Franklin & Prokopik has added Tim Coffman and Naureen Weissman as counsel, Adam I. Shareef, Natalie Johnson and Marni Sperling as associates.
Coffman joined Franklin & Prokopik’s Baltimore office and will concentrate his practice in workers’ compensation and employers’ liability. Prior to joining F&P, Coffman was the senior associate at the Law Offices of Henry Holzman and Associates where he worked for more than 20 years. In this position, he ran the day-to-day operations of the law firm and his primary focus was on workers’ compensation with additional experience in personal injury, social security and family law.
Weissman most recently worked as an associate attorney at O’Connell & O’Connell LLC in the area of workers’ compensation defense and as an associate attorney. She attended law school at the University of Texas School of law in Austin and has worked in administrative law for the State of Texas, as a law clerk for Superior Court judges in Connecticut and as an associate attorney at Milano & Wanat, LLC in Connecticut in the area of general liability defense.
Shareef concentrates his litigation practice primarily in the area of liability defense, representing clients in matters such as accident/injury/ tort claims and property loss matters. Prior to joining F&P, Shareef served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Michele Hotten of the Maryland Court of Appeals. During that time, he honed his legal research and writing skills, in addition to learning the internal processes of appellate litigation. Shareef also has experience working on cases involving toxic torts, asbestosis defense, and personal injury. During law school, he served as the president of the University of Baltimore Moot Court program, vice president of the Black Law Students Association, and was a founding member of the student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Before returning to the firm as an associate attorney, Johnson was a paralegal with Franklin & Prokopik for nearly five years in the area of workers’ compensation defense. She worked closely with principal attorneys in the Baltimore office, drafting and editing outgoing correspondence, memoranda, pleadings, motions, subpoenas, and other legal documents, conducting written discovery as well as other duties. While attending law school in the evening, she worked at Franklin & Prokopik during the day. This gave her a different, interesting perspective both in and out of the classroom. Following law school, she served as law clerk to Family Magistrate Theresa A. Furnari in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. There, she drafted orders, judgments, reports and recommendations and memoranda from the Court and she assisted in conducting hearings and trials while serving as liaison between the Court and attorneys and pro se litigants.
Before joining Franklin & Prokopik, Sperling served as judicial law clerk to Judge C. Carey Deeley Jr. in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. In law school, she was a staff editor of the Maryland Law Review and participated in the Gender Violence Clinic as a student attorney, assisting in the representation of clients in protective order matters. Also, while in law school, Marni served as a judicial intern to Judge Robert McDonald in the Court of Appeals of Maryland as well as a law clerk at Schlachman, Belsky & Weiner.