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Proud to stand by their side as they fight for a fair and equitable seat at the bargaining table
As a Firm which represents many of Frederick County’s Firefighters, we are proud to stand by their side as they fight for a fair and equitable seat at the bargaining table. Attorney Kenneth Berman spoke at a public hearing before the Frederick County Council in support of IAFF Local 3666 (Frederick County, MD Firefighters) regarding their recent political battle with the County government. In addition to Attorney Berman, Attorney Matthew Engler was also present at two of the public hearings to show his proud support for Frederick County’s Firefighters.
Local 3666 is in the midst of a political battle with the Frederick County Council regarding an issue that has already been decided, with overwhelming support, by the voters of Frederick County. In 2018, County voters approved (with over 70% in favor!) an amendment to the County Charter, called Question D, which requires the County and Local 3666 to submit to binding arbitration should an impasse ever arise regarding the bargaining of working conditions, wages, and other benefits for the firefighters. In approving Question D, County voters clearly and unequivocally expressed not only their support for their County Firefighters, but also their expectation that the County should take care of this hard-working and dedicated group of public servants.
When it came to the implementation of binding arbitration through legislation, the County Council passed a bill which completely undermines and guts both the will of County voters and the significance of Question D.
However, much to the disappointment of Local 3666 (not to mention the County voters who voted for Question D), when it came to the implementation of binding arbitration through legislation, the County Council passed a bill which completely undermines and guts both the will of County voters and the significance of Question D. In its bill, the County Council reserved for itself the ability to countermand and override the recommendations of the binding arbitrator, effectively making it no longer “binding”. This is completely contrary to Question D and, just as importantly, Maryland state law. In fact, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in Maryland, has spoken on this exact issue in Atkinson v. Anne Arundel County, where an identical County Charter Amendment in favor of firefighters in that County was undermined, in the same fashion, by their county council. The Atkinson Court could not have been any clearer when it stated simply and directly that the county council must adhere to the will of the voters and anything otherwise was unlawful. Rather than abide by this clear edict from Maryland’s highest court, the Frederick County Council is now walking down the same errant path as Anne Arundel County before them. Shame on them!
Posted: Feb 28, 2020
Attorney Nicole Lambdin participates in Senior Mock Interviews at Patapsco High School
Attorney Nicole Lambdin had a great time participating in Senior Mock Interviews today at Patapsco High School! Seniors built their own resumes and worked with a number of professionals, including Nicole, to get a taste of what it's like to sell themselves in the working world.
Posted: Oct 25, 2019
We congratulate Ofc. Desiree Palmer of the Frederick City Police Department for receiving the 2019 Public Service Do-Gooder Award
We congratulate Ofc. Desiree Palmer of the Frederick City Police Department for receiving the 2019 Public Service Do-Gooder Award. Ofc. Palmer was recognized for her selfless work with Frederick's homeless and drug addicted populations. As sponsors for the Public Service Award, Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP was represented by Attorneys Kenneth Berman and Matthew Engler who were proud to present this particular Award to such an outstanding public servant.
Keep up the good work Ofc. Palmer!
Posted: Oct 17, 2019
Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP are proud sponsors of the 2019 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Inc. Shoot for a Cure Trap Shoot
Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP are proud sponsors of the 2019 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Inc. Shoot for a Cure Trap Shoot at the Izaak Walton League of Washington County. Thankfully, raising awareness for such a great cause depended on our participation and sponsorship and not Attorney Matthew Engler’s aim.
Posted: Sep 30, 2019
Al Rides Again (Over 20 years for charity)
Support Alan B. Gross as he rides in the 2019 Charity Treks - Tour de Champlain HIV/AIDS Vaccine Bike Trek. This bike tour will help raise much needed funds for researchers at UCLA and Emory University. 100% of donations will go directly to these institutions so they can keep working towards a cure.Donate to Alan's Trek
Posted: Aug 12, 2019
Stuff the Bus fundraiser 2019
Come support United Way of Frederick County, Maryland as we will be collecting donations for Stuff the Bus through August 15, 2019 in our Frederick office.
Posted: Aug 6, 2019
Dear BSGF&D Friends & Family,
We would like to thank all who contributed to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive. We could not be more grateful to all of those who took the time to drop off donations at our offices. We were able to collect boxes and bags full of clothing, household items, toiletries and other needed items to fill a truck. Here is a picture of the truck at our Gaithersburg office in between stops.
Posted: Sep 3, 2018
Alan Gross Leads BSGF&D Community Service
Many of you know Alan as their attorney. Few of you know that his passion to help others is a life style. For more than a decade, at least once a month, Alan leaves work and drives to Food and Friends. He scrubs his hands, puts on gloves, hairnet and apron and pitches in to prepare food for thousands of disabled home bound people in need. Recently, he kicked off Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby's community service program by leading several of our employees on multiple visits to the Food and Friends kitchens.
When he is not preparing food, he may be found training on his bicycle by screaming down winding mountain roads at over twenty mile per hour. The training is necessary because two times a year, Alan and his bicycle group, Charity Treks, join others on multi-hundred mile rides to raise awareness and money for AIDS research. Thanks to the efforts of Alan and his group more than a million dollars has been donated to Emory University and UCLA, where it has been directed towards finding new treatments for AIDS related cancer.
When Alan is not assisting his clients, working in the kitchens for the disabled, or raising money to find new treatment for AIDS, he still is not resting. Two or three times a year Alan works with the Rock Creek Park Foundation to clear Rock Creek Park of trash. Next time you enjoy a quiet walk in the park, you might consider contacting Alan to see how you can help.
Alan does all this quietly, and without fanfare. He is a devoted member of our community and a devoted attorney to his clients.
Posted: Aug 7, 2018
Founding Partner Ken Berman throws out the first pitch
One of our Founding Partner Ken Berman recently had the honor of throwing out the first pitch for the Frederick Keys baseball team. We appreciate the opportunity and thank everyone who took a moment to cast their vote for the first pitch on our Facebook Page.
Video Re-Play of Ken's Famous First Pitch!
Below is a recap of the historic event in pictures which we encourage you to share!
Posted: Jul 9, 2017
Habitat for Humanity Women Build Event
Gretchen Rogers, Esq and Julie Mirman, Esq participated in May 2016's Habitat for Humanity Women Build Event. They volunteered their time and raised money to help build a home for a deserving family in the community.
Posted: Jun 6, 2016
Pro Bono Day
Attorneys Matthew Engler and Nicole Slaughter volunteered at "Pro Bono Day" sponsored by Maryland Legal Aid, the Frederick County Bar Association, and Frederick Community College. This event brought together talented attorneys from various fields of law to offer free one-on-one legal advice to individuals from various walks of life. Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby care deeply about the communities in which we practice and are pleased to participate in service-oriented projects such as this.
Posted: Aug 7, 2014
Mike Feldman Helps Build A New Home For A DC Family
On May 30, 2013 Mike Feldman and other members of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan D.C. braved the heat and humidity to help Habitat for Humanity build a new home for a D.C. family
Posted: Jun 7, 2013