Welcome to Offit Kurman’s year-end countdown series, a look back at the top articles, news, and blog posts written by and about our team of attorneys over the past year. These lists collect the most thought-provoking content we had to offer in 2014, as chosen by our readers. For Offit Kurman, 2014 was a year of unprecedented expansion, as we continued on our trend as the fastest-growing law firm in the Mid-Atlantic region. But while many of our top news stories reflect on the firm as a whole, we take just as much pride in the individual accomplishments of our attorneys who secured key victories in important cases, brought success to superstar clients, and contributed their time and knowledge in support of their communities to people and organizations in need. We encourage you to catch up on any stories you may have missed in our news archive from the past year, where you will also find announcements and continuing coverage of Offit Kurman’s attorneys in 2015. Although it was hard to pick, here are our top Attorney and client success stories of 2014:
6. Offit Kurman Attorney Bob Kresslein Represents Flying Dog Brewery
Three county businesses received conditional approval for licenses from the Frederick County liquor board this week. Approval for a tap room operation at Flying Dog Brewery was tied to revisions to regulations to the county’s new DBR license. The license, which is available only to breweries for beer sales on-site, was created last year in response to a state law that took effect July 1, 2013. Read the full story here.
5. Offit Kurman Attorney David Severn Represents Plamondon Hospitality Partners in $64 Million Downtown Hotel And Conference Center Project
The Downtown Frederick Hotel Advisory Committee has recommended to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of Frederick City its selection of Offit Kurman client Plamondon Hospitality Partners (PHP) to develop a full-service Marriott hotel and conference center in the heart of historic downtown. Valued at over $60 million, the project is on track to generate over a hundred jobs as well as millions in tax revenue and travel and tourism activity. Read the full story here.
4. Offit Kurman Attorney William Erskine Successfully Defends Howard County Clients In Controversial Land Use And Zoning Case
On August 28, 2014, Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals upheld the Howard County Board of Elections’ decision to reject a petition that would bring the county’s recent zoning changes to public referendum on the upcoming November ballot. Following that decision, the Court of Appeals declined to further review the case.Offit Kurman business and real estate attorney William Erskine, who represents several developers impacted by the 2013 Comprehensive Zoning plan..
3. Offit Kurman Attorney Don Foster Prevails In Teddy Pendergrass Case
Teddy Pendergrass’ son and namesake submitted a fraudulent will to try to gain control of the singer’s estate, a Montgomery County Court judge has ruled. The decision from Judge Stanley Ott means the Pendergrass estate will remain under the control of his second wife, Joan, and will not shift to Theodore “Ted” Pendergrass II. Read the full story here.
2. Offit Kurman AttorneyWins Bid Protests Awarding $80M In Contracts To Clients
It appears the Department of Veterans Affairs will move forward with a new contract supporting its program for verifying veteran-owned small businesses, more than a year after the VA ended the old contract and following a number of bizarre delays spurred by legal and regulatory wrangling. The Small Business Administration has determined that Loch Harbour Group in Alexandria does indeed qualify to perform the work as a small business, according to the company’s attorney in the matter. Read the full story here.
1. Michael Conley Representing Client In 10 Year Insurance Recovery Battle
A Pennsylvania federal judge was urged during a bench trial on Monday to find that asbestos exclusions written into a pair of excess insurance policies issued to General Refractories Co., which is facing tens of thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits, did not exclude coverage for injuries stemming from asbestos-containing products. Michael Conley, an attorney with Offit Kurman representing GRC, told U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno that it was standard practice in the insurance industry in 1985. Read the full story here. Want even more stories from our attorneys? Start 2015 off on the right foot and subscribe to our blog.
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