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Law movers – 10/3/11: Lessman Katz joins city firm

Lessman Katz joins city firm

Martha Lessman Katz

Martha Lessman Katz has joined Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, of Baltimore, as a member of the firm’s intellectual property & technology and business law practice groups. Lessman Katz advises domestic and international clients regarding privacy and data security matters including cross-border transfers, licensing and related technology transactions, outsourcing, e-commerce transactions, and emerging issues with social media. She assists businesses in the development, implementation and management of intellectual property asset strategies, helping them to manage the exploitation and commercialization of their intellectual property assets and all facets of technology transactions. Lessman Katz is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as an information privacy professional and by the Licensing Executives Society as a licensing specialist. She is a member of the Baltimore City Bar Association’s Technology Committee, the Maryland Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee, and the Advisory Board of the Howard County Economic Development Association’s NeoTech Incubator.

Martha Lessman Katz

Education: Undergraduate: Washington University, in St. Louis; law: Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

Resides in: Lutherville, Md.

Daily commute: 25-40 minutes, depending on the JFX.

Recent vacation: Europe — a few days in Amsterdam and Brussels visiting friends, and the balance in France.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family.

Favorite books: Loved the entire Harry Potter series.

Recently read: Jonathan Tropper’s “This Is Where I Leave You”

Favorite food: There’s nothing better than freshly baked bread and a strong, hot cup of coffee.

Favorite quotation: “There are just some fleas a dog can’t scratch.”

Four officers and five new members recently were elected to the board of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. The new officers are: former board secretary Fred S. Hecker, partner with Miller & Hecker, was elected treasurer; Mary T. Keating, Baltimore solo practitioner, secretary; and Paul S. Sugar, partner with Ober?Kaler, vice president. Lawrence D. Coppel, a partner with Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC, was elected to a second term as board president. The new members: Anthony P. Ashton, partner, DLA Piper; Edward J. “Ted” Baines, partner, Saul Ewing; Jonathan Z. May, partner, Whiteford, Taylor Preston; Charles J. Morton Jr., partner, Venable; and E. Hutchinson Robbins Jr., principal, Miles & Stockbridge.

Nicole E. Ames, of Hodes, Pessin & Katz, has been elected to the board of directors for Baltimore Green Space. Ames is the director of marketing and business development for HPK; previously, she practiced law, primarily civil litigation, for the firm. Baltimore Green Space, a nonprofit, was founded by gardeners who wanted to see their communities’ open spaces remain available to residents. The organization works to protect community gardens, pocket parks, and other open spaces created and cared for by city residents, and it supports the residents’ efforts.

Eight lawyers with Hodes, Pessin & Katz, of Towson, have been included in “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2012: Steven A. Allen, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, non-white- collar criminal defense; Natalie C. Magdeburger, medical malpractice law, professional malpractice law; Patricia McHugh Lambert, insurance law; Edmund O’Meally, education law; David N. Pessin, entertainment law, sports law; Mark F. Scurti, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; and Catherine W. Steiner, medical malpractice law, professional malpractice law.

Nine attorneys in the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr have been included in the 2012 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”: Jon M. Laria, managing partner, real estate law and land use & zoning law; Charles R. Moran, corporate compliance law, corporate governance law, and corporate law; Thomas A. Hauser, real estate law and securitization and structured finance law; Morton P. Fisher Jr., Christopher J. Fritz, Marci I. Gordon, Mark Pollak, Raymond G. Truitt and Fred Wolf III, real estate law.

Daniel C. Costello, a shareholder of Wharton, Levin, Ehrmantraut & Klein, of Annapolis, has been included in the 2012 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the practice area of medical malpractice law-defendants.