Willard Parker began his law practice in 1973 with the firm’s predecessor, Miller, Wheeler, Thompson & Thompson. Willard Parker’s practice has concentrated in the areas of civil litigation, real estate, zoning, and land use, as well as corporations and business acquisitions. His litigation practice has taken him to the Appellate Courts of Maryland on numerous occasions including two cases which reflect his creative approach to problem solving, namely; Worten Creek Marina, LLC v. Claggett, 381 Md. 499 (2004) and Millar v. Bowie, 115 Md. App. 682 (1997).
Born in Easton, Pennsylvania, Willard Parker graduated from Brown University in 1969 and the University of Maryland School of Law in 1972. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania and Maryland Bars in 1973 and served briefly in the United States Air Force rising to the rank of Captain.
A past President of the Talbot County Bar Association, Willard Parker has served for more than twenty-five years as a panel attorney for the Maryland State Bar Association Committee on the Resolution of Fee Disputes and has also acted as a volunteer lawyer for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, as well as Mid-Shore Pro-Bono.
Willard Parker was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Living Classroom’s Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland and a long-time treasurer for Talbot County Ducks Unlimited and continues as an active, volunteer lawyer for several local charities, including the Talbot County Historical Society and the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Company.
He has served on the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Center, Inc. including two terms as Board Chairman and is a principal in Eastern Shore Title Company, the Mid-Shore’s largest title insurance and real estate settlement agency.
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Ann Karwacki Goodman, Partner
Ann Goodman advises clients on the Mid-Shore on a broad range of planning issues. Her practice focuses on estate planning, tax planning and estate administration, with special concentration in elder law, asset protection and planning for individuals with disabilities. She drafts simple or complex documents, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance medical directives to meet family and philanthropic goals, and minimize taxation. Ann assists with probate and trust administration, estate litigation and guardianship matters.
Ann is a frequent lecturer on estate planning and wealth preservation.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ann received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland at College Park. She graduated cum laude from University of Baltimore School of Law and was admitted to the Bar in 1994. After serving as a law clerk to Judge Raymond Thieme in Anne Arundel County, she began practicing law in Easton in 1995.
Active in community service, Ann is the Secretary and a Director of the Chesapeake College Foundation Board, and is appointed to the Queen Anne’s County Advisory Board to the Mid Shore Community Foundation. She recently rejoined the Elder Law Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association. She is a past President of the Queen Anne’s County Bar, and a Maryland Bar Foundation Fellow. She and her family reside in Ruthsburg in Queen Anne’s County.
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Jesse Hammock, Partner
For over a decade, Jesse has focused his practice on counseling businesses and individuals on the Eastern Shore who are seeking to resolve a conflict either through negotiation or, if necessary, litigation. Jesse has extensive experience negotiating and/or litigating disputes in a wide variety of disciplines including estates and trusts, real estate, breach of contract, business torts, employment related issues (for employers), guardianship and family law disputes. Prior to returning to the Eastern Shore where he grew up, Jesse practiced with one of Maryland’s oldest and largest law firms, litigating cases in Maryland’s trial and appellate courts, as well as in federal courts from New York to Florida. In addition to his litigation practice, Jesse has a wealth of experience counseling employers regarding personnel policies and procedures, terminations and the enforceability of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. During over fourteen years of practice, Jesse has represented Eastern Shore based banks, medical groups, municipalities, developers, farmers and families.
Jesse grew up on the Eastern Shore and graduated from Washington College in 1994 and the University of Baltimore School of Law, magna cum laude in 2001 where he was an Editor of the Law Review. Jesse is the past-President of the Board of Directors for Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc. where he previously served as Vice-President and Treasurer. Jesse has also served as an adjunct professor at Chesapeake College teaching litigation research and writing to paralegal students. Jesse is a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation and serves on the Maryland Judicial Nominating Commission.
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C. Lee Gordon, Partner
Lee Gordon focuses her practice on the areas of estate planning, estate administration and guardianships. She assists clients with the preparation of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Medical Directives. Lee prepares federal and state estate tax returns and provides clients with pre- and postmortem estate tax planning advice. She also assists clients with real estate and business transitions.
Lee is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Politics from Washington & Lee University’s Williams School of Commerce and graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law with honors. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Newton Jackson, III in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County from 2007-2008. Lee has been an active volunteer for Mid-Shore Pro-Bono and was awarded the organization’s “Young Attorney Award” in 2009. Additionally in 2015, Lee was honored with being named a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star. Lee has also served as the President of the Board for Christ Church Day School, Treasurer for the Baker-King Fund and is a member of the Talbot County Advisory Board for the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and Country School Board of Trustees.
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Peter Cotter, Associate
Since 2010, Peter has aided the residents of the Eastern Shore to resolve their civil litigation issues. Peter has experience in an array of civil litigation fields including divorce and child custody, guardianships, contract disputes, landlord tenant, consumer debt, Peace Orders and Final Protective Orders. Peter is also specially trained and often appointed by courts to represent minor children in custody disputes. Peter is a skilled negotiator who is a trained Collaborative Law practitioner. In addition to his private practice, Peter has been recognized for his pro bono contributions to the residents of the Eastern Shore. In 2011, Peter was named the Mid Shore Pro Bono Young Attorney of the Year. In 2013 the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, in collaboration with the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, awarded Peter the 2013 “Maryland Pro Bono Service Alex Fee Memorial Award” in recognition of his dedication and success in representing indigent residents of the Eastern Shore. Peter has been a member of the Town of Easton Board of Zoning Appeals since 2012 and has served as its President since 2013.
Peter is a native of Buffalo, New York and an avid Buffalo sports fan. In 2010, Peter graduated cum laude from SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he was a member of the Buffalo Law Review and a Note and Comment Editor in his final year. Before law school, Peter attended Bucknell University, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 2007, and was a member of the Bucknell University football team for all four years in attendance. Peter is licensed to practice law in New York and Maryland.
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Richard Counts, Of Counsel
Richard Counts concentrates his practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration, and real estate law. He advises clients on estate, gift, inheritance and generation-skipping transfer tax issues. Richard drafts personalized Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Medical Directives to suit each of his clients needs. Richard has over four decades of estates and trust experience and has shared his expertise as a guest lecturer with the Maryland Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
Richard was admitted to practice in Maryland in 1981. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. Richard is a past president of the Talbot County Bar Association, has served on the Board of Trustees at Mid-Shore Community Foundation and is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the Country School in Easton, Maryland.