Anthony F. Cavanaugh

Anthony F. Cavanaugh is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Practices. He focuses on complex commercial litigation in the real estate and hospitality industries. He helps clients assess and mitigate risk in the deal-making process, representing clients in the evaluation of hotel and commercial property operations and in the negotiation of management contracts. Anthony also has handled cases involving toxic tort litigation, including the defense of a leading chemical manufacturer in a series of medical monitoring class actions.

Anthony represents developers, property owners, property managers, asset managers, franchisees, lenders, commercial landlords and tenants, and other commercial parties. He serves his clients as both an advocate and an advisor, and has significant experience in pre-dispute and litigation matters involving contract terms, regulatory requirements, fiduciary duties, unfair trade practices, franchise disputes, and other issues related to real estate, including hotel and restaurant properties. Concentrating his work primarily in Maryland

and Washington, D.C., Anthony maintains a national practice and has litigated cases across the country. He also has significant experience in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) forums.

Clients often come to Anthony when evaluating new acquisitions and business opportunities. They seek Anthony’s guidance regarding future liability and litigation risk. When disputes surface, whether during negotiations or after closing, Anthony helps clients assess their options and execute strategies designed to achieve favorable resolutions as efficiently as possible.

A sixth-generation Montgomery County resident, Anthony practiced at national law firms in Washington, D.C. before joining Linowes and Blocher. He is an active member of his local community, including serving as a coach and administrator for youth sports in the Olney-Sandy Spring area.

Practice Areas

Litigation

Real Estate

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

Fairfield University, B.A. cum laude, Phi

Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

Maryland

District of Columbia

Significant Projects

Real Estate

● Represented a hotel owner in state court litigation arising out of manager’s breach of the hotel’s management agreement and its fiduciary duties, and was successful in obtaining a declaration from the court that the hotel owner had the power to terminate the hotel operator at will based on a personal services theory;

● Represented a hotel owner in negotiating a beneficial termination of a franchise agreement with a major hotel operator;

● Represented a property owner in a federal court litigation against its ground lease tenant regarding tenant’s failure to pay rent;

● Represented a property owner in a federal court litigation with its tenants arising out of a planned renovation;

● Represented a major engineering firm in resolving a dispute with their real estate broker and property manager; and

● Represented a local restaurant chain in negotiating a favorable lease termination with its landlord, the United States Office of Comptroller of the Currency.

Commercial Litigation

● Represented a corporation that prepares and administers educational testing in a dispute with its software vendor;

● Represented a government contractor in negotiating agreements with the U.S. Government to provide mobile capability to the United States Navy; and

● Represented a government contractor in a dispute with a former affiliate regarding misappropriation of trade secrets and other confidential information.

Honors & Distinctions

2013 and 2014 Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Business Litigation

Professional Background

Linowes and Blocher LLP, Partner, 2016-Present

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, LLP, Counsel, 2014-2016

Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Of Counsel, 2002-2014

News

Cavanaugh and Farnum in Bethesda Magazine’s Attorney Profiles May 2, 2017

Linowes and Blocher LLP Bolsters Commercial Litigation/Bankruptcy, Real Estate and Land Use/Zoning Practices January 20, 2017

Publications

Co-Author “Key Legal Issues”

Chapter for the Fifth Edition of Hotel Investments: Issues & Perspectives published by the American Hotel & Lodging

Association’s Educational Institute

Co-Author “Key Legal Issues: The Battle for Control”

Chapter for the Third Edition of Hotel Asset Management and Principles & Practices published by the American Hotel &

Lodging Association’s Educational Institute

The Limits of Insurance in Managing Hotel Cyberrisk

February 2014

Hospitality Law360, Insurance Law360, Privacy Law360

The Pendulum Swings: Survey of Management Agreement Litigation

2014 Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, TX

 

Howard K. Kurman

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

Mr. Kurman is frequently retained by companies to conduct objective and well respected workplace investigations. These investigations encompass a wide-ranging spectrum of issues including workplace harassment, employee misconduct, whistle-blower complaints and misappropriation of proprietary or confidential company data. Mr. Kurman has been widely recognized for his thorough investigatory techniques and his comprehensive written reports which are provided to his clients at the conclusion of his investigation. Frequently following the completion of his investigations Mr. Kurman is then retained to conduct remedial training of a company’s managerial staff for the purpose of avoiding similar problematic issues in the future. Uniformly Mr. Kurman’s managerial training has received superlative reviews by those companies who have utilized his sophisticated workplace training modules.

Mr. Kurman is also a skilled employment litigator who has successfully represented employers in a myriad of administrative, judicial, and commercial litigation before the NLRB, EEOC, federal and state courts, and other administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor and OFCCP. Mr. Kurman also counsels clients on union relations and regularly conducts collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of his unionized clients.

Points of Distinction

Mr. Kurman has developed a reputation for providing representation to his management clients that is predicated upon sound practical legal advice. Upon returning to private practice after working several years in in-house labor positions (at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and at The Baltimore Sun) Mr. Kurman successfully began his firm’s comprehensive labor and employment practice. His prior in-house experience has enabled Mr. Kurman to relate to the middle and upper management levels of any company in a non-legalistic and practical manner.

This has greatly benefited Mr. Kurman’s employment & labor clients because he has been able to utilize his wealth of experience as an employment attorney to provide common sense solutions to often very sensitive employment issues. His clients often perceive him as part of their trusted advisory team, so much so that he is often consulted before an employment issue arises as opposed to after the problem has become a much more inflammatory one to resolve.

Mr. Kurman has represented several employers in discrimination/harassment cases in which he has successfully obtained summary judgment decisions in federal court and/or favorable settlements after conducting aggressive and strategically planned depositions of the named plaintiffs. Additionally, Mr. Kurman has regularly advised his clients on how to successfully and proactively plan and implement employee terminations, reductions in force, and post-termination protections involving covenants not to compete and protection of company trade secrets. Finally, Mr. Kurman has successfully guided many companies through threatened unionization of their employees, and for those companies that are already unionized he has negotiated on their behalf very favorable collective bargaining agreements that improve operational efficiency and increase enterprise profitability.

Mr. Kurman is listed in the 10th Edition of Who’s Who in American Law.  He also received the highest professional (AV) rating from his peers, as reported by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Kurman has also been selected as a Maryland Super Lawyer from 2010-2013 and 2016-2019. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

In 2017, Mr. Kurman was selected as a Distinguished Lawyer™ by The Expert Network©. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Mr. Kurman was chosen based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.

Jonathan Beiser

With over two decades of experience at Ashcraft & Gerel, Jonathan Beiser has built a well-deserved reputation for successfully representing the rights of those injured in workplace accidents and the disabled.

Mr. Beiser advises clients throughout the country, providing the type of knowledge of and insights about workers’ compensation and social security disability that have earned him respect among his peers and industry accolades, including recognition among the top 5% of attorneys practicing workers’ compensation law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia by Super Lawyers.

Given his well-honed expertise that’s evolved over more than 23 years of experiences in and out of the courtroom, Mr. Beiser is often asked by Labor Unions, Lawyer Associations and vocational rehabilitation groups to speak at their events on workers’ rights in the context of job-related injuries and social security disability.

PRACTICE AREAS

Workers’ Compensation

Longshore and Harbor Workers Act

Defense Base Act

Social Security Disability

CASE HIGHLIGHTS

One thing has remained constant for Mr. Beiser throughout his impressive career: his drive to help his clients rebuild their lives after a serious or catastrophic injury. This is why his work with his clients often doesn’t end with a verdict or settlement as he continues to guide them afterwards in thinking through their next steps in life.

In one notable workers’ compensation case, Mr. Beiser helped a man who had been injured so severely building the FedEx Field in Prince George’s County, Maryland that he was no longer able to continue with his employment as a union rodman. After multiple surgeries, Mr. Beiser helped this former client secure a degree in construction management, and then followed his progress as he eventually became the owner of his own multi-million dollar construction company.

In another life-changing incident, a young man was injured while working at a major department store. Even after surgery on his shoulder and back, he wasn’t able to keep his labor-intensive job. Through vocational rehabilitation, Mr. Beiser and his colleagues at Ashcraft & Gerel helped this former client enroll in computer training courses, which paved the way for him to eventually run the IT department of a major D.C.-based company.

Mr. Beiser has also assisted many injured defense contractors in resolving their cases and moving on with their lives when their injuries have prevented them from continuing with their chosen line of work. He has successfully resolved hundreds of claims through hearings, settlements and mediations.

EARLY YEARS

Mr. Beiser’s career at Ashcraft & Gerel began with a high school internship, an experience that jumpstarted his interest in becoming a lawyer very early on. Right after graduating from the University of Baltimore with a law degree, Mr. Beiser came back to Ashcraft & Gerel to begin his legal career.

As a senior partner, Mr. Beiser has handled a wide variety of cases. Starting in Maryland workers’ compensation litigation, Mr. Beiser broadened his caseload to include Defense Base Act and Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claims, and social security disability fields he still finds both challenging and very gratifying.

EDUCATION

B.A., University of Maryland, 1986

J.D., University of Baltimore, 1989

BAR ADMISSIONS

Maryland

Washington, D.C.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

American Jurisprudence Award – Contract

Maryland Super Lawyers

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

Trial Lawyers Care Pro Bono Project for representing victims before the September 11th Victim’s Compensation Fund

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Association for Justice

District of Columbia Bar Association

DOL Joint Bar Association

Maryland Association for Justice

Maryland Bar Association

Maryland Trial Lawyers Association

Montgomery County Bar Association

National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives

Prince George’s County Bar Association

Trial Lawyers’ Association of the District of Columbia

Work Injury Law & Advocacy Group

OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM

Mr. Beiser is on the board of Kids’ Chance of Maryland, an organization that provides scholarships for children of workers who have died, or were severely injured, as a result of a workplace incident. He is very involved in fundraising for this organization and has been the co-chair of a yearly golf tournament fundraiser for this nonprofit. Click here to find out more about this event.

Mr. Beiser doesn’t limit his love of sports to golf, however, as he enjoys watching the Redskins, the Wizards, the Capitals and the Maryland Terrapins.

 

Christine E. White

Christine White is an associate in Venable’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group where she assists with document review, legal research, and witness, deposition, and trial preparation. Chrissy lends her legal counsel pro bono to the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization that helps immigrant women and children escaping gender-based violence obtain asylum in the United States. Ms. White recently won an application for asylum for a client who was referred by Tahirih.

Chrissy graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Venable, Chrissy served a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Activities:

Chrissy is active in the Greater Baltimore community. She serves as a volunteer for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) and participates in the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program, which coordinates and conducts interviews for first-year and transfer applicants.

Prior to law school, Chrissy worked for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC where she helped organize and administer educational seminars for judges and legal professionals.

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