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Law movers – 8/29/11: Ray M. Shepard joins Baltimore firm

Franklin & Prokopik has added five attorneys to its Baltimore office: Barbara Thompson has joined the firm as Counsel. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Thompson worked for 10 years for ACE USA (formerly CIGNA Property & Casualty Cos.) handling workers’ compensation claims and providing legal representation, then for 10 years in the staff counsel office for Zurich North America and as a litigation attorney. Jennifer F. Hare, one of four associates hired by the firm, earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has been an associate attorney at Seidman & Schreyer, and an associate attorney at Alpert Schreyer. Hare and Thompson concentrate their practice in the area of workers’ compensation defense. Bradley F. Fowler earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Fowler has been an associate with Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, in La Plata. He concentrates his practice in the area of transportation and construction defense. Imoh E. Akpan earned his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law while working for Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, the Law Offices of Emmanuel D. Akpan, and the District of Columbia Public Defender’s Service. He also worked as a student attorney for the Baltimore City Office of the Public Defender. Akpan has been an associate with Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum, in Riverdale Park. Scarlett M. Corso graduated in 2007 from the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence, and then received a J.D. in 2010 from the University of Baltimore School of Law. During law school, Corso worked as a law clerk for the Legal Aid Bureau, and then worked for the Honorable Judge John N. Prevas, former Chief Judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court, as a legal intern and then as a law clerk. She has also been a law clerk at the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore City. Corso and Akpan concentrate their practice in the area of general liability defense.

Diane D’Aiutolo, partner with Tydings & Rosenberg, of Baltimore, has been named president-elect of Network 2000, which promotes the advancement of executive women.

Harry Weiss, partner at Ballard Spahr, has been appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, which will study issues related to natural gas exploration and production in the Marcellus Shale in Maryland.

Patricia Lambert, principal at Hodes, Pessin & Katz, of Towson, has been named vice chair of the Saint Agnes Foundation.

John R. Devine, principal at Miles & Stockbridge, of Baltimore, has been elected chair of the business development committee of the Maryland Economic Development Association.

Shepard joins Baltimore firm

Ray M. Shepard

Ray M. Shepard, a former assistant U.S. attorney, has joined Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, of Baltimore. Shepard practices in the areas of complex civil, administrative and criminal litigation with a focus on health care fraud and abuse, false claims act and qui tam matters, government and white-collar investigations, and commercial litigation; He has extensive jury trial and appellate experience before state and federal courts. Shepard is also a colonel in the Air National Guard and serves as the staff judge advocate for the Joint Force Headquarters in Charleston, W.Va. He is a member of the St. Agnes Foundation Board, has spoken on legal topics around the country and has served as an instructor at Georgetown University Law Center and the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

Ray M. Shepard

Education: Towson University; University of Baltimore School of Law; Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., and thereafter served as a JAG officer in the U.S. Navy.

Resides in: Pasadena, Md.

Daily commute: Beltway traffic gives me a great opportunity to catch up on returning phone calls. I’m in the car for at least 45 minutes every morning. Yes, I use hands-free technology, so it’s legal.

Recent vacation: I took my two children to Disney World for their second visit (we went two years ago too).

Hobbies: I enjoy boating and sports, and being with my kids. I also am one of those middle-aged lawyers who recently succumbed to his wild side and bought a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Favorite book: Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time.” I enjoy the practice of law, but the laws of physics and nature are much more interesting.

Recently read: “One Good Dog” by Susan Wilson.

Favorite food: It’s impossible to select my favorite food, but I like everything better with a nice glass of wine, preferably red.

Favorite quotation: “Courage is being scared to death … and saddling up anyway.” — John Wayne

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