ALJ Biographies

Steven Adler, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Attorney-Advisor, Social Security Administration; Private practice; Administrative (Chief) Commissioner of the District Court of Maryland for Carroll and Howard Counties; Commissioner of the District Court of Maryland for Harford County.

Other: Former Section Council Member, Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Maryland State Bar Association; Former Member (designee of the District Administrative Judge) Pro Bono Committee, Howard County Bar Association. President-Elect, Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Major (MD), Judge Advocate Corps; Maryland Dep’t of the Military; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Authority, a national housing law publication; Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Congressman Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (2nd-MD).

Daniel Andrews, Administrative Law Judge

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Bruce C. Williams, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.

Legal Experience: Talbot County State’s Attorney Office; Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Office.

Other: Anne Arundel County Bar Association.

Rachael Barnett, Administrative Law Judge

Bryn Mawr College; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Assistant Attorney General (Maryland Office of the Attorney General).

Other: Maryland State Bar Association: Administrative Law Section Council, previously on the Health Law Section Council; Baltimore County Bar Association; National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Willis Gunther Baker, Administrative Law Judge

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Semmes, Bowen & Semmes; Office of Administrative Hearings; Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Robert F. Barry Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland College Park; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Maryland Office of the Public Defender.

Laurie Bennett, Administrative Law Judge

University of Northern Colorado; New England School of Law, J.D.

 Georgia Brady, Administrative Law Judge

Belhaven University; Tulane University Law School, J.D.

Legal Experience: Venable, LLP.

Other: Maryland State Bar Association, Bench-Bar Section Council 2013-2015 and 2001-2005; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, Treasurer 2013, 2014; National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Baltimore County Bar Association; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies: Negotiation and Mediation.

Stuart G. Breslow, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Vice President-General Counsel Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Inc.

Other: Maryland State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association.

Jana Corn Burch, Administrative Law Judge

University of Florida; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Alan M. Wilner, Court of Special Appeals.

Legal Experience: Venable, LLP.

Other: Maryland State Bar Association; National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Michael D. Carlis, Administrative Law Judge

Washington & Jefferson College; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Law Office of Norman Buchsbaum; Legal Director at Health, Education, Resource Organization; Gordon Feinblatt.

Kathleen A. Chapman, Administrative Law Judge

University of California, Irvine; University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Director of Legal Services at Heartly House; Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service; Conklyn & Chapman; Quinn, McAuliffe & Dumais; Law Offices of J. Charles Smith III; solo practice; Cunningham & Associates; Law Offices of Joel DuBoff; FPLC: Student Director and Mediator, Alternative Resolution Program. 

Other: Bar Association of Frederick County, MD (BAFC); Bar President, Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA); Board of Governors (BOG); BOG Executive Committee Chair: Leadership Academy, Membership, Administrative Law Section Committees; Local & Specialty Bar; Delivery of Legal Services Council: Judicial Appointments; Public Awareness; Planning Retreat; Resolution of Fee Disputes; Citizenship Law Related Education Program (CLREP); Board Member; University of Maryland, College Park (UMD); Parent Advisory Council; Maryland People’s Law Library; Editor (re: Peace Orders and Protective Orders); Fellow, MSBA Leadership Academy.

Daily Record: Leadership in the Law Award; Frederick Magazine: #1 Attorney, Public Interest Law; MSBA: The David Hjortsberg Award; Fellow, The Maryland Bar Foundation; BAFC: James McSherry Memorial Award.

Michelle Cole, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable John Carroll Byrnes, Circuit Court for Baltimore City; The Honorable Thomas E. Noel, Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Legal Experience: Assistant Attorney General (Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Division).

Other: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary – Membership Committee; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland State Bar Association.

Mary R. Craig, Administrative Law Judge

Johns Hopkins University; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Private practice.

Emily Daneker, Administrative Law Judge

Franklin & Marshall College; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Deborah S. Eyler, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

Legal Experience: Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP.

Other: The Order of the Coif, Maryland Chapter.

Latonya B. Dargan, Administrative Law Judge

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Attorney, Gallagher, Evelius & Jones; Assistant States Attorney, Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development-Code Enforcement Division.

Tracey Johns Delp, Administrative Law Judge

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Thomas E. Marshall, Circuit Court for Harford County.

Legal Experience: Office of the State’s Attorney for Harford County – Senior Trial Assistant: District Court Division Supervisor; Domestic Violence Unit Division Supervisor; Harford County Family Justice Center Program Manager. Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City – Assistant State’s Attorney. Hertsch Gessner & Snee, PA – Associate Attorney.

Other: Harford County Bar Association – Executive Committee (2014-17), Committee on Judicial Nominations; Harford County Women’s Bar Association; Attorney Grievance Commission – Peer Review Committee.

Kimberly Farrell, Administrative Law Judge

Michigan State University; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable David Ross, Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Legal Experience: Assistant State’s Attorney and Division Chief, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.

Other: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Lorraine E. Fraser, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland College Park; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Other: Maryland State Bar Association.

Neile S. Friedman, Administrative Law Judge

Brown University; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: Law Clerk, United States District Court Judge Norman P. Ramsey.

Legal Experience: Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Department of the Environment; Attorney, Melnicove Kaufman Weiner and Smouse.

Other: Author, A Cup of Honey, SelectBooks 2016; Articles Editor, Maryland Law Review.

M. Teresa Garland, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland, College Park; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Broadnax Cameron, Jr., Circuit Court for Harford County.

Legal Experience: Special Secretary - Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, State of Maryland, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich; Assistant State’s Attorney - Office of the State’s Attorney for Harford County - Division Chief: Child Sexual Abuse Unit; Division Chief: Family Violence Unit; Associate Attorney - Law Offices of Miller, Fry and Protokowicz; Law Clerk - Law Offices of White, Mindel, Clark and Hill.

Other: Judicial Nominating Commission, District 4; Peer Review Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission; National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judges (Board of Governors); Maryland State Bar Association; Harford County Bar Association (President 2002-2003); Graduate - Leadership Maryland.

Jennifer Gresock, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Associate Chief Counsel to the Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration.

Harriet Helfand, Administrative Law Judge

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario; Drexel University; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Staff Attorney, Trust Department, Maryland National Bank; Associate, Hyatt, Chep & Winegrad; Private Practice; Staff Attorney, OAH.

John Henderson, Administrative Law Judge

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Howard University School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Principal Member; Craig & Henderson, LLC.

Other: Bar Association of Montgomery County, Chair, Administrative Law Section; Franklin J. Bourne Bar Association.

David Hofstetter, Administrative Law Judge

University of Massachusetts; Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.

Louis N. Hurwitz, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Chief Hearing Examiner, Maryland Child Support Enforcement Administration; Private Practice.

Other: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland State Bar Association, past member of MSBA Administrative Law Section Council; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Baltimore County Bar Association (past Chair, BCBA Professionalism Committee); Chair, OAH Ethics and Professionalism Committee; Former Adjunct Professor, Stevenson University.

Jennifer Carter Jones, Administrative Law Judge

St. Mary’s College of Maryland; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Clifton J. Gordy, Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore City. The Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Legal Experience: Staff Attorney, OAH.

Other: The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys; National Association of Administrative Law Judges; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judges.

Ann C. Kehinde, Administrative Law Judge

McDaniel College; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.

Other: Sign Language Interpreter; former appointee to the Maryland Judicial Conference's Task Force on Interpreters; former member of the Section for Delivery of Legal Services to the Underrepresented, MSBA.

Geraldine Klauber, Administrative Law Judge

Johns Hopkins University; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Attorney, DiNenna, Mann & Breschi; Hearing Officer, DLLR, Unemployment Insurance Division.

Douglas E. Koteen, Administrative Law Judge

Duke University; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Attorney; Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman; Law Offices – Norman R. Buchsbaum; Hearing Examiner, Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

Other: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Tara K. Lehner, Administrative Law Judge

Rutgers University; Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Steven I. Platt (Ret.), Circuit Court for Prince George’s County.

Legal Experience: Deputy Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Division, Court of Special Appeals; Program Manager, The Platt Group, Inc.; Associate General Counsel, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Other: Judicial Nominating Committee, Howard County Bar Association; Peer Review Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission; National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

 John Leidig, Administrative Law Judge

University of Virginia; University of Virginia, J.D.

Legal Experience: Partner: Shapiro, Sher, Guinot & Sandler; Attorney: Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver; Attorney: Miles & Stockbridge.

Other: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Robert B. Levin, Administrative Law Judge

McGill University; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Richard P. Gilbert, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

Legal Experience: Partner: Shapiro, Sher, Guinot & Sandler; Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman; Assistant Special Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary; Special Chief Solicitor, Baltimore City Law Department.

Other: Co-author with Hon. Paul W. Grimm, “Appeals from Administrative Agencies,” a chapter in “Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer: State and Federal, Fourth Edition.”

Tameika Lunn-Exinor, Administrative Law Judge

Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music; George Washington University School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Bonita J. Dancy, Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Legal Experience: Associate: Bonner, Kiernan, Trebach and Crociata; Staff Counsel: Law Offices of Joseph M. Jagielski (Travelers Insurance); Associate: Franklin & Prokopik, PC.

Other: Monumental City Bar Association and The Bar Association of Baltimore City, ADR Committee Member and Ethics Committee Member.

J. Bernard McClellan, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland, College Park; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Partner: Cohen, Snyder, McClellan, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.

Other: Maryland State Bar Association; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ); Board of Governors, NAALJ. Former Adjunct Professor at University of Baltimore School of Law.

Kerwin Miller, Administrative Law Judge

University of Mary Washington; Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Law Offices of Kerwin A. Miller, LLC; Staff Attorney - Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.; Assistant Public Defender - Office of the Public Defender; Assistant State’s Attorney - Baltimore County State’s Attorney Office; Deputy State’s Attorney - Cecil County State’s Attorney Office; Adjunct II - University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Other: Maryland State Bar Association; Harford County Bar Association; Cecil County Bar Association. The Art of Litigation – A Practitioner’s Guide to Strategic Litigation.

James Murray, Administrative Law Judge

University of Baltimore, B.S. and M.P.A.; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Sole general practitioner.

Other: Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Employment Law; MICPEL faculty member; Maryland State Bar Association, Administrative Law Section Council; National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Marc H. Nachman, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Handler & Nachman, P.A.; Department of Legislative Services, Maryland General Assembly; Panel Member, Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Office (now Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office).

Other: Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (MAALJ); National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ); Baltimore County Bar Association; Federal Bar for United States District Court of Maryland (Inactive); Federal Bar for United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Mary land (Inactive).

Jennifer Nappier, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: Judicial Intern - The Honorable Michelle Hollar-Gregory, Superior Court of New Jersey.

Legal Experience: Hearing Examiner - Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation; Attorney - House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic; Law Clerk - Carolann M. Aschoff, P.C.

Other: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. Coauthor/Coeditor Civil Practice & Procedure in the District Court of Maryland, (2010 Revised Edition); Environmental Matters Committee Clerk, Maryland House of Delegates.

Richard O’Connor, Administrative Law Judge

Georgetown University; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Howard County Assistant State’s Attorney; private practice.

Michael Osborn, Administrative Law Judge

Monmouth College; Gonzaga University, J.D.

Legal Experience: Judge Advocate, Military Judge, United States Marine Corps.

Other: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Nicolas Orechwa, Administrative Law Judge

University of Iowa; Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Partner, Brodsky, Renehan, Pearlstein and Bouquet Chtd; Contractor, United States Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals; Contractor, Department of Defense Office of Inspector General; Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney for Orleans Parish, Louisiana.

Other: Commissioner, Montgomery County Cable Compliance Commission, Co-chair, Montgomery County Bar Association Administrative Law Section, Board of Directors, Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center, Member, National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Former: Settlement Conference Attorney and Mediator, Maryland District Court ADR Program; Appointed Panel Member, Montgomery County Citizens' Review Panel for Children; Pro Bono Attorney and Mentor, Catholic Charities Legal Network for Washington D.C., Section Council Member, MSBA Family Law Section

Nancy E. Paige, Administrative Law Judge

Barnard College; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Partner - Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger and Hollander.

Other: Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation.

Una Perez, Administrative Law Judge

Stanford University; Georgetown University, J.D.

Legal Experience: Reporter to Court of Appeals Rules Committee; private practice of law.

Joy L. Phillips, Administrative Law Judge

Milligan College; Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Public Defender in Florida, Maryland and Tennessee; Legal Services Attorney in Florida.

Deborah S. Richardson, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland, College Park; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: Honorable Deborah K Chasanow, United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Legal Experience: Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Appellate Division; Associate, Zuckerman Spaeder.

Other: Former Adjunct Professor at University of Baltimore School of Law.

Denise Shaffer, Administrative Law Judge

Loyola University Maryland; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable John C. Eldridge, Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Legal Experience: Office of the Public Defender, Appellate Division; Georgetown University School of Law, Prettyman Fellow.

Other: Maryland State Bar Association, member; National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, member; Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law, Mediation Skills.

Mary K. Shock, Administrative Law Judge

Towson University; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Attorney: Law Offices of Callegary & Callegary.

Other: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Susan A. Sinrod, Administrative Law Judge

Boston University; George Mason University School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Partner, Sinrod & Sinrod, P.A.; General Counsel, Chesapeake Title & Escrow Services, Inc.

Other: National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland State Bar Association; Virginia State Bar Association.

William J.D. Somerville III, Administrative Law Judge

Washington & Lee University; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Clerkships: Hon. James N. Vaughn, Hon. R. Russell Sadler, & Hon. Diane G. Schulte, District Court of Maryland sitting in Howard County. Hon. Raymond E. Beck, Sr., Circuit Court for Carroll County. Hon. Edward O. Weant, Jr., Court of Special Appeals.

Legal Experience: Associate, Ridgely & Hanley.

Other: American Bar Association, Judicial Division; National Conference of Administrative Law Judiciary; Maryland State Bar Association; D.C. Bar Association; Baltimore County Bar Association (Bench/Bar Committee); Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (Board of Governors).

Eileen C. Sweeney, Administrative Law Judge

Georgetown University; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Clerkship: Judicial Clerk, The Hon. Charles E. Orth, Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Legal Experience: Associate, Whiteford, Taylor, Preston, Trimble and Johnson; Attorney, Sweeney & Zacharski.

Other: Former member Ethics Committee, Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA); Former member Judicial Administration Council, MSBA; Former Member and Legislative Committee Chairperson, Baltimore City Commission for Women; former adjunct professor College of Notre Dame and Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College).

Stephen W. Thibodeau, Administrative Law Judge

The University of Michigan-Flint, B.A.; The University of Texas at Austin, M.A.; College of William and Mary, J.D.

Clerkship: The Honorable Karen A. Murphy-Jensen, Judge, Circuit Court for Caroline County

Legal Experience: Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Transportation Authority; Associate County Attorney, Prince George’s County, Maryland; Associate, Coan and Lyons; Associate, Lord and Whip, P.A.

Other: Maryland State Bar Association; National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Michael J. Wallace, Administrative Law Judge

University of Baltimore; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Sole practitioner in Baltimore, Harford and Carroll Counties and Baltimore City; Hearing Officer MVA.

Thomas G. Welshko, Administrative Law Judge

Loyola University Maryland; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: U.S. Department of HUD.

Other: Maryland State Bar Association, National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. Judges in the Executive Branch and Judges in the Judicial Branch: Similar, Yet Distinct, NAALJ Journal, Spring 1998.

Jerome Woods, Administrative Law Judge

The George Washington University; The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., Attorney; Maryland State Department of Education, Attorney.

Other: Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court; Everett J. Waring/Juanita Jackson Mitchell Law Society of Howard County. Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies School of Business, Criminal Justice and Law, Community College of Baltimore County.

Brian Zlotnick, Administrative Law Judge

University of Maryland College Park; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Legal Experience: Staff Attorney, OAH.