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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


Mike Wharton, a Firm shareholder, represents manufacturers and other entities in a product's distributive chain in product liability actions in the state and federal courts in the Mid-Atlantic region. 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.

Mike also has an active appellate practice and has been asked frequently to write amicus curiae briefs on behalf of The Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc.

His peers have consistently voted Mr. Wharton a Maryland Super Lawyer. In 2018, he was selected to join the ranks of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Maryland. Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of litigators in the United States will ever receive this award. Also in 2020, he was elected to become a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is a member of both their Diversity Law Institute, and their Trial Law Institute. In 2020, he was also invited to join America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators.

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 2010, as well as on the Executive Committee from 2002 to 2005. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Mr. Wharton is also an avid horseman. He serves as President of the Maryland Steeplechase Association. He is Secretary of the Green Spring Valley Hounds, Inc. He is a Chair with the Green Spring Valley Hounds annual Point to Point.

Mr. Wharton also serves on the Boards of the Land Preservation Trust, and Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Conservation.

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:

America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Maryland, since 2018


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