Michael W. Fox

Michael W. Fox
443-279-7922
fox@lederhale.com

Professional Experience

Michael W. Fox focuses his practice on the areas of toxic torts, general litigation and construction litigation. His experience includes litigation regarding lead-based paint exposure, leaking underground storage tanks, construction defects and general tort liability.
Professional Associations and Bar Admissions
Mr. Fox is a member of the Bars of the State of Maryland and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Defense Research Institute and the Maryland Defense Counsel.

Education

Mr. Fox received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2007. He received his B.A. in Biology from Indiana University in 1999. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Fox worked in the asset management industry as an equity investment analyst.

Andrew Gaudreau

Andrew Geadreau

Andrew Gaudreau
gaudreau@lederhale.com

Professional Experience

Andrew Gaudreau focuses his practice in the areas of toxic torts and general liability. His litigation experience includes lead paint, premises liability, construction defect and asbestos matters. Mr. Gaudreau is a LEED Green Associate, a designation by the Green Building Certification Institute, with an up-to-date understanding of current green building principles and practices.

Professional Associations and Bar Admissions

Mr. Gaudreau is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Chapter. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gaudreau was a litigation associate at two national law firms. He also clerked for the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Education

Mr. Gaudreau received his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Thomas W. Hale

Thomas W. Hale
443-279-7908
hale@lederhale.com

Professional Experience

Thomas W. Hale, a founder of Leder & Hale, has over 12 years of experience in lead-based paint and other toxic tort litigation, product liability litigation, automotive-related disputes and construction disputes. He represents defendants in cases involving lead paint, petroleum products, asbestos, chlorinated solvents, carbon monoxide, phosgene, arsenic, mold, and pesticides. He represents both car dealers and individuals involving disputes over automobiles, including sales of vehicles (also known as “lemon law cases”) and disputes over repairs made on vehicles. Finally, he represents general contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes involving condominiums, townhouse communities, single family homes and commercial construction.

Associations, Bar Admissions and Publications

Mr. Hale is a member of the Maryland Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland Bar. He is a member of the Maryland Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the Maryland State Bar Association. He has served as a continuing legal education instructor for Deposition Training Seminars. He has also assisted in a mock trial course offered to high school students through the Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency.

Mr. Hale is also actively involved in the National Street Rod Association and has been a member since 1992.

Mr. Hale published articles (link to publications) on investigating lead paint claims for Mealy’s Litigation Report/Lead in 2008 and The Top Ten Decisions from 2013 Affecting Lead Poisoning Litigation in Maryland-White Paper 2013

Education

Mr. Hale received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and received his B.S. from Stevenson University.

Jeanie S. Ismay

Jeanie S. Ismay
443-279-7914
ismay@lederhale.com

Professional Experience

Jeanie Scherrer Ismay is a trial attorney and principal of the firm.  She focuses her practice on toxic substance poisoning and complex personal injury.  Her litigation experience includes lead paint, brain injury, asbestos, and carbon monoxide claims, in addition to construction defect, wrongful death, subrogation, property damage, insurance fraud, and insurance coverage.  She has tried cases in federal and state court, representing both defendants and plaintiffs.  Ms. Ismay has taught and lectured at conferences attended by fellow attorneys and claims professionals.

Ms. Ismay previously practiced in the litigation department of a Baltimore law firm for nearly a decade. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable James E. Seibert in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in her hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia.

Professional Associations and Bar Admissions

Ms. Ismay is a member of the Maryland State Bar, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, the Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, and the Baltimore County Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Maryland State Bar’s Ethics Committee.


Education

Ms. Ismay received her B.A. in English Literature from West Virginia University in 1996 and her Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore in 1999.

When she is not practicing law, she enjoys running, leading her daughters’ feisty Girl Scout Troop, and teaching her 4th grade Sunday school class.

Steven E. Leder

Steven E. Leder
443-279-7906
leder@lederhale.com

Professional Experience

Steven E. Leder, a founder of Leder & Hale, has over 35 years of experience in the principal areas of the firm’s practice. Mr. Leder has published and lectured extensively. Mr. Leder represents insurance companies in liability coverage disputes and represents defendants in toxic tort and environmental contamination actions and recreational boating accidents.

Professional Associations and Bar Admissions

Mr. Leder is active in the insurance coverage and defense bars.  He has participated in the Defense Research Institute’s Insurance Law section authoring articles for The Defense, the organization’s monthly magazine, and has contributed to several 50-state compendia of insurance law.
Litigation training is a cornerstone of his practice. Mr. Leder has acted as the Program Chair and speaker for a state-wide commercial insurance program. He has been a regular instructor in Deposition Training for the Maryland State Bar Association. He was on the Executive Committee and served as Program Chair of the Maryland Defense Counsel for many years. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Mr. Leder is a member of the Bars of the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he has represented clients in the courts in Delaware, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Recognition

An AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Leder has also been named a Maryland Super Lawyer from 2007 through the present for Insurance Coverage, Environmental Litigation, and Transportation / Maritime.

Education

Mr. Leder received his J.D. degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law and his B.A. degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  He founded the Leder Law Group in 2003.

Julie F. Maloney

Julie F. Maloney
443-279-7907
Maloney@lederhale.com

Professional Experience

Julie Maloney, a principal of the firm, focuses her practice on insurance coverage, insurance defense, and recreational boating. Ms. Maloney has represented insurers in a variety of types of claims, from multi-million dollar construction defect coverage disputes, personal and advertising injury claims and claims involving D & O coverage issues. Ms. Maloney has successfully defended clients in construction defect, lead paint, pesticide and mold cases, as well as matters involving serious recreational boating accidents.

Professional Associations and Bar Admissions

Ms. Maloney’s articles concerning insurance coverage have been featured in Covered Events. She has lectured on personal injury damages recoverable in Maryland. Ms. Maloney is a member of the Defense Research Institute (and its Insurance committee), the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Ms. Maloney is a member of the Bar of the State of Maryland. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Education

Ms. Maloney received her J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1996, where she served as a staff editor of the University of Baltimore Law Forum. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1993.

Herbert R. O’Conor, III

Herbert R. O’Conor, III
443-279-7909
oconor@lederhale.com

Professional Experience

Herb O’Conor has over 30 years of experience resolving disputes of negligence, premises liability, construction and employment.  He has tried more than 50 jury trials and resolved many more disputes with conversation and mediation.  For over 20 years, Mr. O’Conor was the Managing Attorney of the Maryland Staff Counsel Office of State Auto Insurance Companies advising on claim resolution.  His clients include individuals, building contractors, housing providers, professionals and retailers.  Mr. O’Conor works to find solutions.

Professional Associations and Recognition

Mr. O’Conor is admitted to practice law in Maryland.  He is a member of the Baltimore County Bar and the Maryland State Bar Associations having served as the Chair of the MSBA Litigation Section.  He is the former Board Chair of the Trustees of Maryvale Preparatory School and volunteers with the homeless and job seekers.  In 2015, the Baltimore County Bar Association presented Mr. O’Conor with the J. Earle Plumhoff Professional Award.

Education

Mr. O’Conor received his J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore Law School and his B.A. degree from Villanova University.

Steven J. Willner

Steven J. Willner

Steven J. Willner
443-279-7918
willner@lederhale.com

Professional Experience

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 City, and also clerked in the Baltimore offices of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Professional Associations and Bar Admissions

Mr. Willner is admitted to practice in Maryland and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.  He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association for Baltimore City.

Education

Mr. Willner graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and won the Best Brief Award for the law school’s 2012 Fall Moot Court Competition.  He received his B.A. with honors in Talmudic Law from Ner Israel Rabbinical College.