Scarlett M. Corso

Experience

As counsel with the firm, Scarlett concentrates her civil litigation practice primarily in the areas of liability defense for both premises liability and trucking and transportation, as well as liability insurance subrogation for property damage claims, focusing on electrical, fire, and water damage incidents. Scarlett has taken over 15 jury trials to verdict, as well as obtained over $1,000,000.00 in recovery in her insurance subrogation practice.  She regularly litigates cases in both state and federal courts related to all of her practice areas and has experience in all aspects of the litigation process, from on-site investigation through trial.

In addition to previously working at F&P as an associate attorney, Scarlett also has years of prior experience litigating personal injury claims, as well as more recently serving as counsel for The Travelers Indemnity Company with The Law Offices of Joseph M. Jagielski where she gained experience in both insurance defense and insurance subrogation.

During law school, Scarlett served as the Moots Chair of the University of Baltimore Moot Court Executive Board, as well as competed on the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team, and worked in various roles on the Student Bar Association. She also served as a Rule 16 Student Attorney for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, and served as both intern and then a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John N. Prevas, Chief Judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court. More recently, she completed The Travelers Indemnity Company Fire Science Seminar in June 2019 where she received training on determining the causes and origins of fires.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2014 – 2019
  • University of Baltimore Student Services Award 2006-2007

Activities

Scarlett has been an active member of the Baltimore City Bar Association for many years and served in numerous roles on the executive council for its Young Lawyers’ Division, including Co-Chair of the Public Education Committee, Elected Member, Elected Member-at-Large, Co-Chair of the Events Committee, and Chair of the Awards Committee. She is also a member of the Justinian Society in Maryland, a legal organization comprised of attorneys, judges and law students of Italian-ancestry. She has served as a mentor on the Baltimore Girls’ Schools’ Leadership Coalition since 2016 as an alumnae representation for her alma mater, St. Paul’s School for Girls, as well as coached mock trial teams at the law school and middle school levels. Scarlett is native to Baltimore City, Maryland, and is an avid boater, which is how she spends her free time in the summers. Outside of the office and off her boat, she is both an active thespian and musician and has sung in the Baltimore City Bar Association’s Cabaret & Cabernet, as well as recently starred in local productions of A Few Good Men and 9-to-5, The Musical.

Christopher J. Smith

Experience

Chris Smith first joined Franklin & Prokopik in March of 2016. After a brief hiatus, he re-joined the Baltimore office’s workers’ compensation defense and employers’ liability team. Chris has handled hundreds of workers’ compensation cases of varying complexity on behalf of employers and insurers before the Workers’ Compensation Commission and on appeal in the circuit courts throughout Maryland.

Prior to joining Franklin & Prokopik, Chris served as a prosecutor in Harford County for seven years. During this time, he handled thousands of criminal and serious traffic cases in both the district and circuit courts. He has dealt with all phases of felony prosecution to include criminal investigation, grand jury presentations, motions hearings, and jury trials. He was also called upon to handle particularly sensitive and difficult cases because he was identified as a detail-oriented prosecutor that cared about his victims. In addition, Chris has experience in handling plaintiff’s personal injury matters and claimant’s work, which provides him with valuable insight when defending his cases.

While in law school, Chris worked for the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office as a Rule 16 attorney and also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John O. Hennegan in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.

Activities

Chris spends almost all his free time with his wife, son, and daughter. Chris also enjoys strength training and listening to audiobooks in his downtime. Chris feels fortunate to have married into a “big fat Greek” family and has become an active member of the Greek community. He is a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and is also a steward at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

Marleigh A. Davis

Experience

Marleigh Davis knew she wanted to focus her career in litigation after clerking for the Honorable Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.  During law school, Marleigh was an Associate Comments Editor with the University of Baltimore Law Review and a Rule 19-220 Student Attorney in the Juvenile Justice Project clinic.  Marleigh was also a research assistant for Professor Barbara Babb.

Activities

Marleigh can be found outside of work playing with and walking her dog, and exploring the city with her friends.  Marleigh also loves spending time with her family, traveling, and reading novels.

Megan L. Berey

Experience

Megan Berey recently joined the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik as a member of the workers’ compensation team.  During law school, Megan worked full time as a law clerk in the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, while attending law school at night.  Rather than taking four years to graduate, Megan learned the value of hard work and determination by using her summers to take extra classes in order to graduate law school in three years.  Prior to joining F&P, Megan litigated large volume dockets in the district court as an assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore County.

Activities

A native of Baltimore, Megan is a graduate of Garrison Forest School, in Owings Mills, Maryland. Outside of work, she can be found exercising at the gym, reading a good book, and exploring the city with friends.

Kara K. Parker

Experience

Kara Parker concentrates her litigation practice in the area of workers’ compensation and employers’ liability. Prior to joining F&P, Kara worked primarily in the areas of trusts and estates, as well as tax, estate and disability planning and family law.  She has extensive experience working with institutional clients and ultra-high net worth individuals acting as/in a fiduciary, advisory and client advocate capacity.

During law school, Kara participated in the University of Baltimore Mediation Clinic for Families as a mediator and Rule 19-217 student-attorney working with and representing pro se litigants in child custody, visitation and support matters before the Family Division of the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Activities

Kara is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution and the American Association for Justice.  She is a former Division 1 student-athlete as well as an award-winning visual artist working primarily in the mediums of pencil, watercolor, and acrylics.

David A. Fraser

Experience

David Fraser comes to Franklin & Prokopik from the law firm of McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC where he concentrated his practice handling foreclosure cases. He represented banks and loan servicers in residential foreclosure cases, handling all aspects of the foreclosure process from pre-sale to eviction.

During law school, David served as President of the Student Bar Association, Parliamentarian and evening student representative of the Black Law Students Association, a rule 19-217 student attorney in the school’s Community Development Clinic, and competed on the Thurgood Marshall ABA Labor and Employment Mock Trial teams. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Dean’s Citation for outstanding service to the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Activities

David is a native of Baltimore County. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, reading, and serving the community with his church’s outreach ministry.

Matthew T. West

Experience

The first attorney in his family, Matthew West entered law school with a passion for litigation.  While in law school, Matthew scored a top spot in the Byron Warnken Moot Court Competition and went on to compete on the University of Baltimore’s Family Law Moot Court team.  He also completed 40 hours of mediation training, learning how to effectively work with clients of all backgrounds.

Outside of the classroom, he diversified his resume by working in a variety of different areas of law, ranging from trust and estate law to personal injury, to family law.  By the time he graduated law school, Matthew had already submitted an appellate brief to the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal and a written closing argument to the Baltimore City Circuit Court, both securing favorable outcomes for his firms’ clients.  After graduating from law school, Matthew completed a one-year clerkship with Magistrate Theresa A. Furnari in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.  In this role, Matthew was responsible for preparing and reviewing files, drafting orders, assisting in the production of Magistrate’s Reports and Recommendations, and communicating daily with attorneys and pro se litigants.  He was also responsible for facilitating the hearings, meaning that during his clerkship Matthew was in court nearly every day.  His hands-on experience has provided him with both a unique perspective and the ability to perform in the courtroom.

Activities

A Baltimore native, Matthew can be found outside of work exploring our city with family and friends.  He also enjoys spending time with his grandparents, watching independent films, and reading books for the book club he started with fellow law school classmates. 

John F. Simanski

Experience

John Simanski joined Franklin & Prokopik as an associate in September 2019. He concentrates his litigation practice in the area of liability defense with a focus on automobile torts and premises liability matters. He has experience in all stages of the litigation process, including taking and defending depositions, drafting motions, and representing his clients in the mediation process as a method of alternative dispute resolution.

Before joining F&P, John served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Cahill Jr. in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. In law school, John was the Editor-in-Chief for the University of Baltimore Law Forum. Also, while in law school, John worked as an adjuster for Travelers in the Special Liability Group. Furthermore, John served as a law clerk at Rollins, Smalkin, Richards, and Mackie, L.L.C.

Activities

John is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association. As an undergraduate, he played Division I Lacrosse for Saint Joseph’s University Men’s Lacrosse team. John is a graduate of Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Maryland. He is an avid sports fan and follows the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens. In his spare time, he enjoys playing squash and golf.

Jennifer F. Hare

Experience

Jennifer Hare represents employers and insurers in a variety of workers’ compensation matters before the Workers’ Compensation Commission and courts throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.  She returns to Franklin & Prokopik in 2019 after working as a senior staff attorney for The Hartford Affiliated Insurance Companies for the past six years.  She was an associate with F&P from 2011 to 2013.  During her prior tenure at F&P, Jennifer spoke at F&P seminars as well as outside events.  In addition, Jennifer has experience doing plaintiff work, enabling her to provide insight and knowledge into the approaches taken by both sides.

Activities

Jennifer is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the MSBA Section on Negligence, Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation, Anne Arundel County Bar Association, and the Charles County Bar Association.  In her leisure time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, two westies, running and gardening, and enjoying life on the Eastern Shore. 

Theresa L. Teixeira

Experience

Theresa Teixeira brings more than 24 years of workers’ compensation experience to the F&P team. She started as an intern with a workers’ compensation firm while obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut. While working full time, she attended law school at night at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she gained her J.D..  Theresa continued working for the same firm as an associate, where she handled workers’ compensation claims and personal injury cases, litigating in both the state and federal courts.

After practicing in Connecticut for eight years, she relocated and then barred in Maryland. Since then, she has successfully tried cases involving work-related injuries before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, including matters appealed from Workers’ Compensation to the Circuit Court.  She has also successfully litigated motor vehicle and slip and fall accidents before the Maryland District and Circuit Courts as well as matters before the United States District Court for Maryland.

Activities

Theresa is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Anne Arundel County Bar Association. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her family, participating in 5K runs, knitting, and is an avid sports fan.