Barbara J. Palmer

Ms. Palmer has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer and is known for effective and aggressive representation. She has represented clients in general civil litigation in State courts in several Maryland jurisdictions, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Maryland Court of Appeals. She also handles matters before the United States District Court and has argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She specializes in matters involving property issues, such as boundary disputes, easements, adverse possession, piers, condemnation and landlord/tenant issues. She is also well versed in contractual and business matters.

Ms. Palmer has more than 20 years of experience in land use and regularly provides advice on land development issues and addresses issues relating to variances, special exceptions, and a variety of other zoning and permitting issues. She has expertise in administrative law; handling matters before several different administrative agencies and regularly appears before the Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals.

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

SIGNIFICANT CLIENTS, PROJECTS, OR CASES

Ms. Palmer has practiced in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. 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 an easement for 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.

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 1984)
  • Loyola College (B.S. in Biology, 1981)

Bar Admissions

• Maryland State Bar Association

• Anne Arundel County Bar Association