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Join us at the Advanced Business Law Institute on April 27th

Join the MSBA Business Law Section for the newest in-person presentation of its signature event, The Advanced Business Law Institute on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia beginning at 12 noon! Sponsored by RS&F, LLC.

Hear experienced transactional lawyers share their expertise!


David Shafer, Esq.

McDonald Hopkins LLC

  • Counsels clients on matters related to compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations, as well as industry standards and emerging regulatory requirements
  • Assists clients in soliciting, negotiating, and obtaining Small Business Administration (SBA) loans from SBA-approved lenders, as well as helping clients obtain financing through the SBA disaster assistance loan program
  • Earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Baltimore Law Review and was the valedictorian of his graduating class

Jacqueline Brooks, Esq.


Saul Ewing

  • Concentrates her practice in business and commercial law
  • Counsels clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, private offerings of debt and equity securities, corporate and REIT governance, and shareholder derivative and dispute matters, including shareholder demand responses and special committee issues. 
  • Prior to joining Saul Ewing, Jacqueline participated in Washington University School of Law’s D.C. Clinic, through which she was an intern to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. 
  • Drafted legal memoranda to assist Congressman John Conyers, Jr. and the congressman’s legislative assistants at Judiciary Committee hearings and briefings

David L. Cahn, Esq.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston

  • David is a business and regulatory compliance attorney who represents clients in the formation and operation of business entities and counsels those clients on a variety of transaction and regulatory compliance matters, including growth through the offering of franchises, intellectual property licenses, and the sale of securities.  
  • A member of the “Legal Eagles Hall of Fame” as awarded by Franchise Times magazine, and a long-time leader of the International Franchise Association’s programs in Maryland.  
  • Vice-Chair of the MSBA Business Law Section, 2022-23
  • Co-Chair of the MSBA Laws Committee since 2020-21 bar year
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • B.A., Stanford University, 1990