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Law movers: 1/24/11

Franklin & Prokopik has added four attorneys, the first three in its Baltimore office, and one in its Easton office, as associates: Josh Bascom concentrates his civil litigation practice in the area of workers’ compensation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and then his J.D. from the University Of Maryland School of Law. During law school Bascom interned at the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice. John T. Everett concentrates his civil litigation practice primarily in labor and employment and workers’ compensation defense in Maryland. The Loyola Blakefield graduate earned his J.D. from the University Of Maryland School of Law. Before joining the firm, Everett was a commercial loan officer at Mercantile Bankshares Corp. He completed an internship with the Honorable Judge Lawrence R. Daniels in the Circuit Court of Baltimore County. Jessica L. Murray concentrates her civil litigation practice in general liability defense, insurance litigation, and mediation. She received her associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Baltimore County Community College, a B.A. in jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore, and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Murray is a certified as a mediator. While in law school she served at Franklin & Prokopik as Robert Franklin’s litigation paralegal. Christopher Martini, the new associate in the Easton office, concentrates his civil litigation practice in worker’s compensation defense. He earned his J.D. from the University Of Baltimore School of Law, and interned for the Honorable Ellen L. Hollander on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland and the Honorable Clayton L. Greene on the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Martini worked as a law clerk with Warnken, LLC, before joining Franklin & Prokopik.

Former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey became a partner in Venable LLP last week. He will spend time in both the firm’s Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offices, working in its white-collar and government investigations practice.

Venable recently elected several of its attorneys as partners, including four in its Baltimore office: Jennifer A. Pratt is a member of the tax and wealth planning practice group. Pratt received her LL.M. from the University of Baltimore, her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of Baltimore. Brent W. Procida is a member of the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group in the Baltimore office. He has also practiced in New York. W. Bryan Rakes is a member of the business transactions practice. He teaches in the entrepreneurship and management program at Johns Hopkins University, and is a member of the board of directors of the Maryland chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, of Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, and of Civic Works, a Baltimore nonprofit organization. Eric R. Smith focuses primarily on corporate and securities transactions, and general corporate matters. He is a member of the ABA Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, the Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions and the Committee on Corporate Governance. He received his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Also, Jacqueline Levasseur Patt is now a partner in the firm’s trademark, copyright and licensing practice group in Washington, D.C. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and her B.S. from the University of Maryland.

Hodes, Pessin & Katz, of Baltimore, had 10 of its attorneys selected for the 2011 Maryland Super Lawyers list: Steven A. Allen, Barry Bach, Brian S. Goodman, Gerald M. Katz, Natalie C. Magdeburger, Patricia McHugh Lambert, Mark F. Scurti, Leslie R. Stellman, Catherine W. Steiner and Drake Zaharris. HPK also had five Rising Stars: James R. Benjamin Jr., David A. Burkhouse, Kimberly Longford, Brandy A. Peeples and Elliott D. Petty.

Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, of Baltimore, had 14 of its attorneys selected for the 2011 Maryland Super Lawyers list: bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights: Lawrence D. Coppel; business litigation: Lawrence S. Greenwald and Jerrold A. Thrope; business/corporate: Herbert Goldman and Abba David Poliakoff; employee benefits/ERISA: Matthew P. Mellin; estate planning & probate: Lowell G. Herman; family law: Sheila K. Sachs; health care: Barry F. Rosen; mergers & acquisitions:  William M. Davidow Jr.; personal injury plaintiff-general: Eric N. Schloss; real estate: Timothy D.A. Chriss, David H. Fishman and Edward J. Levin.

Wright, Constable & Skeen, of Baltimore and Towson, had 11 of its partners selected for the 2011 Maryland Super Lawyers list: James W. Constable and Paul F. Evelius, business/corporate; Monte Fried, employment & labor; Michael I. Gordon and Mary Alice Smolarek, estate planning & probate; Robert W. Hesselbacher Jr., business litigation; Louis J. Kozlakowski Jr. and Gerard P. Sunderland, construction/surety; David W. Skeen and Stephen F. White, transportation/maritime; and Howard S. Stevens, construction litigation. Also, three associates were named Rising Stars: Mollie G. Caplis, family law; Meighan Burton, general litigation; and Jason R. Potter, construction/surety.

Paul A. Dorf and Walter R. Stone of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, of Baltimore and Ellicott City, will be featured speakers at the Mid-Year Meeting of the Maryland State Bar Association Jan. 29-Feb. 5 on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Dorf will present a session with Judge Barbara Kerr Howe on alternative dispute resolution. Stone’s talk will cover recently enacted legislation relating to tax measures, as well as proposals to address the nation’s deficit.

Peter Toren

Toren hired by Shulman, Rogers

Peter Toren recently joined Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, of Potomac. Toren was one of the original trial attorneys with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He prosecuted the first criminal cases under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 involving trafficking of counterfeit goods and theft of trade secrets, and wrote the Justice Department’s first manual on the protection of intellectual property rights. Before then, he worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Most recently, Toren was a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP and Sidley Austin LLP in New York, representing clients in negotiations concerning complex intellectual property licensing and technology transfer agreements. He is the principal author of “Intellectual Property & Computer Crimes,” published by Law Journal Press. Toren recently worked pro bono with the writers’ advocacy organization in a major Google book settlement. He regularly speaks on intellectual property and taught cyber law at Hofstra University.

Peter Toren

Education: Little Red School House (true)

Resides in: Washington, D.C.

Daily commute: 25 minutes.

Most recent vacation: Jackson Hole, Wyo. (last summer)

Hobbies: Writing, tennis, skiing, cycling.

Favorite book: “A Soldier of the Great War” by Mark Helprin.

Most recently read: “Life” by Keith Richards.

Favorite food: Pasta

Favorite quotation: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others that have been tried.”