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Defense verdict in Fairfax County Circuit Court where it was alleged that a neurosurgeon used an inappropriate approach and negligent technique in relieving a huge, calcified thoracic disc during decompression resulting in spinal cord damage and paralysis.
Defense verdict in Montgomery County where it was alleged that the defendant company provided heating oil to a customer without his approval.
Shareholders Robert Dale Klein (for the 10th consecutive year), Michelle Mitchell, David Roling, Michael Wharton, and Michael Wiggins once again were voted by their peers as “Maryland Super Lawyers” (2018 edition). Shareholder Timothy Fisher and Associates Wray Fitch and Tiffany Randolph were voted “Maryland Rising Stars,” and Associate Judd Altman was voted both a “District of Columbia Rising Star” and a “Virginia Rising Star” in the 2018 editions of Super Lawyers in those jurisdictions.
The December issue of Washingtonian Magazine lists D. Lee Rutland (Managing Shareholder) and Stephen Altman (Of Counsel) as “Best Lawyers-Civil Defense” in the District of Columbia.
Shareholder Robert Dale Klein has published the 33rd annual supplement of his highly popular two-volume treatise, Maryland Civil Procedure Forms with Practice Commentary (published by Matthew Bender & Company).
Delaware Superior Court grants Defense Motion to Exclude Liability testimony of Plaintiff’s expert in case involving injury to the bladder during the performance of a laparoscopic procedure. Defendants successfully challenged that the physician’s opinions would not be generally accepted in the scientific/medical community.
After a 6-day trial in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, a jury returned a defense verdict in 35 minutes in favor of a cataract surgeon in a case claiming blindness as a result of negligent post-operative treatment following a complication of cataract surgery.
Defense verdict in Prince George’s County where it was alleged that the defendant hospitalists negligently prescribed medications leading to liver failure and death.
Defense verdict in Anne Arundel County where it was alleged that the defendant radiation oncologist administered too much radiation to a patients lungs leading to radiation pneumonitis and death.
Defense verdict in Anne Arundel County in favor of general surgeon following a five-day trial involving the death of a 47-year-old patient who developed a post-operative hematoma and loss of airway shortly after thyroid surgery resulting in anoxic brain injury, coma, and, nine months thereafter, death.
Defense verdict in D.C. Superior Court where it was alleged that an anesthesiologist used excessive and unnecessary force along with profanity and demeaning comments when the patient started to move on the procedure table.
Defense verdict in Prince George's County Circuit Court where it was alleged that a gastroenterologist delayed performance of an EGD resulting in delayed diagnosis of a gastrointestinal bleed.
Defense verdict in Alexandria City Circuit Court where it was alleged that a hand surgeon lacked physical findings to support surgical procedures and was negligent during the performance of two surgical procedures that resulted in complications.
Shareholder Lee Rutland was recognized by his peers in forthcoming The Best Lawyers in America® (2018 edition) as the 2018 Annapolis Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year." Additional, Shareholders David Levin, Daniel Costello, and Michael Wiggins again were selected by their peers for inclusion in that publication in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.
Delaware Superior Court grants Defendants’ Motion blocking an attempt to add a claim and theory to a birth injury case, thus disposing of a significant portion of Plaintiff’s allegations of negligence against all Defendants.
Defense verdict in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court where it was alleged that an
internist misread an EKG and that plaintiff suffered from a fatal heart attack.
Defense verdict in Montgomery County Circuit Court where it was alleged that the
defendant cardiologist failed to recognize the symptoms of a hemorrhagic stroke and where plaintiff suffered from
a life-altering hemorrhagic stroke.
On May 1, 2017, the Firm opened a fourth office location and its first in Virginia.
The new Fairfax, Virginia office is staffed by attorneys Stephen L. Altman and Judd P. Altman and their assistants.
Shareholder Dan Costello was named the 2017 Defense Lawyer of the Year by the D.C. Defense Lawyers’ Association.
Multiple summary judgments in Maryland and in Delaware in favor of manufacturers of asbestos-containing brake linings alleged to have caused mesothelioma and lung cancer in a variety of occupational and home settings.
Managing Shareholder D. Lee Rutland has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the
College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse
backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards
of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.
Defense verdict in Baltimore City Circuit Court in case alleging the negligent release of 300+
gallons of heating oil into the basement of a commercial office building resulting in over $1.6 million in alleged economic
Defense verdict in Prince George's County where it was alleged that the defendant ER physician
failed to timely detect and appropriately treat a fatal heart attack in a 28 year old male patient.
Defense verdict in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court physician in malpractice case alleging that a
spinal fusion was unindicated.
Defense verdict in Prince George's County Circuit Court for an OB/GYN alleged to have injured the
small bowel during a laparoscopic surgery with the final result being the death of the patient.