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  ABOUT THE ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY AND PROFESSOR
BRUCE N. DESIMONE, M.B.A., J.D., L.L.C
Primarily practicing in Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Calvert and Charles Counties

Welcome to the law offices of 

Attorney BRUCE N. DESIMONE, M.B.A., J.D.,L.L.C.
    

Dr. Desimone is a member of the Maryland State Bar and the Federal Bar of the District of Maryland.  He has been practicing since 1993.  Dr. Desimone has been teaching in Prince George's County since 1984 and is currently an Associate Professor at Prince George's Community College.

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periodically.   

    Please feel free to contact us and schedule a free initial consultation for
your Maryland law problem — REMEMBERING THAT THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS, ONLY SOLUTIONS WAITING TO HAPPEN!!!

    Most appointments are taken at the Lanham office, however, appointments are available on Wednesdays at either the Camp Springs office and/or the Andrews Air Force Base Office.  Additionally, appointments can be take at Dr. Desimone's office located in Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland.


EDUCATION - WORK EXPERIENCE - REFERENCES - VOLUNTEER SERVICES - AWARDS - PRESENT BAR ASSOCIATIONS 

EDUCATION:

JURIS DOCTOR - 1993

University of Baltimore:

1420 North Charles Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201 

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: - 1990

Finance & Telecommunications 

The University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland 20742

BACHELOR OF ARTS: - 1988

Economics

The University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland 20742

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS: - 1986

Computer Science 

Prince George's College

301 Largo Road Largo, Maryland 20772 

Undergraduate Credits - 1987

Government and Law Studies

Harvard University

20 Garden Street Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA - 1984

Friendly High School

10,000 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744   
 
 

WORK EXPERIENCE: 

I. ATTORNEY: 

A. Law Office of Bruce N. Desimone: 1999 - Present

Working with an independent association of private attorneys. 

B. Keiffer, Johnston & Reinstein : 1993 - 1999 & Presently Affiliated

(formerly Keiffer, Johnston, Reinstein, Bernard & Heffron L.L.C.) 

Represent clients in administrative, civil, criminal, and bankruptcy courts. Compose appellate briefs and memorandums, research legal issues, interview clients, prepare legal causes of action, advise clients, negotiate settlements, try cases in the legal areas outlined below. 

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS:

  • Represent clients in Administrative hearings such as Motor Vehicle, and Child Care Administrative hearings.  
  • Represent clients in arbitration proceedings.
  • Advise clients regarding potential administrative   
  • sanctions.
  • Appeal Administrative decisions to appropriate appellate bodies. 

BANKRUPTCIES:

  • Advise clients regarding bankruptcy issues and bankruptcy planning.
  • Determine specific type of bankruptcy applicable to the individual and/or business.
  • Prepare Chapter 7 bankruptcies.
  • Represent clients in Federal Bankruptcy Court. 

BUSINESS LAW:

  • Counsel individuals and business entities regarding pending litigation.
  • Instruct individuals regarding business formulation issues, advantages and disadvantages of same.
  • Create business entities such as corporations and limited liability companies.
  • Apprise businesses and individuals of laws governing employer - employee relations.
  • Advise businesses regarding pending intra-firm policies, such as human resources policies.
  • Compose human resource/policy manuals for businesses.
  • Devise management and safety policies and procedures for businesses.  

CONTRACTS (Business):

  • Compose business contracts including operating agreements, management agreements, financial notes (loan documentation), purchase and sale contracts , lease agreements, and other documents.
  • Author financial settlement contracts.
  • Prepare shared custody and parenting plans.
  • Draft voluntary separation agreements.

CRIMINAL LAW:

  • Advise client regarding criminal charges and potential penalties.
  • Defend clients accused of crimes such as assault, fraud, handgun violations, possession of controlled dangerous substances, theft, uttering, violation of probation, and other criminal offenses.  

EMPLOYMENT LAW:

  • Prepare corporate policy manuals for local businesses.
  • Devise strategic procedures and policies for implementing and executing employee grievance, complaint, and safety procedures
  • Advise clients regarding wrongful discharge.
  • Counsel clients regarding unemployment benefits.
  • Represent clients in administrative proceedings such as arbitrations. 

ESTATE PLANNING:

  • Recommend financial strategies to minimize transfer penalties, such as taxes, upon the demise of my client.
  • Execute clients' Wills designed to create testamentary bequests to surviving family and friends.
  • Devise Living Wills outlining the type of care, medications, medical procedures, etc. that clients desire should they become incapacitated.
  • Formulate Durable Medical Powers of Attorney which empower an agent to act in place of an incapacitated principal using guidelines as outlined in the principal's Living Will.
  • Prepare Specific Powers of Attorney designed to allow an agent limited control over a principal's assets, usually for a limited duration.
  • Draft General Powers of Attorney which allow an agent virtually unlimited control over a principal's assets, usually done for an unspecified duration.
  • Compose Durable and General Powers of Attorney which provide an agent with general control of an principal's assets even upon the disability of the principal.
  • Author Trusts designed to resolve cash flow issues and permit the use of monies under specific circumstances and time frames, as outlined by the settler. 

FAMILY LAW:

  • Represent clients regarding Alimony, Annulment, Child Custody, Child Support, Contempt, Divorce, Personal and Real Property Distribution, and Pension issues.
  • Prepare shared custody and parenting plans.
  • Write Voluntary Separation agreements.
  • Counsel clients and help them resolve their emotional, health, financial, legal and other concerns.
  • Negotiate settlements and act as an intermediary to form amicable terms of resolution.

JUVENILE PRACTICE:

  • Counsel juvenile defendants accused of theft, vandalism, destruction of property and other crimes.
  • Counsel clients and help them resolve their emotional, health, financial, legal and other concerns. 

PERSONAL INJURIES:

  • Advise clients regarding rights to medical treatment, compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and for other damages.
  • Compose personal injury law suits.
  • Try cases in court and arbitration proceedings. 

TRAFFIC:

  • Advise clients regarding pending traffic charges and potential administrative/criminal penalties.
  • Prepare court defenses for clients accused of driving on suspended licenses, driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, driving while uninsured, speeding.
  • Represent clients in administrative/criminal hearings regarding driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated charges.

COMPUTER SYSTEMS:

  • Design the specifications for inter-office computer systems.
  • Program specialized software for interoffice computer systems.
  • Supervise all of the law firm's computer research facilities.
  • Perform duties of law firm's computer administrator.
  • Recommend hardware and software purchases.
  • Implement computer storage, security, and safety procedures. 

II. ADJUNCT FACULTY: Prince George's College: Fall 1988 - Present

Educate college students and professionals in evening and continuing education courses.

  • Teach both credit and non-credit computer classes.
  • Develop curriculum requirements.
  • Establish grading techniques and policies.
  • Author course descriptions outlining course requires.
  • Said descriptions are utilized by other educators to instruct their classes.
  • Formulate assignments, projects, quizzes, tests
  • Evaluate student performance on projects, quizzes and tests.
  • Prepare lectures designed to instruct a diverse student population. Students attending PGCC are represent populations from diverse age, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds.
  • Teach Instructional softwares which include: Access, Dbase, D.O.S., Excel, Internet applications (Netscape/ MS-Explorer), MS-Word, Lotus, Pascal, Power Point, Quick BASIC, Windows, WordPerfect and WordStar.
  • Teach Instructional topics which include careers in computers, compatibility concerns, computer diagnostics, ergonomics of computer systems, ethics, privacy, hardware and software issues, security issues, computer uses, and the like. 

III. LAW CLERK: Keiffer, Johnston & Reinstein: Sp. 1992 - Wint. 1993

Performed paralegal duties prior to passing the bar. Upon being admitted to the Maryland Bar, I was hired as associate counsel.

  • Researched legal issues pertaining to attempted murder/murder, custody, divorce, insurance, property distribution and similar legal issues.
  • Drafted court briefs outlining legal arguments for both the District and Circuit of Maryland.
  • Composed legal complaints upon which clients sought to redress grievances via the court process.
  • Authored memorandums of law arguing legal changes in Maryland State law. Said memorandums were submitted to Appellate Courts.
  • Transported and filed court papers.
  • Acquired and maintained interoffice computer systems.  

In 1993, I was admitted to the Maryland Bar, and was asked to join Keiffer, Johnston & Reinstein as an associate attorney. 

IV. COMPUTER AUTHOR, CONSULTANT & PROGRAMMER: Fall 1986 - 1993:

  • Operated an independent computer programming and consulting business.
  • Wrote, edited, published and marketed computer buying text designed to educate consumers regarding computer buying decisions and issues.
  • Designed and implemented billing and administrative computer programs for Washington D.C. area businesses.  

My duties as legal counsel prevented me from continuing this occupation.

REFERENCES:  

Available upon request. 

VOLUNTEER SERVICES: 

  • Lions Club, inducted as member in 1996
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service, volunteer since 1993
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, volunteer since 1993
  • Pro Se project for Prince George's County Maryland, since 1993
  • Prince George’ County Law Foundation, since 1993. 

AWARDS: 

  • 1998 Award Winner as Pro Se project Volunteer of the Year.
  • 1998 Recognized by Governor Glendening as outstanding volunteer. 

PRESENT BAR ASSOCIATIONS: 

  • America Bar Association, Member since 1993
  • Federal Bar Association, Member since 1995
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member since 1993
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Member since 1993


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