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MDSW Attorneys Richard DeTar and Steven Brown Secure $9.6 Million Jury Verdict in Complex Civil Fraud Trial

On May 16, 2023, a civil jury in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, awarded $9.6 million in damages to Yellowfin Steak & Fish House in a unanimous verdict against its former managing member, The Ritz LLC, and Harvey Blonder.   This case was premised on allegations that The Ritz and Blonder siphoned off Yellowfin profits for … Read More

Don’t Be Left High and Dry on Water Protection Credits

Who actually qualifies for credits can be tricky, and good-faith efforts by property owners to responsibly address runoff won’t necessarily qualify unless certain boxes are checked.

In a Contract Action Against the State, What a Difference More Than a Year Makes

Contracting with the State has a whole different set of rules than contracting with anyone else, and that remains true when a dispute arises.

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Don’t Pay for an Agency’s Mistakes

Green Thumb Industries is in the cannabis processing and distribution business, meaning that almost everything about its products needs to be approved by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Accordingly, when Green Thumb wanted to sell its “Incredibles” cannabis-infused chocolate bars (presumably unrelated to the Pixar movie franchise), it submitted them to the Commission in January 2021 and was approved. Green Thumb put them out in stores. Simple enough, right? Well…



McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker LLC (“MDSW”) is pleased to announce that Christopher (Chris) J. Mincher has joined the law firm as Of Counsel after most recently serving as Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Larry Hogan.


Chris J. Mincher

Chris Mincher’s practice focuses on administrative law, business litigation, and corporate matters. Prior to joining McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker, Chris spent six years in the Office of Legal Counsel for Governor Larry Hogan, finishing as chief legal counsel. During this time, he provided advice on the constitutional, statutory, and regulatory powers of the Governor … Read More


Craig A. Snyder

Craig A. Snyder’s practice focuses on real estate transactions, employment law, and business and commercial law. Craig received his undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland prior to attending law school at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he graduated with honors and served as the Articles Editor … Read More

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Melanie Jacobs Barney

Melanie leverages her decades of experience in trial and appellate litigation to protect the interests of her clients in transactional matters. She brings her past litigation experience to her transactional practice in the areas of business and commercial law, real estate, easements, title insurance, commercial leases, zoning law, collection, administrative law, dispute resolution and related matters. Some … Read More