A Legal Guide to Horse Ownership & Activities 

ABOUT US

Jan I. Berlage is a partner with the law firm Gohn, Hankey, Stickel, & Berlage, LLP  (www.ghsllp.com) where his practice focuses on equine and animal law, as well as general business litigati0n, ranging from commercial disputes to bankruptcy and civil rights litigation. Mr. Berlage has, among other things, taught pretrial litigation practice at the University of Maryland, School of Law, and served on the Maryland State Bar Association's Board of Governors. He has also served as chair of the MSBA Animal Law Section. Jan currently serves as Secretary of the MSBA Agriculture Law Section.


Jan's practice focuses on general business litigation (www.MarylandBusinessLitigation.com) ranging from commercial disputes to bankruptcy (www.MarylandBankruptcyCounsel.com) to intellectual property (www.MarylandIPCounsel.com). Jan’s legal career spans two decades and encompasses a wide variety of opportunities and experiences that have enriched his practice of law. His multifaceted career has seen him in court representing plaintiffs in wrongful death cases to helping clients resolve real estate and animal law disputes. Mr. Berlage has extensive experience in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings, including arguments before the Maryland Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


KATHLEEN J.P. TABOR is a solo practitioner of the Law Office of Kathleen J.P. Tabor, LLC, (www.ktaborlaw.com) a general civil practice with a special focus on agricultural and equine businesses, activities, and ownership. Her practice has taken her all across the State of Maryland. In addition to her legal training, Kathleen is a trained mediator and collaborative practitioner.

Ms. Tabor is a life-member of the Maryland Horse Council and was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. She also serves on the advisory board of Maryland Fund for Horses, Inc. She is a member of the Maryland Farm Bureau, the American Horse Council, American College of Equine Attorneys and the American Agricultural Law Association (to name a few). Kathleen currently serves as the Trade & Support Industries representative on the Maryland Horse Industry Board, being first appointed by the Governor in 2009, and subsequently reappointed.

Kathleen is a founding member of the Agriculture Law Section (current Chair) and of the Animal Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA). She serves as a mentor to UB Law students and to others interested in equine law and related activities.

Among other speaking venues, she is a regular speaker at the Maryland Horse World Expo. Along with Jan I. Berlage she is co-author of the book, Maryland Equine Law—A Legal Guide to Horse Ownership & Activities and has authored articles on equine related legal and dispute resolution issues, as well as the Maryland Horse Council's “Guide to County Zoning and Horses.” 

Kathleen has had a life-long passion for horses. She is a pleasure rider, but also enjoys driving when the opportunity arises. She held a commercial carriage license driving Percherons and Belgians in the cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore and also held a pari-mutuel teller’s license with the Maryland Jockey Club prior to law school.