Assistant State's Attorney, Montgomery County, 1980-82.
Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, Montgomery County, 1990-94; Attorney Grievance Review Board, Attorney Grievance Commission, 1995-98 (chair, 1998; member, inquiry committee, 1986-96).
Born in Frostburg, Maryland, 1954. University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (government & politics), 1976; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1979. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1979; District of Columbia Bar, 1981; U.S. Supreme Court, 1983. Associate, Melnicove, Kaufman & Weiner, P.A., 1979-80; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Tobin & Ecker, P.A., 1980; Levitan, Ezrin, West & Kerxton, Chtd., 1982-84. Principal, Abrams, West & Storm, 1984-2004; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd., 2004-15. Member, American Bar Association (house of delegates, 2003, 2016-17); Federal Bar Association. President, Maryland State Bar Association, 2016 (member, 1979-; board of governors, 2003-05, 2008-09, 2011-13; executive committee, 2011-12, 2014-; chair, continuing legal education committee, 2013-15; secretary, 2014-15; president-elect, 2015). Member, Montgomery County Bar Association, 1980- (treasurer, 1999-2000; president, 2002-03; chair, federal practice section, 1990-92; member, executive committee, 1996-98); District of Columbia Bar Association, 1981-. President, Bar Foundation of Montgomery County, 2003-04. Panel of Neutrals, American Arbitration Association, 2004-15. Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2015-. Board of Directors, Chevy Chase Fire Department, 1990-2017 (president, 1993-95; secretary, 1992; vice-president, 1999-2000, 2003). President, Rollingwood Citizens Association, 1995-96. Board of Directors, University of Baltimore Foundation, 2010- (chair, governance & nominating committee, 2013-15); Maryland Bar Foundation. Friend of Industry Award, Washington, Maryland, Delaware Service Station and Automotive Repair Association (WMDA), 2000. Friend of Industry Award, Service Station Dealers of America, 2002. Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2013. Member, St. John's Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, Chevy Chase, Maryland (vestry member, 2000-02).
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