May 10, 2011

Lawyers questioned on foreclosure signing practices

In previous sessions of Baltimore’s show-cause hearings to investigate suspect signatures in foreclosure cases, Baltimore City Circuit Court Special Master Elizabeth A. Ritter asked her questions from the lawyers table. On Tuesday afternoon, she moved to the judge’s bench. The switch was a concession to the attorneys from Virginia-based Shapiro & Burson LLP who felt […]

May 9, 2011

Law blog roundup

Welcome to the first Monday after the Kentucky Derby. For those of you who bet on Animal Kingdom (at 20-1), I hope you are enjoying your day off. For those of you who did not, I hope you find the following law links more valuable than your parimutuel ticket. Oh (my), Canada: Court to the north […]

May 8, 2011

Surge of new cases could give teeth to anti-spam laws

Imagine seeing a television commercial promising a free iPad if you call the phone number on the screen. If you call the number and do not receive your gift, your next phone call will probably be to file a consumer complaint. Similar messages bombard your inbox every day in the form of unsolicited commercial email […]

May 1, 2011

Law movers: 5/2/11

Lisa D. Sparks has joined Bowie & Jensen, of Towson, as an associate in the construction practice. Sparks has experience in government contracting and Minority Business Enterprise contracting. She focuses on commercial litigation, including construction law and employment matters and has worked on a variety of matters in state and federal courts and in mediation […]

May 1, 2011

Celebrating lawyers who uphold the rule of law on Law Day

This Law Day, with protesters demonstrating and fighting for freedom and democracy in many nations, Americans should pause and reflect on the freedom we enjoy — the freedom no lawyer should take for granted. Our nation’s forefathers empowered us with the Rule of Law, but it is American lawyers who protect it, even when the […]

Apr 24, 2011

ABA may relax rules on legal business structures

BOSTON — Lawyers and non-lawyers may be able to form law firms or businesses that provide non-legal services, in light of changes the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 is weighing. The commission formed a working group to look into the ability of U.S. lawyers to participate on a level playing field in the global legal […]

Apr 24, 2011

Court of Appeals: Absolute privilege extends to class-action lawyers

The owner of a title company accused in a mortgage fraud scam cannot sue the plaintiffs’ attorneys for defamation, the Court of Appeals has held. The state’s highest court on Friday unanimously extended absolute privilege to class-action lawyers who published complaints related to the massive Metropolitan Money Store fraud case and spoke to the media […]

Apr 17, 2011

Professionals bride up for bingo benefit

It wasn't theme bingo night at the fire hall, but rather a fundraiser for My Sister's Place, a Baltimore homeless shelter for women. The event, called Bridesmaids' bingo, started up nine years ago and was the brainchild of a group of professional women, including several lawyers.

Apr 3, 2011

End of an era for court reporters

The Baltimore County Circuit Court is quietly losing 237 years of courtroom experience. Its 14 court reporters learned last month the courthouse will convert entirely to digital recordings by the summer. The move was not a surprise to the court reporters, just its suddenness. “It hurt because of our relationships with the bench, the lawyers […]

Apr 3, 2011

Sister lawyers, foodies blog about cooking and dining in Baltimore

Midway through dinner at Salt in Baltimore’s Butchers Hill neighborhood, sisters Erin and Alexandra “Xani” Podolny swap plates. Turns out it’s a family tradition for the bloggers behind Black Coffee and a Donut, a home cooking and dining out blog, who also happen to be lawyers. The Podolny family is made up of food and […]

Mar 13, 2011

Law firms find tenants’ market

Tucked away in a closet in C. Justin Brown’s old office was a vacuum cleaner he would pull out twice a year to clean the space in a row house on Mulberry Street. But, since the start of the year, Brown has not had to worry about cleaning supplies or dirty carpets. His new law […]

Feb 27, 2011

Lawyers seek to double fees in Indian claims case

WASHINGTON — Lawyers representing Native Americans helped win a record $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government. Now they want a judge to double their fees. Instead of being paid up to $99.9 million, as initially agreed, attorney Dennis Gingold says he other lawyers deserve at least $224 million for their work on the case […]

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