Erica Stephens joined Shipley & Horne, P.A. in August 2022 as a Legal Assistant, and she currently supports litigation and other case management functions within the firm. Being able to balance competing priorities serves Ms. Stephens well as she also manages case files, judiciary and client interaction, preparation of legal documents and the like. She assists with a broad range of activities, providing for a smooth and productive work environment. Ms. Stephens thrives in the fast-paced legal environment at Shipley & Horne, P.A., where there is always something that requires a watchful eye. She finds that development of new skills and the expanded knowledge she acquires while supporting firm objectives are instrumental in meeting her career objectives. 

Ms. Stephens has worked in the legal field since 2016. She previously worked with solo practitioners and small law firms in and around Prince George’s County Maryland. Ms. Stephen’s experience has exposed her to a varied scope of legal practices with a concentration on civil litigation, family law and estate matters. While advancing her career, Erica earned an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies from Montgomery College in 2017. Her educational background provides Ms. Stephens with essential tools to effectively support our attorneys and clients alike.

LaTarsha joined Shipley & Horne, P.A. in January 2013. Prior to her time at Shipley & Horne, Mrs. Johnson worked as a property manager.

Mrs. Johnson has served on the PTA and takes pride in her involvement in various elementary schools. She enjoys reading, writing poetry and spending time with her family.

Melanie joined the firm in March of 2014, and currently provides a variety of legal and administrative support to the firm’s attorneys. Melanie has specialized experience in real estate and foreclosure matters and also supports the firm’s audit related functions.

For more than a decade, Cathy Lutz has served as Shipley & Horne, P.A.’s Audits Coordinator. In this role, Ms. Lutz utilizes her proficiency with numbers by coordinating all of the audits that have resulted from the many home foreclosures throughout Prince George’s County.

Ms. Lutz joined the Shipley & Horne, P.A. team in 2000 while also working for Prince George’s County government, sustaining her close ties to the Prince George’s County community. She retired from her government position in 2002 and continued to dedicate herself to her work with the auditing team at Shipley and Horne. She enjoys the camaraderie at the firm and working closely with her colleagues.

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ms. Lutz enjoys traveling as well as gourmet cooking.

Gabrielle “Gabby” Hughes joined Shipley & Horne, P.A. in 2013 as Legal Secretary.  She was promoted to Paralegal in 2016,  after earning her certificate in Paralegal studies from the National Paralegal College.  She currently supports two of the firm’s associate attorneys in the practice areas of Landlord-Tenant and Civil Litigation. Gabby’s organizational skills and innate ability to manage competing priorities enables her to also provide a broad range of audit and trustee support to other attorneys and team members. 

Outside the office, Gabby volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

John J. Ferrante has joined our firm as a Senior Land Planner and Paralegal. John brings over twenty-five years of experience in planning, zoning, and development to our firm.

John amassed a wide variety of experiences over his 25 years in the Public and Private Sectors. Prior to joining Shipley & Horne, P.A., John served as a Senior Planner with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (“M-NCPPC”). At M-NCPPC, John honed his expertise, assuming increasing responsibilities in the areas of Planning, Development Review, Permit Review, Subdivision, and Zoning. Prior to working with M-NCPPC, John served as a Project Coordinator with the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, and also as a civil engineer and land surveyor at Baldwin and Sampson Engineering and Surveying.

With more than 30 years of experience in resolving issues surrounding commercial and residential land use, telecommunications and related public sector industries, Francis Silberholz serves as Shipley & Horne, P.A.’s Senior Land Planner and Paralegal.

Mr. Silberholz is a qualified Zoning Expert, accustomed to evaluating planning policies, development regulations and zoning laws, so as to guide and assist the firm’s clients through all stages of the development and permitting processes, spanning seven jurisdictions within Maryland.  He works closely with the firm’s team of attorneys to critically evaluate client proposals and to develop creative, objective and cost effective solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

Outside of the office, Mr. Silberholz can be spotted walking his Border Collie in downtown Annapolis, fighting the ever-losing battle with weeds in his yard, or just enjoying time with his family and life in general.