1/27/2016: F&P IT Director Paul J. Sawchuk to be Honored at SmartCEO Executive Management Awards

Franklin & Prokopik (F&P) is proud to announce that Paul (P.J.) Sawchuk has won a Smart CEO Executive Management Award (EMA).  P.J. will be honored on March 24th at the Westin BWI in Lithicum, MD.

P.J. joined Franklin & Prokopik (F&P) in 2006 as the sole IT employee in an organization of 70.  During his time at F&P, the firm has grown to over 150 people and has become exponentially more dependent on electronic data.  Through P.J.’s leadership and guidance, he has helped F&P stay abreast of increasingly sophisticated technologies, new and complex risks, and identifying new opportunities to aid the business.   In his role as IT Director, he develops and implements strategic initiatives to align technology with business process.  These responsibilities also include direct oversight of end user support operations, facilities and systems management, and the Firm’s training program.

“Our firm has placed great trust into P.J.  because he is a homegrown talent with personal interest in our success.  He has a track record of applying his knowledge, resourcefulness, and understanding of information technology to address complex business problems,” says F&P President Bert Randall, Jr.

P.J. possesses a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  He is an active member of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) and he sits on various fundraising committees for Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

About the Executive Management Awards

The Executive Management Awards program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of the region’s management all-stars — CFOs, CIOs/CTOs, Chief Legal Offices/General Counsels, Chief Human Resources Officers, and other C-suite executives. These individuals uphold the highest ethics, lead collaboratively and creatively, and enhance and support the organization’s mission. An independent committee of local business leaders reviews the EMA nominations, and winners are chosen based on the quality of the nominations submitted. EMA winners are profiled in the March/April issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards reception in March.

About Franklin & Prokopik

Franklin & Prokopik (F&P) is a vibrant regional law firm comprised of over 60 experienced attorneys serving clients across the Mid-Atlantic.   F&P strives to find the best ways to meet the distinctive needs of clients by combining the highest quality personal service with competitive fee structures.  F&P represents corporate and business entities of all sizes, from small “mom and pops” to Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries.  Headquartered in downtown Baltimore, F&P has seven offices serving Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Florida.

1/25/2016: Tamara Goorevitz Presents on Cargo Claims at TLA Boot Camp

F&P principal, Tamara Goorevitz, gave a presentation on Cargo Claims at the Transportation Lawyers Association’s (TLA) Broker Claims Boot Camp on January 21st.  The Boot Camp took place the afternoon before  TLA’s 27th Annual Regional Seminar in Chicago, IL at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park.  The seminar was a huge success with a record breaking 250+ attendees.

The Boot Camp program was designed to be an overview of the law and current trend of claims against brokers and the presentation was geared toward attorneys of all levels of interest.  It consisted of discussions regarding the prosecution and defense of such claims, including the areas of personal injury, cargo, contract and bond claims.

The Transportation Lawyers Association is an independent, international bar association whose members assist providers and/or commercial users of logistics and transportation services.  In addition to hosting annual CLE symposiums of the highest quality in major cities and regional workshops in several sites across the U.S., TLA combines collegiality with professional education at Annual Conferences held in resort locations throughout the country.

1/18/2016: F&P’s Baltimore Office Adds 2 New Associate Attorneys

Two new associate attorneys have joined the F&P team this winter. Patrick Wachter, who focuses his practice in liability defense, and Ben Brooks, who focuses his practice in Workers’ Compensation.  Both associates are located in the Baltimore office.

Prior to joining Franklin & Prokopik, Ben Brooks worked as a judicial law clerk for the District Court of Maryland in Frederick and Washington Counties.  While attending the University of Baltimore School of Law, Ben served as a Rule 16 Student Attorney for the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic.  Also during law school, Ben gained experience in civil litigation working as a law clerk for Thomas, Thomas & Hafer and Walker, Murphy & Nelson.  Ben is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.  In his free time, Ben enjoys kayaking, fishing, and recreational sports.

During law school, Patrick Wachter served as an officer of the Entertainments, Arts and Sports Law Society for 2 years and also competed on the International Environmental Law Moot Court team whose competition was held in Denver, Colorado. While living in Las Vegas for a summer during law school, Patrick clerked for Steven Pacitti, Esq., LL.M. where he gained experience working for professional athletes in both football and mixed martial arts.  During high school and college, Patrick grew up working for his family business Von Paris Moving & Storage. Through the many years of working there, he learned to importance of dedication, hard work, and integrity. Because of there, he also brings some unique knowledge from the day to day operational side of the trucking and transportation industry.

1/7/2016: Andrew Stephenson to Participate in SLG Workshop at DRI Seminar

F&P Senior Partner, Andrew Stephenson, will be speaking at DRI’s Products Liability Seminar next month.  His topic, The Internet of Things: Effective Techniques to Identify, Collect, and Present Electronic Evidence is a part of the TRIAL TECHNIQUES & TECHNOLOGY SLG Workshop.  The seminar is taking place from February 3-5, 2016 in New Orleans and Andrew will be presenting on February 4.

DRI’s Product Liability Conference is the premier product liability education and networking conference of the year!  Attendees will hear from in-house counsel and marquee trial and appellate lawyers, and have the opportunity to attend multiple networking events designed to introduce participants to new clients and colleagues and cement existing relationships. Returning to New Orleans, the conference will provide education, networking, camaraderie, culture, and food in one of America’s most unique cities.  Visit https://www.dri.org/Event/20160200 for more information.

DRI is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Membership in DRI provides access to resources and tools for attorneys who strive to provide high-quality, balanced and excellent service to their clients and corporations. DRI is host to 30 substantive committees whose focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about areas of practice. DRI provides access to resources and tools to grow members’ practices – members can search a database of more than 65,000 experts, attend renowned CLE seminars, conferences and webcasts, network with 22,000+ like-minded defense practitioners and more.