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Baldwin, Kagan & Gormley, LLC

Mar 20, 2014 03:48PM ● By Cate Reynolds
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All of the attorneys at Baldwin Kagan & Gormley are recognized by What’s Up? Annapolis as 2014 Leading Lawyers in 15 different practice areas: Litigation, Business, Employment, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Intellectual Property, Construction, Family Law, Administrative Law, Education, Military Law, General Practice, Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, and Mediation.

The Firm’s skill and integrity is reflected by inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, an honor achieved through peer selection and reserved for the top five percent of law firms.

Rignal W. Baldwin, is a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers (the top one percent of trial attorneys in the nation); The American Board of Trial Advocates; Super Lawyers and recognized on two occasions by Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year in the D.C./Baltimore area (Litigation/Mediation). He is a mediator for the Federal and State courts, and a member of ADR Maryland, an organization of active trial attorneys certified for mediation and arbitration. Mr. Baldwin is a recipient of the Maryland Bar Foundation Professional Legal Excellence Award for the Advancement of Professional Competence.

Jonathan P. Kagan is a Past-President of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of business litigation. Mr. Kagan also represents companies, executives and employees in all aspects of employment law, contracts and related litigation. Mr. Kagan is the Vice Chair of the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and was a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Law School and past Vice Chairman of the Ethics Commission for the City of Annapolis.

F. Joseph Gormley represents local, national and international businesses and executives in competition, licensing and general business law matters. His work with diverse industries includes hospitality, automotive, defense, oil, energy, telecom, internet, high tech, entertainment, and healthcare. Mr. Gormley is Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Business Torts and Civil RICO Committee.

Hon. Ronald H. Jarashow , a former judge on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, received The Daily Record’s 2011 Leadership in Law Award. He represents clients in Maryland and D.C. in business, real estate, employment, and personal injury litigation. He has been recognized as a top business lawyer in the Baltimore/Annapolis area and leading medical malpractice lawyer, and is an experienced mediator and arbitrator.

Jeffrey P. Bowman, Kemp W. Hammond and Michael J. Marinello practice in the areas of civil litigation and business transactions. Mr. Bowman joined the Firm in 2008 and formerly clerked for the Honorable Thomas G. Ross, Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of litigation. Mr. Hammond joined the Firm in 2010 and formerly clerked for the Honorable Nancy Davis-Loomis, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.” Mr. Marinello joined the Firm in 2012. He served in the United States Navy for thirteen years including a tour as General Counsel at Naval Station Norfolk, and two years as General Counsel to the Commandant of the United States Naval Academy.

Mary C. Baldwin is of counsel to the Firm. Ms. Baldwin represents clients in the areas of divorce, division of property, alimony, custody, visitation and child support. Her skill as a family law attorney is recognized by Super Lawyers, Top Lawyer in Family Law and Leading Lawyer in Family Law.

Image titleBaldwin, Kagan & Gormley, LLC
112 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
410-974-9200 |

Q. My partners and I have a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Do we need a written operating agreement?

A. Maryland law doesn’t require a written agreement unless an LLC’s organizing documents make a specific election. Since most standard forms for registering LLCs do not have that specific election, if you formed your LLC yourself, a written agreement might not be required. While you are provided some protections under Maryland’s Limited Liability Company Act, as your business grows, potentially costly legal problems can be avoided through having a written operating agreement that addresses issues including management, allocation of profit and loss, and transfers of interest.

F. Joseph Gormley, Baldwin, Kagan & Gormley