The Firm was founded with nine lawyers in 1953. Today, we are one of Maryland's largest law firms, located in the historic Garrett Building in downtown Baltimore. Follow our journey through the last 65 years with some of our most memorable moments, updated daily.
1981: Robert W. Katz joined the Firm as an Associate in 1981. Today, Bob leads Bob Katz Law, Gordon Feinblatt’s Personal Injury Practice. Since 1981, Bob and his team, including Tim Capurso, Justin Katz, Christine Lee, Allan Serrano and Meghan Young, have recovered more than $330 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We represent clients in numerous types of personal injury matters ranging from simple auto accidents, slip and fall injuries and dog bites to catastrophic injuries and wrongful death claims. Members of our Team are fluent in Korean, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.
1981: Sheila K. Sachs became the Firm’s second female Member in 1981. The Honorable Nancy Paige preceded Sheila as the first woman member at Gordon Feinblatt in 1979. Sheila pioneered the Family Law Practice at Gordon Feinblatt and was the first woman President at the Bar Association of Baltimore City in 1987. Throughout her career, Sheila has received many prestigious recognitions over the years, including Influential Marylanders twice, the 2015 Woman’s Bar Association of Maryland Rita C. Davidson Award, the 2012 and 2016 Best Lawyers Baltimore Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” designation, Super Lawyers’ Maryland Top 50 Women designation, the 2011 Bar Association of Baltimore City Living Legends Award, the 2009 Margaret Brent – Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award, and the 2009 Maryland State Bar Association Family Law Section Beverly Groner Award. Sheila’s practice includes litigation and negotiation of marital settlement agreements, addressing the equitable distribution of marital property, alimony, custody, child support and related proceedings, drafting and negotiating pre and post marital agreements as well as family law mediation. Today, Sheila practices with fellow Family Law team members Jerry Thrope, Kirk Kolodner and Carol Cooper.
1980: On January 2, 1980, Laura Johnson began her career at Gordon Feinblatt as a work study intern while attending her senior year at Chesapeake High School. The Firm offered Laura a job as secretary to Larry Coppel and Gary Attman upon her graduation from high school. Several years later while working full time at the Firm, Laura decided to pursue her paralegal degree from Villa Julie College and became a bankruptcy paralegal. Seven years after that, Laura returned to school yet again to pursue her J.D. at University of Baltimore. Upon graduating from law school and passing the bar in 1996, Laura became an Associate in the Trusts & Estates Practice in 1997 and a Member in 2007. Laura was one of many work study interns who still work at the Firm today, including Robyn Seabrease, Linda Henning, Dawn Snyder, Erica Ziervogel and Sharon Hall.
1980: At the age of 38, Herbert Goldman became Managing Partner of the Firm in 1980, a position he held through 2012. Herb joined the Firm as an Associate in 1967 and became a Member in 1974. Under Herb’s leadership, Gordon Feinblatt embarked on renovating the Garrett Building, a legacy that will forever be a part of this Firm’s history. In Herb’s more than fifty years of practice, he has acquired experience in many areas of commercial law, particularly corporate and partnership law, acquisition of health care practices, financing and business practices. Throughout his career, Herb has received numerous accolades, including being named to Best Lawyers since 2013 for Corporate Law and receiving The Daily Record’s 2007 “Leadership in Law” award.