F&P Announces 2023 Attorney Promotions

Franklin & Prokopik proudly announces that we have promoted three counsel to principal and six associates to counsel.  Our attorneys exemplify the dedication and hard work that allows F&P to stand out in the legal field, and each has demonstrated acumen in the courtroom along with their peers at F&P.

Join F&P in congratulating these attorneys and thanking them for their hard work!


Ellen Stewart concentrates her litigation practice primarily in liability and insurance defense throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. She handles a variety of cases, including representing national and regional stores and restaurants in cases involving slip and falls and general premises liability; representing taxicabs, paratransit vehicles, and motor carriers in liability claims; and representing builders and contractors in construction defects and worksite incidents and injuries. Ellen has been selected to Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014-2023.

Heather Rice has been on the firm’s liability team since 2016, where she concentrates her litigation practice on the defense of healthcare providers and medical institutions in medical malpractice claims. She is also experienced in defending against premises liability claims, products liability claims, dog bite claims, construction defect claims, commercial trucking accident claims, and claims against paratransit vehicles.  She has litigated numerous complex civil suits and has tried several jury trials throughout the state of Maryland. Heather has been recognized byMaryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014–2023, and  Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2022-2023.

Renee Bowen is a zealous advocate for her clients, from defending clients in litigation to negotiating contracts on behalf of her clients to serving as general counsel to provide advice on daily business operations. Renee’s practice areas include commercial transportation, premises liability, construction, products liability, intentional torts, insurance coverage, employment, regulatory compliance, commercial litigation, professional liability, landlord/tenant, and business and corporate. As part of her transportation practice, Renee serves as national counsel for numerous motor carriers and insurers on issues related to predatory towing. She has been selected by Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2020-2023, and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2023


April Kerns
Brian Cunningham
James Hetzel
Jessica Corace
Miranda Russell
Patrick Wachter



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