Jennifer F. Hare

Experience

Jennifer Hare represents employers and insurers in a variety of workers’ compensation matters before the Workers’ Compensation Commission and courts throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.  She returns to Franklin & Prokopik in 2019 after working as a senior staff attorney for The Hartford Affiliated Insurance Companies for the past six years.  She was an associate with F&P from 2011 to 2013.  During her prior tenure at F&P, Jennifer spoke at F&P seminars as well as outside events.  In addition, Jennifer has experience doing plaintiff work, enabling her to provide insight and knowledge into the approaches taken by both sides.

Activities

Jennifer is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the MSBA Section on Negligence, Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation, Anne Arundel County Bar Association, and the Charles County Bar Association.  In her leisure time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, two westies, running and gardening, and enjoying life on the Eastern Shore. 

Naureen R. Weissman

Experience

Naureen Weissman attended law school at the University of Texas School of law in Austin, TX. She has worked in Administrative Law for the State of Texas, as a law clerk for Superior Court judges in Connecticut and as an associate attorney at Milano & Wanat, LLC in Connecticut in the area of general liability defense.

Before coming to Franklin & Prokopik, Naureen most recently worked as an associate attorney at O’Connell & O’Connell, LLC in the area of workers’ compensation defense and as an associate attorney.

Activities

Naureen is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Association of Compensation Insurance Attorneys.

Natalie J. Johnson

Experience

Before returning to the firm as an associate attorney, Natalie Johnson was a paralegal with Franklin & Prokopik for nearly five years in the area of workers’ compensation defense. Natalie worked closely with principal attorneys in the Baltimore office, drafting and editing outgoing correspondence, memoranda, pleadings, motions, subpoenas, and other legal documents, conducting written discovery as well as other duties.  While attending law school in the evening, she worked at Franklin & Prokopik during the day. This gave her a different, interesting perspective both in and out of the classroom.

While in law school, Natalie was an elected member of the Honor Board and received certificates for the highest grade in civil procedure and an advanced evidence course. She also has 40 hours of mediator training and 16 hours of interdisciplinary collaborative law certification. Upon graduating law school, Natalie already had nine years’ experience in the legal field working primarily in workers’ compensation and general liability defense.

Following law school, Natalie served as law clerk to Family Magistrate Theresa A. Furnari in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.  There, she drafted orders, judgments, reports and recommendations, and memoranda from the Court and she assisted in conducting hearings and trials while serving as liaison between the Court and attorneys and pro se litigants.

Activities

Natalie is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, and the Bar Association of Baltimore City. Natalie lives in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore with her husband Ben, a dog, two cats, and a few freshwater fish. An avid gardener, Natalie can be seen tending to her garden and offering extra veggies and herbs to neighbors, coworkers, and friends.

Miranda D. Russell

Experience

Prior to joining Franklin & Prokopik, Miranda Russell worked as a subject matter specialist for Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the agency’s headquarters in Baltimore. She successfully navigated in-country non-profit registrations in a large number of countries where CRS works while also serving as the agency’s sole OFAC sanctions and BIS export controls specialist.

During law school, Miranda completed a legal internship at the U.S. District Court of Maryland before spending three years as a litigation support law clerk for Holzman and Associates, LLC.  This experience enabled her to bring unique knowledge of the ins and outs of plaintiff personal injury and the inner workings of the federal court system.

Activities

Miranda is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. Miranda is native to St. Mary’s County, Maryland and gets home as much as possible to spend time on the water.  She also enjoys being outside in general and reading.

Ellen R. Stewart

Experience

Ellen Stewart concentrates her litigation practice primarily in liability and insurance defense throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. She handles a variety of cases, including representing national and regional stores and restaurants in cases involving slip and falls and general premises liability; representing taxicabs, paratransit vehicles, and motor carriers in liability claims; and representing builders and contractors in construction defects and worksite incidents and injuries.

Before joining Franklin & Prokopik, Ellen worked as an associate at a general practice firm in Columbia, Maryland. While there, she handled family law, real estate matters, estate planning, and administration.

While in law school, Ellen served as the Production Editor of the Intellectual Property Law Journal and gained experience as a Rule 16 Student Attorney for the Innocence Project Clinic. Also during law school, Ellen interned at the United States Sentencing Commission.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2014 – 2020

Activities

In her free time, Ellen enjoys running marathons and half marathons.

Kerry C. Raymond

Experience

Kerry Raymond is a litigator at heart.  Her primary focus is construction litigation.  She assists clients with taking proactive measures to avoid disputes but, when they arise, she is prepared to draw upon her knowledge and experience, couple that with a strong work ethic, and drive the dispute to resolution in her client’s favor.  Kerry is not compelled to follow one path to achieve this resolution.  She is both artful and nimble in handling her client’s claims.  Kerry does not limit her practice to pure construction litigation; she also tackles the matters that flow therefrom.  She defends contractors in property damage and personal injury claims that arise out of construction activities and the contractor’s business.

Kerry was an attorney at F&P for five years where she represented civil engineers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in breach of contract claims, construction defect claims, mechanic’s liens claims, tort claims and other civil actions.  Prior to re-joining F&P, Kerry worked for a mid-size firm in Minneapolis, serving as a partner and member of the firm’s construction and litigation practice groups. She concentrated her construction law practice on the litigation of complex construction defect cases and payment claims on behalf of owners, general contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers.  Her clients included highway heavy, infrastructure, concrete repair and various specialty contractors.

Awards

  • Best Lawyers in Minnesota, 2010-2016

Associations/Organizations

  • Co-Chair, Training Committee, Association of Women Contractors, 2015 – present
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, 2013 – present
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2013 – present

Activities

Kerry enjoys traveling the world and exploring new places with family and friends.  She is always up for an adventure, whether it is riding through the countryside of Italy, gaining behind-the-scenes access to incredible restaurants in Paris, spending quality time with cheetahs at the safari park or riding the fastest roller coaster at the amusement park.  Kerry also takes pride in the transformation of ordinary grassy areas into beautiful flower and vegetable gardens and winning the unending battle against the weeds!

G. Calvin Awkward, III

Experience

Prior to joining Franklin & Prokopik, Calvin Awkward, III spent two years as a clerk for the Honorable John H. Tisdale and the Honorable Theresa M. Adams in the Circuit Court of Frederick County, Maryland. He also spent five years working for a Bethesda based insurance defense firm.  Calvin brings his extensive knowledge of civil litigation, including construction, automobile liability, condominium and homeowners’ association litigation, subrogation, premises liability, first-party insurance defense and insurance coverage to Franklin and Prokopik.

Calvin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University in 2006. While in school, Calvin was selected for Who’s Who Among College Students, a residential life member, member of Nabors Service League, and was a chair for several activities including the W&L Voter Registration Drive and Annual AIDS Awareness Fundraiser. Calvin was also a member of Chi Psi fraternity, serving as its Social Chair.

After graduation, Calvin attended Washington and Lee University, School of Law. During law school, Calvin was the third-year class president and served as a student attorney in the Community Legal Practice Center Clinic, providing legal services to low-income individuals in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Calvin remains active in the alumni association for Washington and Lee University as a class agent for the Law Class of 2009, member of the Law School Young Alumni Board, member of the Williams School of Commerce Young Alumni Council, and Reunion Co-Chair for the Law Class of 2009.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star 2019

Activities

Calvin is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Bar Association of Frederick County and the Montgomery County Bar Association. He is native to Maryland and looks forward to attending more games hosted by Baltimore’s professional sports teams. He also enjoys attending concerts and theater events.

Lindsey A. Lewis

Experience

Lindsey Lewis joined Franklin & Prokopik as Counsel in June 2016 and focuses her practice on the defense of matters in Central and Southeastern Virginia, including the Richmond Metropolitan and Hampton Roads areas.  She previously was associated with the firm’s Herndon, Virginia office before locating to Richmond, Virginia, where she was an Associate at one of the Top 200 largest law firms in the U.S.   Prior to that, Lindsey began her career at a defense firm in the District of Columbia after clerking for the Honorable Michael P. McWeeny, Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Lindsey has extensive experience in civil litigation in the areas of automobile/transportation liability, employment, premises liability, and professional liability, including defense of medical malpractice and nursing home claims.  Her clients have ranged from multi-national companies to local small business owners.  She also has represented doctors, dentists, nurses, and other health care professionals in connection with investigations by the Virginia Department of Health Professions and professional regulatory boards.

Recent Reported Opinions

 BRENDA JOHNSTON v. WILLIAM E. WOOD & ASSOCIATES, INC., Virginia Supreme Court, Record No. 151160 (June 2, 2016) – The Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the Virginia Beach Circuit Court’s sustaining of Appellee’s Demurrer and dismissal of Appellant’s case with prejudice, upholding longstanding Virginia policy stating that no “advance” or specified length of notice is required when terminating an at-will employee.

TERESA PARKER v. WENDY’S INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, 41 F.Supp.3d 487 (E.D. Va. 2014) – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed with prejudice Plaintiff’s claims of negligent supervision and serving adulterated food in connection with a case wherein Plaintiff alleged that she choked on a foreign object.

Activities

Lindsey is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Professional Liability Section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.

 

Barbara Thompson

Experience

Barbara Thompson joined Franklin & Prokopik in 2011.  She represents employers and insurers in a variety of workers’ compensation matters before the Workers’ Compensation Commission and courts throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.  Barbara has been practicing law for over 20 years and has 28 years of experience in the workers’ compensation industry.  In addition to her active litigation practice, she frequently gives external client training presentations and speaks at F&P seminars.  Barbara has also written articles regarding industry trends and presents case-specific webinars.

Before joining F&P, Barbara was staff counsel with Zurich North America.  She also worked for 10 years for ACE USA (formerly CIGNA Property and Casualty Companies), handling workers’ compensation claims and providing legal representation.  Prior to being an attorney, Barbara was a workers’ compensation adjuster.

Activities

Barbara is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Bar Association of Baltimore City, and Maryland Defense Counsel.  In her spare time, Barbara enjoys horseback riding, boating and is a proud baseball/horse show mom to her two kids.

Helen D. Neighbors

Experience

Helen Neighbors is a principal at Franklin &Prokopik and practices in the firm’s Herndon, Virginia office. She has been providing clients with a broad range of legal services for over 19 years. Specifically, Helen concentrates her practice on construction litigation, commercial transportation, auto, premises and products liability, employment law, and discrimination defense. She also handles insurance coverage disputes, including declaratory judgments to determine the existence of coverage and bad faith claims.

Helen has an extensive construction field practice, representing owners, general contractors, contractors, and subcontractors in a full range of cases. Additionally, she conducts investigations of construction site accidents.

Prior to joining F&P, Helen was employed with a major insurance carrier for 19 years, serving as an in-house attorney managing litigation in various states for the last eight of them.