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The law firm was established on June 1, 1973 by Guy R. Ayres III, M. Dean Jenkins, and Harold B. Chip Gordy, Jr.
In 1977, James W. Almand left his position as Assistant Dean with the University of Maryland School of Law and joined the firm. In 1991, William E. Esham III joined the firm after completing his judicial clerkship for the Honorable William R. Buchanan, Sr. of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland. That same year, Mark Spencer Cropper joined the firm at the conclusion of his clerkship with the Honorable Theodore E. Eschenburg and the Honorable Thomas C. Groton III, both of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland.
In 2001, Bruce F. Bright came to the firm after having practiced law in Annapolis and Washington, D.C. Heather E. Stansbury joined in 2005 at the conclusion of her clerkship with the Honorable Joseph F. Murphy, Jr., Chief Judge for the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
The firm has two offices, one in Ocean City and the other in Ocean Pines. The firms Ocean City office is located at 6200 Coastal Highway (at the intersection of MD Route 90 and Coastal Highway).The Ocean Pines office, located at 11047 Racetrack Road, was opened in 1988.
Representative Clients: Town of Ocean City, Maryland; Ocean Petroleum Co., Inc.; Ocean Pines Properties, Inc.; Time Sharing Council of Maryland, Inc.; O.C. Real Estate Management, Inc.; Mann Properties, Inc.; Golden Sands Club Condominium, Inc.; Tyler & Company, P.A.; Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley Insurance Company; Bay Shore Development Corp.; Montego Bay Civic Association; White Horse Park Community Association; Worcester County Board of Education; RE/MAX Premier Properties; The Cordish Company; Shore Bank; Montego Bay Shopping Center; Farmers Bank of Willards; Bali Hi Cooperative Campground; ; Brittingham Landscaping and Construction, Inc.; Sunset Marina, LLC,; Ocean City Fishing Center, Martha's Landing, LLC; Percontee, Inc.; Steen Associates, Inc.; Tanger Outlets; Royal Plus, Inc.; O'Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc. and the Quay Condominium.
APPROVED ATTORNEYS FOR: Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Co., Security Title and Stewart Title Guaranty Co.
References: Calvin B. Taylor Banking Co. Ocean City, Maryland and Ocean Pines, Maryland; The Town of Ocean City; PNC Bank, Ocean City, Maryland and Ocean Pines, Maryland; Shore Bank, Ocean City, Maryland.
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