SFQ&B

 

As a mid-sized law firm, we work closely with our clients to understand their business needs, and to help them plan for the future with regard to a variety of real estate-related and property law issues, as well as other business-related matters.


Principals

Stuart L. Sagal, Principal

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Education:

University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctor, June, 1973
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, Bachelor of Science, June, 1970

Areas of Practice:

Law practice concentrating in property management law including: landlord/tenant, condominiums, homeowner associations, cooperatives and housing discrimination defense work.

Stuart Sagal represents owners and managers of residential rental units, office buildings, shopping centers, warehouses and free-standing commercial buildings throughout Maryland. He serves as counsel for condominiums and homeowner associations. His responsibilities include drafting, amending and interpreting all pertinent documents. Stuart has extensive experience in litigation in all matters related to real estate law.

Notable Cases:

Bulluck and Maryland Commission on Human Relations v. Pelham Wood Apartments, 283 Md 505, 390 A2d. 1119 (1978)

Ratings and Awards:

  • AV lawyer rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed in "2015 Top Rated Maryland Lawyers in Real Estate Law"
  • Recipient of 2012 Howard Cassin Associate of the Year Award from Maryland Multi-Housing Association, Inc.
  • Recipient of 2005 Star Award from Maryland Multi-Housing Association, Inc.
  • Recipient of 1998 Star Award from Maryland Multi-Housing Association, Inc.

Publications and Activities:

  • Former Instructor for Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers
  • Lecturer on landlord/tenant, fair housing and condominium and homeowner association matters before various professional groups
  • Former participant in legal education program for Judges of the District Court of Maryland on landlord/tenant issues
  • Former contributor to the "Fair Housing Coach"
  • Fair Housing Law Instructor for Maryland Multi-Housing Association, Inc. and various property management companies
  • Publishes periodic newsletter for clients on developments in landlord/tenant law, condominium and homeowner association law and Fair Housing Law

Professional Associations, Achievements and Honors:

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Executive and Legislative Committees of Maryland Multi-Housing Association, Inc.
  • Member, Baltimore City Rent Court "Work Group"
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of Chesapeake Chapter of Community Associations Institute
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of the Apartment Builders and Owners Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland
  • Past President — Fields of Stevenson Association, Inc.
  • Past President — Timber Valley Association

Bar Admission:

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1973
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1999

Alvin J. Filbert, Jr., Principal

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Education:

University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctor, June, 1981
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, Bachelor of Science in Political Science, June, 1976

Areas of Practice:

Law practice providing representation to individuals injured as a result of motor vehicle accidents and other types of negligence. He also represents claimants who have either been injured on the job or suffer from occupational disease. Mr. Filbert's area of practice also includes defending persons charged with all forms of traffic violations.

Mr. Filbert is dedicated to protecting the rights of his clients in order to ensure that they receive appropriate medical treatment, rehabilitation, and compensation. He is committed to keeping his clients informed during the claims process and, if he is unable to achieve a fair settlement for them, will litigate their claims.

Professional Associations:

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association

Bar Admissions:

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1981
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1982

Daniel W. Quasney, Principal

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Education:

University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctor, May, 1983
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland Bachelor of Science, June, 1980

Areas of Practice:

Law practice concentrating in real estate and business transactions, including the representation of clients in the acquisition and development of commercial real estate projects.

Daniel Quasney provides counsel for residential home purchase and sales transactions. He also represents clients in the sale or acquisition of businesses and business assets or business operating entities and in the formation of legal entities including corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and limited liability limited partnerships.

Mr. Quasney represents land owners, developers, home builders, owners of residential rental units, office buildings, shopping centers, warehouses and commercial buildings, and homebuyers and sellers, as well as business owners and operators throughout Maryland.

Ratings and Awards:

  • AV Lawyer rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed in "2015 Top Rated Maryland Lawyers in Real Estate Law"

Professional Associations:

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Licensed Title Insurance Producer, Maryland Insurance Commission

Bar Admission:

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1983
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1983

Affiliations:

  • Managing Member - Access Title Company, LLC, Authorized Agent for Chicago Title Insurance Company

Alan Betten, Principal

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Education:

University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctor, June, 1976
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, M.A., May, 1976
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, B.A. with Honors, June, 1973

Areas of Practice:

Law practice concentrating in commercial real estate transactions, including representation of real property owners, real estate investment trusts, realty advisors, developers, landlords, contractors, real estate brokers, asset managers, property managers and management agents.

Alan Betten’s client representation includes the full range of legal matters in which these individuals and entities typically engage. His responsibilities include the drafting and negotiating of contracts; and all corporate matters related to real estate matters, including financing matters. His representation also includes litigation related to real estate development and management, such as landlord/tenant litigation, mechanic's lien litigation, zoning matters, bankruptcy matters, and general commercial litigation arising from real estate-related business activities.

Ratings and Awards:

  • AV lawyer rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed in "2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Maryland Real Estate Law"
  • Listed in "2014 Top Rated Lawyers in Maryland Banking and Finance"

Publications and Activities:

  • Lecturer on landlord/tenant and real-estate related-bankruptcy matters before professional groups
  • “Institutional Reform in the Federal Appellate Courts,” 54 Indiana Law Journal 63 (Fall, 1976)
  • Review of G. Edward White, Tort Law In America: An Intellectual History(1980), 10 Univ. of Baltimore Law Review 401 (1981)
  • Review of Bruce A. Murphy, The Brandeis/Frankfurter Connection: The Secret Political Activities of Two Supreme Court Justices (1982), 12 Univ. of Baltimore Law Review 386 (1983)

Professional Associations and Achievements:

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland Homebuilders Association
  • Member, American Society for Legal History
  • Past President - The Midfield Association, Inc.
  • Past Chairman, Medical Ethics Committee, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Inc., 1988-1993

Bar Admission:

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1980
  • Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1986
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1984

Letecia Rollins, Principal

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Education:

Michigan State University, Lancing, Michigan, Juris Doctor, June, 2002
University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, M.A., June, 1999
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Salisbury, Maryland, Bachelor of Science, June, 1996

Areas of Practice:

Law practice concentrating in landlord/tenant matters representing property management companies throughout the State of Maryland. Ms. Rollins’ responsibilities include defending landlords in all matters concerning breach of contract and civil and criminal real estate-related lawsuits.

Letecia Rollins represents landlords in federal court, state court, and administrative agencies in defense of claims filed under the Fair Housing Act.

Publications and Activities:

  • Instructor for Maryland Multi-Housing Association, Inc.
  • Fair Housing Law Instructor for Real Estate Professionals
  • Lecturer: Lorman Education Services-Fair Housing Training (2014)
  • Adjunct Professor: American University Washington College of Law-Civil Trial Advocacy
  • Mock Trial Coach, American University, Washington College of Law, 2011-Present

Professional Associations, Achievements and Honors:

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association

Bar Admission:

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 2003
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2008

Associates

Rick M. Grams, Associate

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Education:

University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, May, 2005
McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland, B.A., Cum Laude, May, 2002

Areas of Practice:

Law practice working on behalf of property management companies in landlord/tenant matters including breach of lease, rent escrow, tenant holding over, wrongful detainer, collections, and fair housing matters. Mr. Grams also handles matters on behalf of condominium associations and homeowner associations, and other corporate clients, as well as practicing in employment law, commercial transactions and other related areas of law.

Rick Grams has litigated numerous cases throughout the State of Maryland and in federal courts in landlord/tenant, contract, real estate, collections, employment, and bankruptcy law. His responsiblities also include advising clients, and drafting contracts, leases, transactional documents and opinion letters.

Notable Cases:

Marroquin v. Canales, 505 F.Supp.2d 283 (D.Md. 2007)

Publications and Activities:

  • Walking the Line of Admissibility: Why Maryland Courts Should Reexamine the Admissibility of Field Sobriety Tests, 34 U. BALT. L. REV. 365 (2005)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Towson United Soccer
  • Coach, Greater Pikesville Recreation Council, Soccer, 2014 and 2015; Softball, 2016; Lutherville Timonium Recreation Council, Girls' Basketball, 2015-16.

Professional Associations and Achievements:

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property Section, Greater Brunswick, PA Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Baltimore City Rent Escrow Committee

Bar Admission:

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 2005
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2006
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2006

Cheryl Matthews, Associate

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Education:

Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC, Juris Doctor, June, 2011
University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, Bachelor of Science, June, 2006

Areas of Practice:

Law practice representing property management companies throughout the State of Maryland in landlord/tenant matters including breach of lease, rent escrow, tenant holding over, and wrongful detainer proceedings. Ms. Matthews also defends landlords in breach of contract and civil lawsuits related to premises liability, and criminal defense matters.

Professional Associations, Achievements and Honors:

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Clerk, Judge Beverly T. Woodard, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, 2011-2012

Bar Admission:

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 2011

Joseph L. Kroart III, Associate

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Education:

University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctor, May, 2014
Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, Baltimore, Maryland, Master of Business Administration, May, 2014
University of Maryland College Park, College Park, Maryland, Master of Arts, May, 1997
Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts, December, 1993

Areas of Practice:

Law practice concentrating in property management law including: landlord/tenant, condominiums, homeowner associations and cooperatives.

Joseph Kroart represents owners and managers of residential rental units, office buildings, shopping centers, warehouses and free-standing commercial buildings throughout Maryland. He serves as counsel for condominiums and homeowner associations. His responsibilities include drafting, amending and interpreting all pertinent documents.

Publications:

  • “What’s on First?: Organizing the Casebook and Molding the Mind” (with Donald G. Gifford, Brian J. Jones, and Cheryl Cortemeglia), Arizona State Law Journal, Vol. 44, 2012

Professional Associations, Achievements and Honors:

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Clerk for the Honorable Kevin F. Arthur, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, 2016
  • Clerk for the Honorable Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., Circuit Court for Baltimore County, 2016-2017

Bar Admission:

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 2015

Kimberly Manuelides, Of Counsel

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Education:

University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctor, June, 1991
University of Maryland College Park, College Park, Maryland, Bachelor of Science, June, 1986

Areas of Practice:

Law practice representing clients in litigation matters across business lines and in multiple jurisdictions; including real estate, construction, landlord/tenant law, agent/broker, government procurement, title claims litigation, financial services litigation, and corporate and firm dissolution and dispute matters.

Ms. Manuelides also represents members of the agriculture producer and farming industry in connection with matters affecting real property, business association, animal welfare, right to farm, and other business-related issues.

Her responsibilities include working with clients and in-house counsel, to assist them in analyzing the risks attendant to litigation, managing the associated costs, and identifying litigation avoidance strategies for the future.

Notable Cases:

Gardner v. Ally Financial, Inc., 488 Fed. Appx. 709 (4th Cir. 2012)

Gardner v. Ally Financial, Inc., 430 Md. 515 (2013)

Premium of America, LLC v. Save POA, LLC, 2012 WL 4480693 (D. Md. 2012)

City of Frederick v. Randall Family, LLC_, 154 Md. App. 543 (2004)

Akperewa v. Amoco Oil Co., 138 Md. App. 351 (2001)

Zavin v. Foudy, 130 Md. App. 689 (2000)

Ratings and Awards:

  • AV Lawyer rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed in “2015 Maryland Super Lawyers in Construction Law”
  • Listed in “2016 Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate Law”
  • Listed in “2016 Baltimore Magazine Top Attorneys in Maryland”

Publications and Activities:

  • CREW Baltimore — 2000-2014, President, Secretary, Programs Chair, Membership Chair
    • Community Action Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Awards Committee Chair
  • Leadership Baltimore County — Class of 2014
  • Audubon MD-DC, 2010-2014, Chair, Secretary, Board of Directors

Professional Associations, Achievements and Honors:

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association (Founder and Co-Chair, Agriculture Law Section)
  • Member, University of Baltimore Women Lawyers as Leaders

Bar Admission:

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1995
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2008

Clients

We have worked with industry leaders in real estate, residential and commercial development, property management, construction, and more. For an industry leader or an entrepreneur starting in the field, we offer the same comprehensive representation and experience when providing counsel to our clients.

Experience

SFQ&B has more than 40 years of experience in all areas of real estate law and other business matters. Our clients benefit from our concentration in real estate law as well as the diversity of experience offered by our team.

Attorneys

SFQ&B attorneys assist clients in evaluating and resolving problems efficiently, effectively, and economically; and in determining whether it is in the best interest of the client to negotiate a settlement or to prepare for litigation.

Ratings and Awards

SFQ&B is proud of the ratings and awards received by our team. We have attorneys who are AV Rated, the highest award granted by Martindale Hubbell, our industry standard.