Ronald A. Baradel
Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan P.A.
When Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan was founded in Annapolis in 1985, Ronald A. Baradel wanted to be sure that community service was one of the firm’s core values. How to do that was clear to him.
“We encouraged our attorneys to find a community outside our law firm and to become involved in that community, whether it’s a homeowner’s association, the chamber of commerce, their local PTA, their church or synagogue,” Baradel said. “We asked them not to just join, but to actually give back, to invest their time and talent in their community of choice and to assume leadership roles in those communities.”
Emphasizing service was the right thing to do, Baradel said. But as the firm supported, financially and otherwise, the projects that were important to the attorneys and staff, colleagues learned about causes that were important to each other and grew together.
“Community service brings balance to our lives,” Baradel said.
To that end, Baradel serves as a trustee for Indian Creek School and is the former president of the Rotary Club of Annapolis. He serves on the board for Hospice Cup Inc., Anne Arundel County CASA and Wellness House of Annapolis.
Founding his firm, Baradel also has mentored hundreds of law clerks and associates, an accomplishment that makes him very proud because many of these young lawyers have gone on to successful careers.
Baradel is known for representing Larry Swartz, an Anne Arundel County teenager accused of killing his adoptive parents in 1984 in a case that received national attention and inspired both a book and a TV movie.
“My representation of Larry Schwartz (along with Joseph Murphy and Richard Karceski) represented the highest ideals of the legal profession,” Baradel said. “We all represented Larry zealously on a pro bono basis, there was a huge amount of publicity attendant to the case, and our efforts helped to cast the legal profession in a very favorable light in the local community.”
Baradel has served on the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission and the Maryland State Bar Association’s Committee on Judicial Appointments. Before starting his firm, he was an associate and then a partner at Hartman and Crain and he began his career as an FBI special agent. Baradel holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s University and law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.