Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Nancy L. Davis-Loomis has been named administrative judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes the circuit courts of Anne Arundel, Carroll and Howard counties, effective Nov. 5. Judge Davis-Loomis served as a District Court judge from 1996 to 2000, when she was appointed as a Circuit Court judge. In July 2007, she was designated the administrative judge for Anne Arundel County. Judge Davis-Loomis will continue to serve as administrative judge for Anne Arundel County and will oversee implementation of the Maryland Electronic Courts pilot program in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1982. Judge Davis-Loomis was assistant county solicitor for Anne Arundel County from 1983 to 1986, and was in private practice with Cohen, Bennett, Greene & Davis-Loomis from 1986 to 1994. She is a past member of the board of governors of the Maryland State Bar Association and past president of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association.
Judge Lenore R. Gelfman has been designated administrative judge for the Howard County Circuit Court, effective Nov. 5. Judge Gelfman received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore in 1973 and began her legal career as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore City. She was engaged in a private practice in Howard County until 1989, when she was appointed to the District Court for Howard County. In 1996, she began her term as a judge in the Howard County Circuit Court. Judge Gelfman is a past president of the Howard County Bar Association. She is a director and fellow of the Maryland State Bar Foundation, a fellow of the Howard County Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Women’s Bar Foundation. Judge Gelfman is also an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and a designated Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource judge.
Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. has been designated as administrative judge for the Washington County Circuit Court, effective June 29. Judge Long received his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland and began his legal career as a private practitioner. In 1979, he became an assistant state’s attorney for Washington County, and was later promoted to deputy state’s attorney. In 1982, Judge Long was elected the State’s Attorney for Washington County, and served until 2004, when he was appointed a District Court judge. In 2006, he was appointed to the Washington County Circuit Court. Judge Long is a past president of the Washington County Bar Association and serves on the Criminal Law Section and the Committee on Lawyer Assistance of the Maryland State Bar Association. A founding member of the Washington County Child Advocacy Center, he has also been a member of the Western Maryland Children’s Center Advisory Board since 2008 and president since 2009.
Christine A. Edwards, a partner in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn, has been elected chair of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Edwards began her career on Capitol Hill, advocating the legislative and regulatory interests of the Dean Witter Financial Services Group. In 1988, she became executive vice president and general counsel for Dean Witter; in 1997, Edwards was promoted to executive vice president and chief legal officer when Dean Witter merged with Morgan Stanley. She became executive vice president and chief legal officer in 2000 at Bank One Corp. In 2003, Edwards joined Winston & Strawn as a capital partner; she now heads the bank regulatory practice and counsels public company boards of directors and financial organizations. In 2010, she joined the board of directors of BMO Financial Group, a Canadian international financial services company.
Lawrence S. Jacobs has joined McMillan Metro, of Rockville. Jacobs has 35 years of experience representing local businesses with corporate and business law matters, most recently at Lawrence S. Jacobs & Associates. He also assists individuals with estate planning and administration, and speaks to professional organizations on planning for same-sex couples. Jacobs was twice appointed to the Montgomery County Human Relations Commission and served as its chairperson. He is a member of the Maryland Advisory Board of Capital Bank and is a licensed real estate broker in Maryland.
Randolph S. Sergent, senior director and assistant general counsel of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, recently was elected to the American Red Cross of Central Maryland’s board of directors. Sergent’s key areas of responsibility with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield involve legal compliance with federal and state health care and health insurance regulations, as well as providing legal support for CareFirst’s legal response to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and related regulations. Before joining CareFirst, Sergent was a partner at Venable LLP, where his practice included insurance and health care regulation and litigation, and other regulatory and litigation matters. Before he joined Venable in 2003, Sergent was deputy counsel to the Maryland Insurance Commissioner and an Assistant Attorney General within the Civil Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert C. Murphy, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Brian A. Goldman, of Goldman and Goldman, P.A., recently was elected president of Jewish Community Services in Baltimore. Goldman has served on the Board of Jewish Community Services and Jewish Family Services for over 30 years, holding many positions. He received the Distinguished Leadership Award for 2007 from the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies.
Chambers USA recently recognized 15 lawyers in the Baltimore office of DLA Piper: Jason C. Harmon, Jay Smith, Michael Stein and Wm. David Chalk, corporate/M&A; Linda Marotta Thomas and Mark Muedeking, employee benefits & executive compensation; Russell H. Gardner, labor & employment; Richard M. Kremen, litigation: bankruptcy; Brett Ingerman, Charles P. Scheeler, Neil Dilloff and Robert J. Mathias, litigation: general commercial; and Guy E. Flynn, John Machen and Richard E. Levine, real estate.
Four partners in the Baltimore office of Saul Ewing have been honored as “Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast” in the July/August issue of Arrive magazine: Harriet Cooperman, labor and employment; Sherry H. Flax, intellectual property; Laura L. Katz, health care; and Eileen O’Brien, estates.
Owen elected to museum board
Stephen L. Owen, a partner practicing in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offices of DLA Piper, has been elected to the board of directors of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, a National Historic Landmark in downtown Baltimore with a satellite site in Ellicott City. Owen focuses his practice primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business transactions, corporate and partnership tax planning, real estate tax planning, and business and estate planning for closely held enterprises and their owners. He was recognized in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Owen is a past chair of the Partnerships and LLCs Committee of the ABA Section of Taxation and a past chair of the Section of Taxation of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Stephen L. Owen
Education: J.D., College of William & Mary; B.A., Hampden-Sydney College.
Raised in: Richmond, Va.
Resides in: Baltimore City.
Daily commute: 5 minutes to the Baltimore office, 1 hour to the Washington, D.C., office.
Most recent vacation: South Carolina lowcountry.
Hobbies: Golf, reading about golf, and talking about golf; pre-1975 rock-n-roll and soul music.
Favorite books: “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine; “The Road to Serfdom” by F.A. Hayek; “Capitalism and Freedom” by Milton Friedman.
Most recently read: “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk From an Energy Insider” by John Hofmeister (former president of Shell Oil)
Favorite food: Crabcakes, and anything prepared by my wife.
Favorite quotation: “Fortune favors the well prepared.”— Louis Pasteur