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Maryland’s Largest Law Firms 2017

11. GOODELL, DEVRIES, LEECH & DANN, LLP

 

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Linda S. Woolf

Jeffrey J. Hines

Jeffrey J. Hines

K. Nichole Nesbitt

K. Nichole Nesbitt

One South Street, 20th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 783-4000
www.gdldlaw.com
Founded 1988

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
Linda S. Woolf, Jeffrey J. Hines, K. Nichole Nesbitt

MANAGING PARNTER:
Linda S. Woolf

MISSION STATEMENT:
Goodell DeVries is a premier litigation firm located in Baltimore and Philadelphia, but with a large national footprint, representing clients across the country in a range of complex litigation matters. The firm’s attorneys focus entirely on litigation. They go to court, try cases, and win them, and although there are many occasions when the most desirable outcome is a pre-trial resolution, opponents know that the experienced trial lawyers at Goodell DeVries are more than equipped to try the case if negotiations are not successful. This is true not only for the firm’s partners, but for its associates as well. While associates in other firms are elbow-deep in behindthe- scenes document reviews, the associates at Goodell DeVries are on the front lines, taking depositions, retaining experts, arguing motions, and trying cases alongside the firm’s partners. Because of this unique culture and commitment to attorney development, many of the firm’s young lawyers have more trial experience than partners at other firms. That is why clients frequently request that Goodell DeVries be the firm to staff trial teams in their complex national litigation; they know that, in doing so, they are receiving high-quality, results-driven, costeffective representation from seasoned trial attorneys, based on years of first-hand courtroom experience.

Information is as of Jan. 1, 2017, based on survey responses and company websites. Companies that did not respond are marked with an asterisk.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:
The firm represents the largest pharmaceutical companies in the United States on a national and regional basis. It also represents nearly all of the medical systems and individual medical institutions in the Maryland-D.C. region in a variety of litigation contexts. The firm represents international, national and local corporations in commercial litigation and international and national insurance companies in coverage litigation. Finally, it represents national and local companies in toxic tort litigation. Some representative client names include:
Pfizer Inc
Boehringer
Dentsply Sirona
Bayer Corporation
The Johns Hopkins Health System
MedStar Health
University of Maryland Medical Systems
Lifebridge Health
Correct Rx
Ascension Health
Fundamental Administrative Services
Crown Equipment Corp.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Appellate
Class Action Litigation
Commercial and Business Tort Litigation
Employment Litigation
FINRA Litigation
General Tort Liability Litigation
Hospitality Law
Insurance Law
Long-Term Care Litigation
Medical Institutions Law
Medical Malpractice
Product Liability
Construction, Equipment and Related Litigation
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation
Professional Liability
Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation

PRACTICE AREA FIRM CONTACTS:
Asbestos Litigation
David Allen (410) 783-4005 and DWA@gdldlaw.com
Malcolm S. Brisker (410) 783-4049
and MSB@gdldlaw.com

Commercial & Business Tort
Linda S. Woolf (410) 783-4011 and LSW@gdldlaw.com
Cheryl Lardieri (410) 783-4033 and CLardieri@gdldlaw.com

Construction Litigation
Christopher M. Corchiarino (410) 783-4038 and
CXC@gdldlaw.com

Employment Law
K. Nichole Nesbitt (410) 783-4026 and KNN@gdldlaw.com

Medical Malpractice
Donald L. DeVries, Jr. (410) 783-4006 and DLD@gdldlaw.com
Craig B. Merkle (410) 783-4007 and CBM@gdldlaw.com

Product LiabilityMass Tort
Richard M. Barnes (410) 783-4004 and RMB@gdldlaw.com
Thomas J. Cullen, Jr. (410) 783-4019 and TJC@gdldlaw.com

Number of lawyers in Maryland: 56
Number of lawyers at partner level: 35
Number of female lawyers at partner level: 14
Number of non-white lawyers at partner level: 2
Number of lawyers of counsel: 7
Number of associates: 15
Average starting salary for associates: Variable depending
on experience
Number of billable hours expected of associates: Variable
depending on area of focus
Number of paralegals and support staff: 74
Who is the firm’s managing partner or managing partner
equivalent?
Linda S. Woolf
Other locations in Maryland: No
UNIQUE BENEFITS:
Wellness Program (yoga, on-site gym)
Parental Leave (primary caregiver) paid leave = 12 weeks
Flextime for Attorneys: Yes
Part-Time Attorneys: Yes
Firm Provided Life Insurance, Short term disability, and
Long term disability with the opportunity to buy-up and for
all employees to purchase at group rates.
Firm provided employee assistance program for work/life
services
Firm Provided smart phone or stipend and laptop
Dress Policy: Business Casual Dress Policy

Information is as of Jan. 1, 2017, based on survey responses and company websites. Companies that did not respond are marked with an asterisk. This company purchased an enhanced listing.

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