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Opening Remarks

Hon. Henry Hamilton III

Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division

Luncheon Service

Solo and Small Firm Awards Presentation

Thomas A. Urquhart

Secretary, ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes solo and small firm attorneys who are widely accepted by their peers as having significant lifetime distinction, exceptional achievement, and distinction in an exemplary way. The winners will be viewed by other solo and small firm practitioners as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession and of solo and small firm practitioners.

Natasha M. Nazareth

Rockville, Maryland

Natasha Nazareth co-founded Nazareth Bonifacino Law Benefit LLC, Maryland’s first Certified B CorporationTM law firm. She has 25 years of experience as a practicing attorney with a focus on corporate & business law, employment law, and education law.

Natasha provides astute general counsel services to a variety of purpose-driven small- to mid-market businesses, independent schools and colleges, and nonprofits with an emphasis on governance, operations, contracting, business transactions, crisis/risk management, growth, and market innovation as well aligning leadership, talent, and operations for optimal performance. She excels in conflict resolution and is a senior mediator for North Carolina state government and universities.

Natasha served as General Counsel to the Bullis School in Potomac, MD as well as a University of North Carolina system campus. She taught as an Adjunct Law Professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law. In 2019 her career transition from in-house roles to private practice was highlighted in the Maryland Bar Journal.

Natasha has been honored as a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation in recognition for her demonstrated dedication to the welfare of her community, the administration of justice, and the objectives of the state bar. With the Maryland State Bar Association, she currently serves on the Board of Governors (Executive Committee and Budget & Finance Committee). She led the Editorial Advisory Board of the Maryland Bar Journal through its transformation into a modern print and digital magazine which reflects the wide diversity of the organization’s 25,000 members. She is also a member of the Judicial Nominations Committee of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland. Her past bar leadership includes the Business Law Section Council of the MSBA, the Boards of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and the Attorney Grievance Committee of the North Carolina State Bar. In 2023, Natasha was named a “Woman Making History” by the Montgomery County (MD) Commission for Women.

Natasha gladly shares her expertise and growth mindset through her publications and teaching of client workshops and continuing education credits for lawyers and HR professionals. She is the lead author of the Business Organizations Chapter of the Practice Manual for the Maryland Lawyer (Fifth Edition). In 2020, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, she published a Strategic Perspectives feature for Wolters Kluwer “Counseling the small business owner on re-opening for business.”

Outside of the law, Natasha enjoys yoga, cooking, long walks with her family and dogs, and travel.

Natasha’s guiding principles are service, simplicity and satisfaction. Whether you hire her to explore new ventures, resolve a conflict, or optimize your operations, she will quickly build a relationship with you, listen carefully, and understand your needs as an organization, family or individual.

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

Rewards bar leaders and associations for their successful implementation of a project or program specifically targeted to solo and small firm lawyers.

Eric A. Gang

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Eric Gang is an award-winning lawyer with a national law practice focused on appeals on behalf of U.S. veterans wrongly denied medical and disability benefits. He has litigated some 1,000 appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of disabled veterans. His book, “Betrayal of Valor: An Exposé of a Horribly Flawed Veteran's Administration,” was published by Sutton Hart Press in the fall of 2022.

As founding partner at Gang & Associates, Eric Gang’s service-focused approach and strategic vision have produced one of the nation’s premier firms for veterans’ disability law, serving veterans and their families around the world. Eric has been practicing law for more than 25 years and he currently serves as the executive director of the nonprofit foundation, The Disabled Veterans Resource Center, Inc.

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award

Recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to educating lawyers or law students regarding the opportunities and challenges of a solo and small firm practice.

Krystle I. Myers

Baltimore, Maryland

Krystle I. Myers, Esquire, a Baltimore native and legal luminary, stands as the founder of ElevEn Law Firm, a cutting-edge boutique law firm meticulously tailored to the distinctive needs of entrepreneurs. Her visionary approach to the legal profession extends beyond her thriving practice, as she is also the creator of the Attorney Accelerator, a groundbreaking mentorship program designed to help attorneys hang their own shingle and to assist solo practitioners in systematizing and automating their practices.

Krystle's remarkable journey commenced with her graduation from Winston Salem State University with honors in 2004, where she laid the foundation for a career marked by academic excellence. She further honed her legal acumen at The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, solidifying her commitment to a path of distinction.

A Legal Maverick, Krystle boasts over a decade of profound experience in pivotal practice areas, including business law, intellectual property law, and entertainment law. Her vast and versatile portfolio is a testament to her dedication to empowering a diverse clientele.

Like a who's who of fearless entrepreneurs, Krystle’s clientele includes tenacious small businesses, nonprofits, healthcare professionals, influential entertainers, and an array of other creative visionaries. Her diverse roster showcases her ability to navigate the intricacies of each industry with finesse.

Krystle, affectionately known as the "Attorney for Every Preneur," champions a forward-thinking approach to law, embracing the fusion of traditional and non-traditional legal solutions. Her philosophy provides unparalleled support to clients, ensuring they can rest easy knowing their businesses are not only thriving but legally fortified. With her counsel, they not only endure the complexities of entrepreneurship but flourish in the face of legal challenges.

Closing Remarks

Hon. Henry Hamilton III

Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division