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WTP Elevates Seven Attorneys to Partners

Date: December 4, 2006

December 4, 2006 - Baltimore - Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is delighted to announce that Robert S. Collins, Michael C. Gartner, Kevin G. Hroblak, Jennifer S. Jackman, Jennifer Ryan Lazenby, Dennis J. Shaffer, and J. Daniel Vorsteg have been made partners.  

Robert S. Collins originally joined WTP as Counsel.  As a member of the firm's Technology and Intellectual Property section and the firm's Corporate section in the Baltimore office, he advises privately-held companies on corporate governance and operational issues, including strategic business planning, employee incentives and personnel issues, intellectual property management, and innovative financing options.  He also counsels a range of technology companies on intellectual property protection, licensing matters, and technology commercialization.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Anne Arundel Tech Council, Leadership Anne Arundel, the Greater Baltimore Tech Council, the Licensing Executive Society, and the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association.  Mr. Collins received his J.D. with high honors in 1995 from George Washington University and his B.A. with honors in 1990 from Wesleyan University.  He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Maryland.     

Michael C. Gartner, a member of the Business Litigation section in D.C., handles a wide variety of issues in the state and federal courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia, including: business torts, premises liability, general negligence, sexual harassment and employment discrimination matters, consumer protection matters, and contract-related claims.  He also represents community associations both in general business affairs and litigation.  A member of the Virginia Bar Association and the Fairfax Bar Association, Mr. Gartner received with his J.D., magna cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1997 and his B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1993.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Kevin G. Hroblak, a member of the Bankruptcy section in the Baltimore office, represents clients in various financial and operational restructuring matters, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, and related federal and state court commercial litigation, including director and officer claims, accountant and other professional liability suits, and preference and other avoidance actions in trials and appellate courts.  He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute.  A frequent lecturer and author, Mr. Hroblak received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore in 1998, magna cum laude, and his B.S. from Salisbury State University in 1995, magna cum laude.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Columbia and Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the State of Maryland.    

Jennifer S. Jackman, a member of the Business Litigation section in the D.C. office, represents large and small businesses, nonprofit associations, employers, community associations, and individuals in matters involving discrimination, business torts, products liability, professional liability, general negligence, and breach of contracts.  Ms. Jackman is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Newcomers of Great Falls.  She is currently serving a two-year term that began in 2006 on Maryland's Peer Review Committee of the Attorney Grievance Commission.  Ms. Jackman earned her LL.M. from the George Washington University School of Law, her J.D. from the University of Baltimore in 1998, cum laude, and her B.A. from the University of Delaware in 1995.  She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.    

Jennifer Ryan Lazenby, a member of the Business Litigation section in Towson, represents clients in commercial disputes, premises liability, automobile tort and professional liability actions, eviction actions, and bankruptcy matters.  Ms. Lazenby is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association.  A Certified Public Accountant, she received her J.D. in 1998 from the University of Baltimore, magna cum laude, and her B.S. from the University of Delaware in 1993.  She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the State of Maryland.    

Dennis J. Shaffer, a member of the Bankruptcy section in Baltimore, represents debtors, trustees, trusts, individual creditors and creditors' committees in various Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and related litigation.  He is a member of the Baltimore County Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Bankruptcy Bar Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute.  Mr. Shaffer earned his M.B.A. in 1999, his J.D. in 1998, magna cum laude, and his B.S. in 1996, magna cum laude, all from the University of Baltimore.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the State of Maryland. 

J. Daniel Vorsteg, a member of the Bankruptcy section in Baltimore, represents debtors, trustees, individual creditors and creditors' committees in various Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings and bankruptcy related litigation.  He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association.  Mr. Vorsteg received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore in 1998, cum laude, and his B.A. from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County in 1993.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia.


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