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Pamela J. White, a principal with Ober Kaler and a past president of the Maryland State Bar Association, has been appointed to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors by Governor Robert L. Ehlrich, Jr.

Pamela J. White

Pamela J. White

Melissa Lin Klemens has ascended to the bench as Administrative Law Judge for the Government of the District of Columbia, Department of Employment Services, Labor Standards Bureau, Office of Hearings and Adjudication, Administrative Hearings Division.

Julie Kass, a Health Law attorney for Ober Kaler, has been recognized among the nation's "Outstanding Healthcare Fraud and Compliance Lawyers – 2006" by Nightingale's Healthcare News.

Chambers USA has ranked Shawe & Rosenthal LLP as a leader in employment law in Maryland. In addition, the following members of the firm received top ratings as employment and labor attorneys: Stephen Shawe, Bruce Harrison, Michael McGuire, Gary Simpler and Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella.

Julie Kass

Julie Kass

Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine has produced their annual "Legal Elite" of Maryland attorneys, of which Venable LLP has six attorneys: Michael J. Baader, the Partner-In-Charge of the Baltimore Office, who repeated as a selected attorney; Gregory A. Cross, a partner in the Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights Group; Todd J. Horn, who recently served as defense counsel in one of the largest employment discrimination class action lawsuits in history; Vicki Margolis, a prominent Baltimore attorney, is the firm's Patent Litigation Group chair; Charles J. Morton, the chair of the Finance Practice Group who recently closed a $165 million sale of an electronics business to a Fortune 100 company; and senior partner Richard L. Wasserman, who concentrates in bankruptcy litigation.

Former Deputy Comptroller for the State of Maryland, Stephen M. Cordi, has joined Ober Kaler as a counsel due to his tax expertise of 30 plus years. Stuart Schabes, a nationally recognized tax attorney, has also joined the firm as a principal in the Tax Department.

Stephen M. Cordi

Stephen M. Cordi

Tracy A. Bacigalupo, a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP, has been named to the "500 New Stars, New Worlds" list that is produced by Lawdragon, a legal ranking and news service that provides analysis about lawyers.

The law firm Strickler, Sachitano & Hatfield, P.A., has enjoyed a rather poignant summer thus far with notable awards being awarded to two of their attorneys. Omolade R. Akinbolaji won MSBA's 2006 Edward F. Shea, Jr. Professionalism Award due to his professionalism, civility and high standard of integrity, while Heather Q. Hostetter was named to the Washingtonian Magazine's "Young Guns – 40 Top Lawyers Under 40" and is the only family law practitioner on the list.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, has added Alexander Koff to their firm as a partner and Department Chair of the Global Practice. Koff assists various organizations and groups in the challenges of globalization.

Robert T. Johnson has joined McGuireWoods LLP as an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department and will concentrate his practice in complex commercial litigation.

The Montero Law Group, LLC, has relocated to 1110 Bonifant Street, Suite 510, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and added Scott R. Robinson to their firm, where he will continue his bankruptcy, personal injury, real estate and civil litigation practice.

Venable LLP has been acknowledged for their excellence in attorney peer and client rankings by the Chambers USA survey of America's leading business lawyers. The firm's practice groups of Corporate/M&A, Commercial Litigation, Employment Defense, Real Estate, Healthcare and Employee Benefits were ranked in the top tier for outstanding work.

Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky LLP has changed its name to Dickstein Shapiro LLP and moved to 1825 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006-5403.

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