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Semmes, Bowen & Semmes
A Professional Corporation
25 South Charles Street, Suite 1400
Baltimore, Maryland 21201Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 410-539-5040
Fax: 410-539-5223
E-Mail: semmes@semmes.com
www.semmes.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
Established: 1887

Practice Areas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Construction
  • Corporate Governance
  • Creditor Rights
  • Bankruptcy
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Trusts
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Life and Health
  • ERISA
  • Litigation
  • Lobbying
  • Maritime Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Small Business Investment
  • Affirmative Action
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Eminent Domain & Condemnation Proceedings
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • LGBT Law
  • Lobbying & Government Relations
  • Alternative Risk
  • Environmental
  • Employers' Liability
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About Us
Semmes, Bowen & Semmes is one of the oldest and largest full service law firms in the State of Maryland. A diversified team of 79 attorneys serves our clients through offices in six locations: Baltimore, Hagerstown and Salisbury, Maryland and in Vienna, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Martinsburg, West Virginia. These strategic locations enable us to accommodate our clients who live and operate their business in the greater Mid-Atlantic area and to support our widening markets. Our offices are linked by state of the art technology that fosters real time communication and document sharing, both among Semmes' offices and with our clients.

"Experience you expect, service you deserve...since 1887"

Founded in 1887, the professional character of the Firm is evident in its strong business and litigation practice, its history spanning more than a century, and its deep roots in the greater Mid Atlantic region. We represent the interests of our diverse clientele of businesses and individuals in the areas of Corporate & Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Labor & Employment, Litigation and Lobbying & Government Relations. The Firm is a leader in the practice of Maritime law with historical ties to the maritime industry of the Port of Baltimore. Having one of the largest private Workers' Compensation & Employers' Liability defense practice in the Mid-Atlantic region, our Firm represents employers, insurers, and self-insurers in the defense of workers' compensation claims before the Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission. Although our practice is regional in focus, many of our lawyers regularly undertake transactional and litigation matters that are national and international in scope.

Exclusive Maryland Member Of ALFA International

Semmes is a member of ALFA International, the global legal network. With 145 member firms across the globe (80 in the United States) ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. The ALFA International model enables Semmes to use its local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions while drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms within the United States and around the world as needed.

Commitment to Diversity

Semmes recognizes that excellence and success is achieved through the recruitment and retention of attorneys and staff with diverse backgrounds and experience. We are committed to promoting and preserving respect for the individual at every level. We understand that through the collaborative efforts of a diverse workforce we advance our understanding, perspective and appreciation of the wider community and the cultures of the clients we serve. Diversity is a primary focus of our recruitment strategy to employ qualified men and women who, through their different backgrounds, experiences, personalities and perspectives, can contribute added value to our clients. Semmes' Diversity Committee actively promotes and monitors the diversity objectives of the Firm. The Firm participates in the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Minority Law Student Recruiting Job Fairs and Conferences, the Minority Clerkship Program, and local and regional bar association diversity recruitment and retention programs, including those offered by The Baltimore City and Maryland Bar Associations.

Serving The Community

In addition to their professional activities, our attorneys serve on the boards of cultural, educational and charitable community institutions throughout the area. Semmes participates in the Baltimore City Law Links Internship program providing paid summer employment for Baltimore City public high school students in law firms and law related agencies. Through our membership in Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), the Firm is an active contributor and participant in ALA sponsored programs supporting local charities and non-profit agencies.
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Additional Locations
Vienna, Virginia
1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 200
Vienna, Virginia 22182
Telephone: 703-760-9473
Fax: 703-442-7538
Hagerstown, Maryland
1219 Mount Aetna Road, Suite 302
Hagerstown, Maryland 21742-6550
Telephone: 301-739-4558
Fax: 301-739-9316
Washington, District of Columbia
1025 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Telephone: 202-822-8258
Fax: 202-293-2649
Martinsburg, West Virginia
142 North Queen Street
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401
Telephone: 304-596-2421
Fax: 304-262-3870
Salisbury, Maryland
700 East Main Street, Suite 102
Salisbury, Maryland 21801
Telephone: 410-749-1710
Fax: 410-860-2856
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
ACE USAAIG
Chubb Group of Insurance CompaniesThe Cincinnati Insurance Companies
GUARD Insurance GroupKey Risk Insurance Company
Liberty Mutual Insurance CompanySt. Paul Travelers Insurance Companies
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.Zurich American Insurance Company
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Personnel Information
Principals
James W. Bartlett III, General Counsel, Principal and Firm Chairman
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4833
E-Mail:jbartlett@semmes.com
Admitted
  • Maryland, 1975
Additional Biographical Details:
Editorial Board of the Journal of Maritime Law, Maritime Law Association
Education:
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1975
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Barry D. Bernstein
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-385-3943
E-Mail:bbernstein@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 2005
  • District of Columbia, 2011
Education:
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2004
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Paul N. Farquharson
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4742
E-Mail:pfarquharson@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1987
Education:
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1987
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James R. Forrester
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4812
E-Mail:jforrester@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1999
  • District of Columbia, 2000
Education:
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1998
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Alan N. Gamse
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4734
E-Mail:agamse@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1967
  • District of Columbia, 1982
Additional Biographical Details:
Special Deputy Insurance Commissioner of the District of Columbia for the Liquidations of Atlantic and Pacific International Assurance Co. and Capital Casualty Insurance Company
Memberships:
  • International Association of Insurance Receivers
Education:
  • University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B., 1967
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Joseph F. Giordano
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:703-288-2527
E-Mail:jgiordano@semmes.com
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1983
  • District of Columbia, 1984
  • Maryland, 1985
Memberships:
  • Association of Compensation and Insurance Attorneys
Education:
  • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 1983
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Robert L. Hebb
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410.576.4862
E-Mail:rhebb@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1993
  • District of Columbia, 1996
Education:
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1993
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Brett S. Lininger
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4815
E-Mail:blininger@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 2007
Education:
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2005
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Thomas V. McCarron
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4854
E-Mail:tmccarron@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 2000
Education:
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1990
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Stephen S. McCloskey
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4842
E-Mail:smccloskey@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1987
  • District of Columbia, 2000
Education:
  • University of Maryland, J.D. (summa cum laude), 1987
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J. Marks Moore III
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4722
E-Mail:mmoore@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1982
Education:
  • Tulane University, J.D. (cum laude), 1981
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Joel E. Ogden
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4727
E-Mail:jogden@semmes.com
Admitted
  • Maryland, 1998
  • District of Columbia, 2000
Education:
  • University of Maryland, J.D., 1998
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Scott H. Phillips
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4717
E-Mail:sphillips@semmes.com
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Maryland, 1995
  • District of Columbia, 1997
Education:
  • Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1992
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Rudolph L. Rose
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4721
E-Mail:rrose@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1973
Education:
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1973
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Richard W. Scheiner
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4831
E-Mail:rscheiner@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1981
Education:
  • University of Baltimore, J.D., 1981
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Robert E. Scott, Jr.
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4725
E-Mail:rscott@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1970
  • District of Columbia, 1980
Education:
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1970
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Anthony Zaccagnini
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4781
E-Mail:azaccagnini@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1987
  • District of Columbia, 1987
Education:
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1986
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JoAnne Zawitowski
Baltimore, MD
Telephone:410-576-4899
E-Mail:jzawitowski@semmes.com
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Admitted
  • Maryland, 1981
Education:
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1980
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Christina BolmarcichDonald F. Burke
Anthony J. D'AlessandroLarry G. Giambelluca
Alexander M. GilesR. Michael Haynes
Stan M. HaynesJames A. Johnson
William H. KableHeather H. Kraus
Stuart M. LesserJames S. Maloney
John A. RobertsKenneth M. Shaffrey
Patrick E. TedescoChristopher R. West
Jane A. Wilson

(Revisors of the Maryland Insurance Law Digest for this Publication)