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Barbara J. Palmer

(410) 266-0626 | bpalmer@hwlaw.com

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Barbara J. Palmer

(410) 266-0626 | bpalmer@hwlaw.com

Ms. Palmer has 30+ years of experience as a trial lawyer and has earned a reputation for effective and aggressive representation of clients. She regularly appears before the Circuit Court, the Court of Special Appeals, and the Court of Appeals. She also handles cases the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and has argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Palmer actively engages in land use law, including zoning, subdivision, development, permitting, and critical area issues. She has handled variances, special exceptions, and re-zoning cases before the Administrative Hearing Officer and the Board of Appeals.

Ms. Palmer handles issues pertaining to real estate matters, real estate contracts, general contractual matters, land transfer issues, landlord/tenant disputes and business disputes.

Ms. Palmer has practiced in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Recent and significant reported appellate opinions include:

  • Clickner v. Magothy River Ass’n, 424 Md. 253, 35 A.3d 464 (2012), successfully represented the owner of an island against members of the public who claimed a right to use the beach, with the highest appellate court holding that the public had no such right.
  • Annapolis Mkt. Place, LLC v. Parker, 369 Md. 689, 802 A.2d 1029 (2002) successfully represented a community group opposed to the rezoning of neighboring property for a more intensive use.
  • Piquette v. Stevens, 128 Md. App. 590, 739 A.2d 950 (1999) successfully overturned the granting of a judgment notwithstanding the verdict in a personal injury action
  • Kessler v. Equity Mgmt., Inc. 82 Md. App.577, 572 A.2d 1144 (1990) represented an employer in the termination of an at-will employee