Joan Hennessy writes about cover subject Paul Mark Sandler of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, a top 10 lawyer who has tried many high-profile cases (including USA v. David Rosen), written dozens of books (including Pleading Causes of Action in Maryland), helped train hundreds of lawyers (via the Litigation Institute for Trial Training), and who came to the law himself while reading Stephen Vincent Benét’s The Devil and Daniel Webster. “As a young person I became enthralled with Daniel Webster being able to outtalk the devil,” he remembers. “That appealed to me.”
Bankruptcy attorney Deborah Hunt Devan of Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber calls what she does the shock trauma of law. “When I meet a new client they’re almost always bleeding red ink, a lot of red ink,” she says. “You’ve got to make quick decisions to save the patient’s life. Sometimes you have to put the patient out of its misery.” Her cases involve bankruptcies from Jim Bakker’s PTL Club and Merry-Go-Round Enterprises.
What Maryland institution hasn’t Alan Rifkin represented? Two years after getting his J.D. he became counsel to Senate President Mickey Steinberg. Two years after that he was counsel to Gov. William Donald Shaefer. Since starting his own firm, Rifkin Livingston Levitan & Silver, in 1989, he’s represented, as outside counsel, the Maryland Jockey Club and Preakness Stakes (1989-present), the Baltimore Orioles (1995-present) and the Mid-ATlantic Sports Network (2005-present). In this exclusive Q&A, Rifkin talks about Peter Angelos, Frank DeFrancis, and how, in the late 1980s, Gov. Schaefer got Edward Bennet Williams, then-owner of the Orioles, to agree to testify on what would become Oriole Park at Camden Yards.