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Crighton A. Chase and Marietta B. Warren Admitted as Partners

Hillman Brown & Darrow takes pleasure in announcing that Crighton A. Chase and Marietta B. Warren have been made partners in the firm effective January 1, 2019. Read full story.

HBD Leading Lawyers 2018-2019


 

Leading Legal Professionals

Hillman, Brown and Darrow is proud to be represented by the following 2018-2019 Leading Legal Professionals:
Leading Administrative Law/Liquor Law/Hearing Lawyer: Brian D. Lyman
Leading Appellate Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Construction Lawyers: Michael P. Darrow and Daniel J. Mellin
Leading Criminal Lawyer: Crighton A. Chase
Leading Domestic Violence Lawyer: Crighton A. Chase
Leading Family Lawyers: Samuel J. Brown and Marietta B. Warren
Leading General Practice Lawyers: Samuel J. Brown and Daniel J. Mellin
Leading Juvenile Lawyer: Crighton Chase
Leading General Practice Lawyer: Samuel J. Brown and Michael P. Darrow
Leading Personal Injury Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Real Estate Lawyer: Daniel J. Mellin
Leading Trust & Estate/Wills & Probate Lawyer: Jonathan E. Pasterick
Leading Workers\’ Compensation Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Zoning, Planning and Land Use Lawyer: Daniel J. Mellin

Read more about our 2018-2019 Leading Lawyers here.

Evelyn Spurgin Rated as Maryland Super Lawyer for 5th Year

The Super Lawyers distinction is based on a peer balloting process involving attorneys from across Maryland. Nominees are then systematically researched and evaluated using a complex, patented selection process. Hillman, Brown & Darrow now proudly has a third lawyer who has been recognized in recent years as one of the top 5% of attorneys in Maryland.

A crucial step to the selection process is a comprehensive research evaluation based on Super Lawyer’s “12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement”. Among these 12 indicators taken into consideration are: experience, client representation, verdicts and settlements and outstanding achievements as an attorney. With more than 30 years of experience, from clerking for the Honorable Elsbeth Bothe, to advocating for her clients as a fierce litigator, gaining her current reputation as a sought after appeals attorney in Annapolis, Evelyn’s list of qualifications reflect her commitment and dedication to excel in the courtroom.

Evelyn joined Hillman, Brown & Darrow in 1984, focusing on accidents, personal inury and workers’ compensation cases. Her compassion and ability to counsel her clients through difficult times helped her to broaden her focus area to family law. She is now a top family law and appeals attorney, taking on divorce cases as well as child custody and support cases. Celebrating 35 years with the firm next year, Evelyn still enjoys challenging work and meeting her clients’ needs with both a high knowledge of the law and compassion to counsel them through difficult periods in their lives.

The Brown Brothers Featured in What’s Up Annapolis for Historic Documents

On June 14, 2017 the Brown brothers celebrated the opening of The Hall of Presidents Before Washington exhibit. Read full story


The Capital Gazette’s Readers Choose Hillman, Brown & Darrow


What’s Up Annapolis Honors Hillman, Brown & Darrow’s Leading Lawyers

This year What’s Up? Annapolis magazine sent out over 1,500 Lawyer Peer Review surveys to lawyers practicing in Anne Arundel County and/or the Eastern Shore to nominate the top attorneys. Hillman, Brown and Darrow is proud to be represented by the following 2016 Leading Legal Professionals:

Leading Administrative Law/Liquor Law/Hearing Lawyers: Samuel J. Brown and Brian D. Lyman
Leading Appellate Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Business Lawyer: Daniel J. Mellin
Leading Construction Lawyer: Michael P. Darrow
Leading Criminal Lawyer: Crighton A. Chase
Leading Domestic Violence Lawyer: Samuel J. Brown and Crighton A. Chase
Leading Employment Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Family Lawyers: Samuel J. Brown and Marietta B. Warren
Leading General Practice Lawyer: Samuel J. Brown and Michael P. Darrow
Leading Juvenile Lawyer: Crighton A. Chase
Leading Litigation Lawyer: Samuel J. Brown and Michael P. Darrow
Leading Personal Injury Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Real Estate Lawyers: Daniel J. Mellin
Leading Trust & Estate/Wills & Probate Lawyers: Jonathan E. Pasterick
Leading Workers’ Compensation Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Zoning, Planning and Land Use Lawyer: Daniel J. Mellin

HBD Named The Capital Gazette’s Readers Choice for Best Attorneys


The Capital Gazette’s Readers Choose Hillman, Brown & Darrow


HBD Named Among Leading Lawyers for 5th Consecutive Year

Each year What’s Up? Annapolis magazine sends out over 800 Lawyer Peer Review surveys to lawyers practicing in Anne Arundel County to nominate the top attorneys in the county. Hillman, Brown and Darrow is proud to be represented by the following 2014 Leading Legal Professionals:

Leading Administrative Law/Liquor Law/Hearing Lawyers: Samuel J. Brown, Brian D. Lyman and Daniel J. Mellin
Leading Appellate Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Construction Lawyer: Michael P. Darrow
Leading Criminal Lawyer: Crighton A. Chase
Leading Family Lawyers: Samuel J. Brown and Marietta B. Warren
Leading Litigation Lawyer: Samuel J. Brown
Leading Personal Injury Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Real Estate Lawyers: Daniel J. Mellin and Jonathan E. Pasterick
Leading Trust & Estate/Wills & Probate Lawyers: Jonathan E. Pasterick
Leading Workers’ Compensation Lawyer: M. Evelyn Spurgin
Leading Zoning, Planning and Land Use Lawyer: Daniel J. Mellin

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Jonathan E. Pasterick Admitted as Partner

Hillman Brown & Darrow takes pleasure in announcing that Jonathan E. Pasterick has been made a partner in the firm. Do not miss the Capital Gazette’s announcement in their Business section this Sunday. Read full story

Evelyn Spurgin Rated as Maryland Super Lawyer

Partner, M. Evelyn Spurgin has been featured as a top rated family law attorney in Maryland Super Lawyers 2014 magazine publication.


Helping Youth Navigate Their Futures

Hillman, Brown & Darrow’s senior partner and co-founder, Michael P. Darrow, was recently invited to speak at The Mastery Charter School’s Career Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mike sat on a panel with public safety personnel, government officials and other attorneys. Each year the school recruits a diverse group of distinguished business professionals to educate and provide their high school students with extensive background about different careers that they might wish to pursue. Read full story

Samuel J. Brown Recognized by SmartCEO, Power Players Awards in D.C.

On November 18th, Washington SmartCEO acknowledged the top business elite in the area who symbolize leadership, innovation and philanthropy as “Power Players” at their Inaugural Smart CEO Power Players Awards Ceremony. According to SmartCeo, the few chosen professionals have made an outstanding impact amongst their professional industries and local communities. As stated by Jaime Nespor, the regional president of SmartCEO, “They represent the best of what the region has to offer and are committed to fostering the region’s success, now and in the future. We are proud to recognize them for their dedication and passion.”
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Brown Brothers’ Historic Documents

Brown Brothers' Historic Documents

Traditionally, our grade school history text books teach us that George Washington was the first president of the United States. However, what most Americans do not realize is that he was the first president under the Second or “New” Constitution. A very important group of men came before George Washington and actually accepted his resignation from the army (in Annapolis’ Old Senate Chamber of the State House), paving the way for lasting civilian rule. These 14 men served our country from 1774-1784 under the United States Constitution; they are the “14 Forgotten Presidents of Congress”. Read full story


Samuel J. Brown Completes LAA Executive Leadership Series

Samuel J. Brown Completes LAA Executive Leadership SeriesFounding partner Sam Brown recently graduated from the 2013 Leadership Anne Arundel Executive Leadership Series. The Executive Leadership Series is a program designed to enhance community leaders’ awareness and knowledge of issues impacting the region.
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Hillman, Brown and Darrow, P.A. Receives Legacy Business Award

Hillman, Brown and Darrow, P.A. Receives Legacy Business Award

Hillman, Brown and Darrow, P.A was recently nominated and awarded a Legacy Business Award at the 2012 MainStreet Annapolis Partnership Business Legacy Awards Ceremony. We were one of just 25 businesses that have been operating in the traditional neighborhood commercial districts of Annapolis for over 50 years! The businesses honored on May 31st represented hundreds of years of experience, commitment, passion, trials and tribulations but more than anything else a dedication to family and community.

Photo L-R: Samuel J. Brown, Richard L. Hillman and Michael P. Darrow


Annapolis Leading Lawyer

Annapolis Leading Lawyer

What’s Up? Annapolis magazine recently reviewed the regional lawyers in their 2013 Leading Lawyer issue. Here is what they had to say:

“The work product, representation and level of detail that I receive from each of the people that I work with at Hillman, Brown & Darrow are impeccable. It is refreshing to work with first-rate attorneys who understand the needs of their client on personal and business matters.’ These are the words of one client of Hillman, Brown & Darrow, but are echoed by many. As the world becomes more complicated, fine print gets finer, details requiring attention multiply, scales of economies affect everyone, and consequences gain significance; securing proper legal representation has never been more important.” Read Full Article


Readers Choice Best Attorney in Annapolis

Readers Choice Best Attorney in Annapolis Readers Choice Best Attorney in Annapolis Readers Choice Best Attorney in Annapolis

The Attorneys at Hillman, Brown & Darrow, P.A. have been named “Best Attorney” in Annapolis:
Michael P. Darrow “Best Attorney” Winner, 2011
Samuel J. Brown “Best Attorney” Finalist, 2010 and 2013


Annapolis Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers

Annapolis Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers

Samuel J. Brown
Selected In 2012
Annapolis Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers

M. Evelyn Spurgin
Selected In 2014
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