Twelve Joseph, Greenwald & Laake Attorneys Named 2016 Maryland ‘Super Lawyers’ or ‘Rising Stars’

January 13, 2016

Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. is pleased to announce that 12 firm attorneys have been named Maryland “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” for 2016. In addition, firm partner Timothy F. Maloney also was selected to the 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers Top 100 list.

The firm’s other 2016 “Super Lawyers” are David Bulitt; Jeffrey N. Greenblatt; Andrew E. Greenwald, Jay P. Holland; Burt M. Kahn; Walter E. Laake, Jr.; Timothy P. O’Brien and Steven B. Vinick. Matthew M. BryantAnne Grover and Veronica Nannis and are the firm’s 2016 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.”

Published by Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers recognizes only the top 5 percent of all Maryland attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. Regarded as among the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys, the Super Lawyers Rising Stars must be 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 or fewer years. Super Lawyers are chosen through statewide surveys of attorneys, independent research and peer reviews by practice area.

Maloney was honored for his work in the General Litigation practice category. He has obtained millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients in a wide variety of complex matters, including civil rights, employment discrimination, whistleblower actions and high-stakes business litigation. He also has successfully taken on the government in numerous high-profile police misconduct and criminal defense cases. Maloney earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Bulitt, who serves as the firm’s assistant managing director, was recognized for his practice in the Family Law category. He helps clients reach favorable divorce settlements that protect their rights, their assets and their children, as well as other family law matters. He has successfully litigated divorce cases throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia and has served as a court-appointed attorney on behalf of children in custody disputes. Bulitt earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Maryland.

Greenblatt was listed in the category of Family Law. For more than 40 years, he has represented clients in matters including prenuptial agreements, divorce, alimony, child custody, visitation and support, complex marital property division, and domestic violence. Greenblatt earned his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law and holds a B.S. from Syracuse University.

Greenwald was recognized for his work in the category of Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff. A founding member of the firm, Greenwald has obtained millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients. He is widely recognized as a leading birth trauma and obstetrical malpractice attorney and has been called upon by lawyers in many other states to evaluate and litigate medical malpractice cases. Greenwald earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and also holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin.

Chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment, and Qui Tam Whistleblower practice, Holland was named a “Super Lawyer” in the Employment & Labor Law category. He counsels clients in individual and class action cases involving gender and race discrimination and sexual harassment, violations of the wage and hour laws, and wrongful termination. He also has an active qui tam practice, representing whistleblowers in actions under the federal False Claims Act. Holland earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.

Managing director of the firm, Kahn was recognized for his work in the Medical Malpractice category. Over the past four decades, he has distinguished himself as one of the go-to litigators in Maryland and Washington, D.C., for cases where law and medicine intersect. He has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients, often without going to trial. Kahn earned his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law. He also has a B.A. from State University of New York.

A founding member of the firm, Laake was honored for his practice in the category of Personal Injury – Plaintiff. He has more than four decades of experience and has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injured clients. His work also has established many important legal principles that protect the rights of injured people, including the first case in Maryland – in the 1970s – that applied strict liability to a product liability case. Laake holds a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Maryland.

O’Brien was honored for his practice in the category of Estate Planning & Probate. He has more than two decades of experience advising clients on a wide range of estate and trust issues. He has helped families recover estate assets that have been misused, settle tax liabilities with the IRS, and protect assets for future generations. He also assists with the administration of estates, trusts and guardianships. O’Brien holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a B.S. from Frostburg State College.

Vinick was recognized for work in the category of Personal Injury – Plaintiff. He has more than 20 years of experience in representing clients in matters including medical malpractice, personal injury and criminal defense. He has obtained numerous significant verdicts on behalf of his clients and has earned a reputation as a skilled litigator and highly effective courtroom advocate. Vinick holds a law degree, cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Bryant was recognized for his work in the General Litigation category. He has represented clients in matters involving employment disputes, professional licensing, civil rights violations and criminal defense. He also has an active appellate practice. Bryant earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and holds an A.B., magna cum laude, from Kenyon College.

Grover was recognized for her practice in the category of Family Law. She has represented clients throughout Maryland, as well as in interstate jurisdictional matters and appeals. Her work has involved separation and divorce, child custody disputes, contempt and enforcement proceedings, drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements, and obtaining protective orders. Grover earned her law degree, cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law. She also holds a B.A. from Catholic University of America.

Nannis was honored for her work in the Civil Litigation category. She has represented clients in civil matters involving civil rights, employment law and commercial disputes. She also is a leader in the firm’s qui tam practice, representing whistleblowers who report misuse of government health care funds under the federal False Claims Act. Nannis earned her law degree, cum laude, from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She also holds a M.A., summa cum laude, from the Catholic University of America and a B.A., magna cum laude, from George Washington University.