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Law movers – 1/17/12: Hodes, Pessin elects Petty as member

Hodes, Pessin elects Petty as member

Elliott D. Petty

Elliott D. Petty has been elected a member of Hodes, Pessin & Katz, of Towson. Petty is part of the firm’s medical malpractice group and has substantial experience representing health care professionals and institutions in complex medical malpractice litigation in state and federal court. He also represents individuals, business entities, insurers and homeowners in personal injury, contract actions and insurance actions. Petty has trial experience in Baltimore City and its surrounding counties, and has handled matters in Maryland’s appellate courts. After graduating from law school he clerked for Judge Kathleen G. Cox of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Petty is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, and is a volunteer attorney with Maryland Volunteer Legal Services and a member of his firm’s volunteer committee.

Elliott D. Petty

Education: J.D., Brigham Young University; bachelor’s degree, University of Utah.

Resides in: Lutherville

Daily commute: 0.8 miles … unfortunately, not enough time to listen to my favorite NPR programs.

Recent vacation: Bethany Beach, Del.

Hobbies: Whatever my four daughters are doing.

Favorite books: There are too many … start with “Frankenstein,” “Crime and Punishment,” Asimov’s “Foundation” and “Robots” series.

Most recently read: “The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century” by Edward Dolnick (a must read)

Favorite food: All of them, but my real favorite is a Quebecois dish called Poutine (french fries w/cheese curd and a spicy gravy)

Favorite quotation: “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” — Isaac Asimov

Hall, Butler & Kratovil has changed its name to the Law Offices of Hall, Butler, Macleary and Barnes after adding Kenneth G. Macleary, former member of the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission, and Benjamin S. Barnes, who represents District 21 in the Maryland House of Delegates. The firm will continue to represent public safety officials in medical malpractice and personal injury issues, working from offices in Bowie, Prince Frederick, Waldorf, Kent Island and Severna Park.

Allison L. Lee has been hired as an associate of Paley Rothman, of Bethesda. She will work primarily as a member of the firm’s estate planning and commercial law practice groups. Lee previously was a tax consultant in the Legal Division of the Maryland Comptroller’s office, where she reviewed and responded to state tax exemption requests, among other legal functions, and with the Baltimore City District Court, where she conducted mediation sessions and assisted in the alternative dispute resolution process. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was an ADR group officer and an admission representative.

J. Marks Moore III has joined the Baltimore office of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes as Principal. Moore concentrates his practice in environmental, insurance coverage and defense, general liability, premises liability and security, governmental liability, products liability, and general commercial litigation. Also, Sean E. Smith and John E. Roberts have been elected Principals to the firm. Smith focuses his practice almost exclusively on Maryland Worker’s Compensation Defense while also performing work under the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Roberts has concentrated his practice in bankruptcy, creditors rights and commercial litigation for more than 20 years. He represents secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, debtors, landlords, asset purchasers, and creditors’ committees in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings in the bankruptcy courts in Baltimore and Greenbelt. He attended the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Miles & Stockbridge, of Baltimore, has promoted seven members to principal: Stephanie K. Baron advises and represents businesses in traditional labor and employment law matters. Joseph L. Beavers focuses on the representation of policyholders in insurance coverage litigation. Joseph G. Billings assists government contractors with litigation, alternative dispute resolution, bid protests and transactional issues. Michael E. Blumenfeld concentrates on the representation of local, regional and national businesses in commercial matters. Todd M. Reinecker provides litigation services in connection with commercial and business disputes. Douglas S. Walker represents local and national financial institutions in commercial financing transactions and collection matters, and general business matters. Joseph P. Ward represents businesses in corporate and securities matters.

Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, of Baltimore, has elected Siobhan R. Keenan and Trace Krueger as Partners in the firm. They represent health care providers in medical malpractice and credentialing and licensing matters; Keenan also represents defendants in toxic tort litigation.

Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the Owings Mills immigration practice the Murthy Law Firm, has been reappointed chair of Girls Scouts of Central Maryland’s board of directors. Murthy also helps lead the MurthyNayak Foundation, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization that helps with children’s and women’s health and educational needs, support programs that assist immigrants, educate and advocate for immigration, and support disaster relief efforts. She serves on the boards of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, American Immigration Council and Stevenson University.

Julie Ellen Landau, a principal of the Law Offices of Julie Ellen Landau, of Baltimore, has been recognized as one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland and as one of the top 50 women attorneys in the state by Super Lawyers. Landau focuses her practice on matrimonial and family law, and is a court-approved mediator.

Gessner, Snee, Mahoney & Lutche received the Tommy Abraham Award for Outstanding Business Partner for 2011 last month from the Father Martin’s Ashley substance abuse rehabilitation facility. The Bel Air law firm has represented the Havre de Grace-area nonprofit facility for the past 15 years.

Sheila K. Sachs, a member of Gordon Feinblatt, of Baltimore, has been named by “The Best Lawyers in America” as the 2012 Baltimore Family Law Mediation Lawyer of the Year. She has served as chair of the Family and Juvenile Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association. Sachs is a graduate of Goucher College and the University of Maryland School of Law.

Sixteen members of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s board of directors have been selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers for 2012: Edward J. Baines, Saul Ewing; Rignal W. Baldwin, Baldwin, Kagan & Gormley; Alan C. Cason, McGuireWoods; Caroline D. Ciraolo, Rosenberg|Martin|Greenberg; Lawrence D. Coppel, Gordon Feinblatt; Steven R. Freeman, Freeman, Wolfe & Greenbaum; Fred S. Hecker, Miller & Hecker; Mary T. Keating, Law Office of Mary T. Keating; Frederick L. Kobb, Wright, Constable & Skeen; Jonathan Z. May, Whiteford Taylor & Preston; M. Natalie McSherry, Kramon & Graham; Charles J. Morton Jr., Venable; Susan Tucker Preston, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann; E. Hutchinson Robbins Jr., Miles & Stockbridge; Kerry D. Staton, Schochor, Federico and Staton; and Paul S. Sugar, Ober|Kaler.

Two attorneys have joined the board of directors of the MPT Foundation, the 501(c)(3) fundraising affiliate of Maryland Public Television: Robert C. Douglas, litigation partner in the Baltimore office of DLA Piper; and John Anthony Wolf, chairman, Ober|Kaler.

Twenty lawyers from Semmes, Bowen & Semmes have been named in Maryland Super Lawyers 2012: James W. Bartlett III, Alexander M. Giles and JoAnne Zawitoski, transportation/maritime; James A. Johnson and Frank J. Mastro, business litigation; Thomas V. McCarron, insurance coverage; Cleaveland D. Miller, business/corporate/banking; Barry D. Bernstein, Michael S. Fox, Stan M. Haynes, Heather H. Kraus, Rudolph L. Rose, Richard W. Scheiner and Mary M. Wiethorn, workers’ compensation; Stephen S. McCloskey and Kevin M. Cox, civil litigation defense; Robert E. Scott Jr., personal injury defense: products; J. Snowden Stanley Jr., construction litigation; John A. Roberts, bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights; and Scott M. Trager, employee benefits/ERISA.

Eighteen lawyers from Hodes, Pessin & Katz have been named in Maryland Super Lawyers 2012: Steven A. Allen, Patricia McHugh Lambert and Drake Zaharris, business litigation; Barry Bach and Brian S. Goodman, general litigation; Joan Cerniglia-Lowensen, Natalie C. Magdeburger, Mairi Pat Maguire and Catherine W. Steiner, personal injury defense: medical malpractice; Gerald M. Katz, business/corporate; Mark F. Scurti, bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights; Leslie R. Stellman, schools & education; 2012 Rising Stars are: Kimberly L. Battaglia, elder law; Kimya Behbahani, civil litigation defense; James R. Benjamin Jr., environmental litigation; David A. Burkhouse, employment & labor; and Kimberly Longford and Elliott D. Petty, personal injury defense: medical malpractice. Top 100 Lawyers are: Steven A. Allen, Natalie C. Magdeburger and Catherine W. Steiner. Top 50 Women Lawyers are: Patricia McHugh Lambert, Natalie C. Magdeburger and Catherine W. Steiner.

Michele L. Cohen, a principal in the real estate practice group of Miles & Stockbridge, of Baltimore, has been elected president of the board of directors of CREW-Baltimore, the local chapter of the CREW Network, a national association that promotes the business interests and professional advancement of women in the commercial real estate industry. Cohen also will serve at a national level on the CREW Network’s Member Education Leadership Committee. In her practice she counsels clients on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Cohen previously was associate general counsel to The Ryland Group, a national, publicly held real estate homebuilder and mortgage finance company.

Eben C. Hansel, an associate in the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr, has been elected to the board of directors of Live Baltimore, a nonprofit organization that markets the City of Baltimore as a great place to live. At Ballard Spahr, Hansel’s practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate law and transactions. He also handles corporate transactions, bankruptcy, and litigation.