Counting the Costs of Divorce

April 4th, 2012

Divorce LawChoosing divorce is never easy, but once you’ve reached that decision it’s wise to review the costs involved.

Remember, the most expensive costs have nothing to with money, and everything to do with people, relationships, and how your life changes once you’ve initiated divorce proceedings.

Just as surprising is the fact that these costs are commonly overlooked due to the more tangible elements of the divorce proceedings. One of the first areas to consider is your emotional state. Read the rest of this entry »

(As seen in “The Advocate”) Baltimore County Bar Association looks to usher in a new generation.

October 5th, 2011

Newly-appointed Baltimore County Bar Association President Ed Gilliss began his tenure on the Executive Council during a time of uncertainty, similar in many ways to the one the country now faces. President Gilliss’ first year on the Council is a year that is universally remembered for the terrorist attacks on September 11th.

The turmoil and uncertainty launched by the tragedy had a ripple effect throughout lives and businesses that can still be seen today. Ten years later, Gilliss looks back at the year as a means in which to measure the future.

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Nip Jenkins: Mind your P’s and Q’s

May 9th, 2011

There is a cultural movement towards informality. Many traditional standards of conduct and professionalism have become more just formalities.

This is not to say that is a good thing or a bad thing. Yet, it is certainly a thing. People operate differently than they used to. Many of these ways are advancing elements of society to new heights. Many of these ways are also introducing new predicaments and problems. The ways in which people generally speak, write, dress, and otherwise conduct themselves has reached a point that will soon leave the conventional to exist only as old tales of old men like me.

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The new playground in town

March 10th, 2011

Facebook has been turning a lot of heads for a lot of different reasons lately. On the other side of the world, Facebook officially just stamped its place in history textbooks. It provided the means for an entire nation of people to come together and effectively start a revolution in Egypt.

The uses of Facebook have not been quite so historic here in America where the revolution of the social network began. However, they are still profound. The use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube has drastically changed the way people communicate. Americans have not completely ousted their government with Facebook yet, but they have ousted many other traditional practices… Click to read more

Communication is the key

February 14th, 2011

Communication is a complicated equation of variables. It can be simple. It can also be comprised of a multitude of separate factors that culminate with a complex product that is difficult to decipher depending on different situations.


Culture tends to lean towards the latter of those two modes of communication. People either directly or indirectly complicate communications. For some, it is deciding to use specific terms in the attempt to appear more credible, more authentic, or even more natural to the setting. For others, it is a method to dance around emotions, expectations, or known obstacles to what is the desired end result.

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Nip Jenkins: One way to do it.

November 24th, 2010

Calling him old fashioned would not cut it.  Calling him behind the times would miss the mark. Somewhere in the shades of gray, Nip Jenkins is smiling perfectly content.

Jenkins has done things in a particular way for longer than he can remember. The private attorney born and raised in Baltimore developed a manner for operating his practice that was never extraordinary by design. He never changed. The times did.

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