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Rosenberg Martin Greenberg is proud to announce the addition of Jonathan Z. May as a partner of the firm. Jon will lead the firm’s Business Planning & Transactions practice group, and contribute to the Tax & Wealth Planning and Tax Controversy groups. Jon joins RMG after spending over 25 years at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.
Clients Jon represents range from established and emerging businesses operating in various sectors, to nonprofit associations and charitable organizations, including health care providers, educational institutions, human services organizations and providers of housing, support and care services to seniors (e.g., assisted living, long-term care and home care). He advises clients on business, transactional and tax matters, and acts as general outside counsel for a number of organizations and businesses. Select experience includes entity formations, joint ventures, asset acquisitions and mergers, contract negotiations, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, tax planning and tax controversy matters.
RMG Managing Partner, Barry Greenberg, states that, “the addition of Jon to our firm reinforces our commitment to supporting our clients with the expertise they expect from the firm and the continued growth and expansion of our business planning and transactions practice. Jon is a great guy who will add immeasurably to our skillset and the unique culture of RMG.”
Jon has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (including a selection as the Baltimore Non-Profit/Charities Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2013) in the areas of Nonprofit/Charities Law, Tax Law, and Litigation & Controversy – Tax. He is also selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers for Nonprofit Law, and is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Jon is a member of the American Bar Association (Taxation Committee and Subcommittee on Exempt Organizations), the Maryland State Bar Association (Chair of the Section of Taxation’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Study Group and its Transactional Tax Study Group) and the District of Columbia Bar Association; he is also the Vice-Chair of the ASAE Ethics Committee, serves as the Vice-Chair of Leadership Howard County and as a board member for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Jon obtained a B.S. from the University of Maryland, his J.D. at the University of Baltimore School of Law, his LL.M. in Taxation at Georgetown University Law Center, and a Master’s Degree in Management of Aging Services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is licensed to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg is proud to announce the addition of Joanna L. Trela as Firm Administrator. She will be responsible for managing the overall operation of the firm including financial, facilities, human resources, IT and systems management.
Joanna was most recently at Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, PA, where she served as Director of Administration for the past 11 years. Previous to that position, she served as Legal Administrator for Martin, Snyder & Bernstein, PA. Joanna is a graduate of Towson University.
Joanna has been an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) for the past 20 years. She received The Daily Record’s Firm Administrator Award in the 2006 Unsung Legal Heroes Program, and acted as a judge for the same program in 2007 and 2008. Joanna also volunteers with the March of Dimes organization, having earned an Executive Leadership Certification in 2011 through the program as well as sitting on the Board of Directors (2008-2009). Additionally, she was Chairman of the Sponsorship Committee for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala (2006-2010).
Litigation partner Doug Furlong will be a featured panelist at the MSBA CLE program, "Effective Mediation of Commercial Insurance and Other Multi-Issue Disputes" to be held at the Ecker Business Training Center in Columbia, Maryland on February 11, 2015 from 8:30am until 1:00pm. The program offers 3.5 CLE Credits (1.0) Ethics and 4.0 Rule 17 ADR Credits. Click here to see the agenda for the program.
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg is proud to announce that Justin A. Williams has joined the firm as an associate in its Land Use & Zoning practice group, effective December 2, 2014.
Justin will be advising the firm’s clients on all aspects of entitlement and permit processes, including use restrictions, off-street parking requirements, stormwater management, historic preservation, traffic mitigation, green building requirements, and inclusionary housing obligations, among others. He will also assist clients in securing land use approvals for real estate projects in Baltimore City and surrounding counties. Justin’s legal, business and governmental experience provides RMG and its clients with a unique skillset to support real estate developers and projects in this region.
Justin was most recently a member of Venable LLP's State and Local Government Group, where he counseled clients on land use and zoning matters. Prior to joining Venable, Justin served in the administration of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. As an Analyst in the City’s award-winning CitiStat Office, he monitored, analyzed and evaluated the performance of City departments for the Mayor and her senior staff. While with the City, he also coordinated GunStat, a collaborative effort among local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecution agencies to prioritize gun offenders, which has been recognized as a contributing factor to Baltimore’s historic reduction in gun violence. After law school, Justin clerked for the Honorable Sherrie R. Bailey, Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
Justin earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, as well as an MBA and B.A. degree from Bryant University.
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg is proud to announce the addition of Leigh Kessler as a partner of the firm, effective December 1, 2014. She will represent individuals and businesses in white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, with a particular focus on criminal tax matters, and civil tax controversies and litigation.
Prior to joining Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, Leigh investigated and prosecuted cases throughout the United States on behalf of the Department of Justice Tax Division, Western Criminal Enforcement Section. As an Assistant Chief since 2010, she supervised approximately 25 trial attorneys. In 2013, Leigh was co-counsel in the prosecution of United States v. Hough in the Middle District of Florida, a successful foreign bank prosecution that proceeded to trial and resulted in convictions for filing false tax returns and a restitution award in excess of $15.5 million. She received a Tax Division Outstanding Attorney award for her work on this prosecution. In 2008, Leigh was co-counsel on United States v. Evanson, et al. in the District of Utah, in which the lead defendant was convicted of conspiracy to defraud and to commit mail and wire fraud, tax evasion, and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, and the subject of a substantial forfeiture order. For her work on the Evanson case, she and her trial team received a National Asset Forfeiture Award.
While working for the Department of Justice, Leigh also spent time as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the White Collar Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. Prior to joining the Department, she served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Howard County, Maryland. Leigh began her legal career as an associate with Gordon Feinblatt.
Leigh is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She is licensed to practice in Maryland.
On October 13, 2014, RMG Tax Controversy partner Jim Liang participated as a Specialty Bar President at The Monumental City Bar Foundation and Baltimore Bar Foundation Symposium on Race & Gender: Embracing Diversity in the Legal Profession, representing the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA). The Symposium was held at the University of Baltimore Law School. Click here to view information about other speakers and details.
Andrew H. Baida moderated a program on March 13, 2014 hosted by the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and its Appellate Practice Committee entitled “Recent Impact Decisions of the Maryland Appellate Courts.” The program, held in the Maryland Court of Appeals courtroom in Annapolis, drew nearly 100 attendees and the featured speakers on the panel included the Honorable Charles E. Moylan, Jr., Judge (retired), Court of Special Appeals of Maryland; Timothy F. Maloney, Esquire (Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PA); Thiruvendran Vignarajah, Esquire (Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City); and Donald G. Gifford, Professor of Law (University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law).
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg is proud to announce its Tax Controversy Group’s continued sponsorship of Fort Meade during the 2013 tax return filing season as part of the U.S. Military's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The Military VITA program is a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service's SPEC (Stakeholders Partnerships Education and Communication), the American Bar Association, and the U.S. Military, and provides free, quality income tax return preparation for military service men and women and their families.
As sponsors, RMG Tax Controversy Attorneys and Staff are trained and certified to prepare basic, intermediate, advanced and military income tax returns under the VITA guidelines, and then serve as instructors for a week in January to the military personnel who prepare returns for military members and their families at Ft. Meade and other local military bases. Members of the RMG Tax Controversy Group assisting with and participating in the Military VITA program include: Caroline D. Ciraolo, Brian J. Crepeau, Jim Liang, Julian T. Lee, Seth J. Groman, Elizabeth Shaner, Brandon N. Mourges, Giovanni Alberotanza, Tynisha McKinley, Denise Novak and Angela Gettier. "We are truly honored to work with the American Bar Association Tax Section, the Internal Revenue Service and Ft. Meade as part of the Military VITA program,” said Caroline D. Ciraolo, RMG partner and head of the Tax Controversy Practice Group. "This is our opportunity to say “thank you” to the men and women who serve and protect our country.”
Per Commanding Colonel Brian P. Foley, U.S. Army, “Last year, the Tax Center served over 1700 servicemembers (Including family members and retirees), saved the military community over $565,000 in tax preparation fees, and generated over $4.6 million in refunds. Although Fort Meade is an Army installation, we are unique in that we have over 75 tenant organizations from all different branches of service including the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The Tax Center strives to serve all these servicemembers within this large military community, free of charge. Our primary objective is helping those junior Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors serving our country who may not have the resources to go to a private preparer. The training you provide has a direct impact on our ability to help these
In addition to their commitment to giving back to the community, the RMG Tax Controversy Group has also launched a new microsite to highlight their practice area and provide information for those seeking assistance with tax matters. The new website, designed by J. Watson Creative, resides within the RMG brand and is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the tax controversy and litigation client base. Partner Brian Crepeau said of the project, “A team of attorneys can possess paramount legal skills and results, but if their potential client base cannot easily find them, their efforts are wasted. Many individuals with a tax issue begin their search for representation on the internet. Having the ability to educate potential and current clients through our microsite improves our efficiencies when discussing case matters, promotes our successes and showcases our diverse experience.” Please visit the new RMG Tax Controversy microsite at www.rosenbergmartin-tax.com.
Douglas J. Furlong is leading the February 27, 2014 (10:00am-11:45am session) of the Alternative Dispute Resolution CLE presented by the MSBA, to be held at the Ecker Business Training Center in Columbia, Maryland, entitled "Effective Mediation of Commercial Insurance and Other Multi-Use Disputes". Click on the link to register today! This session will cover explaining process, mediator's role and setting parties expectations, opening statements, join sessions or caucuses, presentations by selected fact or expert witnesses for parties, documentary or illustrative exhibits, credibility of mediator and presentations by parties, effective approaches to impasse, and more.
Closing the second year of the Rosenberg Martin Greenberg Continuing Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation, the 45-attorney law firm has announced that the recipient of the second of two grant awards from the Fund for 2013 has been made to Achievement Services. The mission of the organization is to inform, educate and empower children, adolescents and families to achieve self-sufficiency via academic, out-of-school/after-school programming. AS partners with schools to design and implement academic programs in core subjects to increase school performance, achievement, and social and emotional development.
The $12,500 grant from the Rosenberg Martin Greenberg Continuing Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation will permit the Achievement Services program to fully implement its planned activities, despite cuts in funding from State resources.
For two Saturdays each month, students work through activities that reinforce learning objectives in reading, math and science led by high-quality, experienced teachers. The program also includes a service learning project to increase the student’s connection to his or her community, as well as programming to offer parents growth opportunities. Students and parents also participate in weekly field trips to culturally significant places that complement classroom activities. Parents are involved in every step: planning, conducting activities, volunteering.
Andrew H. Baida will be speaking at the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association’s Ninth Annual Conference, Going to Bat: Effective Advocacy in Employment Cases. The conference will take place at the Doubletree Hotel Columbia on Friday, November 15, 2013. Mr. Baida will be joined by The Honorable Albert J. Matricciani of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland and Moderator, Robin C. Cockey, Esq. in a program entitled “Effective Appellate Advocacy,” which is slated to run from 2:15 to 3:15pm. For more information, please click here to obtain a registration form.
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP was pleased to announce the election of 4 of its associates as partners of the firm, effective July 1, 2013: Shari Beth Domow Bacsardi, Bob Van Galoubandi, Caroline L. Hecker, and Jim Liang. Managing Partner Barry C. Greenberg said, “It is a very happy day when a firm like ours announces the elevation of four extremely talented lawyers who have been essential ingredients in the continued growth and success of RMG. All of our new partners share the unique skill-sets and personal qualities that make RMG a truly unique law firm. I could not be more proud of our new partners and excited for all they have to continue to offer the clients of RMG.”
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP announces that the first of its 2013 grants from the Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP Continuing Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation will be an award of $12,500 to Young Audiences, in memory of the firm’s late colleague Melody Tagliaferri Cronin. Melody loved the arts, having pursued a career in musical theater prior to attending law school. She lost her battle with acute myelocytic leukemia at the age of 35, passing away in February.
This gift to Young Audiences will be used to expand an early childhood education program. Young Audiences will partner with the national leader in early childhood education, Wolf Trap, to bring artist residencies into 31 Baltimore City preschool and kindergarten classrooms that serve children living in poverty. The eight schools that will benefit this year include: Patapsco Elementary Middle, William S. Baer, Heritage Early Learning Center, John Eager Howard Elementary, Cecil Elementary, Arlington Elementary, F.L. Templeton Preparatory Academy, and Commodore John Rogers Elementary Middle. It is anticipated that a total of 620 preschool and kindergarten students and 31 teachers will benefit from this support.
Recommending Young Audiences for this grant is an appropriate choice for RMG. The focus of the organization fits both the firm’s desire to honor Melody’s memory as well as remaining true to the mission of the Continuing Fund. As RMG Managing Partner Barry Greenberg said at the time of the inception of the Continuing Fund, “Those of us who are part of the Baltimore community understand the necessity for improvements to the public education system in Baltimore. The need for educational opportunities of the highest levels for all students in this area is essential to the growth of and vitality of the City and its business prospects in the future. The partners of RMG have been committed to this community for over 25 years and we believe there is no better investment in the future of this community than to support increased educational opportunities in our schools.”
Young Audiences, the nation’s largest arts-in-education provider, began in Baltimore in 1950. As the Maryland affiliate, YA is a nonprofit organization devoted to enriching the lives and education of Maryland’s youth through educational and culturally diverse arts programs. YA partners with 100 professional artists from all disciplines to bring hands‐on arts learning experiences to nearly 200,000 students throughout Maryland each year. YA envisions a Maryland where the arts are valued for their capacity to transform lives, and where every student is immersed in opportunities to imagine, to create, and to realize their full potential through the arts.
The Baltimore City Council introduced legislation on Monday, October 22, 2012, to comprehensively rezone the entire City of Baltimore for the first time since 1971. Known as “Transform Baltimore,” the new Zoning Code is designed to bring Baltimore into the 21st century by creating new development opportunities and establishing a level of flexibility that the current Zoning Code lacks. The new Code reflects significant changes from the current Zoning Code – including new zoning districts, use categories, design review requirements, and approval processes – which will impact nearly every property in the City. Over the next several months, the City will conduct a series of public hearings on the new Zoning Code, and it is anticipated that the entire legislative process to enact the new Zoning Code will take six months to a year to complete. The draft zoning maps can be viewed by clicking here, and our land use attorneys would be pleased to advise you on the impacts Transform Baltimore may have on a specific property.
Andrew H. Baida, partner at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, was a panelist at the HB Litigation Lead Litigation Conference on October 18th at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his 3:30pm panel discussion, entitled “Improving Your Appellate Chances in a Lead Case”, Mr. Baida was joined by the Honorable Michele Hotten of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Mary Fitzgerald, Esquire of Brown & Kelly LLP. The trio focused on making and preserving the record below, share critical points to consider in writing your brief, mistakes to avoid, and best practices for your oral argument. Click here to view the agenda for the conference.
We are pleased to announce that John (“Johnny”) Carpenter has joined the firm as Counsel in our Real Estate department. Johnny was an associate in the Real Estate/Real Estate Finance department of Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP in D.C. from 2004 to 2007, then joined the Real Estate/Real Estate Finance department of Locke Lord, LLP from 2007 until the present. Johnny also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a Field Wireman/Radio Operator from 1996 until 2000. He graduated from UMBC with a B.A. in Political Science in December of 1995 and is a 2004 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, has announced a five year, $500,000 commitment to establish the Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP Continuing Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation. This new Fund will support organizations committed to education reform in Baltimore City. It is named a “continuing fund” because it will be a permanent charitable endowment at the Baltimore Community Foundation, continuing to grow and distribute grants for generations to come.
RMG Managing Partner Barry Greenberg said, “Those of us who are part of the Baltimore community understand the necessity for improvements to the public education system in Baltimore. The need for educational opportunities of the highest levels for all students in this area is essential to the growth of and vitality of the City and its business prospects in the future. The partners of RMG have been committed to this community for over 25 years and we believe there is no better investment in the future of this community than to support increased educational opportunities in our schools.”
As RMG and BCF together announced establishment of the Fund, they also announced two grant awards from the RMG Continuing Fund of $12,500 each to New Leaders and Access Art, recognizing the role each plays in furthering excellence in education for Baltimore’s students.
Access Art, an award-winning after-school arts and media center, empowers more than 100 young people each year to use their artistic abilities as tools for social change. The organization provides a powerful combination of hands-on learning in different artistic media and real life practice in civic affairs.
New Leaders develops talented educators into transformational school leaders, collaborating with public, private and nonprofit partners to foster the conditions that enable highly effective school leaders to drive results for students.
BCF President and CEO Tom Wilcox said, “We salute Rosenberg Martin Greenberg for this commitment to Baltimore. They are setting an example for other businesses that are ready to step into the role of civic leader, who want to give back to the community where they have flourished.”
Gerry Gaeng, the Chair of RMG's litigation group, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Towson University Alumni Association. Gerry is a summa cum laude graduate of Towson, where he majored in Philosophy. He is President Emeritus of the Alumni Association, and has previously served on the Towson University Foundation's Board of Directors as well as the University's Board of Visitors.
In 2000, Gerry received the Alumni Association's Spirit of the University Award and in 2007 he was awarded the Dean's Recognition Award by the University's College of Liberal Arts.
Gerard J. Gaeng has been elected President of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for the 2012-2013 term. Gerry practices regularly in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as well as in Maryland state trial and appellate courts.