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Introducing The Daily Record’s Power 30 Law

Maryland’s legal community found itself challenged in the last two years by a coronavirus pandemic that delayed trials, made in-person depositions difficult, created new categories of legal actions and otherwise disrupted all of the processes that make our varied legal system function.


Thomas Baden Jr.

Whether it’s a solo practitioner, an in-house counsel, a law school professor, or an appellate court judge – everyone was affected. The state’s lawyers, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, law educators and legal activists have adjusted and adapted.

None have done it better than the 30 men and women you’ll meet in this publication – the inaugural honorees of our Power 30 Law List.

This group was chosen by our editorial team. We reached out to readers and others for input and perspective. Some of the Power 30 are familiar to all of us, but many are known mostly inside their organizations or communities.
You can find this and all our Power Lists on our website,

In these pages, we explore how these leaders view the challenges facing the legal profession and hear about their triumphs, achievements and setbacks. We’ve also tried to offer a glimpse into the kind of people they are and what drives them to excel and to serve.

This list is the last in a series of Power Lists throughout 2021 that will showcase the most powerful figures in law, higher education, banking and other fields. The first of these was our Power 100 List, which profiled the most powerful men and women from all fields of endeavor in Maryland.

We hope you enjoy this publication, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Thomas Baden Jr.

See the Power 30 Law digital edition here.

Erek Barron
U.S. Attorney for Maryland
U.S. Justice Department

Ivan Bates
Bates & Garcia

Aisha Braveboy
State’s Attorney
Prince George’s State’s Attorney

Paul DeWolfe
Public Defender
Maryland Office of Public Defender

James E. Edwards Jr.
Managing Shareholder
Baker Donelson

Matthew J. Fader
Chief Judge
Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Martin T. Fletcher
Managing Partner
Whiteford Taylor Preston

Brian E. Frosh
Maryland Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General

Joseph Getty
Chief Judge
Maryland Court of Appeals

Nancy W. Greene
President, CEO, Chair
Miles & Stockbridge

Cary Hansel
Hansel Law

Brett Ingerman
Managing Partner
DLA Piper

Wilhelm J. Joseph Jr.
Executive Director
Maryland Legal Aid

Jon Laria
Managing Partner
Ballard Spahr

Lydia E. Lawless
Bar Counsel
Maryland Bar Counsel

Barry F. Levin
Managing Partner
Saul Ewing

Timothy C. Lynch
Managing Principal
Offit Kurman

M. Natalie McSherry
Kramon & Graham/MSBA

Marilyn J. Mosby
State’s Attorney
Baltimore City State’s Attorney

William H. “Billy” Murphy
Founder, Senior Partner
Murphy, Falcon and Murphy

Sheela Murthy
Founder, President
Murthy Law Firm

Steven A. Robins
Managing Partner
Lerch Early Brewer

Barry F. Rosen
Gordon Feinblatt

Jonathan Schochor
Senior Managing Partner
Schochor, Federico and Staton

Scott Shellenberger
State’s Attorney
Baltimore County State’s Attorney

Samuel M. Spiritos
Managing Shareholder
Shulman Rogers

Stacie E. Tobin
Managing Partner

Donald B. Tobin
UM Carey School of Law

Victor L. Velazquez
Executive Director

Ronald Weich
UB School of Law

One comment


    Paul DeWolfe has not been the state Public Defender for 23 years. You might want to correct that.