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

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.continue reading →

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. 08-04-0005138-2016.continue reading →

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.continue reading →

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 was negligent in failing to avoid striking and injuring the plaintiff, who was jaywalking. At trial, the plaintiff called a medical doctor who testified to the injuries allegedly sustained as a result of the accident. The defense argued…continue reading →

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.continue reading →

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; thus, a step-down limit of $30,000 instead of $1 million applied. Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Washrite, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-01083-JMC.continue reading →
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