Frank V. ‘Bo’ Boozer Jr., Towson attorney specializing in liquor licensing, commercial transactions and criminal defense, dies – Baltimore Sun

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Frank V. “Bo” Boozer Jr., a Towson attorney and member of the Covahey & Boozer, PA firm, whose legal expertise included liquor licensing, business transactions and criminal defense, died of a embolism on July 4 at his Rodgers Forge home. He was 42 years old.

“Bo was a very good Baltimore County attorney and was a daily presence arguing cases in our court,” Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. said in a statement sent by email. “He was highly regarded for handling business competently and caringly towards his clients. Our community was shocked to learn of his passing and he will certainly be missed.

“As a lawyer, Bo was fair, reasonable, and always prepared,” Baltimore County District Court Judge Karen A. Pilarski wrote in an email. “As a friend, we knew him to be funny, kind, generous and always so humble. This world is a little less bright without that huge smile that Boalways wore. It doesn’t matter how busy he was or what was going on. in his own life, Bo always had time for his friends and his family was his number one priority.

Bruce E. Covahey was not only a member of the same firm, their offices were side by side.

“The great thing about Bo was that the company was a reflection of who he was,” Covahey said. “He was quick-witted and could walk into a courtroom on short notice and get by because he had a lot of wisdom to draw on. He loved being a lawyer and did it well. He loved his clients and some of them became friends.

Frank Vernon Boozer Jr., known as Bo, was the son of Frank Vernon Boozer Sr., a lawyer and former state delegate and senator, and Diane Hughes Boozer, who was born in Washington and raised in the county’s Charlesbrooke neighborhood. from Baltimore.

As a young man, Mr Boozer attended a summer camp at Echo Hill in Worton, Kent, where he later became a councilor and made many lifelong friends, members of his family said. family.

He was a 1997 graduate of St. Paul’s School where he played varsity lacrosse, ice hockey and participated in Spain’s overseas travel program. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Dickinson College where he had been a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

During his undergraduate years, he spent a semester articled at the Washington Center in Washington, and in 2004, earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School.

“Bo was a friend to me and my husband, Fran Pilarski. Fran is a lawyer at Towson. He and Bo went to UB law school at the same time, even sitting next to each other in the courts,” Judge Pilarsaki wrote. “Fran and I enjoyed our time with Bo and Liz.”

After clerking for Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Bollinger, Mr. Boozer joined the Towson law firm of Covahey & Boozer, Pennsylvania, where his legal expertise focused on liquor licensing, commercial transactions and criminal defense. He had not retired when he died.

Alex Bushel, a partner at the Baltimore law firm Abramoff & Bushel LLC, and Mr. Boozer had been friends for 12 years and were former members of the Maryland Club. They also enjoyed playing squash together and discussing cases.

“Bo was very willing to do trial work when some lawyers from top schools and law firms were afraid to go to court. He was not,” Mr. Bushel said.

“The nature of his practice was to appear in district and federal courts. He had no stage fright or fear and had a wide range of legal expertise. He has handled liquor control, criminal cases, real estate and business development,” he said. “He had a wide practice at that time.”

He added: “Bo had a wry sense of humor and looked a lot like John Mortimer’s character in ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’.”

Brad Hersey, who has worked at the Office of the Public Defender since 2004, where he represents patients at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, was also a friend from law school.

“We went to law school together, as did my wife, and we were in the same class,” Mr Hersey said. “Also, he went to Dickinson and we went to Gettysburg, so we were rivals in the Centennial Conference. As a person, Bo was intellectually curious and his conversation was engaging. We were talking about the Supreme Court or politics, and because he was so smart, you always got something out of it. If he had a mental health case, he would come to me and we would brainstorm.

In 2010 he married the former Elizabeth “Liz” Reese, who is legal counsel for the Social Security Administration, and the couple later moved into a house on Stevenson Lane in Rodgers Forge.

Mr. Hersey called Mr. Boozer a caring friend.

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“Bo was always there when there was something important. When our son was born, he was there with a present, and he did the same for our daughter Lulu. He came home with a present” , he recalled. “He was just always very nice and caring. He was there to celebrate with you.

Mr. Boozer was an avid fan of ice hockey, politics, history, golf and travel. Last year he traveled to Belize and Guatemala to visit Mayan ruins.

He was also a dog lover and kind of a movie buff.

“Bo loved dogs and to show how smart he was, he named his English bulldog Otho after a Roman emperor,” Mr Hersey said. “After all, how many people name their dogs after Roman emperors? »

“He gave me a list of 50 movies I had to watch,” Mr Covahey said. “He would recommend a movie, then add, ‘But I know you’ll never watch it. But I better start watching them now.

Plans for a celebration of life gathering to be held at St. Paul’s School in late summer or early fall are incomplete.

Besides his wife of 12 years, Mr. Boozer is survived by his son, Edward West “Teddy” Boozer, born in June; one daughter, Poppy Elizabeth Boozer, 6, a student at Calvert School; his parents, of Sparks; and two brothers, Andrew Vernon Boozer of Riviera Beach and Douglas Lee Boozer of Milton, Delaware; and several nieces and nephews.

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