Mel Sykes – a ‘Premier lawyer’ helped shape Maryland law, state bar

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our former Of Counsel, Melvin J. Sykes.

The 2006 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Maryland Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Maryland State Bar Association Senior Lawyers Section’s 2008 Senior Lawyer of the Year Award, Mel was a legend in the Maryland bar.  In 2011, he was chosen to receive the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Living Legal Legends Award.

Mel’s breadth of experience in the practice of law was unparalleled. He handled cases involving patents, corporate law, constitutional issues, contracts, medical malpractice, products liability, municipal law, taxation, civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, conflict of laws, trusts and estates, health law, insurance, legal malpractice, admiralty and partnerships. He argued over 200 cases in the Maryland appellate courts. In a 2004 article in the Daily Record, Court of Appeals Judge Alan M. Wilner characterized Mel as “one of the very rare breed of lawyers still around who can do everything well.”

““He had a generous heart, he was generous with his time and he was generous with his talent,” said Dan Goldstein.”

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