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Erika E. Cole | | 410-654-4300

Candie C. Deming | | 410-654-4303

Maame A. Amponsah | | 410-664-4302

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The Law Offices of Erika E. Cole, LLC


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP serves clients in the areas of business law, church and nonprofit law, government contracts and individual services including estate planning and real estate.


Our mission is to provide excellent legal representation with every engagement to ensure our client’s organizations and businesses are compliant with the law, and that individual goals are achieved. We serve our clients from a values-based perspective rooted in our core values of competence, character, and compassion.


Our goal is to get you the results you need by listening to you, understanding who you are and what your legal needs are, determining best outcomes, and following through with a customized solution for you. You'll find a thorough result and a satisfied YOU.




Strategic planning and legally sound formation and documentation that clearly defines terms and conditions, and that anticipate unplanned scenarios, are some of the critical steps a business or entrepreneur can take to protect the substantial investment of time, money, and passion put into a business. Our Firm has extensive experience with partnering with businesses of multiple industries to help them get established, grow, and thrive. Entity Formation: LLC, Partnerships, Corporations | Operating Agreements | Partnership Agreements | Shareholder Agreements | Buy/Sell Agreements | Risk Audits | Contract Drafting and Review | General Counsel | Mergers & Acquisitions

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Our Firm has extensive experience being and supporting Federal Government contractors in small and large Government Contract companies in the intelligence and defense community. We assist clients with navigating the unique and complicated world of Federal Government Contracts. Small government contractor startups | Nondisclosure Agreements | Nonsolicitation Agreements | Procurement Assistance | FAR & DFAR Compliance | Subcontract Agreements | Independent Contractor Agreements | Settlement Negotiations | Contract Review | Security Clearances

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The history of our Firm is rooted in serving churches and ministries of all sizes. For decades, we have competently represented from large national denominations to small community churches with the same level of compassion. We are nationally known and recognized for our efforts in serving church and ministry clients. Our Firm successfully established and hosted an annual Church Compliance Conference(TM) that attracted hundreds of Pastors and church leaders over its seven year tenure where attendees were given valuable and actionable legal information by well-known industry professionals. General Counsel | Board Advisory | Succession Planning | Legal Audits | Drafting & Reviewing Bylaws | Church & Ministry Startup | Tax Disputes | Unrelated Business Income Tax Analysis | Community & Economic Development | Dispute Mediation

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Our firm assists clients with all aspects of their commercial real estate transactions for business owners, nonprofits, and investors. Seemingly simple transactions often require addressing complex issues and thoroughly drafted or reviewed documents to successfully complete the transfer. We assist with strategic planning addressing tax concerns, counseling on bank or other financing, and negotiation. We are versed in advising on deal values of thousands of dollars to multi-million dollar transactions. Deeds | Letters of Intent | Easements | Covenants | Lease Drafting & Negotiation | Financing or Investment | Structuring | Landlord-Tenant

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To effectively provide for loved ones and to preserve wealth for generations, estate planning is critical. Our firm works intimately with our clients to understand their goals and prepare the necessary documents considering any tax implications that will best achieve their wishes. We serve individuals and business owners in their estate planning needs. Our attorneys also compassionately assist clients with the administration of a loved one's estate during the difficult time of transition. Wills | Trusts | Succession Planning | Powers of Attorney | Advanced Medical Directives | Living Wills | Probate

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Our firm is renowned for our success rate in assisting many charitable organizations with obtaining federal tax-exempt status. We work daily with helping tax-exempt organizations address their legal issues. Our team approach enables us to leverage the experience from across the Firm to assist our nonprofit clients. Corporate Governance | Tax-Exempt Applications | Board Advisory | Articles & Bylaws Drafting | Fundraising Compliance | Policy Drafting & Review | Formation | Dissolutions

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8830 Stanford Boulevard,

Suite 400

Columbia, MD 21045

P: 410-654-4300

F: 410-654-4301

Washington, DC

1800 M Street, NW,

Suite 450N

Washington, DC 20036

P: 202-659-6800

F: 301-768-4016

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    Erika E. Cole is "The Church Attorney".  She has built a national brand and reputation for being an authority on church law matters. She has a passion and gift for advising churches and ministries with a range of legal issues. She acts as General Counsel to large denominations and churches and ministries alike. She is the author of The Church Attorney's Guide series of books. For more information about "The Church Attorney," visit


    Practice Areas

    Church Law

    Nonprofit Law

    General Counsel Services

    Business Law

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    Candie C. Deming joined the Law Offices of Erika E. Cole, LLC in 2011. Prior to becoming a licensed attorney, she worked in church ministry, and this experience gives her a unique perspective as an attorney. She is certified for both general and family mediations, and she specializes in estate planning and matters of church law. She is also an adjunct professor in the legal studies department at the Community College of Baltimore County.


    Practice Areas

    Estate Planning

    Estate Administration

    Church Law



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