Whiteford, Taylor & Preston supports diversity and inclusion in both the workplace and the community. We are committed to providing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive working environment for all attorneys and staff and believe this commitment to be central to our future success.
Erek L. Barron, Partner, is co-founder of the firm's Administrative Law & Regulatory Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations practice groups. He is a former state and federal prosecutor and currently serves as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. He is a past President of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association.
Erika E. Cole, Partner, is one of only a handful of attorneys in the nation who practices exclusively in the area of Church Law. Known as The Church Attorney®, she has dedicated her life to helping churches of all denominations and sizes, ensuring that their legal affairs are in order so they can focus on spreading their message, serving their communities, and growing their ministries.
Dorothy Deng, Partner, represents nonprofit organizations and associations, is experienced in general litigation and with international matters and clients, and she currently serves as an advisor to the National Taiwan University Alumni Association/DC-Baltimore Area. She is a past Board member of the DC chapter of the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association and member of the International Section Council of the American Society for Association Executives.
Marla J. Diaz, Partner, focuses her practice on the representation of community associations and general litigation matters. She has significant experience representing clients as general counsel and in litigation before the Eastern District of Virginia, the Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia Circuit Court, and administrative bodies including the Virginia Fair Housing Board and various County Human Rights Commissions.
A. Ari Ghosal, Counsel, is a Board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland, and Co-Chair of its Judicial Selections Committee. Mr. Ghosal is on the Montgomery County Bar Foundation's Diversity Committee and received the Bar Foundation's Andrew L. Sonner Excellence in Diversity Award (2017).