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MSBA nominates Paley Rothman partner David Shapiro as president-elect

Carl Isler

Maria Trasatti

David Shapiro

The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) on Dec. 7 elected David Shapiro, current secretary of the MSBA, to president-elect of the statewide bar association.

For 125 years, the MSBA has been the home of the entire legal profession in Maryland. Shapiro will become president of the MSBA on June 3 during the organization’s annual Legal Summit.

Shapiro is an accomplished business and health care attorney and a partner at Paley Rothman in Bethesda. Active in his community and the legal profession, Shapiro serves as chair of Hearts and Homes for Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering Maryland youth. In addition to his role as MSBA secretary, Shapiro serves as co-chair of the MSBA 125th Anniversary Committee and is a Maryland Bar Foundation Fellow.

The MSBA Board of Governors also nominated Marisa Trasatti for the position of treasurer and Carl Isler for the role of secretary.

Trasatti is a partner with Wilson Elser and concentrates on civil litigation and corporate work, acting as outside general counsel for local Maryland businesses. She is an active member of the MSBA, serving as faculty for a number of Continued Legal Education (CLE) programs. Trasatti holds several leadership roles in the legal profession, serving as president of the Maryland Defense Counsel and as a member of the Judicial Disabilities Commission.

Isler is an attorney with the Legal Services Corporation Office of Compliance and Enforcement. An engaged member of the MSBA, he is a past-chair of the Young Lawyers Section and has served on multiple committees. Isler has also held a leadership role within the Maryland Bar Foundation, MSBA’s philanthropic arm, as well as the American Bar Foundation and the Women’s Law Center of Maryland.

The mission of the MSBA is to effectively represent Maryland’s lawyers, to provide member services and to promote professionalism, diversity in the legal profession, access to justice, service to the public and respect for the rule of law. The MSBA works to connect and empower the legal profession through ongoing support and advocacy.