Published Works

  • Some Unintended Consequences of Collaborating, U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine, Summer, 2015
  • Non-Competes in the Cybersecurity Industry, U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine, Winter 2015
  • To Foreign Purchasers Of U.S. Real Estate – You May Not Be Allowed To Keep It, Core Compass, February, 2014
  • Does a Lease Mean What It Says?, D.C. Building Industry Association Pipeline, 2003
  • Co-Author of a Chapter of ALI-ABA’s Practice Checklist for Drafting Leases III (2001) also published as Drafting Letters of Intent for Leases (with Forms), The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, September, 1997
  • Disposing of Excess Real Estate, NACORE Corporate Real Estate Executive, March/April, 1994
  • The Retail Lease: What to Look for, Bargain for, Legal Times, April, 1986

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Certain Pretrial Motions, Litigation Counsel of America, 2018
  • Clearing Real Estate Titles, 2016
  • Update: LLCs and LLPs in Bankruptcy, 2013
  • Title Problems that Only a Bankruptcy Court Can Solve, 2012
  • LLC’s and their Members in Bankruptcy, 2012
  • More on Condo/Hotel and Other Mixed-Use Workouts, American Bar Association, 2011
  • 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2010
  • Mixed-Use and Condo/Hotel Workouts, American Bar Association, 2010
  • Buying Assets Out of Bankruptcy, American Inns of Court, 2010
  • Safety of Escrow Deposits Against General Creditors in Bankruptcy, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2009
  • Maryland Real Estate Liens, 2009
  • Bankruptcy Aspects of Drafting Commercial Leases and Workout Agreements, Law Seminars International, 2008 – 2009
  • Title Insurance for Workouts and Bankruptcy Transactions, Stewart Title National Underwriters, 2008
  • Assumption and Assignment of Leases in Bankruptcy, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2008
  • Workouts, American Bar Association, 2008
  • Bankruptcy Sales, Reorganizations and other Bankruptcy Transactions, American Inns of Court, 2007 – 2008
  • “Ethics-SOX: Does Each Officer and Director Now Need His/Her Own Separate Counsel?”, also known as Corporate/Partnership Attorney as Whistleblower, International Association of Attorneys and Executives In Corporate Real Estate, 2007
  • Leasing Overseas, Particularly in China and India, CoreNet Global and International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate, 2006
  • How Lawyers Can Mess-Up Transactions, Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., 2006
  • Panelist in programs on bankruptcy transactions and litigation, American Inns of Court, 2005 – 2006
  • A Real Estate Lawyer’s Guide To Broadband, National Continuing Legal Education Conference, 2001
  • Programs – one on broadband wiring of buildings and one on developing real estate projects at metro-rail sites, D.C. Building Industry Association, 2000
  • Programs on telecommunications and financing, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 1998, 1999 and 2000
  • Programs on leasing, American Bar Association, 1987 – 1998
  • Shopping Center “University” course and various programs on lease negotiations, International Council of Shopping Centers, 1988 – 1998
  • Telecommunications Law, National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, 1997
  • Programs on leasing issues, D.C. Association of Realtors, Inc., 1992 and 1996
  • Programs on real estate transactions, the Russian Duma Committee writing the New Civil Code, 1994 and 1995
  • Programs on security interests under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, enforcing liens, easements, leasing, and other topics, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, 1981 – 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in “Washington D.C. and Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers” (2012)
  • Chair, “Best Section Committee of the Year” by District of Columbia Bar, 1990
  • Biographical Records in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in American Law”
  • Biographical Records in Tiber’s “Who’s Who in Washington”
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV preeminent 5.0 out of 5 (the Highest)
  • AVVO Rating: 10.0 (Superb)

Past Employment Positions

  • Of Counsel, Deckelbaum, Ogens & Raftery, Chartered, Bethesda, MD, 2001 – 2008
  • Partner, Wilkes Artis, Chartered, Washington, D.C., 1995 – 2001
  • Partner, Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C., 1993 – 1995
  • Associate and then Partner, Linowes and Blocher, Silver Spring, MD, 1977 – 1993
  • Assistant Attorney General, the State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 1973 – 1977
  • Associate, Dickerson, Nice, Sokol & Horn (no longer exists), Baltimore, MD, 1973
  • Associate, Weinberg & Green (now Saul Ewing), Baltimore, MD, 1971 – 1973

Bar Associations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Governing Council, Real Property Section

    Member Since: 2000 - 2006

  • Litigation Council of America
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • D.C. Building Industry Association


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan - J.D. - 1971
  • University of Pittsburgh - B.A. - 1968

    Honors: Magna Cum Laude Honors: Dean's Lists Honors: Phi Beta Kappa


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