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22 in 2019: The Offit Kurman Attorneys on the Latest Best Lawyers in America List

Offit Kurman is pleased to announce that 22 of the firm’s attorneys have been included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America© for 2019. Based on over 7 million peer reviews provided by attorneys, the rankings are a leading, unbiased source of legal referrals in the United States.

The Offit Kurman lawyers on the lists are a diverse group of individuals, whose practices span across various legal service areas, including family law, bankruptcy, insurance, real estate, education law, business transactions, and commercial litigation. Twenty of the attorneys recognized this year have appeared on the lists multiple times. Additionally, 2019 marks a milestone for attorney C. Thomas Hicks III, who is celebrating his 30th Best Lawyers anniversary.

Best Lawyers has also named Jay Levin and Richard L. Wasserman as "Lawyers of the Year", an honor only awarded to a single lawyer in each practice area and community per year.

More information about these 22 attorneys, along with their Best Lawyers practice areas and years can be found below.

Maryland

Alex M. Allman (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2019)

Family Law and Family Law Mediation in Baltimore, MD

Alex Allman focuses his practice in the areas of family law and civil litigation. Mr. Allman has been involved in handling all aspects of domestic or family law cases, including divorce, property distribution, child custody, child support and alimony, as well as a broad range of complex commercial and civil litigation.

Edward A. Bloom (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2010)

Real Estate Law in Bethesda, MD

Edward A. Bloom practices real estate and transactional law, and his practice is primarily concentrated on real estate development, real estate litigation, real estate workouts, real estate and corporate lending, leasing, licensing, corporate and transactional matters. Mr. Bloom has over 30 years of experience on all types of real estate and corporate matters.

Sandra A. Brooks (Recognized in Best Lawyers in since 2017)

Family Law and Family Law Arbitration in Bethesda, MD

As a family law attorney, Sandra (Sandy) Brooks’ practice focuses on a wide range of aspects in regards to family law. She dedicates her time to assisting clients in domestic law matters including divorce, child custody and visitation, family mediation, spousal and child support, property division, and division of retirement benefits.

Sara M. Donohue (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2010)

Family Law in Bethesda, MD

Working as a family law attorney for over twenty-five years, Sara Donohue has practiced in the field of domestic law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Her practice includes working on complex divorce and custody matters. In addition to handling matrimonial matters in the traditional negotiation and litigation modes, she has been trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of Collaborative Divorce Association, Inc.

Cheryl L. Hepfer (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 1995)

Family Law in Bethesda, MD

Cheryl Hepfer is a highly-regarded attorney who has practiced family law for more than 40 years. She is past president of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Her practice consists primarily of domestic litigation involving significant assets and business interests.

James M. Hoffman (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Litigation – Bankruptcy in Bethesda, MD

As a bankruptcy lawyer, business attorney, and expert in trademark law, James Hoffman focuses his practice in the areas of representing various business types, particularly closely held businesses. He also has a broad base of experience representing creditors, trustees and debtors in bankruptcy cases and litigation. Mr. Hoffman has represented seven different Chapter 7 trustees, and several Chapter 11 trustees and receivers.

Joyce A. Kuhns (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2007)

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Litigation – Bankruptcy in Baltimore, MD

Whether representing debtors, creditors, creditors committees or equity committees, trustees or regulators, Ms. Kuhns’ understanding of the complexities of financial and business structures and her skill with in court and out-of-court resolutions enables her to provide critical strategic advice from the boardroom to the courtroom and to a broad spectrum of clients including buyers and sellers of distressed assets and debts as well as directors and officers of companies in crisis.

Howard K. Kurman (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2015)

Employment Law – Management in Baltimore, MD

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney, co-founder of Offit Kurman, and a member of the firm's management committee. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace.

Timothy C. Lynch (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Real Estate in Baltimore, MD

Timothy Lynch is a litigation attorney and a member of the firm's management committee responsible for the management of all legal affairs of the firm. Mr. Lynch’s practice is focused on complex civil litigation matters as well as acting as outside general counsel to many owner managed businesses and entrepreneurs on a wide array of business issues. In addition, he serves as a corporate advisor to senior level executives, physicians and professional athletes throughout the United States.

Catherine H. McQueen (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2018)

Family Law in Bethesda, MD

Kate McQueen has a broad foundation of experience in a wide array of complex civil litigation and now focuses her practice on family law issues, including divorce, custody and visitation, child support, adoption, and guardianships. She guides clients through the often emotional path of divorce and custody litigation with a reasoned and practical approach.

Theodore A. Offit (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) in Maple Lawn, MD

Theodore “Ted” Offit is a business lawyer and CEO of Offit Kurman, which he co-founded with his brother Maurice and Howard Kurman. He has served as lead counsel in merger and acquisition transactions for privately held companies, as well as general counsel for privately held businesses, families of significant wealth, and nonprofit organizations.

Ronald L. Ogens (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2008)

Family Law, Family Law Mediation, and Family Law Arbitration in Bethesda, MD

Washington, DC Family Law Mediation "Lawyer of the Year"

Mr. Ogens’ practice as family law attorney is focused on the negotiation, settlement, and litigation of family law matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a past president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an association of the nation’s top matrimonial lawyers from the 50 states who specialize in all issues relating to marriage and divorce.

Bryn H. Sherman (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Real Estate Law in Bethesda, MD

Bryn Sherman’s practice focus as a bankruptcy attorney is on both civil litigation and real estate litigation, with a concentration in representing creditors rights in bankruptcy. She also represents commercial and residential landlords in all types of disputes, in addition to local and regional banks in all matters, including strategic loan documentation, foreclosures and workouts.

Richard L. Wasserman (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 1995) "Lawyer of the Year"

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Litigation – Bankruptcy in Baltimore, MD

Richard Wasserman focuses his practice in matters involving bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related

litigation, creditors' rights, secured transactions, workouts, reorganizations, and restructurings. He has extensive experience representing clients in major business, commercial and real estate bankruptcy, workout and reorganization matters, and has also served as a Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee, as a court-appointed Examiner and as a mediator in bankruptcy adversary proceedings and claims resolution proceedings.

Pennsylvania

Michael Conley (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2010)

Insurance Law in Philadelphia, PA

Michael Conley is an insurance litigation and recovery lawyer who serves as the chair of the firm’s Insurance Recovery practice group. His broad legal experience includes insurance litigation, insurance coverage litigation, labor and employment law, and general litigation. He represents policyholders, including closely held, publicly traded, nonprofit, and municipal entities, with claims against their insurance companies.

Jay M. Levin (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2006) "Lawyer of the Year"

Insurance Law in Philadelphia, PA

Jay M. Levin is an insurance recovery attorney and serves as the chair of the firm's Insurance Recovery practice group in the Philadelphia office. He focuses his practice on representing policyholders in disputes with insurance companies involving all types of insurance coverage. An experienced appellate lawyer with over thirty years of experience in briefing and arguing appeals in state and federal court, Mr. Levin has argued cases involving indemnity agreements, case dispositive procedural issues, tort liability and criminal law.

Neil A. Morris (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2012)

Litigation – Labor and Employment in Philadelphia, PA

Neil Morris has passionately represented employers for the last 30 years. Mr. Morris specializes in the areas of labor and employment, municipal labor law, employment discrimination, defamation and business litigation. Mr. Morris has served as Special/Labor Counsel for more than 35 Pennsylvania Townships and Boroughs, the County of Bucks and many private employers. He is often brought into municipalities to handle “crisis” situations involving employees and/or management.

Virginia

Joseph A. Condo (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 1983)

Family Law in Tysons Corner, VA

Joe Condo focuses his practice in the areas of family law. Recognized as one of the most accomplished and proficient family-law attorneys in Virginia, he has been in practice for 40 years. He has been included in all of Washingtonian Magazine’s lists of the Washington area’s best divorce lawyers since 1981, described in the magazine’s February 2009 issue as a “Virginia legend” who “knows how it’s done.” He was chosen by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America beginning with its first edition in 1983, and has been listed in each edition since.

Thomas Hicks III (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 1989)

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law in Tysons Corner, VA

Thomas (“Tom”) Hicks III has more than 35 years business law practice experience in Northern Virginia. Mr. Hicks represents business clients in all their legal needs, working with the management team as outside general counsel, and otherwise coordinating the company’s general legal needs. Mr. Hicks assists the organizers with choice of business entity and organization, initial and private equity financing, and debt financing.

Shirley Keisler (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2015)

Family Law in Tysons Corner, VA

Shirley Keisler practices in the areas of state, interstate, and international family law and is highly experienced in guiding clients through separation and divorce using mediation and, if necessary, litigation. While the majority of the cases Ms. Keisler handles result in amicable resolutions, she is a seasoned trial attorney and has successfully litigated high conflict custody and visitation proceedings; international and interstate custody and/or divorce cases; complex marital property divisions (equitable distribution cases); child support and spousal support; and family abuse protective order hearings.

Steven D. Stone (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Education Law in Tysons Corner, VA

Steven D. Stone represents clients before all state courts in Virginia, before government agencies, and before local governments, school boards, and departments. His clients include area education associations and other trade and professional organizations as well as families and individuals. He also has provided legislative and lobbying services on behalf of a wide variety of groups such as labor, business, attorneys, and doctors.

New York

Christopher D'Angelo (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2016)

Employment Law in New York City, NY

Christopher D'Angelo represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has successfully handled matters involving federal, state and local discrimination laws, wage-hour laws, family leave laws, plant closings, employment agreements and non-compete agreements. His management practice also includes labor relations.

ABOUT OFFIT KURMAN

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