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Lawyer heads back to the county

Adelberg, Rudow opens new office in Towson

Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler LLC has opened a Towson office, led by veteran Baltimore County litigator Adam T. Sampson.

Adam Sampson

Adam T. Sampson of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler LLC at the firm’s new Towson office on Washington Avenue. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

“We think it’s a great opportunity for our clients in the firm and it’s a great way to expand our geographic area,” said the firm’s managing partner, Oren D. Saltzman.

Adelberg, Rudow’s main office is in Baltimore, and it already has a smaller office in Columbia. Its Towson office opened Jan. 1 with the intent of serving the firm’s already “large” client base in the county, which includes businesses and a significant portion of the firm’s family law practice, Saltzman said.

“We really needed a place where our attorneys have a base in trial and in circuit court,” Saltzman said.

Sampson will be the mainstay in the Towson office but will also spend time in Baltimore working with other attorneys. On the flip side, Baltimore-based attorneys will rotate into Towson occasionally to meet with clients or when they have cases in the county.

“This is a benefit that is certainly more convenient than having to go back to the city or asking other law firms to use space,” Sampson said.

Sampson, who serves on the executive council of the Baltimore County Bar Association, plans to build the firm’s Towson client base through the network of attorneys he already knows in the county, he said. The next step, he said, is to build a similar network of accountants, bankers and insurers.

“There are many lawyers in Baltimore city, but when you are out on the street in Towson in the lunch hour, it is filled with lawyers and I know all of them,” Sampson said.

The firm hopes that by having a permanent station in the county, it will attract local clients to Sampson’s litigation practice as well as clients he can send along to other attorneys at the firm.

“Not everyone has litigation needs, but many have a need for legal services,” Sampson said. “If I can get them in the door and form a solid and cemented relationship, it grows the firm’s revenue.”

Sampson’s practice is all litigation work, primarily commercial but including areas such as construction litigation and some personal injury cases.

Sampson came to Adelberg, Rudow after spending about four years working with William Alden McDaniel Jr. They were the only two people at McDaniel’s firm, which dissolved last summer when McDaniel left for Ballard Spahr LLP in Baltimore. Previously, Sampson had worked for firms in Baltimore County.

“The nature of the practice Bill and I had with two lawyers made it difficult for me to be out [in Baltimore County] often enough to, frankly, water the bushes,” Sampson said.

Around the time McDaniel told him of his move, Sampson saw an announcement that David B. Applefeld had been named chair of Adelberg, Rudow’s litigation section. Having worked opposite Applefeld in court before, Sampson said he called Applefeld and asked if the firm was looking for any litigators.

“I really developed a deep respect for their legal ability and their professionalism,” Sampson said.

The firm had been mulling plans to open a Towson office for the past couple years, Saltzman said. When Sampson called, Saltzman said it was a catalyst to moving the plan forward.

“When Adam Sampson came on, it was the perfect opportunity, because he is a well-known Towson attorney,” Saltzman said.

Though Sampson did not know about the firm’s Baltimore County aspirations when he inquired about a position, the two parties started talking and each liked the idea, Sampson said.

“We got together and talked and it seemed like a great fit for both the firm for expanding and certainly a good fit for me,” Sampson said.

Sampson said he did not talk to any other firms when looking for a new job.

“There quickly seemed to be a mutual interest,” Sampson said. “I took a big risk. I wasn’t exploring other options.”

Sampson met with every partner at the firm then started in mid-September. It took the firm a few months to find the right office space in Towson, Saltzman said.

“I wanted to be back in a position to grow my presence in the county,” Sampson said. “And this presented a unique opportunity to have collegiality with 20 other lawyers and staff.”

Though Sampson declined to specify how many of his old clients he brought with him to his new firm, he said any work he had originated at McDaniel’s firm he brought with him.

“The goal here is to continue to grow my practice and reach out to my Baltimore contacts,” Sampson said.

At this point, the firm is unsure whether it will add more attorneys to the Towson office in the future.

“If the opportunity presents itself, yes, we are hoping to do that,” Saltzman said.