F&P Welcomes New Attorneys

Franklin & Prokopik would like to welcome four associates to the firm. 

Matt Healy joins the Baltimore office as a liability associate who also practices in insurance defense. Before joining F&P, Matt worked with another Baltimore firm and handled general civil litigation matters, insurance defense, and legal support to local Maryland governments. Matt was also a Rule 19-217 Student-Attorney in the Post-Conviction and Appellate Advocacy Clinic where he represented indigent criminal defendants on direct appeals of their convictions.

Alexandra Monaco is the newest liability attorney in Richmond. She focuses her practice on liability defense in the Richmond Metropolitan, Central Virginia, Southeastern Virginia, and Hampton Roads areas. Alexandra’s clients range from national companies to small businesses, which she defends against premises, products, construction, commercial trucking, and transportation liability claims.

Prior to joining F&P, Jessica Pupkin represented clients in various civil litigation matters, including accident/injury/tort claims. Jessica has always been passionate about a career in litigation. However, she knew she wanted to focus her civil defense career after clerking for the Honorable John S. Nugent in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Jessica is resident in our Baltimore office.

Joining Herndon’s workers’ compensation team, Danielle Takacs previously worked for the Environmental Protection Agency as a Federal Facilities Enforcement Office Law Clerk. She was an articles editor on the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.

F&P Spotlight on Counsel Scarlett Corso

What is your practice area and how did you choose it?
Civil litigation. I originally started out practicing at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office but was referred through a friend to Franklin & Prokopik. It became an area of interest and has been for 10 years. I have also practiced personal injury litigation, on the plaintiffs’ side, as well as practiced as in-house counsel for an insurance company, focusing on insurance subrogation and liability defense. This experience has helped me to learn to see a claim from all angles.

What’s your favorite thing about working with your clients?
I enjoy the collaborative team effort between clients, claim adjusters, and the attorneys, which brings different perspectives into the analysis of a case.

What is your favorite aspect about working at F&P?
F&P truly has a “family” dynamic to it and after all these years, the firm certainly has come to feel a bit like home.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Baltimore?
Petit Louis in Roland Park; the quality of their French cuisines, the high level of service, and the ambiance is unparalleled by any other restaurant in Baltimore.

What’s your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is definitely becoming a lawyer. I am self-made, having put myself through college and law school after being born and raised in Baltimore City, and as the first lawyer in my family, I had few legal connections once I graduated law school.

Tell us something about you that few of your colleagues and clients would know.
I live on the Chesapeake Bay and am an avid boater. It’s unusual for a woman to have her own boating license, but I have spent the last few years learning how to captain, and have recently been elected to serve as Rear Commodore on the bridge of my local yacht club. Additionally, I am active in theater and music. I performed in the Baltimore City Bar Association’s Cabaret & Cabernet event last year and starred in community theater productions of “A Few Good Men,” and co-starred in “9 to 5 the Musical” this year. During COVID, I have continued to take private voice lessons.

What do you like to do outside the office?
In addition to boating, theater, and music, I am an accomplished cook and have certainly been working on honing my techniques during COVID.

Have you read any good books or seen any good movies this year that you would recommend?
I am currently reading “Still Standing,” an autobiography by Governor Larry Hogan, which has been an entertaining and interesting read. Generally, after a long workday, I prefer watching “feel good” movies, like the new production of Jane Austen’s “Emma.

What is your favorite food?
Being Italian, I cook a lot of Italian food when I am home, but I also often grill on the deck. When eating out, I prefer to order food I cannot cook, such as sushi or French cuisine.

What is your all-time favorite city or town and why?
When I was in college, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and had the opportunity to live there for 6 months and travel all over Europe. Florence is a beautiful, historic city, full of culture, and remains my favorite city abroad. More locally, I love the excitement of Manhattan, which is where I lived during my freshman year of college when I was attending New York University.

What was the best news you ever received?
Passing the bar exam.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world who would it be?
My father passed away when I was 18 and so was not around to see me pass the bar exam. I would definitely choose to have lunch with him and have some long overdue catch-up.

8/20/2020: F&P Attorneys Receive “Best Lawyers” and “Ones to Watch” Accolades

“Best Lawyers” recently announced its designees for “Best Lawyers” and “Ones to Watch” for 2021. Baltimore principal, Ralph Arnsdorf received “Best Lawyers” for Litigation – Construction, and Bert Randall was honored in the categories of Employment Law – Management and Workers’ Compensation Law. Principal Lynn Fitzpatrick, resident in our Herndon office received the designation for Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers.

This year, “Best Lawyers” added a “Ones to Watch” category, and the attorneys selected include:

Jessica Ayd – Construction Law and Insurance Law

James Hetzel – Commercial Litigation and Transportation Law

Elena Patarinski – Product Liability Litigation

“Best Lawyers” is a peer-review process where lawyers are assessed by their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area and who have been in practice for more than 10 years. “Ones to Watch” are awarded to attorneys who have been in practice for five to nine years and is also based solely on peer review. To learn more about “Best Lawyers,” visit www.bestlawyers.com.

8/6/2020: Imoh Akpan Featured in Yesterday’s Issue of DRI’s The Voice

F&P principal, Imoh Akpan, is featured in yesterday’s issue of DRI’s The Voice. His article, “We Have a Responsibility Too” discusses the importance of race consciousness in the legal profession. “If we want to see change and more opportunities for lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, we all have a role to play and a responsibility to pay forward the opportunities that were bestowed on us,” says Imoh.

To read the entire article, please click on the link http://dri.org/docs/default-source/webdocs/the-voice/2020/july/voice_8_5_20_voices.pdf 

The DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar, is an organization comprised of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Imoh is a member of the planning committee for the DRI Diversity for Success Expo. To learn more about the DRI, visit their website at dri.org.