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Law movers – 1/9/12: Steven Book joins Kramon & Graham

Steven Book joins Kramon & Graham

Steven A. Book has joined Kramon & Graham, of Baltimore, as an associate in the firm’s litigation and transaction groups. His practice will focus on business litigation and professional liability matters, as well as corporate real estate transactions. During law school, Book was a Rule 16 student attorney at the National Association of the Deaf and interned for Judge Leonard Braman of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Following graduation, he served as a judicial clerk on the Court of Special Appeals for Judge Patrick L. Woodward.

Steven A. Book

Education: University of Maryland School of Law; bachelor’s degree, University of Maryland, College Park.

Resides in: Canton, Baltimore.

Daily commute: About 15 minutes

Recent vacation: Delaware beaches.

Hobbies: Softball, reading, and fantasy football.

Most recently read: “Shantaram: A Novel” by Gregory David Roberts.

G. Darrell Russell Jr., who retired from the District Court of Maryland on Dec. 16, joined Parker, Pallett & Slezak on Jan. 2. Russell will take the lead in District Court work, especially criminal and traffic defense, and landlord-tenant law. He will also concentrate on cases needing arbitration, mediation and other alternative methods of dispute resolution. Russell was appointed an associate judge of the District Court of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 1990. Before his appointment he served as an assistant attorney general, as an adjunct faculty member at then-Loyola College and then-Towson State University; and as a Baltimore County juvenile probation officer. He is a graduate of Loyola College and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Parker, Pallett & Slezak has offices in Bel Air, Abingdon, White Marsh and Perryville.

John B. Langel has been named chair of Ballard Spahr’s litigation department and William C. Rhodes will lead its public finance department. The appointments took effect Jan. 1. Ballard Spahr has offices in 13 U.S. cities, including Baltimore, Bethesda and Washington, D.C.

Saul Ewing has elected two special counsels in its Baltimore office to the firm’s partnership, effective Jan. 1: F. William DuBois, of the energy and utilities, and environment and natural resources practice groups; and Jeffrey S. Glaser, of the personal wealth, estates and trusts practice group.

Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, of Potomac, has promoted four associates to shareholders, effective Jan. 1: Geoffrey S. Platnick, a former assistant attorney general for the District of Columbia in the area of child support enforcement, works in the family law group; Alexander C. Vincent, a member of the commercial litigation department, previously was counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; Kristin E. Draper and John D. Sadler also belong to the commercial litigation department: Draper works with real estate partnerships, medical practices, procurement firms, marketing companies and technology firms; Sadler represents lenders and financially distressed entities in the bankruptcy and restructuring process.

Gary B. Eidelman and Adam S. Zarren, members of Saul Ewing’s business and finance department, have been named to SmartCEO magazine’s list of Baltimore “Legal Elite” for 2011. Eidelman is a vice chair of the business and finance department, Baltimore vice office managing partner, and the firm’s marketing partner. He represents and counsels employers on labor and employment law, litigation and business matters. Zarren advises individuals and growing small- and middle-market businesses, and large international firms, on general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, intellectual property, government contracts, contractual matters, real estate, and other business and personal related matters.

J. Michael Brennan, a partner in the Towson office of Miles and Stockbridge, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Brennan has served on the Habitat affiliate’s board for eight years, helping to oversee its merger with Arundel Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity of Howard County. He is supervising the organization’s search for a new CEO. Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake serves Anne Arundel County, Baltimore, Baltimore County and Howard County.

Carroll Bodie, retired vice president and general counsel, Procter & Gamble Cosmetics; Ava E. Lias-Booker, managing partner, McGuireWoods; and Richard E. Levine, partner, DLA Piper, are among members recently named to Notre Dame of Maryland University’s President’s Advisory Council, an executive leadership group that will advise President Mary Pat Seurkamp on issues related to Notre Dame’s recent university transition, and provide counsel for the search and leadership transition for a new president to be named this year.

Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett and Scherr has been ranked among the 2011-2012 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News Media Group in Baltimore’s tier 2 for real estate law. CarneyKelehan, which is headquartered in Columbia and has offices in Annapolis and Salisbury, specializes in education, public school, real estate, land use and zoning, trusts and estates, taxation, business, labor, personal injury, worker’s compensation and litigation in state and federal courts.

Bernard J. Sevel, of Arnold, Sevel & Gay, of Towson, has received the Alfred M. Porth Memorial Award from the Maryland Workers Compensation Education Association. The award honors members of the workers compensation community for commitment to fair and honest administration of the compensation system in the state. Sevel’s civil practice focuses on workers compensation, maritime personal injury, automobile accidents, and wrongful death and personal injury cases. He received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore.

Gregory S. Weiner, of Hodes, Pessin & Katz, of Towson, has been ranked by Baltimore SmartCEO as a “go to attorney.” Weiner focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial lending, and complex contracts.

Frank Spector and Mark Kopec, of Spector & Kopec, of Baltimore, are listed in Maryland SuperLawyers magazine for 2012 for plaintiff medical malpractice.

Twenty-eight Ober|Kaler attorneys have been selected for the 2012 edition of Maryland Super Lawyers: Raymond Daniel Burke, James E. Edwards, Joseph C. Kovars, John F. Morkan, Paul S. Sugar and John Anthony Wolf, construction litigation; Patrick K. Cameron, banking; David L. Cole Jr., construction/surety; Kevin A. Dunne, personal injury plaintiff: general; John P. Edgar, Matthew A. Mace and Donald R. Mering, estate planning & probate; S. Craig Holden, Leonard C. Homer, William T. Mathias, Howard L. Sollins and Sanford V. Teplitzky, health care; E. Scott Johnson, intellectual property; David S. Musgrave, bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights; Stuart M. Schabes, business/corporate; Sharon A. Snyder, business litigation; Geoffrey S. Tobias, transportation/maritime; and M. Hamilton Whitman, general litigation. Selected as Maryland Rising Stars of 2012: Kristin Carter Cilento and Joshua J. Freemire, health care; Kelly M. Preteroti, general litigation; Alexis B. Rohde, estate planning & probate; and Michael A. Schollaert, construction litigation.