Helen D. Neighbors

Experience

Helen Neighbors is a principal at Franklin &Prokopik and practices in the firm’s Herndon, Virginia office. She has been providing clients with a broad range of legal services for over 19 years. Specifically, Helen concentrates her practice on construction litigation, commercial transportation, auto, premises and products liability, employment law, and discrimination defense. She also handles insurance coverage disputes, including declaratory judgments to determine the existence of coverage and bad faith claims.

Helen has an extensive construction field practice, representing owners, general contractors, contractors, and subcontractors in a full range of cases. Additionally, she conducts investigations of construction site accidents.

Prior to joining F&P, Helen was employed with a major insurance carrier for 19 years, serving as an in-house attorney managing litigation in various states for the last eight of them.

 

Laura S. McKenzie

Experience

A principal of the law firm of Franklin & Prokopik, Laura McKenzie, concentrates her civil litigation practice primarily in the areas of state workers’ compensation, and general liability defense.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Selected as Top Rated Attorney to Super Lawyers for Workers’ Compensation 2015 – 2021
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2009-2014

Activities

Laura is on the Negligence and Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association and is a member of the Maryland Defense Counsel.

Timothy P. McGough

Experience

Tim McGough comes to Franklin & Prokopik from the Hartford Insurance Group, where he was one of the original attorneys in the staff law office and spent nearly 16 years as both a Senior Staff Attorney and Managing Attorney.

Prior to that, Tim worked for six years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland, assigned to the Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund and its predecessor, the State Accident Fund.

Activities

Timothy is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Sarah S. Lemmert

Experience

Sarah Lemmert focuses her practice on the representation of employers and insurers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims and labor and employment litigation, including employment discrimination claims under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and claims based on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and wage and hour laws.

In addition to her litigation practice, Sarah advises companies on employment and labor law compliance and provides assistance in drafting handbooks and effective workplace policies. Sarah also provides employment training for management and employees.

Sarah is a frequent speaker and webinar presenter on workers’ compensation and employment law issues for a variety of both regional and national audiences. Sarah is currently serving on the COVID-19 task force, created by F&P, to help people navigate this pandemic in the best interests of their businesses and employees.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Co-Chair, Workers’ Compensation Subcommittee, Maryland Defense Counsel
  • Member, National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network
  • President, Baltimore Claims Association 2018-2019
  • Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016 – 2019

Activities

Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and being outdoors, and traveling as much as possible.

Angela Garcia Kozlowski

Experience

Before coming to Franklin & Prokopik in 2008, Angela Garcia Kozlowski worked as an associate attorney at Lord and Whip, P.A., in the areas of worker’s compensation and general liability defense.

During law school, Angela was a member and Associate Editor of the Maryland Law Review. Following law school, Angela served as law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Davis-Loomis of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County from August 2002 to August 2003.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Selected as Top Rated Attorney to Super Lawyers for Workers Compensation 2017-2021
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012-2016

Activities

Angela is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Baltimore City Bar Association, National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association, and Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc. Angela also is an active board member for the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. She is fluent in both French and Spanish.

 

 

Joshua M. Hoffman

Experience

Josh Hoffman has more than a decade of experience successfully representing and defending individuals and corporations against liability and other claims for damages.   He specializes in the defense of auto and premises liability claims.   In addition, Josh has substantial experience responding to and directing Emergency Response activities to protect and shield carriers and drivers from liability.  He has also handled countless matters for his clients in state and federal courts and is also experienced practicing before state and federal appellate courts.

Awards and Distinctions

Josh serves as the Vice-Chair of the Professional Liability Section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.

Activities

Josh is a member of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and the Fairfax County Bar Association.   He was a representative of the Student Government and a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity while at Wake Forest University.

John J. Handscomb

Experience

John Handscomb is a founding principal of Franklin & Prokopik and has practiced in the areas of workers’ compensation and employers’ liability for more than 25 years.  During law school, he was a Law Achievement Workshop Scholar for Professor James May in the Law Achievement Workshop program for two years.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Selected to Maryland Super Lawyers for Workers’ Compensation 2015 – 2021

Activities

John is an adjunct professor at the Community College of Baltimore County where he teaches Civil Procedure, Business Law and Workers’ Compensation. He is also a member of the College’s Legal Studies Advisory Board.

John has previously served as a member of the American Inns of Court and the National Law Foundation.  He has spoken on a variety of topics involving workers’ compensation before local and national groups.

 

Tamara B. Goorevitz

Experience

Tamara has worked extensively in trucking and transportation law, including the defense of liability and insurance coverage actions for motor carriers, brokers, logistics providers, and their insurers, transportation and logistics contracting, and the litigation of freight charge and freight loss claims.  She has significant experience handling jury trials, mediations, and arbitrations, and representing clients in matters ranging from property damage to catastrophic loss on a local, regional, and national level.  Tamara has successfully tried 70+ cases to verdict, working with clients in every step of the litigation process.  She is also a member of the firm’s 24-hour emergency response team, responding to accidents and incidents that occur outside of business hours.

Tamara’s retail practice includes cases involving slip and falls, general premises liability, falling merchandise, third party criminal conduct claims, negligent security, defective products, false arrest and detention, malicious prosecution, food contamination, defamation, invasion of privacy, assault, and battery and other intentional torts, as well as claims involving the negligent hiring, retention, and supervision of retail employees.

Tamara regularly represents employers in various aspects of labor and employment law including the defense of a wide variety of labor and employment-related litigation both at the EEOC level and in state and federal courts, such as employment discrimination claims under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and claims based on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and Maryland Wage and Hour Laws.

Tamara has defended numerous product liability matters for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and insurance carriers in state and federal courts throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.  She handles cases involving commercial and consumer products, ranging from defective products to mass tort claims across a variety of industries.  She has defended personal injury and property damage matters involving hair care products, fire sprinkler systems, recreational products, and household products, including fire and catastrophic burn cases.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Selected as Top Rated Attorney to Super Lawyers for Transportation Law, Personal Injury Defense, and Civil Litigation Defense, 2015-2021
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Presidential Award Recipient, 2016

Activities

Tamara serves as General Counsel to the Maryland Retailers’ Association and served as the Chair of the Transportation & Logistics Practice Group for USLAW from 2018-2020 and currently serves on USLAW’s Board of Governors. She is also a member of various professional organizations, including DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar, where she served as Chair of the Trucking Law Committee (2012–2014), Vice-Chair of the Trucking Law Committee (2010–2012) and Program Chair for the 2010 Trucking Law Seminar; Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA); Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), where she served as Chair of the Logistics and E-Commerce Committee and Representative at Large on the Executive Committee (2010–2012); and Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA). She is also a member of various bar associations including the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Maryland State Bar Association. Tamara has served on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association from 2007–2009.

Recent Speaking Engagements

COVID King: Investigating and Defending the Liability Mayhem and Madness, USLAW webinar – June 2020

What Keeps You Up at Night, F&P’s Labor & Employment Seminar – November 2019

Employers on the Hook: Liability for Acts of Others, USLAW Retail Exchange – October 2019

Beyond the Basics: Best Practices for Effective Accident Investigation and Early Case Evaluation, Arkansas Trucking Seminar –  September 2019

The Sun Never Sets on Broker Liability, Webinar for Transportation Lawyers Association – June 2019

Lawyers: A Necessary Evil in the Supply Chain or a Blessing!?, TIA Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition – April 2019

Protecting the Value of Your Business, American Bus Association CEO Roundtable – January 2019

#MeToo, F&P’s Labor & Employment Seminar – November 2018

Transportation Claims are Not Just for the Trucking Industry, USLAW Network Retail & Hospitality Exchange – October 2018

Alternative & Effective Dispute Resolution, F&P’s Liability Seminar – June 2017

Litigating Against the Latest Efforts by the Plaintiff’s Bar to Misconstrue the FMCSR, TLA Annual Conference – April 2017

Supply Chain Visibility and the Possible Legal Implications, CSCMP EDGE Conference – September 2017

The Jubilee Panel! Half-Century Game Changers that Rocked the Transpo World and How They Impact Our Practices Today, TLA’s 50th Transportation Law Institute – November 2017

Employment Law in the Age of Trump, F&P’s Labor & Employment Seminar – November 2017

Spotlight on Sexual Orientation and Expression Discrimination, F&P’s Labor & Employment Seminar –  November 2016

Managing Difficult Tucking Issues in Jury Selection, DRI’s “Trucking Law in 2016: The Future is Here,” -April 2016

Cargo Claims Presentation, TLA Association Boot Camp – January 2016

 

Rebecca L. Dannenberg

Experience

A principal with the law firm of Franklin & Prokopik, Becki Dannenberg concentrates her practice in civil litigation with a primary focus on trucking and transportation issues.  Ms. Dannenberg also defends corporations and individuals in civil matters involving premises liability, product liability, intentional torts and workers’ compensation.  Prior to joining Franklin & Prokopik, Becki spent three years in private practice as a defense attorney.

During law school, she was a member of the Law Review and completed internships with The Newport News City Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan.

Activities

Rebecca is a member of the Virginia Trucking Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Defense Research Institute, and the Fairfax County Bar Association.

Ralph L. Arnsdorf

Experience

An experienced civil litigator, Ralph Arnsdorf has been providing a broad spectrum of legal services to clients for over 35 years.  Specific areas in which he concentrates include construction litigation, intentional torts, premises liability, property and casualty, accident cases involving health and disability, automobile and insurance coverage disputes including declaratory judgments to determine the existence of coverage, bad faith claims, and fidelity claims.

Ralph works extensively in the construction field and has represented architects and engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, owners, and suppliers in a full range of cases from construction site accidents to delay and disruption of schedule claims.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as an attorney with Smith, Somerville & Case.

Awards and Distinctions

  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbard
  • Best Lawyers, 2020, Litigation-Construction
  • Super Lawyers, 2021

Activities

Ralph is a member of the California State Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Baltimore City Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute, Inc. He is also an American Arbitration Association Panel Arbitrator for construction claims and a mediator in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. He has also lectured and published extensively on issues of law and procedure involving litigation practice, insurance defense and coverage, and construction law issues.