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Law movers: 4/25/11

Dale K. Cathell has been promoted to partner in the finance practice in the Baltimore office of DLA Piper. Cathell regularly represents financial institutions and other creditor clients before state and federal courts. He also represents secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, trustees, lessors and committees in bankruptcy cases. Cathell has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and J.D. from the University of Baltimore.

William M. Davidow Jr., a member of the business law, health care, securities and tax planning practice groups of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, has been named Baltimore Corporate Lawyer of the Year for 2011 by “Best Lawyers in America.” Davidow provides counsel to for-profit and not-for-profit entities, focusing his corporate practice on business, corporate and limited liability company law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and tax planning for many industries, including government contracts, health care and construction. He earned his 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 and 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.

Stuart Barr, principal with Lerch, Early & Brewer, recently joined the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. His law practice encompasses land use, planning, zoning and rezoning, real estate development and redevelopment, master plans and sector plans, due diligence, building, use and occupancy, and other permits, water and sewer category changes, condemnation and eminent domain, administrative law, annexation, and historic preservation.

Baltimore trial lawyer and businessman Francis B. Burch Jr. has been elected chairman of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine, effective July 1. He is a trustee to the Johns Hopkins University and on the board of overseers of its Carey Business School. The University of Maryland School of Law graduate is chairman of the DLA Piper global board and co-chairman of DLA Piper LLP (US).

Stacy Reed has been hired as a program coordinator by Wagonheim Law, of Baltimore, to oversee the firm’s internal marketing. Reed most recently worked for Gramophone, where she assisted in managing social media marketing, daily marketing and internal event planning. The Stevenson University graduate served internships with Re/Max Lifestyles and Avon, Products. Wagonheim Law provides business-oriented legal services to institutional and privately held companies.

Robert W. Hesselbacher Jr., a partner in Baltimore-based law firm Wright, Constable & Skeen, has been named a member of the first board of directors of the Professional Liability Defense Federation, a new national organization of attorneys and insurance and risk management professionals involved with handling claims against members of professions including the legal, medical, accounting, real estate and insurance fields. In addition to professional liability defense, Hesselbacher’s areas of practice encompass business and commercial litigation, insurance defense and coverage, and mediation.

Diane M. Littlepage, principal of Littlepage & Associates, of Severna Park, was recently re-elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of Live Arts Maryland. Littlepage represents victims of medical malpractice. She is also a vocal performer with the Annapolis Chorale, a division of Live Arts Maryland.

Schuler joins Kahn, Smith

Todd Schuler has joined Kahn, Smith & Collins, of Baltimore, as an associate. Schuler will participate in the firm’s workers’ compensation and personal injury practices. He has a long history representing the men and woman of organized labor, including members of the Baltimore Building and Construction Trades. In addition to practicing law, Schuler served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2007 through 2011 representing the Eighth Legislative District in Baltimore County and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Schuler is a founding member of the Northeast Democratic Club of Baltimore County and a member of the Sixth District Democratic Club.

Todd Schuler

Education: Tulane University School of Law.

Hometown: Overlea, Md.

Daily commute: 20 minutes of Pulaski Highway.

Most recent vacation: Puerto Rico

Hobbies: Oriole baseball; politics.

Favorite book: “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut

Most recently read: “Cardboard Gods” by Josh Wilker.

Favorite foods: Crabs and beer.

Favorite quotation: “I’ll tell you this, no eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.” — Mr. Mojo Risin’ (Jim Morrison)