Firm News: March 2017

March 2017 Leder & Hale is pleased to announce that Steven J. Willner has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Willner focuses his practice on insurance coverage, complex commercial litigation, and general liability defense. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Willner clerked for the Honorable Wanda Keyes Heard in the Circuit Court for Baltimore […]

Firm News: April 2017

Leder & Hale principal Jeanie S. Ismay coached young attorneys at the 2017 Maryland Defense Counsel’s Annual Trial Academy held in Baltimore in April. Ms. Ismay guided young attorneys on cross and direct examination of fact and expert witnesses and provided coaching on opening and closing statements.

Pennington v. Hildebrandt

October 2016 Andrew W. Gaudreau secured a defense verdict on behalf of the insured in a negligence action involving a car accident on Interstate 295. Following the presentation of the Defendant’s case, the Court found that the plaintiff failed to satisfy her burden of proof.  Pennington v. Hildebrandt, District Court for Baltimore County, Case No. […]

Seeberger v. Superior Management, Inc.

November 2016 Michael W. Fox obtained a verdict in favor of the defendant restaurant operator in an action where the plaintiff alleged injuries caused by a slip and fall in a restaurant parking lot. Seeberger v. Superior Management, Inc., District Court for Prince George’s County, Case No. 05-02-0005138-2016.

Burks v. Coons

January 2017 Jeanie S. Ismay successfully obtained a defense verdict for her client in a three-day trial before Judge Judith Ensor in the Baltimore County Circuit Court. The plaintiff, a pedestrian, was struck by the defendant, who was driving her vehicle at night on Route 40 in Catonsville. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant driver […]

Leslie v. Gribbin

March 2017   Michael W. Fox obtained a verdict on behalf of a defendant driver in an action for medical damages from a motor vehicle collision. Leslie v. Gribbin, District Court for Anne Arundel County, Case No. D-07-CV-16-002201.

Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Washrite, Inc., et al.

March 2017 Steven E. Leder and Rebecca H. Bossle obtained a summary judgment decision for Nationwide Insurance in a coverage case arising from a motor vehicle incident.  The key issue was whether the at-fault driver was an employee or independent contractor of Nationwide’s insured.  The Court agreed with Nationwide that the driver was an employee; […]

West v. Rauf A & Sons, Inc.

April 2017 Andrew W. Gaudreau obtained a defense verdict in a negligence action where the plaintiff alleged that he tripped and fell at a gas station as a result of uneven concrete during a repaving project. The Court determined that there was insufficient evidence of negligence on behalf of the insured. West v. Rauf A […]

Green v. Aarsand Management, LLC

April 2017 Andrew W. Gaudreau secured a verdict in favor of the defendant insured in a negligence action involving the allegation that the plaintiff slipped and fell at a gas station as a result of a cracked curb and a patch of oil. The Court concluded that the plaintiff failed to satisfy his burden of […]

Massachusetts Bay Ins. Co. v. Fort Benning Family Communities, LLC, et al.

May 2017 Julie F. Maloney obtained a judgment in favor of Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company in a coverage case arising from a lead paint poisoning lawsuit. The coverage action hinged on the choice of law: under Georgia law, there was no coverage because the claimed injuries fell under the policy’s pollution exclusion, but under Maryland […]