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Maryland                                                                                             Local litigation firms
                                                                                                     Highly recommended
                                                                                                     DLA Piper
                                                                                                     Hogan & Hartson
The tight-knit legal community of Baltimore has seen an influx of national names                     Kramon & Graham
in recent years. Still, most of the nationwide names employ local talent that has                    Zuckerman Spaeder
practiced in Baltimore’s courtrooms for decades. Many of the local litigation stars
                                                                                                     Miles & Stockbridge
cross paths on the streets surrounding the Inner Harbor on a daily basis, even
                                                                                                     Whiteford Taylor & Preston
more sit on opposite sides of the state’s most important cases.

Highly recommended firms                           Maryland that make this firm a “force to be       Recommended
DLA Piper’s reach stretches far beyond             recognized,” according to one peer. The
Maryland, but competitors still acknowledge        firm’s client list reads like a who’s who of      Baxter Baker Sidle Conn & Jones
the firm’s “huge presence and authority” in        Maryland names including the Baltimore            Goodell DeVries Leech & Dann
Baltimore courtrooms. “DLA Piper had a             Ravens, ABS Capital Partners, Lockheed
                                                                                                     Gordon Feinblatt Rothman Hoffberger &
vision,” one peer says. “Now they have a           Martin and McCormick & Company.
great local component alongside the obvious            Competitors “can’t stop saying good things
international group.”                              about Mark Gately,” whose skills are              Law Offices of Arnold Weiner
   The firm’s joint global leader and US           “unmatched” among Baltimore litigators. A         Murphy & Shaffer
litigation chair Robert Mathias resides in the     fellow in the American College of Trial
firm’s Baltimore office. Peers say Mathias has     Lawyers, Gately has fought cases against the      Rosenberg Martin Greenberg
been seen less in Maryland over the past four      Federal Drug Administration and spent a           Saul Ewing
years as his practice grows, but remains a         significant amount of time on antitrust and
                                                                                                     Shadoan Michaels and Wells
“formidable opponent in the state.” In recent      securities matters.
matters Mathias represented a major                    One peer calls Stephen Immelt’s healthcare    Venable
telecommunications company in disputes             practice “fabulous” and says he is the
arising out of its $1.75 billion divestiture of    “premier lawyer in that field.” Immelt fought
its Internet business. He also found injunctive    Anti-Kickback Act, Food Drug and
relief in US District Court of Maryland for a      Cosmetics Act and False Claims Act cases in
patent holding distributor of eyeglass frames,     more than 20 district courts.
while winning a four-week trial for the client         Lauren Colton and Jennifer Walker are
in the US District Court of Eastern New            each recognized as “lawyers to watch for” by
York. Francis Burch, the firm’s joint chief        peers. Colton is “extremely bright” and
executive officer, receives mention as a “great    “communicates well with judges.” Walker’s
trial attorney” by peers.                          practice focuses on healthcare and antitrust
   Competitors call Neil Dilloff a person          issues. Her most recent case includes
“who can always find great experts.” His           representation of a major pharmaceutical
extensive litigation experience includes           manufacturer in a class-action dispute
insurance, professional malpractice and            regarding reimbursement.
construction law. In recent years Dilloff won          “Kramon & Graham would be the first
a $242 million preliminary judgment on             firm on my list if I needed help,” one
behalf of another national law firm and a          competitor said about the litigation boutique.
defense jury verdict in favor of a firm in a $45   It’s no surprise that a firm founded by two
million legal malpractice case.                    former assistant US attorneys has a strong
   Peers recommended Anthony Meagher for           white-collar practice, but the litigation group
inclusion in Benchmark because “he truly is a      also has the ability to handle corporate,
unique talent in Maryland.” Meagher’s              commercial real estate, employment,
practice focuses on construction litigation        insurance, personal injury, government
around the country, including the National         contracts,      procurement,        trademark,
Football League in its desire to build two new     copyright, taxation, health care and estate
stadiums and a steel manufacturer in               and trust litigation.
construction claims of product defect.                 “He has amazing credibility with the judges
   Charles Scheeler and Joel Dewey were each       in this town,” says one peer about Andy
mentioned as “extremely good commercial            Graham, who spent two years with commercial
litigation lawyers.”                               litigation powerhouse Shearman & Sterling and
   Another national firm with local roots,         three years as an assistant US attorney before
Hogan & Hartson, has 24 partners in                starting the firm in Maryland in 1975. James

“Competitors call Neil Dilloff a person ‘who can always find
great experts.’ His extensive litigation experience includes
insurance, professional malpractice and construction law.”
-DLA Piper

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       Local litigation stars
       Edward Baines                                        Lawrence Greenwald                                 Benjamin Rosenberg
       Saul Ewing                                           Gordon Feinblatt Rothman Hoffberger & Hollander    Rosenberg Martin Greenberg

       George Beall                                         Warren Hamel                                       William Ryan
       Hogan & Hartson                                      Venable                                            Whiteford Taylor & Preston

       Gregg Bernstein                                      Martin Himeles                                     Charles Scheeler
       Zuckerman Spaeder                                    Zuckerman Spaeder                                  DLA Piper

       Herbert Better                                       Stephen Immelt                                     Michael Schatzow
       Zuckerman Spaeder                                    Hogan & Hartson                                    Venable

       Francis Burch                                        Brett Ingerman                                     Robert Shaffer
       DLA Piper                                            DLA Piper                                          Murphy & Shaffer

       Joel Dewey                                           Harry Johnson                                      Matthew Sturtz
       DLA Piper                                            Whiteford Taylor & Preston                         Miles & Stockbridge

       Neil Dilloff                                         Gerard Martin                                      Steven Tiller
       DLA Piper                                            Rosenberg Martin Greenberg                         Whiteford Taylor & Preston

       Lawrence Fletcher-Hill                               Robert Mathias                                     Jerrold Thrope
       Gordon Feinblatt Rothman Hoffberger &                DLA Piper                                          Gordon Feinblatt Rothman Hoffberger & Hollander
                                                            Anthony Meagher                                    Jefferson Wright
       Gerard Gaeng                                         DLA Piper                                          Miles Stockbridge
       Rosenberg Martin Greenberg
                                                            Christopher Mellott                                James Ulwick
       Mark Gately                                          Venable                                            Kramon & Graham
       Hogan & Hartson
                                                            Charles Monk                                       Arnold Weiner
       Andrew Graham                                        Saul Ewing                                         Law Offices of Arnold Weiner
       Kramon & Graham
                                                            William Murphy
       James Gray                                           Murphy & Shaffer
                                                            Paul Nussbaum
                                                            Whiteford Taylor & Preston

      Ulwick sometimes gets over shadowed by               Perrell were both described as “prepared and       Feet. Over a three-year period, Ryan
      Graham, according to one competitor, but is          thoughtful” by one peer. Perrell acted as lead     established that the law does not protect
      “just as good, if not better than Graham.”           counsel to Provident Bank in a ground-             directors from failing to do research before a
      Ulwick has tried cases in state and federal courts   breaking bankruptcy case, establishing             decision is made on the company’s behalf.
      on a range of matters including banking, class       federal authority within Maryland. The             During the case’s duration, opposing counsel
      action, legal malpractice and Racketeer              resulting opinion established the procedure        included five of the leading litigation firms.
      Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act             by which a putative debtor may raise the              Peers widely recognize Harry Johnson as a
      litigation. A former assistant US attorney for the   issue of whether an entity qualifies as an         “great products liability lawyer” and “visible
      District of New Jersey, Ulwick also practices        involuntary debtor and the evidentiary             in the Maryland legal community.” The
      white-collar litigation.                             burden that petitioning creditors must meet        former president of the Maryland State Bar
          Miles & Stockbridge’s litigation practice        in order to appoint an interim trustee prior to    Association, Johnson has an established legal
      extends further into local courtrooms than           the entry of an order for relief.                  relationship with most of the judges he faces.
      any other in the state. With eight litigation-          Another Future Star, Angela Whittaker-          Paul Nussbaum is said to be “the best
      capable offices stretching from Frederick to         Pion has a burgeoning mass torts practice,         bankruptcy lawyer in Maryland,” by one
      Easton, the firm can tackle “any case in any         representing a publicly traded manufacturing       peer. Alex Koff has a rare international
      courtroom” according to one peer.                    company. Peers say she is “very creative and       practice based out of Maryland. Koff’s
          Competitors say Jefferson Wright “knows          brings a courtroom presence and credibility        practice offers an international litigation
      what he is doing in a courtroom” and “has a          with her work.”                                    strategy that doesn’t rely on international
      great relationship with judges.”                        With one of the largest litigation groups in    offices. Peers call him “innovative” with his
          Matthew Sturtz “does excellent work for          Maryland at 99 partners, Whiteford Taylor          approach to litigation in countries such as
      me,” one client says. Another notes his ability      & Preston moves up to the highly                   Singapore, Korea and Canada.
      to handle “a variety of business matters.”           recommended category. William Ryan, who               The     District     of    Columbia-based
      Working out of the Towson office, Sturtz             competitors call “brilliant” and clients call      Zuckerman Spaeder supports a five-person
      defended a major real estate corporation in a        “resourceful,” moved to chair of the               litigation shop that can “go up against
      contract claim. His client then counter sued         litigation department, while Edward                anyone,” one competitor says. With three
      the plaintiff to win $400,000 owed from a            Buxbaum was appointed to lead the firm’s           former assistant US attorneys the firm has a
      material breach agreement.                           business litigation department less than one       specific expertise in complex civil and
          With three members of Benchmark’s                year ago. In recent litigation Ryan obtained       criminal white-collar litigation.
      Future Stars list, Miles & Stockbridge has a         more than $82 million from former officers            Herbert Better left the US attorneys’ office
      bright future ahead. Brad Bernstein and Joel         and directors of bankrupt company, Just for        in1973 to found the Baltimore office. Since

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then Better represented clients in state and        Lawrence Greenwald is “a statesman of             Future stars
district courts. Competitors say he has “a lot    the Maryland bar” according to another
of credibility from judges” as a result of his    peer. Since joining the firm 40 years ago,          Andrew Baida
public sector background. Peers praise            Greenwald handled cases involving medical,          Rosenberg Martin Greenberg
Martin Himeles’ “court presence.” Himeles         legal and accounting malpractice while
active practice has seen him obtain the           defending clients in criminal, mail fraud,          Brad Bernstein
acquittal of a company accused of defrauding      arson and vehicular manslaughter matters.           Miles & Stockbridge
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, defend           Peers say Brian Moffet “has a bright future
                                                                                                      Lauren Colton
                                                                                                      Hogan & Hartson

“Rosenberg Martin Greenberg lawyers describe themselves                                               Gerard Gaeng
                                                                                                      Rosenberg Martin Greenberg
as a place to go when a trial is the only option, and
peers agree. One source calls the firm ‘a group of very                                               Alex Koff
                                                                                                      Whiteford Taylor & Preston
sophisticated, very impressive trial lawyers.’ ”
                                                                                                      Brian Moffet
                                                                                                      Gordon Feinblatt Rothman

a business executive charged with defrauding      ahead” and proclaim the next generation of          Joel Perrell
the government and win acquittal of a             the firm “will be very good.” Moffet                Miles & Stockbridge
prominent executive charged with federal          regularly represents financial institutions and
campaign contribution offenses.                   banks. He recently defeated a class                 Brent Strickland
  The group’s newest partner, Andrew Torrez       certification on behalf of a national mortgage      Whiteford Taylor & Preston
was added in March 2008 to bolster its critical   lender in a consumer class action lawsuit
                                                                                                      Jennifer Walker
commercial litigation practice. Torrez            involving violations of the Maryland
                                                                                                      Hogan & Hartson
negotiated settlements on behalf of numerous      Secondary Mortgage Loan Law.
small business clients in Maryland and won           At the Law Offices of Arnold Weiner,             Angela Whittaker-Pion
arbitration before the American Arbitration       business fraud, civil trial and appellate work is   Miles & Stockbridge
Association, saving his clients nearly $250       the norm. Competitors say “the Local
million.                                          litigation stars list is incomplete if it doesn’t
                                                  have Arnold Weiner on it.” Weiner found fame
Recommended firms                                 for representing former Maryland Governor
Baxter Baker Sidle Conn & Jones is “a law firm    Marvin Mandel on mail fraud charges in
that matters,” according to one peer. The 11      1977. Ten years after conviction, the US
lawyer litigation team practices a variety of     District Court of Maryland overturned the
areas including insurance, local white-collar,    conviction after Weiner made it apparent to
environmental and education law. Michael          judges that Mandel was not attempting to
Baxter, the vice-president of the Maryland        defraud the government under the Federal
chapter of the American College of Trial          mail fraud statute. In recent years the firm
Lawyers, represents major local hospitals         acquired clients such as Ernst & Young.
including Howard County General, Johns               Murphy & Shaffer is a “terrific litigation
Hopkins Bayview and Sanai Hospital of             boutique,” one competitor says. Both name
Baltimore.                                        partners, William Murphy and Robert
  With “one of the best products liability        Shaffer, were described as “an unstoppable
practices in Maryland,” according to peers,       team.” Murphy represented witnesses and
Goodell DeVries Leech & Dann act as one           targets of Grand Jury, SEC, and
of the local powers in Maryland. The “very        Congressional investigations. His client list
good and competent” professional liability        includes several attorneys in the Office of the
group represents academic medical centers,        White House Counsel from the Clinton
regional      hospitals    and     individual     administration. Shaffer has a more varied
professionals. The US Court of Appeals for        practice, trying state and federal products
the Fourth Circuit upheld the firm’s              liability, toxic tort, legal malpractice and
significant victory dismissing a lawsuit          securities cases. He also represented clients in
brought against the government of Carroll         front of the Maryland Public Service
County concerning violations of the Clean         Commission,            Maryland        Securities
Water Act. The dismissal gave Carroll             Commissioner and SEC.
County important authority on the issue of           Rosenberg Martin Greenberg lawyers
diligent prosecution in environmental cases.      describe themselves as a place to go when a
  Gordon Feinblatt Rothman Hoffberger &           trial is the only option, and peers agree. One
Hollander’s litigation group looks to resolve     source calls the firm “a group of very
business disputes efficiently and effectively.    sophisticated, very impressive trial lawyers.”
Competitors call Litigation Chairman Larry        Another says the firm “absolutely belongs on
Fletcher-Hill “very good” and “impressive.”       the list of recommended firms.”
A former chief of litigation in the Maryland         Competitors commend Benjamin Rosenberg
Office of the Attorney General, Fletcher-Hill     for his abilities inside the courtroom. Recently
represented clients in regulatory practice on     Rosenberg represented Sovereign Bank in a
the private practice side of matters for more     dispute with a prominent real estate developer
than eight years.                                 claiming Sovereign owed damages as a result of

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      the bank’s alleged failure to act in good faith on   homeowner for the right to build                   than 25 commercial litigation partners reside in
      a 20-year lease of a proposed branch site. After     improvements into the Severna River in Anne        Maryland, including Warren Hamel, who peers
      a two-day trial Rosenberg prevailed, as a $1.2       Arundel County. Gaeng achieved summary             call “an excellent white-collar attorney.” A 12-
      million claim was denied by judges. Gerard           judgment in favor of a national home builder       year veteran of the US Attorney’s Office for the
      Martin’s expertise in white-collar crime and         seeking to recover deposits it had paid a          District of Maryland, Hamel joined the firm in
      professional liability garnered significant          pursuant to a land acquisition contract that       2002 and quickly moved up the ranks to
      respect from his peers. Martin currently             the builder later terminated.                      become co-chair of the white collar defense
      represents real estate developer Robert                 Charles Monk, the managing partner of the       group. Hamel advises clients on records
      Lipscomb in connection to an investigation           Maryland office, is recognized as a local          management, electronic discovery, whistle-
      into Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s alleged          litigation star for the second consecutive year.   blower issues and a range of Sarbanes-Oxley
      spending habits. Previous matters include the        Monk has a range of practice capabilities.         related matters.
      investigation of a publicly held defense             Peers call Monk a “true star” and “a problem          Michael Schatzow’s practice is also white-
      contractor and a major computer services             solver.” Recently the firm bolstered its           collar heavy. Schatzow’s 32 years of
      company.                                             environmental practice adding Randall Lutz, a      experience trying cases, including seven as a
         One source calls Andrew Baida and Gerard          former director at the Environmental               federal prosecutor, make him one of the most
      Gaeng two of the “brightest young stars in           Protection Agency, from Towson firm Hodes          recommended in the state. He currently
      the state.” The two, like the generation             Pessin & Katz.                                     represents Enron in lawsuits and negotiations
      before them at the firm, are active in local            With nearly 600 lawyers nationwide and a        surrounding the firms derivatives and
      Maryland courtrooms. Baida successfully              home office in the District of Columbia,           financial transactions as well as another large
      argued before the Court of Appeals for the           Venable has an expansive set of resources          public company in Foreign Corrupt Practices
      Fourth Circuit in Maryland on behalf of a            outside of its three Maryland offices. More        Act litigation.

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25 South Charles Street, Suite 2115                                           Practice Area Highlights:
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-3305                                                Trial and Appellate Litigation. Civil trials and appeals in state and federal
Tel:      410-727-6600                                                        courts, including class action litigation and white collar criminal defense,
Fax:      410-727-1115                                                        arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
                                                                              Business and Transactional Matters: Representation in a wide array of
Managing Partner: Benjamin Rosenberg                                          business matters, including corporate and partnership structuring,
                                                                              mergers, acquisitions, sales of businesses, equipment leasing, business
Practice Area Contacts:                                                       financing and technology.
Trial and Appellate Litigation            Benjamin Rosenberg
                                                                              Real Estate, Banking and Finance: Representation of developers,
Business and Transactional Matters        Newt Fowler
                                                                              builders, lenders, individual and institutional investors (including pension
Real Estate, Banking and Finance          Barry Greenberg
                                                                              advisers) in the acquisition, financing, management, leasing, and
Tax and Tax Controversies                 Stuart Rombro and
                                                                              disposition of residential, commercial and investment properties, land use
                                          Caroline Ciraolo
                                                                              and planning. Representation of major banks and other financial
Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights          John Roberts
                                                                              institutions and borrowers in construction, real estate and commercial
                                                                              lending, regulatory matters, work-outs, litigation, bankruptcy proceedings,
Firm Profile:                                                                 and lender liability matters.
Rosenberg | Martin | Greenberg, is one of the pre-eminent business law
firms in the Maryland region. The firm offers a full range of sophisticated   Tax and Tax Controversies: Federal, state and local taxation of
legal services in business and real estate transactions, commercial           businesses and individuals, including tax assessments, appeals, tax
lending, business litigation, land use, white collar and other criminal       controversies and litigation.
defense, bankruptcy, and tax and estate planning. Since 1987, the
attorneys at Rosenberg Martin have been helping Maryland business             Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights: Representation of secured and
succeed with a unique mix of experience, innovation and initiative. The       unsecured creditors, trustees, debtors, landlords, asset purchasers, and
firm is constantly evolving to meet the challenges of today's changing        creditors' committees in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings in
business environment. RMG's mission is to provide its clients big firm        the bankruptcy courts in Baltimore and Greenbelt, Maryland.
expertise at less than big firm cost. The firm employs cutting-edge           Representation of debtors and creditors in business reorganizations,
technology and highly efficient management systems to fashion creative        workouts, loan restructuring, asset recovery and commercial disputes.
solutions to complex legal problems. Our principal resource, however, is
the talent, experience, and in-depth knowledge of every RMG lawyer.
The firm’s partners include two Fellows of the American College of Trial
Lawyers and four who were selected as “Best Lawyers in America” in

Areas of Practice:
Real Estate Development | Banking and Finance | Business and
Commercial Litigation | Business and Corporate Structuring | Mergers
and Acquisitions | Estates and Trusts | White Collar Crime | Major
Personal Injury | Antitrust | Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights | Tax and
Tax Controversies | Construction | Contracts and Contract Disputes |
Insurance | Technology and Intellectual Property | Appellate Litigation |
Government Contracts | Education Law | Military Law | Mediation and
Arbitration | Administrative Law | Franchise Law | Employment Law | Real
Estate Litigation | Professional Liability

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