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Law movers: 3/28/11

Alexandra P. Moylan has joined Hodes, Pessin & Katz as an associate. She will concentrate her practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense, insurance coverage and general insurance defense litigation. Moylan graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in government and politics and English. She received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she focused on health law and policy as a member of the school’s Health Law Policy Brief. Following graduation, Moylan clerked in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Gallagher Evelius & Jones, of Baltimore, has made three members partners: Ryan J. Potter is a member of the real estate practice, working in land use law, government relations, entitlements, permit approvals, code compliance, and historic preservation regulations. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Loyola University Maryland. Potter sits on the board of governors of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association. David G. Sommer earned a B.A. from Salisbury State University, a second B.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Brian T. Tucker is a litigator who focuses on complex commercial disputes, including matters for educational and nonprofit organizations. He has obtained judgments in favor of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and health care and religious entities in an array of discrimination, tort and contract cases. Tucker received his M.L.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Miles & Stockbridge has elected two members to its board of directors: Richard A. DeTar chairs the firm’s real estate litigation group, co-chairs the real estate industry team and is the managing principal of the firm’s Easton and Cambridge offices. He primarily represents clients in matters involving land use, real estate disputes and corporate/business litigation. Joseph W. Hovermill leads the firm’s products lability & mass torts practice group. He primarily represents manufacturers in matters involving business counseling and litigation involving toxic tort and environmental litigation.

Carol G. Cooper, an associate in the family law and litigation practice groups of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, has completed the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training and is now qualified to practice collaborative law. Cooper represents clients in matters related to divorce, custody, visitation, child support, pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, adoption and other civil litigation. She regularly acts as a volunteer settlement facilitator for the family law division of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Cooper earned a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Michael A. Stover, a partner with Wright, Constable & Skeen, of Baltimore, has led the creation of the Philadelphia Surety Claims Association for surety claims professionals in Greater Philadelphia. He is a vice president and member of the association’s board of directors. Stover’s areas of practice concentration are surety & fidelity law and government contracts.

Four partners from the Baltimore office of Saul Ewing have been recognized for legal excellence and client service by Chambers USA 2011: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Harriet E. Cooperman and Gary B. Eidelman for their labor and employment work; James E. Goodrich for his real estate practice; and Charles O. Monk II for his bankruptcy litigation practice.

Michael S. Clevenger, vice president, BB&T Bank, wealth management division, recently was elected to the board of directors of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Clevenger is a personal trust specialist at BB&T in Westminster, where he handles trust real estate and manages investment accounts. Before joining BB&T in 2005, Clevenger practiced law with Jensen, Hassani & Focas, of Towson.