In an effort to expand its national practice, Baltimore law firm Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP has opened an office in Washington, its first office outside of Charm City.
Known for its criminal defense and disability rights practices, the firm hopes to both increase its national presence and net larger clients in that process.
“We’re very excited about expanding our footprint,” said managing partner Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum.
While this is the firm’s first foray into Washington, many of its attorneys already have strong connections to the capital. Several associates and partners live in Washington and have been commuting to Baltimore.
The firm also recently hired three new partners from Washington: Kobie Flowers, who had a Washington-based practice before joining the firm, and Eve Hill and Regina Kline, both of whom previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice. Two additional associates are also joining the firm later this year.
The partners were hired before the firm opened its new office on K Street in Washington’s Farragut North neighborhood, but with the new hires the expansion was an easy decision, Krevor-Weisbaum said.
“With their ties to D.C., it made sense to have a D.C. presence.”
The expansion will put Brown Goldstein at 23 lawyers, which Krevor-Weisbaum described as “quite a lot of growth for us over the last few years.” The firm was ranked No. 36 out of 57 in The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Largest Law Firms ranking earlier this year.
Even with the expansion, the firm still plans to maintain its identity as a Baltimore firm.
“We’re still a Baltimore-based practice, and we’re very intertwined with Baltimore City. This is just a way to expand our national practice,” Krevor-Weisbaum said.
Attorneys will largely be based in Baltimore and work at times in Washington, depending on the cases, she said.
“This (Baltimore) is going to be our home with a location in Washington as well, for now. We will see as things move forward over the next few years.”