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Ross AlbersRoss W. Albers – Attorney

Background

Ross W. Albers graduated from the prestigious University of Baltimore School of Law with a concentration in criminal practice. His passion for the legal system earned him an editorial position on the Law Review.

While attending law school, Ross worked as an insurance adjuster for Travelers Insurance. He was a member of the Special Liability Group and focused on high-profile cases involving asbestos, lead paint, trucking accidents, and more.

Ross also attended Bucknell University, earning a degree in Business Management. He played on Bucknell’s nationally ranked lacrosse team.

Ross W. Albers currently resides in Carroll County, Maryland with his wife Emily and their four dogs: Bing, Brooklyn, Freddie, and Henry.

Experience

After passing the bar exam, Attorney Ross W. Albers left his position as an insurance adjuster and began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. There he prosecuted criminal, DUI, juvenile, and traffic cases in the circuit and district courts of Maryland.

Along with the State of Maryland, Ross is also barred in the United States District Court of Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland Association for Justice, Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, and Carroll County Bar Association.

While Ross takes on challenging cases from a broad spectrum of legal practices, he focuses on being the best at his craft in criminal defense, DUI and DWI, juvenile defense, personal injury, and medical malpractice. By focusing primarily on those sectors, he is able to stay on top of the ever-evolving Maryland laws involved with each.

Awards

Ross W. Albers is often recognized for his exceptionally meticulous legal skills and impressive background by local and national law associations. Most recently, he was awarded the Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star Award in Criminal Defense: DUI two years in a row: 2016 and 2017.

Robert FioreRobert Graham Fiore – Of Counsel

Mr. Fiore is Of Counsel to the firm for its Maryland personal injury cases and possesses a wealth of trial experience, both as an advocate for persons injured by the negligence of others, and as a former defense counsel for major insurance companies. He offers his clients an aggressive but balanced perspective earned through his handling of thousands of Maryland state and federal court cases, jury trials, hearings and negotiations over the past 36 years.

Mr. Fiore is known for his ability to provide clients with compassionate and trustworthy counsel and is often commended for his accessibility, his diligence, and his proficiency in obtaining trial and settlement results that exceed his clients’ expectations.

Thomson Reuters/Baltimore Magazine has named Mr. Fiore as a Maryland Super Lawyer in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law for the past twelve consecutive years. He also carries a rating of 10 (highest available) with Avvo, a national directory ranking more than 90% of licensed attorneys in the United States.

Mr. Fiore received his law degree from The Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Providence College in Rhode Island. He is certified by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, (NITA), to teach advocacy skills, having completed NITA’s intensive professional training program at Harvard Law School in 1993.

Lauren MacariLauren Macari – Attorney

Attorney Macari received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from DeSales University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After receiving her degrees, she ran her own domestic firm in Baltimore County. In doing so, she gained invaluable experience in how to maneuver through complex family law cases. She offers her clients aggressive litigation inside the courtroom while also providing the support and compassion her clients need outside of the courtroom.

Since 2011, Lauren has been fighting for her clients by utilizing a wide range of legal skills and experience to get them the rights they deserve. Whether filing for divorce, fighting for custody, or filing a protective order, Lauren understands what’s at stake and she handles each case with sensitivity, skill, and dedication. Her expertise and experience in various areas of family law make her one of the best domestic attorneys in Carroll County.

Lauren is also a member of:

  • The Maryland Bar Association
  • The Baltimore Bar Association
  • Civil Justice, Inc. (Inactive)
  • Women’s Law Center’s Judicare Program (Inactive)
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service (MVLS) (Inactive)

Mrs. Macari currently lives in Carroll County with her husband and her dogs.

John LepplerJohn Leppler – Attorney

John Leppler graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2014 and from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2011 with a major in business – sport management.

Before joining Albers & Associates, John worked in a prestigious plaintiffs personal injury law firms in Baltimore City, having represented plaintiffs who suffered soft tissue and catastrophic injuries arising out of automobile accidents, premises liability (slip and falls and negligent security), and medical malpractice.

In cases involving automobile accidents, John has represented over 70 plaintiffs, has taken over 100 depositions and has tried several cases before a judge and a jury. Given his experience, John knows the dirty tricks insurance companies play to stop plaintiffs from receiving the appropriate compensation they deserve.

John Leppler resides in Baltimore City, Maryland with his wife Jocelyn, and their cat Higgs.

Terrence R. Decker, Esq.Terrence R. Decker, Esq.

Terrence began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. During his tenure, Terrence successfully prosecuted both felony and misdemeanor crimes including armed robbery, carjacking, distribution, manufacturing, and possession of controlled dangerous substances; handgun use, possession, and other related crimes regarding regulated firearms; assaults, motor vehicle thefts, attempted arson, check fraud, DUI/DWI, serious traffic and other related cases in varying degrees and complexity.

After leaving the State’s Attorney’s Office, Terrence worked for a small, fast-paced litigation firm concentrating in criminal defense, personal injury, and civil litigation. Terrence used the skills he learned as a prosecutor to help successfully defend people in cases ranging from distribution and importation of large quantities of narcotics and serious sex offenses to misdemeanor assaults, thefts, and DUI/DWI. Terrence also helped secure settlements for those hurt in car accidents, slip and falls, and in workers’ compensation cases.

Terrence’s depth of experience handling cases in and out of the courtroom will help you secure a positive outcome to any situation you may face.

Bar Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • S. District Court of Maryland

Professional Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Bar Association of Baltimore County
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Towson University

Awards

  • Super Lawyer – Rising Star: 2017, 2018, 2019

Joseph W. Tychostup, Esq.Joseph W. Tychostup, Esq.

Joseph is a hardworking and creative trial attorney and litigator, with a focus on family law, civil litigation, and criminal defense. Be it a domestic issue like a divorce, a child custody/support case, or Protective Order, or a criminal case such as a DUI or assault, Joseph uses a wealth of courtroom experience to zealously represent his clients in courtrooms throughout Maryland.

After law school, Joseph clerked for the Honorable Philip S. Jackson in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. During his tenure, Joseph assisted in trial during many serious felonies including 1st-degree murder, rape, assaults, and complex narcotics and firearms cases. Prior to founding Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC, Joseph worked for a small, fast-paced litigation firm concentrating in domestic matters ranging from Divorce and Separation Agreements to child custody/support and Protective and Peace Orders.

Joseph understands the intricacies of domestic law and criminal defense cases and works tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. By devoting his attention closely to his individual client’s needs, Joseph assures that his clients are cared for and represented to the best of his abilities. His diverse legal background and experience allow him to develop realistic and attainable goals for his clients.

Bar Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • S. District Court of Maryland

Professional Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • The College at Brockport

Awards

  • Super Lawyer – Rising Star: 2018, 2019

Myles F. Friedman, Esq.Myles F. Friedman, Esq.

Myles was born and raised in Baltimore, educated in the public-school system, having graduated from City in 1956. He then attended University of Maryland College Park and went on to University of Maryland School of Law, graduating in 1963. Myles was admitted to the Maryland bar in October of 1963 and has been an active practitioner ever since. His love of the courtroom has taken him from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland and everywhere in between. After these many years, he still enjoys being a litigator, with a primary focus on criminal defense, family law, personal injury and estate administration.

Early on in his career, Myles became an active member of both the Maryland State Bar Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association. In 1988, Myles was elected President of the Baltimore County Bar Association and in 1993 Myles was inducted as a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation. His legal career was highlighted when he received the first J. Earle. Plumhoff Award for Professionalism, and more recently in 2016 when, on Law Day, he was honored with the Judith P. Ritchey Achievement Award.

The many years of experience he brings to the table will go a long way in assisting you to a favorable result.

Bar Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • United States District Court

Professional Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Baltimore County

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • University of Maryland College Park

Tom Green Jr.Tom Green Jr. – Associate Attorney

Since passing the bar exam on his first attempt, Mr. Green has been providing expert legal services in a variety of areas. He graduated from Liberty University, where he also attended law school. Since his graduation, he has worked tirelessly to advocate for his clients in estate planning, corporate law, and many other legal areas.

Ashley HooverAshley Hoover – Litigation Paralegal

Ashley started with Albers & Associates in May 2018. She is the firm’s Litigation Paralegal and head of Office Operations. Ashley assists attorneys in case work up from intake through trial and is extensively knowledgeable in the litigation and settlement process. Ashley prides herself in her ability to investigate facts related to her cases all while advocating endlessly for her clients.

Sara SavanuckSara Reed Savanuck – Paralegal

Sara has been with the firm since August 2018. She interned for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Cecil County for a year and received her Paralegal Certificate from Community College of Baltimore County. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore.

Brittany Smith Brittany Smith – Paralegal

Handling complex and delicate situations comes easily to Brittany, as her background is in front end management and customer service. She is dedicated and hardworking in every aspect of her position.

Rachel Dolly Rachel Massoni Dolly – Paralegal

Rachel has been a paralegal since 2017 with considerable knowledge of the law in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. She found her place with Albers & Associates in 2019 and currently aides in client cases from intake through settlement. Rachel’s main focus is continuously communicating with her clients and through a very strong work ethic, ensuring her clients the best result.

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