Cynthia B. Sanders, Esq.

MdVLA Board Vice President Cynthia Blake Sanders is an experienced intellectual property and entertainment attorney at Ober|Kaler. Cynthia focuses her practice on copyright, trademark, advertising, arts and media law matters, technology transfer and works closely with the firm’s Intellectual Property and Business Groups. She counsels a broad range of clients involved in creative endeavors — from designers to publishers, ad agencies to educational institutions, and interactive companies to film producers. Cynthia reviews and advises clients on the legal clearance, protection and exploitation of their creative works. Projects include identification and development of new works based on public domain materials, creation and interpretation of intellectual property policies, preparation of content license agreements, protection and licensing of characters, clearance, financing and distribution of motion pictures, development of interactive and online media, and compliance review of advertising materials and social media marketing practices. Sanders is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and the Maryland Institute College of Art and is married to artist D.S. Bakker.

Thomas V. Monahan, Esq.
Vice President

MdVLA Board Secretary Thomas V. Monahan is a founding partner of Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann.  He has an extensive practice defending physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes and related health care providers in medical negligence cases in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition to his professional malpractice practice, Mr. Monahan has maintained a general litigation practice, with experience in commercial litigation, insurance coverage, professional liability in non-medical professions, general personal injury litigation, and the representation of licensed professionals before disciplinary boards. Monahan is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and Princeton and is married to CENTERSTAGE Development Director Cindi Monahan. His daughter, Kelly, is a recent graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts.”

Dana O. Lynch

Dana O. Lynch is a partner in the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, where she is a member of the firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property Department. She represents a variety of local, regiona,l and national interests in U.S. and foreign trademark matters, including management of an international trademark portfolio consisting of trademarks registered or pending in over 50 countries, and other transactional intellectual property matters. She received her B.S., cum laude, in 1992 from Towson University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Dana, who has been an MdVLA board member since 2005, was named “Baltimore Technology Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America, 2012.

Stephen W. Oliner, CPA, CFE, CVA

Treasurer Stephen W. Oliner, CPA, CFE, CVA is a partner at Hertzbach & Company. As a senior member of the Litigation Consulting Group, Mr. Oliner concentrates his practice in business valuations, forensic accounting, shareholder disputes and economic damages. He has testified as an expert witness in various circuit courts in Maryland. Stephen is a member of the ACPA, the MACAPA, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Turnaround Management Association, Associated Builders & Contractors, Building Congress & Exchange, the Association for Corporate Growth, and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). In addition, he serves on the board of the Historic Electronics Museum.

Marcia Semmes
Executive Director

Marcia Semmes brings experience in both the arts and the law to the position of Executive Director. She was an attorney and legal journalist in Washington, D.C., when a visit to the Corcoran Gallery ignited a passion for outsider art. Soon thereafter, she and her husband visited Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens in Summerville, Georgia. She wrote about that visit for the Washington Post, the beginning of a sideline writing about art and travel that included more articles in the Post, the New York Times and Museum News, among others. In 2001, Semmes moved to Baltimore to become Director of Development at the American Visionary Art Museum. While Semmes believes that everyone has an artist inside, hers only came out once to create an artcar covered in 5,000 bottlecaps named Irrational Exuberance. Semmes is a graduate of the all-Colonial schools of William and Mary and the George Washington University Law School.

Board of Directors:

John A. Bourgeois, Esq.
Jason C. Brino, Esq.
Rodney Carroll
Skizz Cyzyk

Elliott Cowan, Esq.
Christopher Davis, Esq.

Dana O. Lynch, Esq.
Cecil E. Martin III, Esq.
Colleen McCloskey
Robert B. Middleton, Sr.
Razvan E. Miutescu, Esq.
Thomas V. Monahan, Jr., Esq.
Charles F. Morgan, Esq.
Lori A. Nicolle, Esq.
Stephen W. Oliner, CPA, CFE, CVA
Gregory Reed, Esq.
Zelig Robinson, Esq.
Cynthia B. Sanders, Esq.
Prof. Charles B. Shafer
Sanjay M. Shirodkar, Esq.
David Wright, Esq.

Member Firms:

Arts Insurance Program, Maury Donnelly & Parr Inc.
Ballard Spahr
Bowie & Jensen, LLC
DLA Piper
Fisher & Winner
Gallagher Evelius & Jones, LLP
Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP
Gordon, Feinblatt
Gorman & Williams
Hertzbach & Co., PA
Kahn, Smith & Collins PA
Kramon & Graham
McGuireWoods LLP
Miles & Stockbridge, PC
Venable, LLP
University of Baltimore School of Law
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

Adjunct Board:
Tim Faith, Esq.
Andrew Goldman, Esq.
Walter Lehmann, Esq.
Stephen R. Rourke, Esq.
Heather Welch, Esq.
Foundation Supporters:

The William G. Baker, Mr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards

Harry L. Gladding Foundation
Holofcener Foundation
PNC Bank Foundation


MLA is also funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Official Sponsor:

Art Miller & Associates
Court Reporters & Videographers