MileOne Names Marketing Head

MileOne Automotive Group, which has 76 dealerships in the Mid-Atlantic region, named Mark Westerman chief marketing officer. Westerman will lead MileOne’s marketing efforts,
while assisting in fueling MileOne’s continued growth.

Westerman previously worked as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Ascend One Corporation, a Columbia, Md., based holding company for businesses in the financial services and health care industries. During his time there, Westerman led efforts to create Nava Health and Vitality Center, Ascend One’s first retail division in the fitness, performance and wellness category.

He also created and developed a comprehensive brand repositioning for CareOne Financial Services, Ascend One’s financial services division. This work positioned CareOne as the leader in the debt relief sector.

Best Lawyers Named

The law firm of Gordon Feinblatt LLC announced that Sheila K. Sachs has been named 2016 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year in the area of family mediation law; Michael C. Powell has been named 2016 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year in the area of environmental law; and Ned T. Himmelrich has been named 2016 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year in the area of trademark law by The Best Lawyers In America.

Sachs’s practice includes litigation and negotiation of marital settlements and agreements, addressing the equitable distribution of marital property, alimony, custody, child support and related proceedings as well as drafting and negotiating pre- and post-marital agreements.

Powell is Gordon Feinblatt’s managing member and COO as well as a member in the firm’s environmental and energy law and government relations practice groups. His environmental practice focuses on navigating the environmental permit process, the defense of environmental claims, climate change issues and the remediation of contaminated property.

Himmelrich chairs Gordon Feinblatt’s intellectual property/technology group. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property, Internet, computer, advertising and business law matters.

A single lawyer in each specialty of law in each major city is honored as the Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers In America. The 2016 edition, published annually by Woodward/ White, Inc., is based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by their peers.

BHC Names President, CEO

Kyri Jacobs

Kyri Jacobs

Kyri Jacobs was named president of Bonnie Heneson Communications (BHC), a full-service marketing communications firm headquartered in Owings Mills, and Bonnie Heneson was named CEO. The shift comes as BHC celebrates 25 years of business this year.

Heneson, who has more than 35 years of experience in the field, founded BHC in 1990. Jacobs joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner and executive vice president in 2007 when she opened the firm’s Columbia office.

In her role as CEO, Heneson will continue serving clients and developing new business in addition to casting the broad vision and forward-thinking strategy of the firm. Jacobs will also continue serving clients and developing new business while leading the firm’s day-to-day operations.

Jacobs has spent more than 20 years as a communications, public relations, advertising, media and marketing professional, leading major campaigns for some of BHC’s largest clients.

Firm’s Attorneys Make Moves

The regional law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC announced that member Andrew Radding was elected to a second term on the Criminal Law Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA).

Radding focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation civil and domestic litigation and representation of professionals in courts and administrative tribunals.

F. Kirk Kolodner was selected to serve on the leadership development committee of GEDCO (Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation), a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing, supportive services and emergency assistance to community residents.

“GEDCO assists thousands of Baltimore City residents, and I have been asked to help them bring a fresh perspective on potential candidates for board membership,” Kolodner said.

Kolodner concentrates his practice on family, divorce and marital separation law, estate and trust litigation and general civil litigation. He joined Adelberg, Rudow in 1993 and chaired its litigation practice for 10 years.

Shriver Concerts Name Director

The board of directors of Shriver Hall Concert Series — one of the nation’s pre-eminent classical music presenting organizations — named Catherine Cochran as the series’ new executive

Cochran comes to Shriver Hall from the renowned 92nd Street Y in New York City, where she served in a variety of roles over the past 14 years, most recently as executive producer for new initiatives and director of music programming. Succeeding Stephen Jacobsohn, Cochran will be responsible for the artistic direction and administrative management, promotion and continued growth of the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

The series marks its 50th season in 2015/16 with three specially commissioned works from composers with Baltimore connections: James Lee III, Timo Andres and Jonathan Leshnoff.

The season opens on Sept. 20 with pianist Yefim Bronfman in recital.

Shapiro Turns 100

Shapiro, a customhouse broker and freight forwarder that supports many large commercial clients that import their goods through the Port of
Baltimore, celebrated its 100th anniversary on Aug. 12.

The company was founded in 1915 by Sam Shapiro, who opened the first office at 29 S. Gay Street. Developing European foreign partnerships helped to build the business in the early years. Oftentimes, Shapiro served as the collection agent for these entities; Shapiro was known as being honorable, collecting funds and promptly paying its partners.

Sigmund, Sam’s son and the second generation, was interested in streamlining the work of customs; he spent a good deal of time working with them and the brokerage/forwarding industry to accomplish his goals— many of which are part of the regulations today.

Margie Shapiro, the granddaughter of Sam and daughter of Sig, has continued in the footsteps set by her predecessors. Under her leadership, the company has been cited for the last three years by The Baltimore Sun as one of the 100 best companies to work for in Baltimore.

Shapiro prides itself on continuing to provide regulatory expertise to its customers, strategically routing cargo, and tailoring technological solutions to enhance their businesses while retaining the personalized customer service on which we were founded.

Philanthropy, a part of the company since its first year, continues as it now sponsors a class in logistics at the University of Baltimore, provides college scholarship aid to deserving children of its employees and advises non-profits on a pro-bono basis on the best way to manage international freight. The company also matches gifts our employees contribute to non-profits of their choice.

Wilson Joins Gordon Feinblatt

The law firm of Gordon Feinblatt, LLC announced that Alicia Lynn Wilson has been elected as a member of the firm.

Wilson is a member of the labor and employment and litigation practice groups and is chair of the firm’s diversity committee. Wilson represents clients in state and federal claims involving race, age, disability, gender and sexual orientation discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour issues.

Wilson is active in the Baltimore and legal communities, and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2015 Community and Public Service Award — Young Lawyer of the Year from the Maryland State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section; 2015 Young Lawyer/Future History Maker Award from the Monumental City Bar Association; 2015 Rising Star award by the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers; 2015-17 member of the Diverse Leaders Academy Program for the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation; 2010-2015 Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine’s lists of “Maryland Rising Stars” for civil litigation defense; and 2014 Hot List in Lawyers of Color Magazine.

Jemicy Head Selected for Dyslexia Task Force

Jemicy School is pleased to announce that Head of School Ben Shifrin has been selected by Governor Larry Hogan to join the Governor’s Dyslexia Task Force.

The newly formed task force will study and make recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly relating to the implementation
of a statewide dyslexia education program. Issues will include early screening and identification, teacher training, and official definitions of dyslexia and accommodations for students with dyslexia.

“I am thrilled to have been selected by Governor Hogan to be a part of the Dyslexia Task Force,” said Shifrin, who has been head of Jemicy since 2002. “I am looking forward to using this statewide platform to continue my efforts to support and advocate for individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field.”

Shifrin also holds an appointed position with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children. Through the committee, Shifrin works with families and educators in overseas schools regarding the identification and nurturing of children with special needs, both those with learning challenges and those of high ability.

Shifrin, a dyslexic himself, grew up with many of the same academic challenges that his students face today, and he has made a life’s work of finding ways for bright students with language-based learning differences to succeed in academics and
in life.

In addition to his roles at Jemicy School and the State Department, Shifrin is vice president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), a board member of the Dyslexia Tutoring Program and a member of the
National Association of Independent Schools and the Learning Disabilities Association. He is also a prior board member of the Los Angeles Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

Leder Law Becomes Leder & Hale

The Leder Law Group, PC, the Baltimore-based litigation firm, announced that it changed its name to Leder & Hale, PC to reflect Thomas W. Hale’s prominence and leadership in the legal community and his leadership in the firm.

Hale is an insurance defense attorney focusing his practice on toxic torts and construction litigation. He has successfully tried cases in Circuit Court as well as arguing cases in the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals. Hale joined the practice in 2003 and became a principal in 2011; he heads Leder & Hale’s toxic tort and construction defect practices.

“Tom Hale has been an important contributor since we began working together 17 years ago. He helped found the Leder Law Group in 2003,” said Steven E. Leder, founder and partner of the Leder Law Group. Leder will continue his role as the firm’s managing partner.

Hale graduated from Stevenson University in 1995 and from the
University of Baltimore School of Law in 2003. Hale is a member of the Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc. and the Defense Research Institute.

Best Lawyers 2016

Multiple law firms have announced attorney being named to in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.The regional law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC announced attorneys Michael G. Hendler, family law; F. Kirk Kolodner, litigation — trusts and estates; and David B. Rudow, corporate law, tax law, and trusts and estates, were named to the list.

The 28 Gordon Feinblatt LLC attorneys named are Charles R. Bacharach, Timothy D. A. Chriss, Lawrence D. Coppel, Marjorie A. Corwin, Elliott Cowan, D. Robert Enten, David H. Fishman, Steven M. Gevarter, Herbert Goldman, Lawrence S. Greenwald, Ned T. Himmelrich, Martha Lessman Katz, Robert C. Kellner, Edward J. Levin, Matthew P. Mellin, Searle E. Mitnick, Brian L. Moffet, David S. Musgrave, John R. Paliga, Abba David Poliakoff, Michael C. Powell, Barry F. Rosen, Peter B. Rosenwald II, Sheila K. Sachs, Lynn B. Sassin, William D. Shaughnessy Jr., Jerrold A. Thrope and Carla Stone Witzel.

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP attorneys named include Gregg L. Bernstein, white-collar criminal defense; Herbert Better, arbitration, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and mediation; John J. Connolly, appellate practice, commercial litigation; Martin S. Himeles Jr., bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and securities litigation; Paula M. Junghans, white-collar criminal defense; Daniel P. Moylan, commercial litigation, legal malpractice law — defendants; William
J. Murphy: appellate practice, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, legal malpractice law —
defendants; Robert T. Shaffer III, commercial litigation, construction litigation, labor and employment litigation, real estate litigation; and Cy Smith, commercial litigation, health care law, legal malpractice law – plaintiffs, ERISA litigation.

Overall, a listing by Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. The 2016 edition includes 55,041 attorneys in 139 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Inclusion is based on more than 6.7 million
detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.