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By David Conn and David Conn,Staff Writer | April 3, 1993
Charles C. Shelton, who headed the tax department at Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, this week left the law firm to join a small legal boutique in Pikesville.Mr. Shelton became a partner Thursday in the newly renamed Basik, Bushel and Shelton, which specializes in state tax matters. In 1991 a former Semmes colleague, T. Scott Basik, set up the firm, which represents commercial property owners appealing their tax assessments."In a large firm there are complications in running the firm," Mr. Shelton said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Letitia Clark Sexton, a volunteer tutor and former department store designer, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 20 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 90 and had lived in Stevenson. Born Letitia Clark in Baltimore and raised at Margaret Meadows in Stevenson, she was the daughter of Juliana Keyser Clark, a Women's Hospital trustee, and Gaylord Lee Clark, a Semmes, Bowen and Semmes attorney. She attended the Calvert School and was a 1938 graduate of Saint Mary's in the Mountains in Littleton, N.H. She earned a degree in art and design at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Sun Staff Writer | April 6, 1995
Two more partners left the Baltimore law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes this week, bringing the number of recent defectors to at least 15 out of what was a roster of 68 partners as recently as last year.Thomas J. Manning Jr. and Wendy Widmann quit Semmes Tuesday and began work yesterday at Smith & Downey, a Towson law firm specializing in employee benefits law. Smith & Downey, which grew to nine attorneys with the pair's arrival, was formed in 1992 by partners who left Maryland's largest law firm, Piper & Marbury.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Robert T. Franklin Sr., who practiced law for three decades and was a founding partner of Franklin & Prokopik, drowned Nov. 23 while vacationing at St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Lutherville resident was 55. Mr. Franklin and his wife of 33 years, the former Cynthia Jameson, had traveled to the Caribbean islands "to watch the University of Maryland compete in the Paradise Jam College Basketball Tournament," said a son, Daniel J. Franklin of Timonium. The son of Robert J. Franklin, a Baltimore firefighter, and JoAnn Franklin, a homemaker, Robert Timothy Franklin Sr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown and Parkville.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | November 26, 1992
Semmes, Bowen & Semmes has lured a labor law associate at a major Washington firm to join Semmes as a partner, shoring up an employment law practice that was hurt by the defection of nine attorneys in September.David J. Shaffer, a 1983 Stanford Law School graduate and senior associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, will join Semmes' Washington office in mid-December, Geoffrey S. Mitchell, Semmes' managing partner, said this week."We're very excited about having this guy join us," Mr. Mitchell said, saying the firm has received unsolicited calls from lawyers from Richmond to Philadelphia since the gap in its labor law practice became known.
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By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,Sun Staff Writer | April 8, 1995
Semmes, Bowen & Semmes yesterday unveiled a reorganization that eliminates 44 administrative and support jobs, a move the law firm expects will save $1 million annually and ensure its survival.Semmes' decision to cut one quarter of its staff comes in response to the departure of 17 partners in the past year -- and six in the past two weeks. In recent weeks speculation has mounted that the 90-year-old firm would dissolve because of a loss of revenues and competitive industry pressures.With the departures, Semmes now has roughly 85 attorneys and 131 support and administrative staff, down from the nearly 200 ++ attorneys who practiced there a decade ago. Just a few months ago, Semmes had 275 people on its payroll.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | September 17, 1992
The Baltimore law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes plans -- possibly as soon as next week -- to lay off 10 to 15 of its 74 associates in response to slower business.The disclosure by Semmes Chairman Geoffrey S. Mitchell comes a day after nine Semmes labor and employment law attorneys left the firm to join rival Miles & Stockbridge, which continued its efforts to beef up its labor practice."We, in fact, are planning to act on a restructuring, perhaps within a week "It would entail the identification of 10 or 15, perhaps a few more, associates we have determined we will be unable to keep on hand.
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By David Conn and David Conn,Staff Writer | August 4, 1993
Rick Kaden, executive director of the Baltimore law firm Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, will leave this month to become chief financial officer at a division of Manor Care Inc.Mr. Kaden, 47, left Manor Care in 1987 to take the top administrative job at Semmes. He'll be returning as CFO at the Silver Spring company's Choice Hotels International division, which includes 3,000 franchised hotels in the United States and abroad."I guess it was time for a change," Mr. Kaden said, explaining his resignation, which is effective Aug. 11.Mr.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | October 1, 1992
U.S. District Senior Judge Norman P. Ramsey stepped down from the bench yesterday to rejoin the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes today, giving a boost to the 135-lawyer firm that has been hurt by the recession and by defections of attorneys over the past several years."
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | September 17, 1992
The Baltimore law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes plans -- possibly as soon as next week -- to lay off 10 to 15 of its 74 associates in response to slower business.The disclosure by Semmes Chairman Geoffrey S. Mitchell comes a day after nine Semmes labor and employment law attorneys left the firm to join rival Miles & Stockbridge, which continued its efforts to beef up its labor practice."The firm has had in the mill a couple of months the plan to review associates to determine whether a restructuring should be taken," Mr. Mitchell said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 7, 2011
David Rogers Owen, an internationally known maritime lawyer and accomplished yachtsman, died Friday in his sleep of unknown causes at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The former longtime Riderwood resident was 97. "The death of David Owen is the passing of an era. He practiced during the Golden Age of maritime law in the post-World War II years, when there were hundreds of American flagged ships and ship owners," said a nephew, Tony Whitman, a maritime lawyer with the Baltimore firm of Ober/Kaler.
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August 26, 2010
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun Semmes Guest "Buck" Walsh, a retired Monumental Corp. executive who enjoyed singing, died Friday of a brain tumor at his Owings Mills home. He was 84. Mr. Walsh, the son of a career naval officer and a homemaker, was born and raised in Annapolis. He was a 1943 graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1946 in civil engineering from Yale University and a master's degree in business from Harvard Business School in 1950.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun Reporter | May 3, 2007
Thomas E. Cinnamond, a retired trial attorney and former chairman of the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes who specialized in railroad and industrial injury cases, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Homeland residentwas 85. Born in Baltimore and raised on East 30th Street, he was a 1939 graduate of Loyola HighSchool and earned a bachelor?s degree in business administration at Loyola College. He played varsity basketball and tennis in both schools.
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By Jacques Kelly | March 24, 2007
American Joe Miedusiewski has not held elective office since 1995, but he has never really left Annapolis either. He's a lobbyist and marketer for the Baltimore law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. At 57, the former delegate and state senator from Canton is now a man to see for insider knowledge of the legislative process. "I'm working for my clients these days from dawn to dusk," he said yesterday as he was about to go into the Senate committee hearing on a proposal for a liquefied natural gas port at Sparrows Point.
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November 29, 2005
On November 26, 2005 FRANK SHRIVER JONES beloved husband of Lois Lilly Jones; dear father of Michele J. Naish, Frank S. Jones, Jr., Marsha J. Chodnicki and Hilary J. O'Connor; dear grandfather of Jake and Elizabeth Naish, Caroline Jones, Winston Chodnicki and Grace and Paul O'Connor; devoted brother of Helen J. Kramp, T. Carbery Jones, Lassie J. Wiedmann, Anne Lewis Klinefelter and R. Semmes Jones. Friends may call at the family owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc., 6500 York Road (at Overbrook)
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By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 24, 2004
Marcia Semmes, 49, acknowledges that her little stone cottage in Mount Washington is quirky. But the house - with no symmetric floor plan - suits her love of color and her extensive collection of textiles and art. Transplanted Washingtonians, she and her husband, Clark Semmes, 46, took jobs in Baltimore four years ago and started house hunting soon after. "We looked for months," says Clark Semmes, a network administrator. "I thought she was mentally blocked." His wife notes that it took months to find the right fixer-upper in a city neighborhood of beautiful trees.
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By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1995
A legal battle between local banks Provident Bankshares Corp. and Sterling Bancorp has spawned a related lawsuit: Provident has filed a $3 million claim alleging that its own lawyers were negligent in an aborted merger.Provident's suit accuses Semmes, Bowen & Semmes of failing to adequately protect the bank in merger negotiations with Sterling.Semmes' managing partner, Cleaveland D. Miller, drafted a letter of intent as a critical step in Provident's proposed merger with Sterling, according to papers filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
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November 25, 1994
A story in Wednesday's editions should have said that outgoing state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski and the law firm Semmes, Bowen & Semmes have announced the formation of a new company, the Semmes Public Affairs Group, composed of Mr. Miedusiewski and Franklin Goldstein and Maxine Adler, who currently handle the law firm's lobbying business.The Sun regrets the error.
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