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Law movers: 12/5/11

Former Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. has joined Baltimore-based Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, where he will head the alternative dispute resolution practice. His daughter, Erin Murphy, also works for the firm. Before his 1984 appointment to the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Murphy was a Legal Aid staff attorney, an assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore City, the deputy state’s attorney for Baltimore City, and a partner in the Towson law firm of White & Murphy. He was appointed to the Court of Special Appeals in 1993 and became its chief judge three years later. In 2007 he was appointed to the Court of Appeals. Murphy, the author of the Maryland Evidence Handbook, teaches at the University of Baltimore Law School and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Jennifer S. Lubinski has joined Leitess Leitess Friedbert + Fedder, of Baltimore, as a stockholder. Lubinski recently has been president of Maryland Defense Counsel and of the Baltimore Women’s Bar Association, and is now

the Maryland Women’s Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee co-chair. Her practice is concentrated in the litigation of complex civil cases, including commercial, bankruptcy, professional negligence, construction and insurance coverage litigation.

Lerch, Early & Brewer, of Bethesda, has added Jeffrey M. Sherman and John E. Tsikerdanos to its creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice. Sherman is a principal who will chair the practice group; he has represented creditors and debtors throughout the nation for 30 years, most recently as a principal at Jackson & Campbell in Washington, D.C. Tsikerdanos is an associate who helps debtors and creditors with all matters regarding the bankruptcy courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He also worked at Jackson & Campbell, as an associate.

Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, of Owings Mills, will receive the 2012 Sadie Award at The Children’s Guild’s annual Cabaret for Kids gala on April 14. Murthy practices immigration law and helps lead the MurthyNayak Foundation, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization that helps provide for children’s and women’s health and educational needs, supports programs that assist immigrants, advocates for immigration, and supports disaster relief. She serves on the boards of the American Immigration Council, Stevenson University and the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, whose board she chairs.

For the fifth year in a row, the 2012 edition of Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys lists Rosenberg | Martin | Greenberg as a “recommended firm.” Four of its partners are Local Litigation Stars: Benjamin Rosenberg for trial work; Gerard Martin for criminal defense; Andrew Baida for his appellate practice, and civil, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, and state/local government disputes; and Gerard Gaeng for commercial litigation and government disputes. Partner David Wyand is listed as a Future Star.

Several attorneys at Paley Rothman, of Bethesda, recently received recognition for work in and outside the legal community: Howard B. Soypher was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Deborah A. Cohn has been chosen chair-elect of the Maryland State Bar Association Estates & Trusts Section Council; Jeffrey A. Kolender has been named to a three-year term as a member of the Montgomery College Foundation Planned Giving Committee; Bibi M. Berry was elected to the Maryland State Bar Association Family and Juvenile Law Section Council; and James R. Hammerschmidt was recognized for his distinguished service to—and leadership of—the Federal Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section.

Edward J. Gutman, of Baltimore, was named in the Alternative Dispute Resolution category in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Gutman focuses his practice on mediation and arbitration, including complex multi-party and class action disputes. Gutman was previously a principal with Semmes, Bowen & Semmes and Blum, Yumkas, Mailman & Gutman.

Stephen B. Lebau and Richard Neuworth, founding partners at Towson’s Lebau & Neuworth, have been named to the Super Lawyers list for 2012. The firm’s core practice areas include employee rights, employee benefits, pension and retirement benefits, health insurance, compensation and overtime, disability benefits, false claims and whistleblowing litigation. Lebau also has been named Baltimore’s Best Labor & Employment Lawyer in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers.

Three attorneys are among the recently selected founding members of the President’s Advisory Council for Notre Dame of Maryland University: Carroll Bodie, retired vice president and general counsel, Proctor & Gamble Cosmetics; Ava E. Lias-Booker, managing partner, McGuireWoods; and Richard E. Levine, partner, DLA Piper US.

The National Labor Relations Board recently received the John C. Cruden Federal Agency Pro Bono Leadership Award for its commitment to encouraging pro bono legal work among its lawyers and lawyers at other federal agencies. NLRB lawyers have donated hundreds of hours at legal clinics, including the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Legal Advice & Referral Clinic.

Ober|Kaler announced on Nov. 18 the Baltimore- and Washington, D.C.-area three nonprofit community organizations that will receive at total of $35,000 from its annual Community Grants Program. Truth Organization for Youth and Beacon House will each receive a $10,000 Ober|Kaler Community Grant. A $15,000 grant will go to Rebuilding Together Baltimore. All three organizations work to improve the lives of at-risk youth. In addition to the grants, employees of the firm volunteer their time to this program.

Zuckerman Spaeder has received national recognition in the white-collar category in the 2012 edition of Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms. The Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offices were designated “highly recommended.” Six of the firms Maryland attorneys were recognized as Local Litigation Stars: Herbert Better; Martin S. Himeles Jr.; William J. Murphy; Robert T. Shaffer; Cy Smith; and P. Andrew Torrez. Also, William K. Meyer was named a Future Star.

Two Baltimore-based attorneys are among directors appointed to the board of the MPT Foundation, the fundraising affiliate of Maryland Public Television, of Owings Mills: Robert C. Douglas is a litigation partner in the Baltimore office of DLA Piper; and John Anthony Wolf is principal and chairman of Ober Kaler Grimes & Shriver.

Two longtime members of the legal profession, both University of Baltimore Law School graduates, have been appointed to the Lifelong Learning Society’s advisory board: Ellen Lazarus recently retired as assistant director of the Congressional Research Service. She has been national president of the Federal Bar Association, president of the Federal Bar Building Corp., delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and a member of the board of the ABA’s Government and Public Service Lawyers Division. Kenneth O. Hassan opened his own law firm in 1975. He retired in 2002 but serves as counsel to Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, of Baltimore and Rockville. He served on the University of Baltimore Law School Advisory Board and co-owned the Baltimore Blast pro soccer team.

Nine Saul Ewing attorneys have been recognized in the 5th annual edition of Benchmark Litigation, including two from the firm’s Baltimore office who were named Local Litigation Stars: Edward J. Baines, for construction, commercial litigation, insurance, products liability and real estate practice; and Charles O. Monk II, for his antitrust, bankruptcy and corporate governance practice. Baines is a partner and head of the office’s litigation department. Monk is a partner in the litigation department and managing partner of the Baltimore office. He served for five years as Maryland’s deputy attorney general.

Ashley R. Dobbs has joined Bean, Kinney & Korman, of Arlington, Va., as an associate. Dobbs represents clients in intellectual property matters, while handling intellectual property licensing, business transactions, trademark prosecution and litigation, and other matters. She previously practiced at Protorae Law PLLC and Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells). Dobbs is an Animal Law Committee chair for the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.