MSBA celebrates the accomplishments of its members in this edition of Members on the Move. Learn about the recent promotions, transfers, and accomplishments of some of your colleagues, below.
CHELSEA CRAWFORD has become partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy. Since joining the firm in 2015 as an associate, Crawford has built a diverse and successful civil rights practice with substantial work in wrongful conviction, police misconduct, and disability rights cases. Chelsea’s tenure at Brown, Goldstein & Levy has included some of Maryland’s largest and most impactful wrongful conviction and police misconduct cases. In 2021, Chelsea obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of Eric Sopp, an unarmed man in distress who was shot and killed by a Baltimore County police officer. In 2020, she helped obtain a nearly $8 million settlement for two men who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned after plainclothes Baltimore Police Department officers planted drugs in their car. In 2018, she was part of a team that obtained a $9 million settlement on behalf of a man who was wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for 21 years after Baltimore homicide detectives concealed exculpatory evidence.
Crawford has been recognized numerous times for her legal achievements. She has been named a Maryland Rising Star each year since 2018 and was named to the 2022 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list for her work in civil rights law, criminal defense (general practice), and litigation (labor and employment). She was also featured in the 2022 Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine in a story that detailed how her work as a journalist in Philadelphia ultimately led her to pursue a career in law.
LIZ CARDINALE has joined Press, Dozier & Hamelburg, LLC, as an associate, where she practices in the areas of business law, real estate, and litigation. She advises her clients as they navigate the broad variety of issues that come with starting, buying and managing a business. In addition, Cardinale assists clients with various aspects of real estate transactions, including the preparation of residential deeds, foreclosure matters, reviewing contracts and resolution of landlord/tenant issues. Cardinale also provides litigation assistance with matters such as settlement resolution, evictions, judgment collections and contract claims.
LAUREN DIMARTINO has joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy as an associate, where she will advocate for her clients across various areas of civil rights matters, including fair housing, education and disability rights, police misconduct, and workplace discrimination. Her practice also includes appeals, commercial litigation, and criminal defense. DiMartino earned her law degree from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. Prior to joining BGL, DiMartino was in Nashville clerking for Judge Martha Craig Daughtry on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was previously the Legal Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Law’s Byron White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law where she researched the potential for new civil rights legislation, analyzed trends in national injunctions, and helped develop new initiatives around voting and civic engagement.
Prior to becoming an attorney, DiMartino worked as an academic counselor and the assistant director of an accelerated education program aimed at removing systemic barriers to obtaining a degree. There, she was inspired by her students to attend law school to better advocate for marginalized communities. DiMartino is passionate about education equity and remains active in higher education work.
LAUREN KELLEHER has joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy as an associate. Kelleher has experience representing individuals and groups of plaintiffs in workplace discrimination and harassment cases, as well as consumers in products and financial services litigation. Kelleher is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Brown, Goldstein & Levy, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and investigated and litigated against pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic, including work on the Purdue bankruptcy. She was law clerk for the Honorable Terrence G. Berg on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
CANDICE D. JOY has joined the Law Office of Steven M. Berger, LLC as an associate attorney concentrating her practice on trust planning and estate administration. Joy is returning to the practice of law after spending time at home raising her three young children. In addition to her family obligations, she has been active as a church volunteer, teacher and as a business owner assisting realtors with contracts and closings. Previously, Joy practiced estate planning and administration in Anne Arundel County after completing two judicial clerkships.
Joy earned her law degree from the College of William and Mary, School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
ERINN MAGUIRE has joined Lawrence Law as a partner. Maguire was previously a principal in the Commercial and Business Litigation Group at Miles & Stockbridge. A veteran litigator with extensive experience in all stages of dispute resolution, Maguire’s clients include financial service firms, commercial businesses, commercial property managers, and technology companies. At Lawrence Law, Maguire will represent clients in corporate and commercial litigation, with focuses on securities litigation, white-collar defense, and intellectual property disputes.
Maguire graduated cum laude in 2009 from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was a member of The University of Baltimore Law Review. Before entering private practice, she served as law clerk to the Hon. Arrie W. Davis in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
ALEXANDRIA K. MONTANIO has been named Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Director at Gordon Feinblatt LLC. While most of her time will be focused on the firm’s CSR efforts, Montanio will continue to provide some legal services as Counsel to our clients as part of the firm’s Health Care, Litigation and EMERGE practice groups.
In her role as CSR Director, Montanio is overseeing firm’s diversity, equity, inclusion, community engagement and sustainability efforts. Among her responsibilities are establishing and developing community partnerships, coordinating programing and speakers, supporting pro bono and other volunteer opportunities, and representing the firm in various philanthropic groups. As Counsel, she is continuing to analyze health care laws and their impacts on providers, physician groups and hospitals in the health care industry and help clients navigate the litigation process and negotiate disputes.
SALVATORE ZAMBRI Senior Partner at Regan Zambri Long PLLC, was recently inducted into the International Society of Barristers. Created in 1965, the International Society of Barristers is dedicated to preserving trial by jury, improving advocacy under an adversary system, and maintaining an independent judiciary. The organization is made up of fewer than 800 members worldwide. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and each member goes through a rigorous screening process that considers the lawyer’s ability, experience, accomplishments, and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges. Zambri has over 30 years of civil trial experience in a wide range of practice areas, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, and car and truck accidents. He is board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a certification that less than 1% of DC Metro area lawyers have obtained.
Zambri has served as President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC – an organization that has also named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year.” He also served for five years as President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (DC Chapter) and is currently President and Chair of DC Legal. Zambri was named the “2020 Trial Lawyer of the Year” for Products Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs in Washington, DC by Best Lawyers, which also named him “Best Lawyer” for medical malpractice, personal injury, and product liability litigation every year since 2011. He has been acknowledged by Super Lawyers on numerous occasions as one of the “Top 10” attorneys in the DC Metro area.