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Law movers: 5/2/11

Lisa D. Sparks has joined Bowie & Jensen, of Towson, as an associate in the construction practice. Sparks has experience in government contracting and Minority Business Enterprise contracting. She focuses on commercial litigation, including construction law and employment matters and has worked on a variety of matters in state and federal courts and in mediation and arbitration. Sparks has also advised clients on contracts, compliance, and government certification. She previously worked in the construction, surety, and real estate areas at Whiteford, Taylor, & Preston and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Sparks has taught legal research and writing courses and lectured in other subjects in the paralegal studies program in the School of Justice at the Community College of Baltimore County. She will return to the University of Baltimore School of Law as an adjunct professor of commercial law in fall 2011.

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. Burch, a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, 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.

Three attorneys at Paley Rothman, of Bethesda, recently were honored for their work both in and outside the legal community. Deborah A. Cohn has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Cohn is a member of the firm’s estate planning, estate/trust administration and tax practice groups. She devotes much of her practice to the estate, gift and other tax concerns of non-U.S. citizens. Daniel S. Koch, who chairs the firm’s government contracts practice group, contributed a chapter to the soon-to-be-published book, “Inside the Minds: The Impact of Recent Changes in Government Contracts. “ The chapter outlines the potentially devastating business repercussions that can occur when contractors who lose a federal procurement are not given the debriefing they are entitled to receive within a few days of an award decision. Kathleen M. Dumais, a principal with the firm who represents Montgomery County in the state House of Delegates, has received the 2011 Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for “outstanding prevention work within their communities.” Dumais, a member of the firm’s litigation and family law practice groups, also will be the co-recipient of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission’s first Legislator of the Year Award, presented “in recognition of [her] efforts to shepherd legislation … that enhanced funding for civil legal services.”

Ryan M. McConnell, an associate with the wealth preservation group in the Towson office of Hodes, Pessin & Katz, of Baltimore, has been elected to the board of directors of Chesapeake-Potomac Spina Bifida Inc. The organization focuses on the unmet needs of children and adults born with spina bifida. McConnell concentrates his practice in estate planning, elder law, probate law and trust administration and federal and state tax law. He also serves as a volunteer with RAINN, an organization supporting victims of sexual violence. McConnell has a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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)