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Leadership in Law recap

Almost 300 people attended The Daily Record’s 11th annual Leadership in Law awards luncheon on Nov. 18. The event at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover honored the 25 recipients of this year’s awards, which recognize those who contribute significantly and consistently to the legal profession.

The top winner, Andrew Jay Graham of Kramon & Graham PA, was selected by a vote of all of the winners. The top winner is kept secret until he or she is announced at the awards ceremony.

“I had no idea, and it’s a wonderful honor,” Graham said as he accepted a crystal bowl to go along with the diamond-shaped glass plaque that he and the other 24 honorees received.

Graham co-founded Kramon & Graham PA in 1975 after working for Shearman & Sterling in New York and serving three years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland.

A former Maryland state chairman of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Graham has earned a laundry list of accolades that includes 15 years of listings in The Best Lawyers America, and recognition as one of Maryland’s top 10 attorneys in Maryland Super Lawyers.

The honorees were selected from 100 nominations The Daily Record staff received and whittled to 60 finalists. The 25 eventual winners were then chosen by a four-member panel made up of Legal Aid’s Wilhelm Joseph, Levin & Gann’s Stanford Gann Jr., the Maryland State Bar Association’s Paul Carlin, and Barbara Grzincic, The Daily Record’s managing editor/law.

“To be considered for The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Awards, individuals must have devoted time and energy to bettering the legal profession, as well as the community in which they live and work. They also must have mentored future professional and community leaders,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “We applaud this year’s winners for embodying all of these characteristics.”

The event’s Premier Sponsor was Wells Fargo, the Awards Sponsor was Special Counsel, and the Celebration Sponsor was Comcast Business Class.

The Recognition Sponsor was Ellin & Tucker, the Congratulatory Sponsors were Epsilon Registration and VPC Inc., and the Bar Association Sponsors were The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland Inc., Maryland Defense Counsel and the Maryland State Bar Association.