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Thomas J. Dolina

Thomas Dolina

Mr. Dolina practices in business and employment law, personal injury, worker’s compensation, and professional malpractice litigation. He represents clients in transactional matters, and has an active trial practice. He has substantial trial experience before the Maryland District and Circuit Courts and the Federal District Courts. Mr. Dolina is a member of the bar for Maryland, West Virginia, Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the Fourth Circuit.

With significant experience in alternative dispute resolution, Mr. Dolina has worked with the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, FINRA, and the National Arbitration Forum. He also serves as a private arbitrator and is a certified mediator for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Frederick County. He is a mediator for the U.S. Postal Service EEO office. Mr. Dolina has been a frequent lecturer for the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers and has contributed to mediation and arbitration programs. He also represents employees in Baltimore County Public Schools, assisting in contract negotiation, grievances and contract administration between our clients and the Baltimore County Board of Education, along with a host of employment and work-related matters. Mr. Dolina has authored publications and articles on Employment issues for both private and public sectors.

Mr. Dolina often handles very difficult and complex litigation matters. Obtaining successful results in cases involving lenders, business partners, and tort litigants has required special skills in negotiation, an adherence to effective case management, and good courtroom skills. His clients have obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of 100 Million Dollars.

Mr. Dolina’s appellate practice includes the published opinion of Lynne Parry v. Allstate Insurance Co., 408 Md. 130, 968 A.2d 1053 (2009), decided by the Court of Appeals of Maryland in favor of Mr. Dolina’s client, affirming Mr. Dolina’s victories in the Circuit Court and the Court of Special Appeals, in addition to nearly over two dozen appeals heard in Maryland and Federal Courts.

Mr. Dolina is extremely active within the Maryland State Bar Association. In 2009, Mr. Dolina was elected to the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association with a term expiring at the end of the year 2011 and was elected again in 2013. Mr. Dolina was elected to three standing committees within the Maryland State Bar Association: the Planning Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee, and the Budget and Finance Committee. He was elected to the Section Council for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and served as its chair in 2007-2008. While chair, the Section received the award for “Best Section” at the annual Maryland State Bar Convention. Mr. Dolina was also elected to the Board of the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center. Most recently, Mr. Dolina had the honor of co-chairing a special committee, along with Judge William Carr, on the issue of Specialization for Lawyers, which led to a negotiation of new Rules recognizing specialization for lawyers in Maryland.

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Mr. Dolina is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and received a B.A. and the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1981). In addition to his graduate training, Mr. Dolina has attended the Harvard School of Law Advanced Negotiation Skills Workshop.

Mr. Dolina and his paralegals and assistants strive to deliver effective legal services. Mr. Dolina has been recognized by the public, Judges, and lawyers as a model of excellence and the highest ethical standards, thus earning an AV Rating. Additionally, Mr. Dolina’s accomplishments have been recognized by other lawyers naming him a “Super Lawyer” for the past four years.

Testimonials and case summaries are available through our site. These are not predictions of future success, nor are they substitutes for legal advice.

Court of Appeals Oral Arguments Webcast Lynne Parry, Personal Representative of the Estate of Mark Parry, Deceased, et al. v. Allstate Insurance Co. Issue – Workers’ Compensation – whether the decision of the lower court to allow an insurance company deductions from an uninsured/underinsured policy for unreimbursed medical expenses paid by an employer when no worker’s compensation claim was actually filed by the employee, eliminates the choice of remedy right afforded to injured workers by statute.

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Awards

  • 2013 Top 100 Trial Lawyers from the National Trial Lawyers
  • State of Maryland Governor’s Citation dated 2/22/90
  • Chair of the Section of Alternate Dispute Resolution, Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., 2007-2008
  • Sustaining Member Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
  • Best Attorney Lifetime Charter Member from Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America

Chester H. Hobbs IV

Chester-Headshot2Mr. Hobbs manages the estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax, and bankruptcy departments of the firm. He regularly advises clients regarding the establishment of business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. He represents businesses and individuals in estate planning and business continuation issues, as well as representing individuals and businesses in bankruptcy and credit workout situations. In addition, he is a recognized title agent for Chicago Title Company, and is also a certified mediator for the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore County.

Mr. Hobbs graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1987, receiving a Juris Doctorate Degree and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1987 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1988. Mr. Hobbs also received an LLM Degree in Taxation from the University of Baltimore in December of 2003.

From 1990 to 2003, Mr. Hobbs was a member of the faculty of Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College) in the Paralegal Department. He has lectured at seminars sponsored by the National Business Institute and has been a guest speaker at numerous educational events sponsored by accountants and financial planners in and around Baltimore. Mr. Hobbs frequently appears as a guest on the Savvi Investor radio and television series.

He received the 10-year pro bono award from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service and is a member of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council, the Maryland State Planning Council and the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Krieger Planned Giving Council. He has also served as Chairperson of the Estates and Trusts Section of the Baltimore County Bar Association. Rated by Super Lawyers

Avvo Rating: 9.2
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Awards

  • 2015 Chester H. Hobbs, IV, was named as the Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year from the Baltimore County Bar Association.
  • 2015 Chester H. Hobbs, IV, was inducted into the Baltimore County Foundation’s Professional Advisor Recognition Society
  • 2015 Client Distinction Award from Lawyers.com
  • 2011-2015 Maryland Super Lawyer from Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2014 Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Bankruptcy Court
  • 2014 Nationally ranked Top 10 Attorney Award from National Academy for Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2014 Client Satisfaction Award from American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2014 AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013 MVLS 10 Year Recognition
  • 2013 Super Lawyer from Thomas Reuters

Angela J. Silverstein

Angela SilversteinMs. Silverstein joined the firm in March 2014. Her primary focus is family law, covering divorce and separation, child custody, child support, financial issues related to divorce and other family matters. She advocates for the clients she represents, and guides them through the extensive and complex legal process. While a divorce can be a very emotional and distressing time, leaving the client to feel as though their family is falling apart, Ms. Silverstein provides level headed support to get them through it. Her clients have confidence in the knowledge that she fully represents their best interests.

Avvo Rating: Very Good, 7.5/10
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After graduating from Hood College in 1993, Ms. Silverstein attended the University of Baltimore School of Law and graduated in 1999. Shortly thereafter, in December 1999, she was admitted to the Maryland State Bar. In addition to practicing law, Ms. Silverstein has co-authored two articles: “Maryland’s Scarlet Letter: The Child Abuse Registry” with John J. Condliffe, Esquire in 2002 and “Representing the Client with Diminished Capacity” with Dr. Paul C. Berman in 2011.

With an overall rating of 7.5 on Avvo, the client reviews speak for themselves. Ms. Silverstein is described as an exceptional attorney who is very knowledgeable in her field. She establishes an excellent attorney-client relationship and is responsive to each client’s individual needs. She keeps the client informed with the applicable law, as well as their options and potential outcomes throughout the process.”