Clients want experienced lawyers who provide high quality services, but also want a lawyer who is accessible and sensitive to their personal problems and business concerns. Michael understands how daunting the legal system can be and is always available to help clients.
ABOUT MICHAEL S. ELDER
HOW CAN MICHAEL HELP YOU?
CIVIL TRIALS & APPEALS
Michael has tried cases and argued appeals in a wide variety of legal areas. He has been a white-collar prosecutor in the Maryland and New York Attorney General’s Office and argued criminal appeals for the Maryland Public Defender. As a civil attorney, he has handled environmental contamination cases, personal injury and medical negligence matters and claims against governmental agencies involving land use, negligence, and arbitrary bureaucratic decision making under the Administrative Procedure Act.
CONTRACTS & BUSINESS LITIGRATION
Michael has negotiated and litigated contract and other business disputes on behalf of individuals, large and small corporations and governmental agencies relating to real estate, land development, construction projects, professional services, employment, and environmental cleanups.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
Michael has represented scores of individuals in disability cases and has obtained favorable rulings in almost every one of them. Because of the restrictive policies of the Social Security Administration in recent years, these cases require careful analysis and preparation by lawyers versed in the law and conversant with complicated physical and psychological medical issues.
DIVORCE & CUSTODY
When reconciliation and mediation fails, you need the services of an attorney who will forcefully and fairly represent your interests, and who is skilled in factual investigation, evaluation of financial documents and deposing witnesses. Michael’s background as a white-collar prosecutor and civil litigator has well served his family law clients. Thorough factual development is essential to set the stage for fair and equitable outcomes through negotiation and if necessary trial of disputed issues.
Michael has represented landlords and tenants in connection with claims of injuries sustained on allegedly unsafe or improperly maintained rental properties or business properties open to the public. Michael’s representation of clients in this complex area of the law has provided him with a thorough understanding of the legal and factual issues necessary to defend or pursue claims of unsafe conditions.
HOA & CONDOMINIUM DISPUTES
HOA and Condominium Boards should be fully representative, fair and transparent, but that is not always the case. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly or that your Board has not complied with its obligations under your community’s governing documents, Michael can help you. He has successfully negotiated resolution of community disputes and understands how to leverage state law and HOA and Condominium by-laws and other relevant requirements to reach fair and equitable outcomes, and if necessary to call these Boards to account in court.