There are primarily two kinds of people who read website biographies. First, there are the people who are either clients or thinking about becoming clients. Therefore, the purpose of a biography should be to impress. Second, there are the people – mostly potential adversaries – who hope to learn something about you they can use. Therefore, the purpose of a biography should be to intimidate.
Of course, it has been said that “if you have to tell somebody you’re powerful, you probably aren’t.” With that in mind, I composed the following.
I am a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (1974) and the Syracuse University College of Law (cum laude, 1977), where I was an editor of the law review and the Survey of New York Law. I have practiced law in Baltimore since 1977, and established the Firm in 1988. I was raised in South Jersey, five miles from Atlantic City, which in those days had no casinos. I could see Convention Hall from my backyard across the tidal marshlands.
Upon graduation, I spent my first five years practicing labor and employment law with two of the largest law firms in Maryland. In 1982, I joined a firm that had concentrated in labor and employment law for over forty years, where I became a partner in 1984. While at that firm, I created and edited an employment law newsletter, Employment Issues. In addition, I produced an educational film for hospital management concerning unions.
By 1988, I knew that I had to work in a firm that reflected my character, and the only way to do that was to start my own place. By 2001, the firm was successful, but had lost some of that character. Several like-minded partners embarked on a course that resulted in the departure of several lawyers and the renaming of the firm to Kollman & Saucier. The firm moved to The Business Law Building in Baltimore County in 2006. We decided to use Timonium instead of Baltimore as our mailing address because, quite frankly, it made no sense to pretend we were still in the City.
I have practiced management labor law for over 30 years. I bring a philosophy to my practice that reflects my values. I dislike bureaucracy, nitpicking, and bad manners, which makes the practice of law difficult at times, but allows me to give better advice to my clients. To me, telling a client what is legal can be markedly different from telling him what the best business decision is. The best business decision is the better choice.
There are other lawyers with impressive credentials, but there are few with the devotion I have for my client’s cause. I lecture, I publish, and I have done public service. That particular public service, a three-year term as the attorney member of the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy, did not result in a second term when the new governor noticed my political party registration.
I am a monthly columnist on labor and legal issues for the National Clothesline, the newspaper for the dry cleaning industry. I represent a wide variety of businesses, construction companies, health care institutions, and trade associations, both union and nonunion.
If you want more information, I suggest you read some of my articles on this web site, the Clothesline, or my blog. If you are thinking of becoming a client, give me a call and I will fill you in on more details.