Offit Kurman Attorneys Named 2019 Super Lawyers



Offit Kurman is pleased to announce that 42 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented annual selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.


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A complete rundown of Offit Kurman attorneys named to the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists by Sate can be found below. An asterisk (*) denotes a lawyer on the state Top 100 list; a dagger (†) denotes a lawyer on the state Top 50 Women list.


Offit Kurman Maryland Super Lawyers

Baltimore, MD

Alex M. Allman, Principal

Mr. Allman focuses his practice in the areas of litigation (family law and civil litigation), as well as representation of professional athletes (in all aspects of promoting and protecting their non-sports career and brand), as well as acting as outside general counsel for entrepreneurs and small family-owned business.
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Joseph J. Bellinger, Principal

Mr. Bellinger has extensive experience representing Chapter 11 trustees and has been appointed to serve as a Chapter 11 trustee in numerous bankruptcy proceedings. In addition, Mr. Bellinger served on the panel of Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for the District of Maryland for over 20 years. In that capacity, he conducted liquidations of companies in virtually every industry sector, including heavy and light manufacturing, commercial and residential real estate, multi-unit housing, custom home builders, construction, custom home and office furnishings, restaurants, bars, retail, insurance, and intellectual property.
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Joyce A. Kuhns, Principal

With extensive experience at the national and regional levels, Joyce Kuhns brings her in-depth knowledge in delivering creative solutions to help transform financial challenges to successful outcomes. 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.
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Howard K. Kurman, Principal

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney, co-founder of Offit Kurman, and a member of the firm's management committee. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. 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.
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Timothy C. Lynch

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. He also serves as aboard member for several privately owned companies advising on growth and management issues.
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Richard L. Wasserman

Mr. 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.
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Bethesda, MD

Sara M. Donohue, Principal

Sara M. Donohue (Recognized in Best  Lawyers Since  2010)  Family Law 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. In addition to her Best Lawyers listing, Ms. Donahue has won recognition as a top woman attorney from the Washingtonian, Baltimore MagazineBethesda Magazine, and Super Lawyers.
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Cheryl L. Hepfer, Principal

Cheryl L. Hepfer *(Recognized in Best Lawyers Since 1995)Family Law Cheryl Hepfer is a highly-regarded attorney who has practiced family law for more than 40 years. She has been rated by her peers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a top lawyer in the WashingtonianBethesda Magazine, and Super Lawyers. 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. She has a wealth of experience in complex cases involving significant assets and property distribution, alimony, child custody and access.  She also has significant experience representing owners of businesses and their spouses, and those with significant assets, and works with business valuation experts and forensic accountants to maximize the benefits to her clients.
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James M. Hoffman, Principal

James M. Hoffman (Recognized in Best Lawyers Since 2013)Litigation – Bankruptcy 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. He has been involved in handling a broad range of litigation before state courts, including disputes involving complex commercial litigation, breach of contract actions, and collection actions. Mr. Hoffman also brings his extensive experience as a real estate attorney to the table.
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Catherine H. McQueen, Principal

Catherine H. McQueen *Family Law 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. She uses her knowledge of custody and property issues to help her clients achieve a successful result. She has also developed a guardianship practice, assisting clients in petitioning for guardianship and serving as court-appointed counsel for alleged disabled persons or as court-appointed guardian for individuals when their family members or friends are unwilling or unable to do so. Since 2015, she has been named to the Maryland Super Lawyers and Washington DC Super Lawyers lists.
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Stephen Metz

In 20 years of practicing law, Stephen Metz has garnered a reputation for being a tremendous advocate for his clients.  While typically meeting clients and opposing counsel under less-than-favorable conditions, Steve applies his signature techniques to each situation: he is fair-minded, a good listener and a straight shooter, providing his best advice and legal tactics in a calm but decisive manner.  In addition to earning the respect and appreciation of those he represents, Steve has been referred to by his legal colleagues as one of the best bankruptcy attorneys in Maryland.
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Ronald L. Ogens, Principal

Ronald L. Ogens *(Recognized in Best Lawyers Since 2008)Family Law, Family Law Mediation, and Family Law ArbitrationWashington, DC Family Law Mediation "Lawyer of the Year"Ronald L. Ogens serves as chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice Group. 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. In addition to his Best Lawyers listing, Mr. Ogens has won recognition from the Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, and Super Lawyers.
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Eric J. Pelletier, Principal

Eric Pelletier (Recognized in Best Lawyers Since 2015) Commercial Litigation Mr. Pelletier is a commercial litigation attorney who successfully defends clients in complex, high-value commercial disputes, often resolving claims through pretrial motions. In addition to his work in commercial litigation, Mr. Pelletier regularly defends companies in various types of labor and employment claims. Mr. Pelletier also handles estate litigation and insurance defense, coverage, and recovery matters.
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Bryn H. Sherman, Principal

Bryn H. Sherman (Recognized in Best Lawyers Since 2013)Real Estate Law 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.
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Frederick, MD

Ian P. Bartman, Principal

Ian P. Bartman is a principal in the firm's Business Litigation practice group. Ian's practice involves commercial litigation matters, construction law, real estate litigation matters, land use and zoning matters, commercial landlord-tenant matters, and estate litigation matters.
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Keith Schiszik, Principal

Keith Schiszik focuses his practice on complex family law matters involving separation, divorce and child custody. When possible he negotiates out-of-court settlements through mediation, collaborative processes or settlement conference. When a fair settlement can not be reached, he is no stranger to taking issues to the court room.
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Fulton, MD

David Coaxum, Principal

David Coaxum focuses his practice on the negotiation, settlement, collaborative process, and litigation of family law matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia. In addition to family law matters, he handles civil litigation and business transactional matters. His litigation practice has included representing individuals and corporate clients in state and federal trials and contract disputes, high profile defamation claims, company-dissolution disputes, real property litigation, and judgment collection. Mr. Coaxum also represents individuals and small businesses in entertainment negotiations, and other transactional matters.  
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Linda S. Ostovitz, Principal

In her 36 years of practice, Linda Sorg Ostovitz has served as a leader, educator, and advocate. Mrs. Ostovitz holds a prestigious fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and serves as the Treasurer of the Maryland Chapter. She also serves on the Board of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and the Business Women's Network of Howard. Mrs. Ostovitz represents clients in Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Montgomery, and Baltimore Counties. Her practice focuses exclusively on divorce litigation and mediation, child custody and access, child support, alimony, business valuation, as well as property and asset distribution. In addition to providing legal representation in court, Mrs. Ostovitz provides mediation services to help families come to a resolution without the need for litigation.
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Fred H. Silverstein, Principal

Fred Silverstein is an exceptional litigator and advocate for his clients. He has more than 39 years of experience practicing law in Howard County, including 15 years as a public defender and a term as president of the Howard County Bar Association. Mr. Silverstein works in partnership with clients to ensure the best and most comprehensive family law representation from prenuptial agreements to divorces.
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Offit Kurman is one of the fastest-growing, full-service law firms in the Mid-Atlantic region. With over 180 attorneys offering a comprehensive range of services in virtually every legal category, the firm is well positioned to meet the needs of dynamic businesses and the people who own and operate them. Our twelve offices serve individual and corporate clients in the Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Northern Virginia markets, as well as the Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City metropolitan areas. At Offit Kurman, we are our clients’ most trusted legal advisors, professionals who help maximize and protect business value and personal wealth. In every interaction, we consistently maintain our clients’ confidence by remaining focused on furthering their objectives and achieving their goals in an efficient manner. Trust, knowledge, confidence—in a partner, that’s perfect.

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