Our Management Team

Management Committee and Administration Management

When you partner with Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law, you get more just than a top-notch team of legal experts that specialize in your specific area of personal or business need. You also get a dedicated management team of experienced business professionals helping attorneys provide the highest level of client service in the mid- market business environment.

Our integrated team of administrative and legal professionals are constantly striving to achieve outstanding results for clients, anticipating and responding to changing environments while supporting a positive and collegial company culture.

Management Committee

Theodore Offit

Ted Offit Headshot 1-SmallTheodore Offit

Chairman 
toffit@offitkurman.com | 301.575.0304

Ted Offit is a business attorney, co-founder of Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law and Chairman of the firm. He serves as general counsel to a significant list of privately held organizations and often serves in an advisory capacity to the board of directors of the firm's entrepreneurial clientele. He often serves as special counsel to businesses seeking to implement succession plans through a sale (merger and acquisition) or through transfers to affiliates (family members and employees). Mr. Offit also often serves as special counsel regarding the design and implementation of compensation plans for executive level staff.

Aaron Bukowitz
Timothy Lynch
Linda Ostovitz
John Raftery
Robert Skinner

Accounting & Finance

Lisa Kloster

Lisa Kloster
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa.Kloster@offitkurman.com | 240.507.1768

Lisa Kloster has 30 years of professional experience in finance, accounting, business administration, and human resources, as well as in auditing and consulting. She spent the last 14 years as Chief Financial Officer of Pace Harmon Inc., an employee-owned management consulting firm, where she was part of the executive leadership responsible for the strategic direction of the firm and all financial, operational, and HR- related matters, including the ultimate sale of the company. Lisa was formerly an Audit Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopersLLP. She led audits of both publicly held and private companies and managed teams of accountants and consultants on long-term, complex projects. Lisa is a CPA who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Michael Collins

Administrative Management

Joe Crossney

Joe Crossney
Director of Administration

jcrossney@offitkurman.com | 301.575.0387

Joe has 30 + years experience, at executive level with a large telecommunications company. As the Regional Director, Joe is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the Bethesda office, including all attorneys, paralegals, Legal Administrative Assistants and Document Management Specialists, as well as the office receptionist.

Brandi Hobbs
Karla States
Jeff Webster

Information Technology

Tim Rodgers

Tim Rodgers
Director of Information Technology
Tim.Rodgers@offitkurman.com| 410.209.6446

Tim is an IT executive with over 30 years of hands on technology experience across a broad range of industries including government, manufacturing, non-profit, and legal. For the past two decades he has successfully lead the daily operations of IT teams as well as large scale enterprise wide projects. Tim has a bachelor's degree in Information Technology Management and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.

Knowledge & Innovation

Tony Gerdes

Tony Gerdes
Knowledge and Innovation Director
tgerdes@offitkurman.com | 410.209.6421

Tony Gerdes guides Offit Kurman’s Learning and Development Department.  A skillful educator with over 15 years of experience, Tony is responsible for creating training content, marketing new initiatives and rollouts, and delivering technology training and professional growth opportunities. He also administers the firm’s learning management system, Offit Kurman University.  In addition, Tony serves as a Contributing Member of LTC4 (the Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition).

Marianne Lee

Legal Operations & Business Management

Sherry Jones

Sherry Jones
Chief Legal Operations Director
sjones@offitkurman.com | 240.772.5116

Sherry Jones is the Chief Legal Operations Officer for Offit Kurman and is responsible for managing the timekeeper performance, including revenue growth, production, and practice group support. She works closely with the Office of Management Principal (Practice of Law Division), the Growth of Law Division and other Department Directors to ensure consistency in management activities, effective performance and results, and close collaboration between the Business of Law, Practice of Law and Growth Divisions.

John DePrince
Suzanne Rogacki
Ian Stewart

Marketing & Business Development

Nicole Rodgers Houston

Nicole Rodgers Houston
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Nicole.Houston@offitkurman.com | 240.507.1758

Nicole is Offit Kurman’s Director of Marketing. She leads the firmwide Marketing team and works closely with firm leadership and management to develop and implement targeted marketing initiatives that align with firm strategy. She is also responsible for firm branding and promotion, public relations, communications and business-focused events. Nicole has more than 20 years of legal services experience managing marketing, communications and business development programs and working across offices to raise the visibility and profile of individual professionals, practice groups and law firm brands. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Penn State University and holds an M.B.A. from George Mason University.

Jim Ries

Office of Managing Principal

John Raftery

John Raftery Headshot 1- SmallJohn Raftery
Managing Principal, Legal Operations
jraftery@offitkurman.com | 240.507.1702

Mr. Raftery is the firm’s Managing Principal and heads the Office of Managing Principal.  The Office of Managing Principal is responsible for the management of the firm’s Practice of Law Division focusing on  practice group management and performance, timekeeper performance and morale, cross referrals, quality assurance / quality control, marketing, and organic growth.

In addition to Mr. Raftery’s Managing Principal responsibilities, his law practice focuses on real estate and discrimination litigation, contractual and business disputes, and representation of managers and owners of residential and commercial real estate, including negotiating and drafting management and vendor agreements, leases, tenant-workout agreements, and policies and procedures for residential fair-housing compliance. Mr. Raftery is a recognized industry leader in handling real estate and construction claims, mold and pest-infestation claims, business torts, and the defense of discrimination (Fair Housing Act and employment related) claims.

Linda Ostovitz
Katie Barrett
Russell Berger
William Cannon, III
Douglas Kay

Recruiting

Rachel Fuller

Rachel Fuller
Director of Recruiting and Recruiting Analytics
Rachel.Fuller@offitkurman.com | 301.575.0346

Rachel graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a finance degree. She worked for a health care company for 14 years until taking time off to start a family. Rachel and her husband, David, recently moved to Woodbine, MD with their almost two year old daughter, Olivia.

 

Leigh Novack