Attorney & Staff Profiles
Kirk J. Halpin
Kirk Halpin, Managing Partner of The Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates, P.A., founded the firm in 2004 with a concentration in general business and commercial real estate development and transactions. Kirk has handled complex real estate and business transactions for a wide range of businesses, including multi-million dollar deals, while also assisting small business owners with day-to-day operations. Prior to founding his own firm, Kirk was a business and real estate attorney with well-established law firms in Baltimore, Maryland, beginning with Semmes, Bowen & Semmes from 1996 to 1999 and then with Rosenberg Proutt Funk & Greenberg, LLP from 1999 to 2004.
From his days as the owner of the Equipment Funding Group, a small business in Towson, Maryland, to his current role as the owner of a successful and thriving law practice, Kirk has shared his talents and knowledge with the communities in which he has worked and lived, serving on many non-profit boards and volunteering with various community service groups. Kirk served as President of his local homeowner’s association as well holding positions on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Association and the Kings Contrivance Board of Directors, both local Howard County governing bodies within Columbia, Maryland. He has also volunteered his time and talents with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, the Maryland State Bar Association, The Lawyers Clearinghouse, Inc. and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Additionally, Kirk has been a speaker and panelist at several legal and business related seminars and continuing education programs and published several articles related to general business and legal issues. In addition to practicing law, Kirk is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Maryland. He resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife and their two sons.
Kirk is a member of the Bar in Maryland.
Jeff Koeppel serves as Of Counsel to Kirk Halpin & Associates, P.A., with a concentration in corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance and corporate financings. Prior to joining the Firm, Jeff was with the corporate/banking/securities boutique law firm of Elias, Matz, Tiernan & Herrick LLP in Washington, D.C. Prior to EMTH, he spent three years as a Senior Branch Attorney – Adviser in the Division of Corporate Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Jeff’s clients range from startups to public companies in industries ranging from high tech, banking, retail, software, gaming, entertainment, new media, manufacturing, consumer products, distribution, and others.
He spoke at Stanford Law School’s Best Practices Conference and gives Continuing Legal Education seminars about, and currently blogs on crowdfunding, the new phenomena of raising small amounts of capital from a large number of people over the Internet.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Baltimore School of Law and has a Masters of Finance degree from The Joseph Sellinger School of Business, Loyola University Maryland. The Martindale-Hubbell Rating System lists Jeff as an AV-rated attorney, the highest possible level of achievement.
He has extensive first-chair transactional experience with expertise in extraordinary corporate transactions, including structuring, negotiating, diligencing, drafting and closing private and public capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, as well as advising boards of directors and senior management, preparing regulatory applications and periodic reports, interfacing with federal and state regulators, negotiating and preparing commercial agreements, and advising on disclosure and related matters.
Jeff is a member of the Bar in Maryland, New York and Washington, D.C.
Marci Smedley has been a practicing real estate and title attorney since 1994. She currently serves as an Attorney with The Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates, P.A. and a settlement attorney for Sage Title Group. Prior to joining The Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates, P.A. and Sage, Marci worked for The Sopher Law Group and Continental Title Group. Before that, she was a partner at Yerman & Smedley, P.A., and Vice President of Am Kor Titles, Inc.
Marci is a former teacher of secondary math at Garrison Forest School. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She currently resides in Highland, Maryland.
Marci is a member of the Bar in Maryland.
Amy Lazas is an Associate of The Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates, P.A., working with clients in the areas of estate planning, estate administration and general business law. Prior to her legal career, Amy worked in large corporate organizations for over 20 years marketing and selling products and services. She also managed corporate partnerships in the U.S. and Internationally.
Amy is a graduate of University of Maryland University College (Information Systems Management), The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School (Master of Administrative Science) and The University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, and the Maryland Women’s Bar Association. She resides with her family in Columbia, Maryland.
Amy is a member of the Bar in Maryland.
SueLyn Athey serves as Of Counsel for The Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates, P.A. Her primary areas of practice focus on commercial real estate, corporate and transactional matters. Over the course of her career, SueLyn has handled transactions involving the purchase and sale of companies through stock, membership interest and asset sales. She has represented clients in the acquisition and financing of real estate, mixed use retail/commercial property, schools, commercial condominiums and office buildings. SueLyn has advised clients with respect to the financing and refinancing of real property through bridge loans, conventional loans, new market tax credits, and public and private offerings of taxable and tax exempt bonds.
Prior to joining the Firm, SueLyn was Of Counsel at Reed Smith LLP for almost 20 years where she focused on real estate, corporate and municipal finance matters. Early in her career, SueLyn gained valuable legal experience working in small and medium sized law firms in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
SueLyn is a member of the Bar in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Cindy Hines serves as a Senior Paralegal with The Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates, P.A., bringing over 30 years of experience in the legal field. She currently concentrates in real estate transactions, business financing and commercial leasing, as well as general business law.
Prior to joining Kirk Halpin & Associates, Cindy spent 17 years serving as Senior Paralegal in the law firm of Shapiro, Sher, Guinot & Sandler, P.A., assisting in the litigation, real estate, and banking practice groups. She brings a wealth of experience to the firm from her years assisting in the representation of clients, including several of the region’s major developers and banking institutions, in complex real estate transactions, including commercial real estate acquisition and development, financing, construction and sales.
Cindy also has experience as a realtor specializing in the sale of residential homes. She is an honor graduate of Ferrum College, and resides in Cheverly, Maryland.
Executive Assistant to Kirk Halpin
Licensed Real Estate Agent