Next-Stage Development Group


Lawrence A. Shulman

Board Member and Co-Founder

   Lawrence A. Shulman is the President and founding shareholder of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., the largest independent law firm in Maryland outside of Baltimore. This diversified 75-plus attorney commercial law firm specializes in real estate, corporate, tax, securities, bankruptcy, intellectual property and litigation.

   Shulman is a nationally recognized commercial real estate and leasing expert, lecturer and a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. For over 20 years he has co-chaired the Georgetown University Law Center's Continuing Legal Education's unique Advanced Commercial Lease Negotiation Institute and its predecessor programs. He has lectured for The Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. He was a member and president of the Maryland State Board of Education, founded 5 innovative school/business foundations in Montgomery County, and has otherwise participated in numerous committees, commissions and task forces on educational issues.

   Shulman is on the Board of Directors of Columbia Bancorp. The Columbia Bank is a regional, $950M, twenty-plus branch bank focusing on traditional community bank services. He also sits on the Personnel Compensation and Stock Option Committee and chairs the Asset Management Committee.

   He is currently chair of the 270 U Initiative, a group of individuals from the private sector, federal labs and higher-education evaluating the feasibility of establishing a portal to maximize the biotech and high tech opportunities for the transference of research into commercial products in the I 270 corridor.

   Currently he sits on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and its predecessor organization, having chaired or participated in numerous committees or task forces of the Chamber.

   In 1995-1996, Shulman chaired the Governor's Task Force on Procurement, a state-wide task force to eliminate unnecessary red tape and make more effective the State's procurement process by injecting flexibility and common sense into procurement practices as well as identifying and recommending reforms to assist small businesses and MBE firms in procurement dealings with the State. From 1996-1998, Shulman was Vice-chair of Horizon 21 Information Technology Strategic Planning Steering Committee. A Montgomery County Government/private sector partnership to facilitate the development of a strategic plan for information technology for the local County government.

   From 1980 - 1994, Shulman was a member of the board of directors of James A. Federline, Inc. and subsidiaries, a general and mechanical contracting, plumbing and sewage treat-ment firm doing business in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

   In 1982-1984, Shulman served as Vice-President of the Economic and Business Development Corporation of Montgomery County, MD, a non-profit corporation composed of Montgomery County business and professional leaders authorized by the Small Business Administration to make fixed-asset commercial loans to businesses in the County as a certified development corporation.