Semmes Elects Two New Principals
Semmes, Bowen & Semmes is pleased to announce that Brett S. Lininger and James S. Maloney have been elected Principals of the Firm, effective January 1, 2013.
S. Lininger is a member of the Lobbying & Government Relations
and Corporate & Business practice groups in Semmes' Baltimore Office.
His legal practice focuses on insurance regulatory and transactional
matters as well as general business issues. Mr. Lininger has degrees
from Towson University and the University of Baltimore School of Law.
James S. Maloney is a member of the Workers' Compensation & Employers' Liability practice group in Semmes' Baltimore and Hagerstown, Maryland Offices. He represents employers, insurers and third party administrators in the defense of workers' compensation matters in Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. Maloney holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Villanova University and earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
U.S. News® and Best Lawyers®, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, have joined to rank nearly 10,000 firms in 118 practice areas in 170 metropolitan areas and 8 states. Semmes is honored to have earned national ranking in Admiralty & Maritime Law, Banking and Finance Law and Litigation-Construction, and to have achieved the ranking of one of the Best Law Firms in the Baltimore metropolitan area in the following practices.
Admiralty & Maritime Law
NEWS | Alexander Giles Elected To The Board of Directors For The Maritime Law Association Of The United States (MLA)
Alexander Giles, a principal with Semmes’ Maritime & Business Litigation Practice Group, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA). Mr. Giles will serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors, a body that is comprised of the elected Officers of the Association and twelve elected Board members and whose responsibility it is to govern the Association.
Mr. Giles also currently serves as the Vice Chair of the MLA’s Marine Ecology & Criminal Law Committee, and he has previously served as the Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee and as a member of the MLA’s Planning & Arrangements Committee.
The Maritime Law Association of the United States was founded in 1899. According to its Articles of Incorporation, "the objectives of the Association shall be to advance reforms in the Maritime Law of the United States, to facilitate justice in its administration, to promote uniformity in its enactment and interpretation, to furnish a forum for the discussion and consideration of problems affecting the Maritime Law and its administration, to participate as a constituent member of the Comite Maritime International and as an affiliated organization of the American Bar Association, and to act with other associations in efforts to bring about a greater harmony in the shipping laws, regulations and practices of different nations."
Semmes, Bowen & Semmes is pleased to announce that thirteen attorneys of the Firm have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America®.
Semmes extends special congratulations to James W. Bartlett III, Cleaveland D. Miller and J. Snowden Stanley, Jr. who have also been named “Lawyers of the Year,” in their respective legal practices, in Best Lawyers in America® 2013.
James W. Bartlett III (Lawyer of the Year),
Giles and JoAnne Zawitoski
Cleaveland D. Miller (Lawyer of the Year)
John A. Roberts
James A. Johnson
James W. Bartlett III, Alan N. Gamse and
J. Snowden Stanley, Jr. (Lawyer of the Year)
Robert E. Scott, Jr. and Marisa A. Trasatti
Jane A. Wilson
Rudolph L. Rose
Baltimore has a rich history as the site of numerous presidential nominating conventions. This summer, the city marks the century anniversary of the last convention that it hosted. In June of 1912, the Democratic Party met in Baltimore and, after a contentious convention that last for more than a week, nominated Woodrow Wilson for the presidency. For more information about the 1912 convention, see the attached article by Semmes principal Stan M. Haynes. Full Article
During the Special Session held on May 14-16 of this year, the General Assembly passed a budget bill that includes a considerable limitation on the widely used deferral of recordation taxes on Indemnity Deeds of Trust (IDOTs). Governor O’Malley signed the bill into law on May 22, 2012.
The new law, which will apply to all IDOTs recorded on or after July 1, 2012, imposes recordation tax on IDOTs securing loans of $1 million or more to the same extent that recordation tax would be imposed on a deed of trust or mortgage granted by the borrower. Recordation tax rates range from approximately ½ percent to just over 1 percent depending upon the jurisdiction in which the real property is located. Full Article
ALM, publisher of Corporate Counsel and The National Law Journal, has named Semmes, Bowen & Semmes as a 2012 Go-To Law Firm® for Litigation. ALM conducted a comprehensive survey of in-house counsel at 500 leading companies. Additionally, ALM’s research sources included public records, leading publications and commercial databases in developing and publishing the annual Go-To Law Firms® list.
NEWS | Newsletter - District 4 National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) (Spring 2012, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia)
In This Issue
Twenty attorneys from Semmes have been named in Baltimore Magazine "Maryland Super Lawyers 2012". All of us at Semmes congratulate these attorneys who have been selected for attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their respective practices. Along with this special recognition, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of all our attorneys and support staff who continue to provide our clients with quality, personalized service. The success of our Firm during this past year, and in our 125 year history, is grounded in the loyalty of our clients who have come to rely on the dedication and commitment of our team of attorneys to provide exceptional value and effective and efficient legal solutions and services.
Richard W. Scheiner
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Semmes' principal Donald F. Burke conducts employee seminars on "Harassment in the Workplace".
This workshop is intended to assist you, the employer, in understanding the law surrounding workplace harassment and to demonstrate how to react to allegations of workplace harassment you may encounter.
The following new attorneys have recently joined the firm:
Tony D. Villeral
Lindsey M. Cook
Imran O. Shaukat