Meet the Team
Marianna Batie, Esq. Attorney
Marianna is an Eastern Shore native who has practiced at the largest law firm in the world and the oldest law firm on the Eastern Shore. With this unique range of international and local experience, Marianna is ready to serve your legal needs while combining her big-city experience with her small-town commitment to clients. Prior to opening her firm, Ms. Batie practiced law since 2003, within the corporate, tax and trusts and estates departments of Hearne & Bailey, P.A. (Salisbury, Maryland), DLA Piper (Baltimore, Maryland), Sutherland Asbill & Brennan (Atlanta, Georgia), and Chamberlain Hrdlicka (Atlanta, Georgia). Marianna is a frequent lecturer to audiences large and small on estate planning and administration, trusts, taxation, and corporate matters. She is available to speak to your organization. A Salisbury native, Ms. Batie is a cum laude graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law, in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, also with honors. She is also graduated from the Salisbury School, in Salisbury, Maryland and St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware.
Reena J. Patel, Esq. Attorney
Ms. Patel continues the firm’s tradition of leveraging national-level experience with a local’s attention to client needs. A New York City native, Reena started her legal career in California handling primarily civil litigation, real estate, and corporate matters. In 2012, she relo- cated to the U.S. territory of Saipan (a World War II territory) to work for the Office of the Attorney General. She was promoted to First Assistant and sub- sequently Chief of the Civil Division. Ms. Patel handled a range of matters in this capacity, most notably when she successfully negotiated a settlement worth over $1 billion in a class action pension dispute. Since moving to Maryland with her husband (a Salisbury native) in 2014, Ms. Patel’s practice has focused on civil, and particularly probate, litigation.
Jaime M. Duhe Paralegal
Jaime is a native of Salisbury who has been working in law firms supporting attorneys since 2016. She received a BA in History from Salisbury University, and a MA in History, cum laude, from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She joined the firm in 2021 as a paralegal.
Fidel Official Mascot
Fidel is our Firm’s official mascot—the LawDog! When you visit us you may enjoy Fidel’s company while we meet, or if you prefer he can be elsewhere. Fidel is a male purebred Havanese, hypoallergenic and extremely gentle. Many clients find his presence comforting while they discuss their legal matters, and several have gone on to become Havanese owners themselves! Check out Fidel’s Notes (our Firm’s blog) for some information we think you might find helpful.