DAVID S. COAXUM has joined the Family Law and Litigation teams at Gordon Feinblatt LLC. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the negotiation, settlement, and litigation of complex domestic matters, including asset and property distribution, complex separation agreements, alimony, and child custody and access issues.
Coaxum is the immediate past chair of the Howard County Bar Association and has recently been appointed to Maryland’s Attorney Grievance Commission, the commission that ensures Maryland lawyers adhere to their professional responsibilities. He is admitted to the Bars of Maryland and District of Columbia and is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and Howard University.
SHANE M.K. DOYLE has joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy to represent clients in wrongful conviction and police misconduct cases. Prior to joining BGL, Shane clerked for Judge John M. Maloney on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.
Doyle received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and in the top six percent of his class. He also received the 2021 Larry B. Shoda Award, which is given to a single evening division member of the graduating class for academic excellence. During law school, Doyle was a legal writing teaching fellow, an Associate Editor on the Maryland Law Review, and the Written and Oral Advocacy Chair of the Moot Court Board. He also worked as a research assistant, where he interviewed and detailed the stories of former Maryland inmates who were paroled after the landmark Unger v. State of Maryland ruling.
While earning his J.D. in the evening program at Maryland Carey Law, Shane worked full time as a paralegal/law clerk at BGL. Before law school, Shane accrued close to a decade’s experience in the higher education field. He began his career in the Public Safety Department of Montgomery College while pursuing his undergraduate degree. Several promotions led Shane to working in college administration directly under the Vice President before switching career paths.
SUSANNA ISRAELSSON has returned to Markham Law Firm as an Associate Attorney. Israelsson served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Joan E. Ryan of the Montgomery County Circuit Court from August 2021 – August 2022 and before that was a law clerk for Markham Law Firm.
During law school, Israelsson participated in the GW Law Family Justice Litigation Clinic and served as a student attorney practicing before the DC Superior Court and DC Court of Appeals representing clients in family law matters. She was also a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and served as the senior articles editor leading a team of 84 member students. In 2020, Israelsson interned at Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington DC, assisting in legal representation of clients across a variety of family law matters.
AMELIA MARSDEN has joined Markham Law Firm as an Associate Attorney. Prior to joining Markham Law Firm, Marsden served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Christopher B. Kehoe in Maryland’s intermediate appellate court.
While in law school, Marsden was a Rule 19 Attorney in the Gender Violence Clinic and served as an Articles Editor for the Maryland Law Review. In her role as a student attorney, Amelia provided direct representation to low-income clients affected by domestic violence.
She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December 2020.
LEAH RAMIREZ has been promoted to Principal at Markham Law Firm in Bethesda, Maryland, where she represents clients in a broad range of family matters, including state, interstate and international family law. In addition to her litigation practice, Ramirez also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution. She is a trained mediator and Best Interest Attorney, and has experience representing clients in matters involving name changes, guardianships, and child protective services.
Ramirez served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Vicki Ballou-Watts of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. She is admitted to practice in Maryland, Washington D.C., Florida, England and Wales (not acting as a qualified solicitor).
BIANCA PINNOCK has been promoted to Senior Associate at Markham Law Firm in Bethesda, Maryland, where she is an experienced negotiator and litigator who handles cases involving adoption, child custody, child support, divorce and separation, guardianship, spousal support/alimony, property division, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and the enforcement of court orders and agreements in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Pinnock was a law clerk to Montgomery County Circuit Court Associate Judge Cynthia Callahan.
Pinnock is active in the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC), a network of African American women attorneys dedicated to the professional development of its members. She is a is a 2016 graduate of the Bar Association of Montgomery County Leadership Development Academy and a 2022 graduate of the Washington DC 2022 Leadership Academy.
ANDREW MILNE has joined McMillan Metro, P.C., as Senior Counsel. Mr. Milne has more than 25 years’ experience representing businesses, business owners, professionals, and executives.
Milne’s practice areas include matters relating to business formation, corporate governance and control, business transaction agreements, and the purchase and sale of businesses. He also regularly handles employment matters, including employment agreements, severance agreements, employment policy manuals, hiring practices, worker classifications, and other facets of employment law.
His work has been cited in numerous Washington D.C.-area publications including The Washington Business Journal and WTOP radio. He is a graduate of The Washington & Lee University School of Law and is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
HEATHER SUNDERMAN has joined McMillan Metro, P.C., as an Associate Attorney, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in Estate Planning and Family Law.
Sunderman received her J.D. from the Washington College of Law (American University) and has received several distinctions, including being on the 2020-2022 lists of Super Lawyers. She concentrates in wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, guardianships, and family law and also has experience as a mediator and collaborative law practitioner. She is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
TERESA D. TEARE has been named the 2023 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for the Baltimore region. The “Lawyer of the Year” is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region in a Best Lawyers® edition. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. Teare also previously received this recognition in 2020 in the area of Litigation – Labor and Employment. Teare is a partner at Shawe Rosenthal LLP, where she represents companies in employment-related litigation and counsels management on human resources issues.
DAVID GILLISS, PATRICK PIKE, ERIC KORPHAGE, JOEL WILLIAMS, ANTHONY KIKENDALL, and ROBERT KLINE have joined White and Williams LLP, which recently announced the acquisition of the six-attorney Pike & Gilliss law firm in Towson. Gilliss will serve as Managing Partner of the Towson office, Pike and Korphage as partners, Williams as Counsel, and Kikendall and Kline as associates.
Gilliss is a leading practitioner in the areas of surety, fidelity and construction-related law and has written extensively on those topics. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and previously served on the Executive Committee of the Fidelity & Surety Committee of DRI. He is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Surety Association where he served on the Executive Committee, and the Maryland State Bar Association, where he served on the Board of Governors. He has been listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and has been named to the Maryland Super Lawyer Top 100 List. Gilliss received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Pike is regularly recognized for his work on construction, surety, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy, on behalf of construction companies, sureties, and fidelity carriers including being named the Baltimore “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Law and/or Construction Law Litigation in 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2020 by Best Lawyers. In addition to Best Lawyers, he has been listed in Chambers USA, and has been named to the Maryland Super Lawyer Top 50 List. Pike received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Korphage has worked for almost 20 years in private practice with a focus on surety, construction, and commercial litigation, as well as a bond/claim counsel for one of the largest surety companies in the world before joining Pike & Gilliss. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Maryland State Bar Association. He has been listed in Best Lawyers for construction law and is a Maryland Super Lawyer. Korphage received his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.