PK Law Merges with Augustus Brown and Albert J.A. Young in Harford County

Pessin Katz Law, P.A. (“PK Law”) is pleased to announce the merging of Augustus (“Gus”) Brown and Albert John Anderson (“Jay”) Young as Members into the Firm. They will be based in the Firm’s Belcamp Office.

Gus and Jay are well known and respected attorneys in Harford County and the surrounding areas. Both practiced in Harford County at Brown, Brown & Young, P.A. and have been active members of the legal and business communities, serving on and chairing boards, holding gubernatorial appointments, and teaching and mentoring young attorneys throughout their legal careers.

Gus Brown is an accomplished and experienced trial attorney primarily representing clients injured in matters related to defective products, unsafe premises, auto accidents, and work. He is also a mediator, arbitrator, and jury trial consultant, providing trial consulting services nationally. Throughout his years of practice, Mr. Brown has earned a reputation as a skilled and professional litigator. He is held in high regard and greatly respected by his clients, colleagues, and peers. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the most prominent recognition any trial lawyer can receive, a past president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a member of the American Association for Justice where he achieved Diplomate status, the highest level of distinction for the group’s most accomplished trial attorneys. Mr. Brown is also highly regarded as a mentor. He teaches trial skills to lawyers and is a faculty member of the Keenan Trial Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the Dean of the Institute’s school teaching other lawyers how to conduct jury focus groups. He also teaches trial attorneys skills to best prepare clients for deposition and trial testimony. In addition, Mr. Brown has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, is rated AV-Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell denoting the highest standards of professional skill and ethics and has been recognized as a top attorney by Maryland Super Lawyers since 2007.

Jay Young’s practice is concentrated in the area of business, real property, land use, estate planning and estate administration. He enjoys the distinction of planning and administering many of the largest estates probated in Harford County as well as some of the most significant residential and commercial projects developed in the County. Jay served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward A. DeWaters Jr., later Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit of Maryland.

Mr. Young has received numerous honors and awards and is an active member of the community. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2019. He is rated AV-Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell for demonstrating the highest standards of professional skill and ethics. He has been recognized as a top attorney in Business and Corporate, Real Estate, and Estate Planning and Probate by Maryland Super Lawyers in 2010, 2016, 2021, 2022 and 2024. He is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of the Upper Chesapeake Health System and past Member and Chairman (2015-2022) of the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. He is a past Member of the Board of Visitors and Governors of Washington College, a Member and Past President of the Board of Directors of Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation, Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of The Manor Conservancy and President and Member of the Board of Governors of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club. He has also served as a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Judicial Nomination Commission for Harford County.

PK Law Continues Expansion In Harford County

The addition of Mr. Brown and Mr. Young to PK Law follows Harford County Attorney Eric McLauchlin’s joining the Firm in June of 2022, and is a clear indication of PK Law’s commitment to Harford County and its goal of merging more area firms and attorneys into the Firm. The Towson-based, 50-attorney firm closed its Bel Air office in December of 2023 and opened a well-appointed and spacious office space on the Bush River on the Water’s Edge Campus in Belcamp, Maryland to accommodate the expected growth. The Firm is modeling the success it experienced at its Columbia office, which beginning in 2020, has grown to nine attorneys along with paralegals and support staff. Much of the credit for that success is attributed to PK Law’s size, culture, and support.

Eric remarked regarding Gus and Jay joining the Firm, “My own transition from practicing in a small firm setting to having the backing of over 50 highly skilled, highly talented PK Law attorneys was smooth and supportive. We have demonstrated that such a transition allows for local, personalized, and quality representation with deeper support. Jay and Gus are both excellent attorneys with incredible reputations. When I found out they were interested in finding a platform to help them continue to not only grow their practices but to teach and pass along their skills to younger attorneys, I knew PK Law was the place for them. It is an honor to have the opportunity to practice with them and to have them support PK Law’s commitment to Harford County.”

PK Law’s Managing Director, Drake Zaharris said, “Like Eric, Gus and Jay are highly skilled and respected attorneys and leaders in the Bel Air legal and business communities. They are a wonderful addition to our Firm, and it is a compliment to Eric that they chose to join him and our team in Belcamp.” He added, “They are the type of attorneys we want in our Firm to help us with our continued growth.”

About Pessin Katz Law, P.A. (PK Law)

PK Law is a leading Maryland law firm with more than 50 attorneys, paralegals and law clerks. The firm’s main office is located in Towson with offices in Columbia and Belcamp. PK Law’s core practice areas include Corporate and Real Estate Services, Education Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning and Elder Law, Litigation and Medical Malpractice Defense.