Offit Kurman has added two attorneys to its commercial litigation practice, working from the firm’s Baltimore/Washington office in Maple Lawn. William S. Heyman primarily represents banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies, and Fortune 100 firms in cases involving securities litigation, employment cases, and other complex commercial disputes. He also defends companies, individual directors and officers on behalf of third-party insurers. Paul Walter has more than 40 years of litigation experience representing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in complex civil litigation matters, including distribution, product liability, and toxic tort. He also handles matters such as national and international mergers and acquisitions, financings, refinancing and workouts for commercial lenders and their clients, estate planning and administration, entity formation and governance issues for corporations, and leasing matters for landlords and tenants.
Marianna Batie has joined DLA Piper’s Baltimore office as an associate in the trusts and estates practice. She focuses her practice on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals and business owners, utilizing business entities and complex planning techniques to preserve familial wealth and reduce estate and gift tax liabilities. Batie previously was an associate at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta.
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.
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.
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.