Prior to joining Shipley & Horne, P.A., Paul practiced at the law firm of McNamee, Hosea, Jernigan, Kim, Greenan & Lynch, P. A. Prior to this, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Sean D. Wallace, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. 

Paul graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Baltimore’s School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland’s College of Health and Human Performance. While attending the University of Maryland, Paul was also a member of the University of Maryland football team. “Go Terps”

Paul is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Prince George’s County Maryland Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. His legal experiences includes civil and corporate litigation, commercial and business law, finance, securities, sales and acquisitions of businesses, business contracts and real estate.

“We are excited to welcome Paul,” commented Arthur J. Horne, Jr., President and Managing Partner of Shipley & Horne, P.A., “His past experiences in the finance field and passion for the law and community service align with the mission and core values of our firm, and will bring an added benefit to our clients as we continue to grow the practice.”

St. John Properties, Inc., a long-time client of the firm, has been trying since 2000 to obtain Bowie City Council approval to allow an amendment to the restrictive land use covenants at its Melford site (formerly the Maryland Science and Technology Center). St. John Properties has been seeking the liberalization of the covenants at Melford (which allowed only office related uses) to allow residential uses at the 400 + acre, and at the March 4, 2013 City Council meeting, while being represented by Robert J. Antonetti, Jr., St. John finally obtained the Council approval to allow residential uses within the development. Now that the covenants have been appropriately amended, St. John Properties, Inc. can move forward with the proposed development of the mixed-use “Melford Village” which will contain approximately 2,500 residential units (including a senior-living section, towns, apartments), as well as retail and office space. This exciting outcome not only brings a new future to Melford at Bowie, but it also represents another satisfied client of Shipley & Horne, P.A.

On February 13, 2013 Robert J. Antonetti, Jr. was honored to serve as a guest lecturer at University of Maryland School of Architecture (College Park), for students pursuing a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development. Mr. Antonetti spoke to students in an International Development class regarding land use entitlements in Maryland. He covered topics ranging from planning, zoning, subdivision, site plan and permits so as to give the students a comparison tool between their international development studies and the processes and procedures in their own backyard. His lecture was a great success and Mr. Antonetti looks forward to future opportunities to guest lecture at the University.

On Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Mr. Whitley obtained the following approvals before the Prince George’s County Board of Appeals on behalf of SM Waterford Estates LLC and K. Hovnanian Homes:

  • A variance of 3.9% net lot coverage on the premises known as Lot 34, Block A, Waterford Subdivision, located at 13101 Contee Manor Road, Bowie Maryland (Appeal No.: V-43-12);
  • A variance of 7.87% net lot coverage on the premises known as Lot 81, Block A, Waterford Subdivision, being 12701 Millside Lane, Bowie Maryland (Appeal No.: V-44-13);
  • A variance of 3% net lot coverage on the premises known as Lot 92, Block A, Waterford Subdivision, being 3402 Waterford Mill Road, Bowie Maryland (Appeal No.: V-45-12);
  • A variance of 2.9% net lot coverage on the premises known as Lot 97, Block A, Waterford Subdivision, being 12803 Contee Manor Road, Bowie Maryland (Appeal No.: V-46-12);
  • A variance of 3.6% net lot coverage on the premises known as Lot 93, Block A, Waterford Subdivision, being 12806 Contee Manor Road or 3400 Waterford Mill Road, Bowie Maryland (Appeal No.: V-47-12); and
  • A variance of 3% net lot coverage on the premises known as Lot 2, Block 2, Waterford Subdivision, being 3405 Waterford Mill Road or 12801 Gristmill Lane, Bowie Maryland (Appeal No.: V-48-12).

On Thursday July 12, 2012, before the Prince George’s County Planning Commission, Mr. Whitley won approval of a Detailed Site Plan for a fifty one (51) child day care facility on behalf of the Palmer Park/Landover Boys & Girls Club. Approval of DSP#11004 paves the way for the facility to operate at the premise known as 7723 Barlow Road, Landover, Maryland.

On June 18, 2012, Dennis Whitley III won another appeal in Annapolis. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued an unreported opinion in the case styled, Winston Martin Holding Group, LLC v. Jason Fenwick, No. 741, September Term, 2010, holding that the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County abused its discretion when the Circuit Court denied Winston Martin’s Motion for a New Trial or in the Alternative for Reconsideration. Mr. Whitley’s victory in the Court of Special Appeals saved Winston Martin’s valuable commercial lot from an invalid sheriff’s sale.

Shipley & Horne, P.A. is pleased to announce its 17th anniversary. Founded in 1995, the firm recently elevated two of its former associates, Dennis Whitley, III and Robert J. Antonetti, Jr., to partner and welcomed Bradley S. Farrar as a new associate. 

Our June 1, 2012 anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the core values and tradition of excellence established by Russell Shipley and Arthur J. Horne, Jr., and equally provides the opportunity to affirm our commitment to providing quality legal services to our community and the clients we serve.

Thank you for the trust you have placed in our legal team and for the support you have provided in allowing us to represent and serve your interests!