With a career spanning more than 25 years, Earl has extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions. Past positions held in the field include working as a title abstractor, serving as the managing partner of a commercial title services company, and serving as counsel to a major title insurer. Earl applies this accumulation of real world knowledge to advise clients on a wide range of issues pertaining to title insurance, and closings. He has conducted closings for national law firms, national offices of title insurers, Fortune 500 companies, and major institutions.

Earl works closely with other members of the firm’s Real Estate Transactions Practice, handling pre-closing and post-closing matters in parallel with other aspects of clients’ deals. He is adept at handling recordation, transfer tax, and other legal issues with implications for closing, and he routinely interacts with court clerks in multiple jurisdictions to resolve closing-related matters before settlement. Earl serves as clients’ go-to resource for any actual and potential issues related to commercial settlements.

Earl is active in the local legal and real estate communities and recently began teaching courses for the Maryland Land Title Association (MLTA). He enjoys giving back and finds it both rewarding and informative to explore complex title-related issues from new perspectives.


  • Provided title insurance and closing representation Crown Farm (Maryland)
  • Provided title insurance and closing representation King Farm (Maryland)
  • Provided title insurance and closing representation Settlers Market (Virginia)
  • Provided title insurance and closing representation The Allegro (Washington, D.C.)
  • Provided title insurance and closing representation Lexington Village (Maryland)
  • Provided title insurance and closing representation Contee Farm (Maryland)
  • Provided title insurance and closing representation King Farm Presbyterian Retirement Community (Maryland)


  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Of Counsel, 2019 – Present;
  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Associate, 1998-2003; 2005-2019;
  • Commercial Underwriting and Business Development, Vice President, Chicago Title Insurance Company, 2003-2005;
  • Commercial Title Services, Managing Partner, 1997-1998;
  • First American Title Insurance Company, Counsel,1996-1997;
  • Beltway Title and Abstract, Inc., Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel, 1992-1996;
  • Atlantic Abstracts, Inc., Vice-President and Abstractor, 1989-1992


  • College of William and Mary (J.D., 1987)
  • College of William and Mary (B.A. History, 1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Anne Arundel Commercial & Industrial Association
  • Maryland Land Title Association Board Member
  • DC Land Title Association

Areas of Practice

Commercial and Civil Litigation

Banking & Finance

Business Counseling, Contracts & Transactions

Land Use & Zoning

Real Estate

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Liff, Walsh & Simmons is a full-service business law firm serving the legal needs of small businesses and privately held middle-market companies, their owners and operators, and individuals throughout their business and family life cycles in the mid-Atlantic region. Liff, Walsh & Simmons provides responsive service and great results at competitive rates across all of our practice areas. We are a valuable partner and resource by providing the assets and knowledge necessary to resolve our client’s most pressing legal and business issues.

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