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By Cindy Harper-Evans | February 27, 1991
Piper & Marbury will open an office in New York City specializing in equity and debt financing, and alternative energy, Chairman Decatur H. Miller said yesterday.The New York office will strive to have 15 to 20 lawyers within the next few years, Mr. Miller said, which would make it the third-largest office in Piper's network of branches in Baltimore, Easton, Washington and London.The move comes at a time when many law firms here and across the country are putting expansion plans on hold because of the recession, a rise in the number of corporate bankruptcies and more lawyers competing for less business.
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By Natalie Sherman | January 7, 2014
A 25-story tower in downtown's Charles Center complex sold in December for $26.1 million to an Los Angeles company, real estate firm Cassidy Turley announced Tuesday. Cassidy Turley, which listed the 36 S. Charles Street property back in April, said the sale is a sign of a downtown office market that is rebounding after the Great Recession. The firm announced the $19.7 million sale of 201 North Charles Street in September and managing director Jonathan Carpenter said he expects another deal to close in early January.
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By David Conn and David Conn,Staff Writer | January 16, 1993
The Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury said yesterday that it had hired three partners from Venable, Baetjer & Howard, including the head of that firm's taxation practice.The move represents a minor coup for Piper, which has boasted a strong corporate law section that has not been matched by its tax practice. At the same time, Venable's taxation section, once nationally known, is a fraction of the size it reached in its heyday in the mid-1980s.Venable partner Stephen L. Owen, 40, who chaired Venable's tax practice for several years, joined Piper Wednesday as a partner in that firm's tax section, which is headed by Larry Katz.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
Joseph G. "Bodie" Finnerty Jr., a highly regarded trial lawyer who headed DLA Piper's litigation department and oversaw expansion of the firm to Philadelphia and New York City, died Thursday of Alzheimer's disease at Copper Ridge assisted-living facility in Sykesville. The former longtime Guilford resident was 76. "Joe was an outstanding lawyer and was the firm's heavy lifter and go-to guy. It is no wonder that he became its top litigator," said J. Joseph Curran Jr., former Maryland attorney general.
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By Suzanne Wooton and Suzanne Wooton,Sun Staff Writer | March 3, 1994
Francis B. Burch Jr. has been elected chairman of the Piper & Marbury law firm, succeeding Decatur H. Miller, who is expected to retire from the firm at the end of the year.The 46-year-old Mr. Burch, who is chairman of the firm's litigation practice group, was formally elected Saturday during an annual meeting of the firm's partners. His election had been indicated by the firm last fall, however.As chairman, Mr. Burch will preside over the state's largest law firm, with 275 attorneys, annual revenues of about $80 million and offices in Baltimore, Easton, Washington, Philadelphia, New York and London.
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By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,Sun Staff Writer | April 29, 1995
Piper & Marbury announced yesterday that its New York office will triple in size beginning Monday, when the firm of Varet & Fink P.C. joins Maryland's largest law firm.The addition of the 26 Varet & Fink attorneys comes on the heels of Piper & Marbury's March expansion of its Washington office, in which it absorbed 22 lawyers constituting the capital region practice of Pettit & Martin."This is the product of a deliberate process that led us to the conclusion that we needed to develop certain practices and offices outside our Baltimore base," said Frank B. Burch Jr., Piper & Marbury's chairman.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1999
Lawrence M. Katz, a respected corporate tax lawyer who retired in September from the firm of Piper & Marbury, died Saturday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at home in Owings Mills. He was 57. Mr. Katz had been with the firm since 1968. Managing partner Francis B. Burch Jr., who practiced law with Mr. Katz for 25 years, said yesterday that he was "so highly accomplished on the one hand and so human and engaging at the same time. If he had an ego, it was never evident."
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2000
Robert E. Young, who had been a partner in the Piper & Marbury law firm and a civic activist, died Wednesday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 59 and lived in Homeland. In 1969, Mr. Young joined Piper & Marbury - now Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP - and retired in 1994 to devote more time to his two daughters. In his civic endeavors, he was chairman of the advisory board of the Salvation Army Baltimore Command, and for 12 years a trustee of a $14 million endowment - Samuel Ready Scholarships, Inc. - that provides scholarships to private schools for girls from disadvantaged families.
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September 18, 1998
IN MODERN Baltimore, like most cities, it has been assumed that certain key economic activities need to be located in the central business district. The decision by Piper & Marbury to move to a suburban neighborhood challenges those assumptions. If Maryland's largest law firm no longer requires a downtown perch, who does?Piper & Marbury's announcement shocked city boosters, particularly because Francis B. Burch Jr., the Piper & Marbury chairman, is a vice chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
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By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1999
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, the Washington-based law firm that is hiring Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, yesterday recruited two Piper & Marbury partners to its Baltimore office.The addition of Mark Pollak and Ted Millspaugh from Piper & Marbury puts the number of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering Baltimore lawyers at 12. It comes three weeks after the firm said Schmoke would join the Baltimore office at the end of his term in December."Our legal practice is alive and well in Baltimore," said George P. Stamas, who left Piper & Marbury three years ago to open Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering's Baltimore office.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
Last month, global law firm DLA Piper announced that partner Guy E. Flynn would become the chair of the firm's Maryland real estate practice. Beginning next year he'll also be named partner-in-charge of the firm's downtown office (DLA Piper also has a Baltimore-area office in Mount Washington). Flynn has been with DLA Piper for his entire career and is taking the helm of the real estate group from John P. "Jack" Machen, who recently started as special chief solicitor in the Baltimore City Law Department.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2012
Samuel Cook, a colorful and nationally known expert in labor law who had headed the labor department at Venable, Baetjer and Howard — now Venable LLP — died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Keswick Multi-Care Center. He was 91. "Sam was a great leader and visionary not only in the practice of law but in union and business relations," said Maurice Baskin, a Venable colleague and labor lawyer. "He had been the dean of labor lawyers at the bar in Baltimore for many years.
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June 29, 2011
I was amazed to read in Frederick N. Rasmussen's "Alger Hiss' trial still stirs readers" (June 26) the opinion expressed by Timmerman Daughtery that Hiss made a major blunder in hiring William L. Marbury as his counsel. As Ms. Daughtery put it, "if he'd gotten a 'real' lawyer, not a society boy in the beginning, the story would be a different one. " At the time, Mr. Marbury was approaching 50 years of age with 20 years experience as a trial lawyer. He had just completed service as chief counsel of the War Department in charge of procurement for the entire duration of World War II, and was the senior partner of one of Baltimore's most prominent law firms.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | July 15, 2009
Lawrence R. Seidman, a former partner in the Baltimore law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP who was a respected and skilled negotiator in the field of corporate security law, died of brain cancer July 7 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Owings Mills resident was 45. Mr. Seidman, who had been named partner of Hogan & Hartson in 1999, retired in 2004 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Born in Baltimore and raised on Fallstaff Road, the son of an attorney and a dental hygienist, Mr. Seidman was a 1982 graduate of the Gilman School.
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By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN STAFF | January 16, 2003
Piper Rudnick LLP, the burgeoning law firm whose Maryland roots pre-date the Civil War, announced yesterday that it has opened a 33-lawyer office in Boston, calling it the first step in an aggressive expansion into New England. The partners in Piper Rudnick's offices around the country voted this week to absorb the real estate, litigation and energy practices of the former Hill & Barlow LLP, a 107-year-old Boston firm that dissolved last month when the lawyers elected to leave the firm.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2001
Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP, the largest law firm in Baltimore, announced yesterday that it ended merger talks with a California firm. The firm said, however, that it still hopes to expand to the West Coast. Piper officials said that negotiations with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen LLP of San Francisco ended over several issues and that both firms decided they were not a good match. "These are complex deals to put together," said Jeffrey Liss, Piper's chief operating officer.
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
Piper & Marbury LLP, one of Baltimore's most prominent law firms, is profiting in a big way from the national boom in public stock offerings.According to the American Lawyer magazine, Piper & Marbury has emerged as a top choice for companies and underwriters seeking advice on how to navigate the complex maze of securities laws.Piper & Marbury represented underwriters -- the investment banks that distribute a company's securities to investors -- in 31 public offerings last year, the 11th highest amount for any U.S. law firm.
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By David Conn and David Conn,Staff Writer | November 18, 1992
Baltimore law firm Piper & Marbury plans to eliminate between 20 and 25 jobs in its Baltimore office to make the firm more efficient, its chairman said yesterday.No attorneys would be laid off, according to partner Decatur H. Miller, who said the decision to cut back staffing came at the firm's annual partners retreat this past weekend."It's not a reaction to a recessionary climate, although I have to say that in a recessionary climate the pressures are greater to get yourself at the right staffing level," Mr. Miller said.
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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2001
Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP, the largest law firm in Baltimore, is in serious merger talks with a California firm, officials of both firms confirmed yesterday. If completed, the merger with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen LLP of San Francisco would create a national firm with about 1,150 lawyers and annual revenue of $600 million. It would vault Piper, the 33rd-largest law firm in the country in the most recent ranking by American Lawyer magazine, into the top five. That would represent Piper's second big jump in two years.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2001
Francis B. Burch Jr., the co-chairman of Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLC, has been tapped as the new chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the group announced yesterday. The GBC is an influential organization of business and civic leaders with a mission to improve the business climate of the region. The GBC board of directors' nomination of Burch, who presides over the state's largest law firm, is expected to be ratified at an annual meeting of the organization's membership May 10 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
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