Mr. Merwin practices in the areas of: (i) general corporate work: mergers and acquisitions, business organization and dissolution, commercial loans, loan workouts, and private placements of securities; (ii) commercial real estate: leasing, acquisitions, certified as a LEED® Green Associate for purposes of compliance with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council; and (iii) estates and trusts: individual estate planning and estate administration, and succession planning for businesses and their owners. Mr. Merwin serves on the board of the Baltimore City Historical Society and works with other local heritage groups; holds leadership positions with the Bryn Mawr School Annual Fund; continues a long history of church lay leadership positions, including governing council, capital campaigns and major events planning; and edits the newsletter of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Business Section. Mr. Merwin is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honor, 1996), where he served as an associate editor of the Business Lawyer, Yale University (M.A.R. 1983) and Trinity College (B.A. 1976). Before entering legal practice, Mr. Merwin was a journalist, writing and editing for newspapers and magazines. In addition to the work published in his journalism career, Mr. Merwin is the author of the following: Misappropriation Theory Awaits a Clear Signal, 51 Bus. Law. 803 (May, 1996); and as a co-author of Chesapeake Waters, 2d ed. Tidewater Publishers, 1997. Mr. Merwin is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Baltimore County Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. In his spare time, Mr. Merwin plays squash and enjoys hiking in the mountains of northern New England.