BALTIMORE—David Hamilton, who launched and has led Womble Bond Dickinson’s Baltimore office since it opened in 2007, has ascended to a position on Womble Bond Dickinson’s Global Board. As a result of his growing firm-level leadership obligations and his increased focus on business development in the Mid-Atlantic region, Hamilton is handing over the reins of the Baltimore office to partner Barry Herman.

The Global Board is the governing body that oversees and directs all transatlantic activities for Womble Bond Dickinson. Members include top leaders from both the UK and US sides of the firm. Hamilton also will continue to serve on the Firm Management Committee, the governing body of Womble Bond Dickinson’s US operations. 

In addition, Hamilton serves as Team Leader of the firm’s Wealth Management Sector, which advises clients on the legal issues surrounding the transfer of wealth. He helps lead the firm’s business development efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region, a role that will grow in the future.

“Opening Womble Bond Dickinson’s Baltimore office was a true challenge and it has been gratifying to have the firm’s support to grow the office,” Hamilton said. “With increased business development and firm leadership responsibilities, it is time for a younger generation to take over the office leadership.  Barry is the next generation’s leader for this office. I plan to stay actively involved both in this office and in our community.”

Herman is a Chambers rated intellectual property litigation attorney, was named Best Lawyer’s Baltimore Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2017 and 2018, and received the Maryland Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award in 2018. A former chemical engineer, he represents clients in district courts throughout the country, as well as before the USPTO. His recent activities include helping DynaEnergetics US, Inc. earn a series of victories in an IP dispute with a competitor. Locally, he serves on the Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore, just completing a two year stint as Chair.  He is also active in the Maryland State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and served as Chair in 2016-17.  

The leadership transition takes effect July 25, 2018.