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Former Offit Kurman marketing director joins Annapolis firm

Bryan Lawson, who served as Offit Kurman’s marketing director for eight years, has joined the Annapolis-based business law firm Liff, Walsh & Simmons LLC as its chief operating officer, the Annapolis firm announced Monday.

As COO, a newly created position at the firm, Lawson will oversee business operations at both the law firm and at Eagle Title LLC, an attorney-owned and operated title company in Annapolis.

Lawson said that while it was a difficult decision to leave Offit Kurman, joining Liff, Walsh & Simmons was an opportunity to help a smaller firm grow.

“It was a unique opportunity to help another firm like I did at Offit Kurman, where there were 80 attorneys before it grew to 250 in seven and a half years,” Lawson said. “This new position was an opportunity to help and do something similar.”

There were some mixed emotions about leaving Offit Kurman, Lawson said, but he noted that the firm’s founders were supportive of his decision.

“The first word out of the founders’ mouths was ‘Congratulations,’” Lawson said. “Everyone is great there, and what we say about Offit Kurman being a collegial environment is what I experienced.”

During his tenure with Offit Kurman, Lawson oversaw the firm’s expansion into several areas, including New York and Charlotte, North Carolina.

At Liff, Walsh & Simmons, Lawson said, he will work to expand the firm and hire more attorneys and to help expand Eagle Title.

Liff, Walsh & Simmons co-founder and CEO Jay Walsh said in a news release that the addition of Lawson “sets the foundation for executing our strategic objectives for growth and innovation, deepening the value of our legal and title services at a rapid pace.”

Lawson, who lives in Severna Park, added that he hopes to help the firm expand into Baltimore County and Howard County.

“(Annapolis) is a good central location to grow,” he said. “That’s really why I’m here, to help expand.”

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