Patricia Ursprung joins CarneyKelehan focusing on education law

Patricia A. Ursprung joined Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett and Scherr LLP as an attorney with a practice focusing on education law. Ursprung expands the team of firm lawyers representing boards of education, local superintendents and school systems generally in Maryland. The team provides counsel and representation in a variety of matters, including student and employee… READ MORE

  • Hawthorn Executive Center
  • 10715 Charter Drive
  • Suite 200
  • Columbia, Maryland 21044
  • P: 410-740-4600
  • Michael S. Molinaro

Mike Molinaro

Mike Molinaro’s practice encompasses work in education, municipal, administrative and election law. He has more than 40 years of education experience, including 16 years as a teacher in the Prince George’s County Public Schools and as an adjunct instructor at a local community college.

In his work with Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, Mr. Molinaro advises public school systems in matters related to policy, student discipline and transfers, procurement, facilities, insurance, business transactions and personnel issues. He prepares contracts; reviews procurement issues and disputes; and drafts leases, easements and other instruments affecting real property.

Mr. Molinaro also defends school systems in administrative hearings and in Maryland’s circuit courts. Calling upon his extensive experience with several county public school systems, Mr. Molinaro serves a number of the firm’s educational clients, including Howard Community College.

As part of his municipal law practice, Mr. Molinaro advises the Howard County Board of Elections concerning its interactions with county and state governments. He also counsels them in cases regarding public employees, contracts and public functions of the agencies.

Representative Decisions:

  • Bobby Clinton v. Board of Education of Howard County, 315 Md. 666, 556 A.2d 273 (1989)
  • Arroyo v. Board of Education of Howard County, 381 Md. 646, 851 A.2d 576 (2004)

Practice Areas:

  • Education Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Administrative Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Maryland, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000


  • Catholic University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Maryland, M.A.
  • St. Vincent College, B.A., summa cum laude

Professional Associations:

  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Howard County Bar Association Civil Law Center
  • National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Maryland Council of Local School Board Attorneys

Community Involvement:

  • Leadership Howard County
  • Howard Community College
  • Howard County Library Past board of trustees attorney member