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Law movers – 5/14/12: Roberge joins Rockville firm

Roberge joins Rockville firm

William H. Roberge Jr. has joined Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC, one of suburban Maryland’s largest full-service law firms, as Of Counsel. His addition caps a two-year period of substantial growth in the firm’s estates and trusts practice, which has doubled in size since 2010. Roberge, who has practiced law in Montgomery County for almost 35 years, concentrates in transactional areas such as estate planning, real estate and estate and trust administration. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a former chairman of the Rockville Economic Development Commission. Roberge is a former certified ethics instructor for the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors and belongs to the Maryland State Bar Association, Bar Association of Montgomery County and District of Columbia Bar.

William H. Roberge Jr.

Education: A.B., Tufts University; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center.

Resides in: Rockville.

Why this specialty? What began as simple estate planning … evolved into far more sophisticated work as my clients’ needs increased. Now … my clients consider me their “family lawyer,” serving several generations at the same time.

Recent vacation: France (Normandy,Dordogne).

Favorites: Movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird”; Book: “Any of Bruce Catton’s Civil War histories”; Music: “Classical, and of course O.A.R. (my son’s group).”


Michael G. Hendler, managing member, Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler LLC, has completed training through the Maryland State Bar Association to become a certified court-designated mediator of civil cases. He becomes the third ARD&H member to receive mediation certification, joining former Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Dorf, who mediates family law matters, and David B. Rudow, who mediates civil and business disputes.

For the third year in a row, The National Law Journal has selected Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, which has offices in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York and Tampa, Fla., as one of 20 law firms named to its Midsize Hot List. In the Baltimore office, the magazine highlighted attorneys William J. Murphy and Robert T. Shaffer. Noting Zuckerman Spaeder’s representation of senior officials in several high-profile federal investigations, the journal wrote that the firm “frequently gets the call when the feds come knocking.”

ALM, publisher of Corporate Counsel and The National Law Journal, has named Semmes, Bowen & Semmes as a 2012 Go-To Law Firm for Litigation based on a survey of in-house counsel at 500 leading companies. Founded in 1887, Semmes is one of Maryland’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.

Jonelle Ocloo, supervising attorney with the Murthy Law Firm, which specializes in immigration law, has been chosen to receive the 2012 Emerging Leader Award from Associated Black Charities for her contributions to the community and corporate leadership. Ocloo has spoken on immigration law at regional legal association conferences. She is also a guest lecturer at the University of Baltimore, School of Law.

Saul Ewing LLP has been named to MultiCultural Law magazine’s list of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women, which recognizes firms that strive for diversity and inclusion. Saul Ewing is a full-service law firm with 240 lawyers in 11 offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and the District of Columbia.

DLA Piper has promoted Ian Taylor and Michael O’Day to partner. Taylor is an attorney in the litigation and arbitration practice in the firm’s Baltimore office with significant experience in Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation. He also has experience in class actions, as well as litigation involving product liability and mass torts, the defense of pharmaceutical manufacturers in drug and medical device matters and professional and medical malpractice claims. He serves on DLA Piper’s Baltimore Office hiring and pro bono committees. O’Day practices business and commercial litigation and arbitration with a focus on construction law. He has represented owners, design professionals, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in disputes involving construction defects, professional liability, project delay and payment claims. O’Day also handles complex commercial disputes and has experience with real estate litigation.