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Apr 24, 2012

Even in high-profile cases, the Rules still apply

As lawyers, we can get as wrapped up as anyone else in the latest media-hyped news. Often the news is law-related, giving us the chance to consider what lessons we can draw from these events. The story surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin is one example. A couple weeks ago, lawyers for George Zimmerman, the […]

Mar 21, 2012

Ethics law debate extended in Md. Senate

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland senators are considering legislation that would mandate financial disclosure forms for state officials be filed electronically and posted online. Lawmakers attempted to amend the bill Wednesday to include local officials who run on a slate with state-level candidates, but the measure failed. The senators decided to wait until Thursday to consider another […]

Oct 27, 2011

Self-represented litigants, pro se litigants and me

I am a commercial litigator. My firm’s clients range from small to mid-sized businesses to larger companies to start-ups to individuals. They hire us to solve problems, resolve disputes, negotiate deals and make sure that they are acting in compliance with the law. In most cases I handle, the opposing party hires an attorney to […]

Sep 15, 2011

Lenders step up foreclosure intent filings

Maryland housing officials say lenders have filed an average of 15,000 intent notices per month against homeowners since January, indicating a new wave of foreclosures may soon hit the state. The disclosure came Thursday after a national report from RealtyTrac that said banks and lenders may soon restart issuing large volumes of foreclosure notices following […]

May 9, 2011

Attorneys, notaries on the hot seat over foreclosure filings

Tough questions about the origin and authenticity of questionable signatures on foreclosure documents continued for a third consecutive day in Baltimore City Circuit Court Monday, this time with employees of Virginia-based Shapiro & Burson LLP taking the stand to answer for the law firm’s lax procedures. To hear Shapiro & Burson’s representatives tell it, other […]

Jan 4, 2011

AP: Surge in bankruptcies shows signs of slowing

RALEIGH, N.C. — The growth in bankruptcies around the country slowed significantly in 2010 from its breakneck pace in recent years, with about a dozen states recording a decline in filings from consumers and businesses, according to an Associated Press tally Tuesday. Filings collected from the nation’s 90 bankruptcy districts showed 113,000 bankruptcies in December, […]

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