Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A.

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6200 Coastal Highway, Ste. 200
Ocean City  MD  21842
  • 410-723-1400
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William Esham

William E. Esham, III (Member) born Salisbury, Maryland, September 25, 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, Maryland. Education: Washington-Lee University (B.A., 1987); University of Baltimore (J.D., 1990). Law Clerk to Honorable William R. Buchanan, Sr., Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland, 1989-1991. Member: Worcester County and Maryland State Bar Associations.
  • University of Baltimore
    Juris Doctorate

Guy R. Ayres

Guy R. Ayres, III (Member) born Salisbury, Maryland, June 25, 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, Maryland and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1974, U.S. Supreme Court; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Education: University of Maryland (B.S., 1967); University of Baltimore (J.D., 1970). City Councilman, Ocean City, Maryland, 1978-1982. Town Attorney, Ocean City, Maryland, 1982-. Member, Governor's Task Force on Time Sharing, 1983. Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Member: Worcester County (Treasurer, 1976; Secretary, 1977; Vice President, 1978; President, 1979), Maryland State and American Bar Associations; National Institute of Municipal Law Officers; Maryland Municipal Attorneys Association (Treasurer, 1984-1986; Secretary, 1986-1987; Vice President, 1987-1988; President, 1988-1989).

Reported Cases: Ocean City Police Dept. v. Marshall, 158 Md.App. 115, 854 A.2d 299 (2003); Downtown Brewing company, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, 370 Md. 145, 803 A.2d 545 (2002); Caricofe v. Mayor and city council of Ocean City, Maryland, 32 Fed.Appx. 62, 2002, 2002 WL 482563 (4th Cir. 2002); Davis v. DiPino, 121 Md.App. 28, 708 A.2d 357 (1998), aff'd in part, vacatd in part, 354 Md. 18, 729 A.2d 354 (1999); Algave v. Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, 5 F.Supp. 2d 354 (D.Md. 1998); Ocean City Bd. of Sup'rs of Elections v. Gisriel, 102 Md.App. 136, 648 A.2d 1091 (1994), aff'd, 345 Md. 477, 693 A.2d 757 (1997); Davis v. DiPino, 99 Md.App. 282, 637 A.2d 475 (1994), rev'd, 337 Md. 642, 655 A.2d 401 (1995); State v. 91st Street Joint Venture, 330 Md. 620, 625 A.2d 953 (1992); Mayor and City Council of Ocean City v. Purnell-Jarvis, Ltd., 86 Md.App. 390, 586 A.2d 816 (1991); Warner v. Town of Ocean City, 81 Md. App. 176, 567 A.2d 160 (1989); Windsor Resort Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, 71 Md.App. 476, 526 A.2d 102 (1987); DeFranks v. Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, 777 F.2d 185 (4th Cir. 1985); Century I Condominium Ass'n. Inc. v. Plaza Condominium Joint Venture, 64 Md.App. 107, 494 A.2d 713 (1985); Mayor and City Council of Ocean City v. Johnson, 57 Md. App. 502, 470 A.2d 1308 (1984); Mumford v. State, 19 Md. App. 640 (1974).

Practice Areas: Municipal Law; Administrative Law; Real Estate; Civil Litigation
  • University of Baltimore
    Juris Doctorate

M. Dean Jenkins

M. DEAN JENKINS was listed by Baltimore Magazine in 2008, 2009, and 2010 in Maryland Super Lawyers - The Top Attorneys In Maryland, under the practice area of Criminal Defense.

PRACTICE AREAS: Criminal Law and Traffic Law; Driving Under the Influence, Motor Vehicle Administrative Hearings, Drugs and Narcotics, Assault, Theft, and all Criminal Cases in State District Court and Circuit Court, Jury Trials, Appeals of Criminal Cases.

M. DEAN JENKINS has been in criminal law practice since December 1970 and has been a partner in the law firm of Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A. since June 1, 1973.

M. DEAN JENKINS graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1970. Since 1992 M. Dean Jenkins has been listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, in its own words, is limited to only the most distinguished law practices; those that have achieved the AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The "A" signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the "V" denotes "very high" adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.

M. DEAN JENKINS was inducted in 1999 as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers (the College). Fellowship is limited to the top 1% of all trial lawyers in any State. In the words of the College, fellowship is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who has mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. The qualifications for fellowship include:

1. A reputation for the highest ethics, professionalism and collegiality.
2. Exceptional Courtroom Trial Skills.
3. At least 15 years of active trial practice.

The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of fellows who represent the best of the trial bar in the United States and Canada.

Harold B. Gordy, Jr

Harold B. Gordy, Jr. (Member) born Salisbury, Maryland, April 23, 1945; admitted to bar, 1970, Maryland; 1976, U.S. Supreme Court.

Education: Washington & Lee University (B.A., 1967); Georgetown University (J.D., 1970). Delta Theta Phi. Law Clerk to Honorable Irving A. Levine, Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, 1970-1971. City Councilman, Ocean City, 1974-1978. Member, Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, First Judicial Circuit of Maryland, 1979-1987. Trustee, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, 1984-1994.

Member: Worcester County, Maryland State and American Bar Associations; American Judicature Society.

Practice Areas: Real Estate; Corporate Law; Estates.
  • Georgetown University
    Juris Doctorate

James W. Almand

James W. Almand (Member) born Washington, D.C., October 17, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, Florida and U.S. Court of Military Appeals; 1976, Maryland; 1980, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Florida (B.S., 1969; J.D., 1972). Assistant Dean, University of Maryland School of Law, 1975-1977. Trustee, Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland, 2000. Chairman, Atlantic General Hospital Corporation, 1991-1995. Chairman, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, 1996-1998. Member: Worcester County (President, 1984), Maryland State (Chairman, Young Lawyers Section Council, 1983-1984; Member, Board of Governors, 1987-1989) and American Bar Associations; Maryland Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association; Maryland Bar Foundation (Director, 1991-1997). [Capt., JAGC, U.S. Army, 1972-1975].

Reported Cases: Dodson v. Dodson, 380 Md. 438, 845 A.2d 1194 (2004); Jurgensen v. New Phoenix Atlantic Condominium Council of Unit Owners, 380 Md. 106, 843 A.2d 865 (2004); Hickman v. Carven, 135 Md.App. 645, 763 A.2d 1207 (2000), affd, 366 Md. 362, 784 A.2d 31 (2001); Scott v. Scott, 103 Md.App. 500, 653 A.2d 1017 (1995); Kaouris v. Kaouris, 91 Md.App. 223, 603 A.2d 1350 (1992); Golden Sands Club Condominium, Inc. v. Walker, 313 Md. 484, 545 A.2d 1332 (1988); Regiec v. Stogo, 72 Md.App. 311, 528 A.2d 545 (1987); Miller v. Miller, 70 Md.App. 1, 519 A.2d 1298 (1987).

Practice Areas: Domestic Relations; Condominium Law; Litigation; Real Estate; Business Law. Email: James W. Almand
  • University of Florida
    Juris Doctorate

Mark Spencer Cropper

Mark Spencer Cropper (Member) born Salisbury, Maryland, September 5, 1964; admitted to bar, 1989, Maryland; 1992, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland.

Education: Frostburg State College; Salisbury State College; University of Baltimore (B.A., magna cum laude, 1986; Alpha Chi; Phi Alpha Delta) University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1989). Law Clerk to Honorable Theodore R. Eschenburg and Honorable Thomas C. Groton III, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, 1989-1991. Author: "The Ocean City Beach Replenishment Conflict," University of Baltimore School of Law, Law Forum, October, 1988.

Member: Worcester County and Maryland State Bar Associations.

Practice Areas: Litigation; Zoning, Planning and Land Use; Business Law.

Bruce F. Bright

Bruce Bright was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Northern Virginia. After graduating from Widener University School of Law (Wilmington, Delaware) with honors, Mr. Bright practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland, before moving to the Ocean City area and joining AJGA in 2001.

Mr. Bright focuses his practice in the area of civil litigation, both trial and appellate. He has represented individuals and businesses in both state and federal trial courts, and has handled appeals in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bright has been counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving a variety of issues and claims, including civil rights, personal injury (automobile tort, premises liability, product liability, and intentional torts), business torts, partnership and other business entity disputes, construction claims, real estate and other contract claims, administrative law, condominium and homeowner's association law, and employment-related claims.

Mr. Bright's clients have included real estate developers, injured individuals, condominium associations, construction companies, and property owners. He is counsel to the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and has represented local governments, including the Town of Ocean City and the Town of Snow Hill.

Mr. Bright has been selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication, selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-phase process that includes peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. No more than five percent (5%) of all lawyers in the State of Maryland are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Mr. Bright has been selected in the general litigation and business litigation practice areas. Mr. Bright has also been selected (in 2013) for inclusion in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Maryland.

Mr. Bright has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Lower Shore since 2005, including as President, as a member of the Executive Committee, and as Chairman of the Community Investment Committee. He lives in Ocean City with his wife, Arlette, and their three children, Abigail, Wyatt, and Colin.

Heather E. Stansbury

Heather Stansbury was born in Baltimore, Maryland. After attending Towson University for college, Ms. Stansbury graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2004. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Stansbury served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph F. Murphy, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals from 2004 to 2005. In 2005, Ms. Stansbury relocated to the Ocean City area and joined the law firm of Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A.

Ms. Stansbury focuses her practice in the area of family law (which includes custody, divorce, child support, CINA cases) and criminal law. Ms. Stansbury also practices in the area of civil litigation, both trial and appellate, and engages in Will preparation.

Ms. Stansbury is a volunteer attorney at the Worcester County Pro Se Family Law Clinic and serves as a member of the Board for Diakonia, a non-profit Emergency and Transitional Housing Service located in Ocean City, Maryland.

Practice areas:
Family Law (including Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation, CINA)
Criminal Law
Traffic Violations
Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions/Court Admissions:

J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 2004
B.A., cum laude, Towson University, 2001

Affiliations, Associations:
American Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
Worcester County Bar Association.