PK Law’s 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Pessin Katz Law, P.A. (PK Law) is honored to have twenty- five of its attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Magazine’s top attorneys in Maryland for 2016.

PK Law’s 2016 Super Lawyers are

  • Steve A. Allen – Business Litigation
  • James R. Benjamin, Jr. – Environmental Litigation
  • Robert S. Campbell – Business Litigation
  • Joan Cerniglia-Lowensen Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Defense
  • Gregory K. Kirby – Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Defense
  • Thomas D. Kohn – Business Litigation, Business/Corporate
  • Patricia McHugh Lambert – Business Litigation
  • Michael E. Leaf – Real Estate
  • Natalie C. Magdeburger – Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Defense
  • Mairi Pat Maguire – Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Defense
  • Mark D. Maneche – Business Litigation
  • Edmund J. O’Meally – Construction Litigation
  • Lisa Y. Settles – Employment & Labor
  • Leslie R. Stellman – Schools & Education, Employment & Labor
  • Catherine W. Steiner – Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice, Health Care
  • Thomas Zagami – Business Litigation
  • Drake Zaharris – Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Construction Litigation


PK Law’s 2016 Rising Stars are

  • David A. Burkhouse – Employment & Labor
  • Brian M. Cathell – Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Defense
  • Chantelle M. Custodio – Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Defense
  • Cheryl A. Jones – Estate Planning & Probate
  • Talley H-S Kovacs – General Litigation
  • Kimberly Longford – Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Defense
  • Kimberly H. Neal – Business Litigation
  • Andrew G. Scott – Schools & Education
  • Aiden F. Smith – Criminal Defense

Only 5 percent of the lawyers in Maryland are identified as Super Lawyers by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. PK Law has been honored over the past years to have numerous members and associates named as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

We congratulate these attorneys as this shows their dedication to PK Law clients and professionalism within the legal field.

PK Law Receives Baltimore Sun Top Workplaces Honor for 2015


For the fourth year in a row, PK Law was selected one of the Baltimore Sun’s Top 100 Workplaces.  

The selection was based on information gathered from surveys taken by the firm’s employees.  The survey solicited information about work/life balance, managers, pay and benefits, where the company is headed, execution, connection and engagement.  PK Law was among an impressive group of companies and was one of only three law firm’s among the 100 workplaces for 2015.

PK Law Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as One of Maryland’s Leading Litigation Firms

PK Law has been recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a recommended firm for litigation in Maryland for 2016. PK Law is one of only 14 Maryland firms selected as a recommended or highly recommended firm for litigation in Maryland.

In addition, Steve Allen was selected a Benchmark Local Litigation Star for 2016 in the areas of Criminal, General Commercial, Professional Liability and White Collar Crime.

Below is the PK Law profile on the Benchmark Litigation website:
Pessin Katz Law joins the list this year after receiving high praise from clients and competitors throughout Maryland. Its nearly 50 attorneys, half of whom are litigators, represent businesses and entrepreneurs, individuals, institutions, insurers, medical professionals, and health care facilities. “Steven Allen is the person I’d go to,” says an adversary, elaborating that Allen is ruthless in fighting the government for people in need of legal assistance. He has more than three decades of experience that emphasizes commercial, general litigation, and criminal defense. A client unabashedly says, “I have known these attorneys for many years, and they are highly qualified experts in their areas of expertise.” In a recent case, Allen represented the former President of Bradford Bank when a complaint was filed against it in connection with the failure of the bank, which was taken over by the FDIC in 2009. Natalie Magdeburger is probably the best trial attorney I have ever seen – and I have been involved in litigation for over 30 years! We definitely will continue to use the firm. We use a number of other excellent firms, but I think the Pessin Katz medical malpractice team is one of the best.” Magdeburger represented Johns Hopkins in a case in which the plaintiff accused the client of knowingly exposing her and her family to an unnecessary risk of lead-based paint and dust during her residence at a residential property in Baltimore. She secured a victory for the client when the Court granted summary judgement in favour of Johns Hopkins on all accounts.

What is Benchmark Litigation?
Benchmark exclusively covers the litigation market. The original publication, Benchmark Litigation—the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys—is the only publication to focus exclusively on US litigation. The results of Benchmark Litigation stem from the culmination of a six-month research period where researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers.
Firms cannot pay to be recommended for the guide. Instead, firms have been independently offered the opportunity to take a professional listing regardless of editorial content. Recommendations are based on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.

In an effort to provide the most accurate and comprehensive coverage of the litigation market, listings are done on a national and state level.

PK Law Baltimore Business Journal Best Places to Work 2015 Finalist


PK Law was named a finalist for the Baltimore Business Journals’ Best Places to Work in 2015 in the midsize category. There were only five finalists in the mid-size category and no other law firms.  

PK Law Attorney Kimberly Neal to Speak at The Signature CEO Conference

PK Law Attorney Kimberly Neal will be speaking at The Signature CEO Conference on the topic of contracts and how to protect your intellectual property. The conference will be held on November 16-17, 2015 in D.C. at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel and is geared towards all wedding and event professionals including event planners, caterers, photographers, cake bakers and florists who are looking to maximize profits, become a better team leader, ensure stability for their business, elevate their business and who are eager to learn new business intelligence that will allow them to soar in the industry. 

Kimberly H. Neal is a Member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars and focuses her practice on business litigation, including general commercial litigation, the defense of employment-related claims, hospitality industry, construction law, and insurance defense.  A member of the National Association of Catering Executives and Legal Advisor for the Baltimore Fashion Alliance, she enjoys presenting on and assisting clients with business law matters, particularly within the event planning, catering, hospitality and retail industries.

Ms. Neal is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA).  She was appointed to the Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee of the MSBA and served three years on the Executive Council for the MSBA’s Section of Young Lawyers. The Section of Young Lawyers recognized Kimberly as its “Most Valuable Player” in 2011, and honored her with its “Distinguished Service Award” in 2010.

The daughter of an educator, Ms. Neal advocates the importance of quality education. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown Baltimore Child Care, Inc., a local non-profit aimed at providing Baltimore-area children with access to outstanding early childcare.  She supports the Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence’s initiatives in assisting students at Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities in preparing for law school, currently chairing the program’s annual fundraising gala.  Ever devoted to her alma mater, Ms. Neal is Co-Chair of Student Recruiting for the Mississippi State University Alumni Association’s MD/DC/VA Chapter; she informs area high school students of educational opportunities at Mississippi State University.

For more information, or to register, please click here.