What We Do

Comprehensive Legal Counsel for Complex Business, Financial, Real Estate and Litigation Matters Throughout Maryland, Delaware and Beyond

Synergy is defined as “a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements.” Though it may be an overused buzzword, its essence is what makes our firm unmatched in the depth and scope of the legal services we provide to clients on the Eastern Shore and beyond.

McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker brings together collaborative lawyers with extensive experience in a broad range of practice areas. This “mutually advantageous compatibility” allows us to provide comprehensive services that leverage our lawyers’ individual strengths while providing economies of scale that can increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

Our lawyers have spent decades representing a diverse group of clients, including individuals, Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, hospital systems, closely held businesses and municipalities. We provide personal and sophisticated representation in the following areas:

Administrative Law. With attorneys as well-versed in local Eastern Shore government entities and ordinances as they are in federal law, regulations and procedures, we provide effective representation in all administrative law matters. From applications to compliance to adversarial proceedings, we know the “who” and the “how” when it comes to dealing with regulatory agencies so we can constructively and efficiently resolve issues.

Agricultural Law. Those with Eastern Shore agricultural interests face unique financial, practical and legal challenges which require legal counsel attuned to such concerns. Our lawyers have decades of experience working with farmers and other entities whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them with estate planning, real estate, land use, financing, regulatory and all other matters that impact the viability and profitability of their enterprises and protect the legacy of their stewardship.

Banking & Finance. Our attorneys represent national, regional and local financial institutions doing business on the Eastern Shore and throughout Maryland. For bank holding companies, community banks and other institutional lenders, we provide experienced guidance on compliance issues and meticulously structure, document and address deficiencies for a wide variety of lending transactions, including asset-based loans, participations, syndications, restructurings and secured or unsecured lending facilities.

Business & Commercial Law. We counsel businesses of all sizes on the matters that impact their day-to-day operations as well as their long-term success. From establishing optimal corporate structures to shepherding profitable transactions, we are steadfast partners and advisors for all our business clients. When commercial disputes arise, our business litigators are fully prepared to face them.

Civil Litigation & ADR.  Disagreements and discrepancies can disrupt your business and sap your finances if not handled properly. We take a proactive and creative approach to minimizing the risk of disputes, presenting Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) that work for all parties involved. If disputes do arise and necessitate litigation, we have “bet the company” litigators who aggressively protect our clients’ rights. Whether in the courtroom, in front of a mediator or at the negotiating table, our skilled litigators endeavor to find positive, cost-effective resolutions that allow our clients to move forward.

Condominiums & Homeowners Associations. From developer transition periods to day-to-day governance to the resolution of owner disputes, we understand and address the issues that condominium and homeowners’ associations regularly encounter.

Construction Law. We work with general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals on all aspects of private and public development projects. Years of handling contract negotiation, project management, lien resolution and insurance and surety matters, along with our extensive litigation experience, allow us to provide comprehensive services for clients in the construction industry.

Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy. Our commercial and retail collection lawyers are powerfully effective at reducing receivables and resolving outstanding debts while always remaining cognizant of strict federal and state debt collection laws. We also advocate for and protect the rights of secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Employment Law. We work with both employers and employees on an array of employment matters. We help companies establish policies and programs that minimize their exposure to employment-related claims and keep them in compliance with state and federal employment laws. We are also committed to protecting the rights of workers when companies run afoul of their obligations.

Environmental Law. Failure to consider, address or remediate environmental issues can bring a project to a costly standstill and expose property owners and developers to significant liability for running afoul of complex and multi-layered regulations. We help clients integrate environmental concerns early in the planning process and efficiently resolve a wide range of matters, including wetlands and Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas, forest conservation, threatened and endangered species, sediment and pollution control and historic preservation.

Estate Planning & Administration. Complex portfolios of assets, shifting priorities and changing laws make sophisticated estate planning and wealth preservation strategies invaluable. We structure individually tailored estate plans to achieve our clients’ personal objectives, including asset protection, retirement planning, Medicaid planning, business succession planning, probate avoidance and minimizing tax liabilities.

Family Law - Our family law attorneys provide services to entrepreneurs, business owners and high-net-worth individuals.  Our experience as commercial litigators and business attorneys affords our clients with effective counsel within the scope of domestic relations involving substantial assets or business concerns.

Healthcare Law - We understand that nothing is simple in healthcare, whether you are a physician or other professional facing the increasingly-complex demands of practice, a business serving healthcare clients in an unfamiliar regulatory environment, or an entrepreneur focused on bringing the next cutting-edge innovation to market.

Real Estate & Construction Litigation. We are regularly enlisted to address real estate and construction-related disputes. Our firm works closely with clients to resolve discrepancies as quickly and efficiently as possible to bring projects to fruition, maximize the return on real property investments, and minimize and mitigate risks resulting from disputes.

Real Estate Transactions. Our real estate attorneys have decades of experience with the purchase and sale of residential, investment, commercial, industrial and agricultural properties as well as vacant land throughout the Eastern Shore and beyond. No matter the size or complexity of the transaction, we get our clients to closing with efficiency, confidence and finality. We also recognize that some disputes require aggressive litigation and are prepared to do what is necessary to protect our clients’ interests.

Zoning & Land Use. When it comes to clearing zoning and land use obstacles that could stand in the way of your project, there is simply no substitute for local knowledge and experience. Our clients reap the benefits that come from our firm’s decades of facilitating projects and developments on the Eastern Shore; we help them acquire the necessary permits, variances and approvals that can keep projects on track.

Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Legal Options

Whatever your legal needs, we welcome the opportunity to explore how we can assist you. Call McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker today at (410) 820-0222 or contact us online to arrange a consultation about your specific issues or concerns.