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Fifty-Eight Offit Kurman Attorneys Named to the 2023 Best Lawyers in America List

Four Lawyers Receive “Lawyer of the Year” Recognition; Fourteen are Honored as “Ones to Watch”

 

 

Bethesda, MD | August 18, 2022

Offit Kurman is pleased to announce that fifty-eight of the firm’s attorneys have been included on the Best Lawyers in America list for 2023. Lawyers throughout each of the firm’s five regions were recognized. In addition, four attorneys were selected as Lawyer of the Year and an additional fourteen were chosen as Ones to Watch.  Based on over 7-million peer reviews provided by attorneys throughout the country, the rankings are a leading, unbiased source of legal referrals in the United States.

Theodore A. Offit, firm co-founder and Principal, was selected as Lawyer of the Year for his work in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships). Firm President and Principal, Timothy Lynch also received this award for his work in Real Estate Litigation. Steven D. Stone, an Education Law Principal and Zipporah B. Edwards, a Real Estate Litigation Principal, were also awarded Lawyer of the Year. To be named a Lawyer of the Year, one must receive the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized as the Lawyer of the Year in each specialty and location.

Attorneys in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch category are extraordinary lawyers who have been in private practice for less than 10 years in the United States. Like traditional Best Lawyers awards, the Ones to Watch recognition is based entirely on peer review.

The Offit Kurman lawyers on the lists are a diverse group of individuals whose practices span various legal service areas, including family law, bankruptcy, insurance, real estate, education law, estates and trusts, business organizations and commercial litigation. Many of the attorneys recognized this year have appeared on the list multiple times.

Links to these attorneys’ biographies, along with their Best Lawyers practice areas and years included on the list, can be found below.

Maryland

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

Family Law and Family Law Mediation

Baltimore Office

 

Russell B. Berger (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Employment Law - Management

Baltimore Office

 

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

Real Estate Law (Since 2010); Litigation - Real Estate (Since 2023)

Bethesda Office

 

Sandra A. Brooks (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2018)

Family Law; Family Law Arbitration

Bethesda Office

 

William P. Cannon III (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Real Estate Law

Bethesda Office

 

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

Family Law

Bethesda Office

 

William E. Erskine (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2021)

Real Estate Law (Since 2021); Land Use and Zoning Law (Since 2023); Litigation – Construction (Since 2023)

Columbia Office

 

Michelle L. Evans (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Trusts and Estates

Bethesda Office

 

Jack A. Garson (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Real Estate Law (Since 2013); Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (Since 2023)

Bethesda Office

 

Emily B. Gelmann (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2021)

Family Law

Bethesda Office

 

Cheryl L. Hepfer (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2003)

Family Law (Since 2003); Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law (Since 2023);

Bethesda Office

 

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

Litigation – Bankruptcy

Bethesda Office

 

Robert J. Kresslein (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Banking and Finance Law

Frederick Office

 

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

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Bankruptcy Litigation

Baltimore Office

 

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

Employment Law - Management

Baltimore Office

 

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

Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Real Estate

Baltimore Office

 

Stephen Metz (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2021)

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Since 2021); Litigation - Real Estate (Since 2022); Commercial Litigation (Since 2023); Litigation - Banking and Finance (Since 2023); Litigation – Bankruptcy (Since 2023)

Bethesda Office

 

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

Family Law

Bethesda Office

 

Pilar C. Nichols  (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2018)

Family Law

Bethesda Office

 

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

Family Law (Since 2008); Family Law Mediation (Since 2016); Family Law Arbitration (Since 2018)

Bethesda Office

 

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

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Baltimore Office

 

John R. Orrick, Jr. (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2016)

Corporate Law   2016

Bethesda Office

 

Linda S. Ostovitz (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Family Law; Family Law Mediation

Columbia Office

 

Keith Schiszik (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Family Law

Frederick Office

 

David A. Severn (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Real Estate Law

Frederick Office

 

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

Real Estate Law

Bethesda Office

 

Fred H. Silverstein (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Family Law

Columbia Office

 

Jonathan R. Wachs (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Cannabis Law; Copyright Law; Litigation – Intellectual Property

Columbia Office

Pennsylvania

Michael Conley (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2010

Insurance Law

Philadelphia Office

 

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

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Philadelphia Office

 

Joshua Quinter  (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2021)

Construction Law

Plymouth Meeting Office

 

Megan E. Smith (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Family Law; Collaborative Law: Family Law

Philadelphia Office

New York

Matthew D. Asbell (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Litigation - Intellectual Property; Trademark Law

New York Office

 

Tony V. Pezzano (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Patent Law

New York Office

 

Thomas M. Pitegoff (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Franchise Law

New York Office

New Jersey

Tanya L. Freeman (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2021)

Family Law

East Hanover Office

 

Louis Tambaro (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Commercial Litigation

Metropark Office

Virginia

Kyle F. Bartol (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2015)

Family Law

Tysons Corner Office

 

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

Family Law

Tysons Corner Office

 

C. Thomas Hicks III (Recognized in Best Lawyers from 1989 - 2006, retired from law, then listed again after retirement since 2014)

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Corporate Law; Real Estate Law

Tysons Corner Office

 

Lauren A. Jenkins (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Trusts and Estates

Tysons Corner Office

 

Shirley F. Keisler (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2015)

Family Law

Tysons Corner Office

 

Steven David Stone (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Education Law

Tysons Corner Office

Washington D.C.

Stephen O. Hessler (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Real Estate Law

Washington, DC Office

Delaware

Katherine Witherspoon Fry (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Employment Law – Management

Wilmington Office

 

James A. Landon (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2023)

Land Use and Zoning Law

Wilmington Office

North Carolina

Paul R. Baynard (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2016)

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Charlotte Office

 

Clayton S. Curry, Jr. (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2011)

Real Estate Law

Charlotte Office

 

Zipporah B. Edwards (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2020)

Litigation – Real Estate (Since 2020); Real Estate Law (Since 2021); Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (Since 2023)

Charlotte Office

 

Louise F. Harmon (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2021)

Real Estate Law

Charlotte Office

 

G. Edward Hinshaw, Jr. (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2022)

Corporate Law (Since 2022); Tax Law (Since 2023); Trusts and Estates (Since 2023)

Charlotte Office

 

Elizabeth T. Hodges (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2008)

Family Law

Charlotte Office

 

Elizabeth J. James (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Family Law

Charlotte Office

 

K. Mitchell Kelling (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Family Law

Charlotte Office

 

Robert B. McNeill (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013)

Insurance Law (Since 2013); Commercial Litigation (Since 2022); Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (Since 2023); Litigation – Real Estate (Since 2023)

Charlotte Office

 

H. David Powell (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2010)

Real Estate Law

Charlotte Office

 

Tate K. Sterrett (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2007)

Family Law (Since 2007); Family Law Mediation (Since 2010)

Charlotte Office

South Carolina

James C. Hardin III (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 1987)

Trusts and Estates (Since 1987); Litigation - Trusts and Estates (Since 2011)

Rock Hill Office

 

J. Benjamin Stevens (Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2021)

Family Law (Since 2021); Family Mediation (Since 2022); Family Law Arbitration (Since 2023); Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law (Since 2023)

Spartanburg Office

Ones to Watch

Tracy Buck

Litigation - Real Estate

Washington, DC Office

 

Gabriel Celii

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Philadelphia Office

 

M. Jemi Cho

Family Law

Bethesda Office

 

Karin Corbett

Litigation - Real Estate

Plymouth Meeting Office

 

Kyle A. Frost

Family Law

Charlotte Office

 

Samantha H. Kravitz

Family Law

Bethesda Office

 

Anna Gray LeBlanc

Family Law

Charlotte Office

 

Rachel Mech

Commercial Litigation; Family Law: Arbitration and Mediation

Baltimore Office

 

Franklin C. Miller, Jr.

Construction Law

Philadelphia Office

 

Kathryn Pettit

Construction Law

Plymouth Meeting Office

 

Gwendolyn Roy-Harrison

Litigation - Real Estate

Baltimore Office

 

Jordan Savitz

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Bethesda Office

 

Theodora Stringham

Commercial Litigation; Labor and Employment Law - Employee

Tysons Corner Office

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