayer has relocated from Columbia to Waverly Woods in Marriottsville. Since being admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1975, James Mayer has served individual and business clients in the general practice of law with a primary focus in estate planning, estate administration, wills, trusts, business, corporations, partnerships, real estate, general contract law and general litigation.
Several lawyers at Paley Rothman, of Bethesda, have received awards or been appointed to positions within the legal community: Jim Hammerschmidt has been named chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Federal Bar Association; Roy Niedermayer has been chosen as a “go to” lawyer one of the metropolitan Washington area’s top lawyers in a reader’s poll conducted by Washington SmartCEO magazine; Kathleen M. Dumais has been selected to receive a Maryland Daily Record Leadership in Law Award; Arthur Blitz was re-elected to the board of directors of EagleBank. He is one of the bank’s original directors.
Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, received the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2010 Bridging the Gap Achievement Award for Successful Minority/Women-Owned Businesses on Oct. 13. Murthy specializes in U.S. immigration law; the firm helps U.S. companies hire talented workers from abroad. She received the Maryland International Leadership Award in 2008, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2009 and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award this year. Murthy also received the United Way of Central Maryland’s Philanthropist of the Year award in 2009.
Carr Maloney attorneys Dennis Quinn and James Steele were sworn in as presidents of statewide defense bars last month. Quinn will lead the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and Steele will lead the DC Defense Lawyers Association. Both try cases in Maryland. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Bethesda, and Vienna, Va.
Wagonheim Law’s founder and managing member, Eliot Wagonheim, and attorney at law Kimberly Neal have been recognized among the area’s “Legal Elite” by Baltimore’s SmartCEO magazine. Eliot Wagonheim serves as general counsel to privately held companies in an array of industries throughout Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region, focusing on transactional work such as mergers and acquisition, as well as in litigation and ADR proceedings. Neal focuses her practice on commercial litigation and the representation of small to medium-sized Maryland companies, particularly in the event-planning industry. The University of Baltimore School of Law graduate is the Activities Co-Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Section of Young Lawyers; this year she received the MSBA’s Section of Young Lawyers’ Distinguished Service Award and Best Event Award. Neal is sponsorship chair of the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
DLA Piper has announced a new industry sector group, the education and education services group, which is led by Baltimore partner Jay Smith. The industry-focused, cross-disciplinary effort will focus on efforts within the U.S. Smith also serves as co-chair of DLA Piper’s corporate and finance practice.
Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America has named two of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston’s partners as the Lawyer of the Year in Baltimore in their areas of practice: Paul M. Nussbaum has been named the 2011 Baltimore Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year, and Robert M. Wright has been named the Construction Lawyer of the Year. Nussbaum chairs the firm’s debtor/creditor rights and bankruptcy Department. Wright is senior counsel with the firm; for years he represented engineering and construction firms, both as plaintiffs and defendants. He devotes his time to serving as an arbitrator or mediator in construction disputes.
Jeffrey A. Markowitz, of Miles & Stockbridge, has been named Baltimore’s Tax Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America.
Five members of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, of Baltimore, have been selected among the top local attorneys in business law in Baltimore SmartCEO magazine’s Legal Elite Readers Poll: David B. Applefeld (construction and insurance), Jerald B. Lurie (corporate and business), Andrew Radding (white-collar criminal and business litigation), David. B. Rudow (business and tax) and Oren D. Saltzman (business, commercial and corporate).
Douglas M. Fox, of Ballard Spahr, of Baltimore, has been recognized by SmartCEO magazine. Fox is a partner in the firm’s business and finance Department and co-partner-in-charge of the life sciences/technology group. He practices business, corporate, securities, and technology law for public and privately held entities for industry groups, including life sciences and other technology companies, real estate investment trusts, and specialty lenders.
Jan Simonsen, of the Washington, D.C., office of Carr Maloney, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation.