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Michael T. Wharton

P.O. Box 551
104 West Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21404-0551

 

Communication Center
Phone: (410) 263-5900
E-mail: mtw@wlekn.com
Fax: (410) 280-2230


Mr. Wharton, a Firm shareholder, has been actively involved in representing manufacturers and other entities in a product's distributive chain since he commenced practicing law in 1981. Admitted in Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mr. Wharton has tried numerous cases to verdict in the state and federal Courts in those two jurisdictions, as well as state and federal courts in many neighboring states, including Delaware and Virginia. Mr. Wharton also has an active appellate practice and frequently has been asked to write amicus curiae briefs on behalf of The Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. His peers have voted Mr. Wharton a Maryland Super Lawyer.

Mr. Wharton, an avid horseman who competes as an amateur in the Mid-Atlantic Steeplechase Circuit, also has a practice in equine law, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation matters arising out of the equine industry.

Mr. Wharton maintains an active pro bono practice, regularly representing clients at the request of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.

Mr. Wharton has a lengthy history of involvement with professional and civic organizations, including most notably The Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., of which he has been a member since 1983, and in which he served as a member of the Case Selection Committee from 1988 to 2002, and again from 2007 to present, as well as on the Executive Committee from 2002 to 2005.

Mr. Wharton is AV® Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell.


Current Employment Position(s):

Shareholder


Bar Admissions:

Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1981

District of Columbia Court of Appeals , 1988

U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1982

U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1986

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1981

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1988

U.S. Supreme Court, 1986


Education:

University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, 1981 J.D.
Honors: With Honor

University of Virginia, 1978 B.A.
Honors: With Distinction


Published Works:

Co-Author, "Caps in the Hat Come Back: Revisiting Legislative Lids on Runaway Verdicts", For the Defense, September, 1993

Co-Author, "Choice of Law in Product Liability Actions: Order for the Practitioner in a Reign of Chaos", 12 U. Bal. L. Rev. 396, 1983


Honors and Awards:

Maryland Super Lawyer, 2017 - Present


Professional Associations and Memberships:

Maryland State Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1981 - 2000
Member, Product Liability Committee

American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1981 - 2000
Member, Product Liability Committee

American Bar Association, 1981 - 2000
Section on Tort and Insurance Practice

American Bar Association, 1981 - 2000
Aviation and Space Law Committee

Maryland Defense Counsel, 1981 - Present

Product Liability Advisory Council, 1988 - 2002
Sustaining Member

Product Liability Advisory Council, 1988 - 2002, 2007 - present
Member, Case Selection Committee

Product Liability Advisory Council, 2002 - 2005
Member, Executive Committee