A weekly invitational profile series on professionals demonstrating excellence in the fields of law, healthcare & medicine, social services, business,
finance, technology & education. Produced by Proactive Resources in the October 12, 2011 issue of the Baltimore City Paper.


Attorneys James Motsay & Michael Lay at MOTSAY AND LAY believe that the time has come in society to start thinking differently about divorce. As collaborative divorce attorneys with more than 60 years of combined legal experience, they can help you chart a better way for your family's future through the collaborative divorce process.

In this transparent process, the parties & their attorneys agree to resolve all issues in an atmosphere of cooperation, honesty & integrity, with full & open exchange of information. Their goal is to minimize the negative emotional & economic consequences of divorce. The process also calls upon other professionals, including mental health professionals & financial planners. In a series of group meetings, the parties get the best professional assistance with their divorce. Parties are able to maintain control over the entire process & outcome, instead of judges and the courts making decisions for them. Additionally, Jim & Mike are also available for the full spectrum of divorce & family law issues and will litigate on their client's behalf when necessary.

Motsay And Lay
200 E 25th St, Baltimore, MD 21218


A doctor and staff caring enough to listen to you is a concern that many consider most important in their oral healthcare provider. Of the many dentists to choose from in this area, people want to find a caring, gentle dentist with expert skills to treat them and their families. With Larry A. Layton, DDS & Anna M. Finkler, DDS of LARRY A. LAYTON, DDS & ASSOCIATES, you can receive quality dental care. You will find they take great effort to keep you comfortable during and after your treatment while utilizing the latest techniques available.

Drs. Layton & Finkler provide cosmetic dentistry, including bonding, whitening, veneers, sealants, limited periodontics, extractions, implants, bridges for missing teeth, fillings, cleanings and root canals, just to name a few of their services. Most employee dental plans and insurance are welcome forms of payment. Preventive measures early on ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and a bright smile.

Larry A. Layton, DDS & Associates
131 Slade Ave, Pikesville, MD 21208


Since 1957, ST. PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL has been prepared to give their students an excellent Christ-centered education. It is a co-ed school for students Preschool (Ages 2-5), Kindergarten, and First through Fifth grade and where "children learn to love and love to learn". Principal Tim Gabbert and his professional staff are personally interested in each student and provide them individual attention. Their planned curriculum covers the social skills, personal growth & academic foundations necessary to prepare students for the future. The School is affiliated with St. Paul Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod for your child's positive spiritual growth.

The students at St. Paul Lutheran School score two years above average on the Stanford Achievement Test. The faculty's purpose is to acquaint each student with important and substantial information about their world and their relationship to the Lord. They aid students in the development of the principles of morality, discipline & self-reliance. Their process of education has been proven successful with the cooperation of parents, the school & the students. They hold many community events and church activities for fund-raising & parental involvement.

St. Paul Lutheran School
2001 Old Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228


ATTORNEY ELIZABETH J. CASE is a Columbia attorney & mediator whose practice is dedicated to restoring sanity to the divorce process through mediation & collaborative divorce. Court battles can be emotionally & financially devastating, as Betsy knows from her 20+ years of experience as a divorce litigator. She also knows there are effective alternatives that allow for healthier transitions for the separating couple and their children, while providing the couple with more control over the outcome.

Mediation and the collaborative divorce process focus on solutions rather than conflict and are based on a shared commitment to minimize emotional & financial damage, respect the needs of each individual and create a foundation for effective co-parenting. The collaborative divorce process offers a dual benefit: each attorney provides independent counsel to their client and also participates as an advocate & team member throughout the process.

Attorney Elizabeth J. Case
10025 Governor Warfield Pkwy, Suite #304, Columbia, MD 21044


With more than 10 years of legal experience, ATTORNEY COLBY S. HALL practices divorce & family law, with emphasis upon mediation & collaborative law as forms of alternative dispute resolution. As a former Assistant State's Attorney (Howard County), Colby explains that mediation & collaborative law rest upon the shared belief that sensitive family matters are best resolved when parties commit themselves to a private, non-adversarial process for resolution of their differences. He asserts that creative, non-adversarial processes often provide substantial emotional & financial benefits. Colby is also available to represent clients in the full spectrum of divorce & family law processes and participates in litigation on his clients' behalf when necessary.

Regardless of his role as: mediator, collaborative lawyer or litigation advocate, Colby has helped many clients obtain results that are tailored to the interests, needs & concerns of each individual and for the family as a whole.

Law Office of Colby S. Hall, LLC
30 Corporate Ctr, 10440 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite #300, Columbia, MD 21044


Competition in the business marketplace is tougher today than it has ever been. As a business owner or MIS director, you must be able to manage information and quickly use it to your advantage. Computer systems have become essential "weapons" in today's business arsenal. When you don't want to hire your own IT department, LANSITE, LLC steps in. They are ready when you are with personalized attention. Their focus is to provide the very best in IT solutions for home, non-profits & small to medium-sized businesses.

Lansite can save you time & money. You don't have to worry about availability. They can help from anywhere as they monitor your network remotely and can help immediately with help desk support. You could be anywhere with your laptop and still get their support. They also help with disaster recovery plans, security & privacy, data & voice cabling, network infrastructure, managed services, business continuity & IT business consulting. Lansite also offers custom configured computer systems, peripherals & networks tailored to your business or individual needs.

Lansite, LLC
2416 E Joppa Rd, Parkville, MD 21234


Attorneys Victor D. Berger & Thomas A. Burns at BERGER & BURNS, LLC have more than 30 years of combined legal experience. They explain that collaborative law is the shared belief by participants that it is in the best interest of spouses and their families to avoid litigation and arrive at outcomes privately and respectfully. This reduces the negative economic and emotional consequences of adversarial court proceedings.

In the Collaborative Process, spouses, attorneys, financial professionals and trained professionals commit to settle each case without judicial intervention; give prompt and thorough disclosure of all relevant information; and engage in face-to-face conferences to resolve all issues. If either party chooses to go to court, the collaborative team must withdraw and the spouses retain new counsel. Litigation is not an option in collaborative law. Victor & Thomas are also available for the full spectrum of divorce & family law issues and will litigate on their client's behalf if necessary.

Berger & Burns, LLC
3701 Court House Dr, Ellicott City, MD 21043


ATTORNEY ANNAMARIA WALSH at the LAW OFFICES OF DOUGLAS T. SACHSE practices collaborative law, which is a form of alternative dispute resolution that grew out of dissatisfaction with the negative emotional side-effects of litigation in family law cases. In collaborative law, both spouses and both attorneys commit contractually to staying out of court, to sharing financial and other information freely, and to working cooperatively and creatively to reach resolution.

Anna is quick to point out that through the collaborative process, she seeks to ease a family's transition and help to establish new communication patterns so that former spouses can be good co-parents. Collaborative law can be an effective dispute resolution method not only for divorcing or separating couples, but also for people dealing with parenting plans, child support disputes or negotiating pre-nuptial or domestic partnership agreements.

Law Offices of Douglas T. Sachse
606 Baltimore Ave, Suite #402, Towson, MD 21204


VETERINARY OPHTHALMOLOGY CLINIC is a very special place. Dr. Janet Isherwood has more than 19 years of veterinary ophthalmology specialty experience and sees regularly scheduled appointments and ocular emergencies daily throughout the week. She provides exams for purebred breeding dogs, genetic diseases of the eye, eyelids, glaucoma, trauma, cancer & infectious disease are examples of reasons why examinations are regularly performed. She also offers testing for the proper diagnosis, prognosis & treatment of animal eye problems.

The most advanced diagnostics & surgical instrumentation are available at Dr. Isherwood's practice. Cryosurgery, laser surgeries & phacoemulsification for cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation are routinely performed. Dr. Isherwood is Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology and licensed to practice in MD, PA & CA.

Veterinary Ophthalmology Clinic
32 Mellor Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228


ATTORNEY MICHAEL HART DAVIS focuses his practice on family law, mediation, collaborative family law and divorce. He utilizes a comprehensive approach to family law matters and believes that most family law issues can and should be resolved in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. With more than 30 years of experience, Michael explains that legal principles provide only one factor in the approach to issue resolution. The creative and future-looking solutions reached through the collaborative process are more durable, valued and honoured by the parties who design them.

Michael states that the collaborative process is particularly valuable to the welfare of children effected by their parents' decision to collaborate rather than litigate. It enables clients & their families to move beyond a separation or divorce without destroying their relationships along the way. Managing conflict & emotion throughout the collaborative process allows the parties to preserve relationship & marital assets and to arrive at solutions that could never be obtained through litigation.

Law Offices of Michael Hart Davis
Lake Falls Professional Bldg, 6115 Falls Rd, Suite #LL-B, Baltimore, MD 21209


Collaborative law is a non-adversarial process in which each party in a divorce is represented by an attorney and a combination of other collaboratively trained professionals as needed. Attorneys Jolie G. Weinberg, Marni B. Schwartz & Sarah N. Nesbit at WEINBERG & SCHWARTZ, LLC state that the collaborative approach requires divorcing parties and their attorneys to agree to full disclosure in all dealings with each other. They must sign an agreement providing that, so long as they engage in the collaborative process, they will not pursue any litigation in court.

Jolie, Marni & Sarah are quick to point out that the collaborative divorce process utilizes a joint problem solving approach, considering the interests and priorities of both spouses and their children. It is highly rated for producing lasting agreements and beneficial co-parenting plans. They state that collaborative divorce settlements continue to grow as parties learn the many benefits this option provides.

Weinberg & Schwartz, LLC
10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite #446, Columbia, MD 21044


For more than 54 years, EDNA LEE DANCE STUDIO has featured expert instruction in ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, lyrical & Children's Work dancing with easy-to-understand lessons. The studio offers instruction for ages three to adult. Their certified instructors will be happy to discuss all of the classes available to you. Even if you presently do not dance, or if you dance already and wish to improve, they offer instruction at any level.

The beauty of dance can give your body control & fitness as well as having a lot of fun. Their caring instructors feel that through dance they can teach the benefits of self-discipline & controlled grace. Edna Lee Dance Studio provides a disciplined understanding of dance and a self-awareness that shows student how to enjoy the art of dancing. They focus on the technical training of the student and not so much on the awards. Competition is strictly an extra opportunity to perform, learn & mature as a performer. ELDS proudly produces an annual professional level production of "The Nutcracker" in conjunction with "Maryland Festival Ballet".

Edna Lee Dance Studio
7067 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Glen Burnie, MD 21061