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Business Notes: Family law attorney joins Offit Kurman’s Bethesda office

Plus: Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation giving $10,000 COVID-19 relief grants to restaurants

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Michele Zavos has joined Offit Kurman’s Bethesda law office

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Offit Kurman’s Bethesda office adds family law attorney

Michele Zavos has joined Offit Kurman’s Bethesda law office as part of its expansion in family law.

Zavos has practiced in the greater Washington area for more than 40 years and focuses on issues such as adoption, parentage, assisted reproductive technology and estate planning, according to a press release.

Zavos represented Jessica Port in the case Port v. Cowan, which went to the Maryland Court of Appeals in 2012. The court’s ruling in the case helped establish the precedent that Maryland must recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions, according to the press release.

“Michele’s well-deserved reputation for being a consummate yet fierce advocate for her clients has earned her the standing as one of the country’s most accomplished lawyers representing the LGBTQ community,” Offit Kurman President Tim Lynch said in the press release.

Economic Development Corporation giving $10,000 grants to restaurants

The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation is awarding $10,000 grants to restaurants and other businesses serving food and drink. The money can be used for expenses related to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as:

  • Rent, payroll and job training
  • Equipment purchases for outdoor dining
  • HVAC system upgrades and other infrastructure improvements
  • Purchase of personal protective equipment
  • Purchase of disposable utensils and containers

The grant money comes from a $3.8 million appropriation the County Council authorized on May 18. The money came from a measure Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law, according to a press release.

The MCEDC administered grants to more than 900 restaurants between December and February, using money from two previous COVID-19 restaurant relief funds, according to a press release. The grants in the first two rounds ranged from $5,000 to $10,000.

The MCEDC is accepting applications for grants in the third round through Friday.

Restaurants that didn’t receive a grant in the first two rounds are encouraged to apply and will get “priority funding status,” according to a press release.

Those that did receive an earlier grant are eligible for a $5,000 grant in this round.

Bank of America adds branch in Cabin John

Bank of America opened a new branch in Potomac’s Cabin John shopping center at 11317 Seven Locks Road on May 10, according to a press release.

The branch can help customers in English, Spanish, Farsi, Armenian, Korean and Ghanaian, according to the press release.

The Cabin John Branch is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, according to the website. There is also a 24-hour ATM on site.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com