BGL is proud to continue our tradition of sponsoring the Disability Rights Maryland Breaking Barriers Award Gala. The gala was attended by DRM Board Member Jessie Weber, Anthony May, and Jamie Strawbridge.

Attorneys Jessie Weber, Anthony May, and Jamie Strawbridge attended the 2023 Breaking Barriers Awards Gala, hosted by Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), on Thursday, September 20. The gala, held at the American Visionary Art Museum, is DRM’s signature annual event that honors leaders in disability rights who have pushed Maryland forward in equity and inclusivity for people with disabilities across the State. This year, Brown, Goldstein & Levy proudly continued its tradition of sponsoring the gala, in celebration of DRM’s expertise and legal services for Marylanders with disabilities – a mission shared by BGL.

Jessie, Anthony, and Jamie are all dedicated advocates for people with disabilities in Maryland and across the United States. A DRM board member, Jessie successfully helps clients navigate a diverse range of complex legal issues, with a particular focus on disability and LGBTQ+ rights law. Jamie has significant experience in disability rights law on both a trial and appellate level. Anthony has built a practice representing clients in a variety of complex litigation matters, including assisting employees with disabilities in obtaining technology and accommodations in the workplace. All three attorneys represent BGL’s leadership in breaking down barriers that exist in day-to-day life for people with disabilities and fight in court for the rights of people with disabilities.

This year’s gala honored six award winners for their advocacy, public policy efforts and leadership, including: Maryland Senator Mary L. Washington (Public Policy Leadership Award), People on the Go Maryland Public Policy Director Mat Rice (Gayle Hafner Grassroots Advocacy Award), Venable LLP Partner Mitch Y. Mirviss (Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award), Governor’s Office Chief Legislative Officer Eric G. Luedtke (Public Policy Leadership Award), Wiley Rein LLP Partner Theodore A. Howard (Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award) and Ford Foundation Program Officer for Disability Rights Rebecca Cokley (Judith Heumann Champion of Justice Award).

BGL is proud to support DRM’s mission to provide critical legal assistance to people with disabilities across the state free of charge and enabling people with disabilities to live full, independent lives.


Photo of Jessie weberJessie Weber enjoys helping clients navigate a diverse range of difficult legal issues, with a focus on civil rights, including disability and LGBTQ rights, employment law, including wage and hour cases, and appellate litigation. Learn more about Jessie Weber.


Anthony J. May has represented clients in a variety of complex litigation matters including assisting employees with disabilities in obtaining accessible technology and accommodations in the workplace, representing individuals who have been wrongfully convicted, commercial litigation disputes, and fighting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Learn more about Anthony May.


Jamie Strawbridge’s practice includes cases involving civil rights, disability rights, housing discrimination, and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Jamie worked as an associate at Covington & Burling, where he represented clients in a wide variety of civil matters at the trial level and on appeal. Learn more about Jamie Strawbridge.


Disability Rights Maryland is a non-profit organization designated as Maryland’s Protection & Advocacy agency (formerly known as “Maryland Disability Law Center”). DRM is federally mandated to advance the civil rights of people with disabilities. We provide free legal services to Marylanders of any age with all types of disabilities (developmental, intellectual, psychiatric, physical, sensory, learning, traumatic brain injury), who live in facilities, in the community or who are homeless. Learn more about DRM here.


Founded in 1982, Brown, Goldstein & Levy is a law firm based in Baltimore, Maryland, with an office in Washington, DC. The firm is nationally recognized in a wide variety of practice areas, including complex civil and commercial litigation, civil rights, health care, family law, and criminal defense. Above all else, Brown, Goldstein & Levy is a client-centered law firm that brings decades of experience and passionate, effective advocacy to your fight for justice. Learn more about BGL here.