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James D. Cardea knows his true calling in life was to be a litigator. As a former high school and college athlete, he understands the importance of commitment, teamwork and perseverance. He has been able to use his athletic experiences and competitive nature to advocate for his clients.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in communications from McDaniel College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Cardea has been a practicing attorney for more than 25 years focusing on medical malpractice and civil litigation. He rose to the level of partner at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. and was named partner at Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea LLC in May.

What’s the most important thing you do in your job?
The most important part of my job is helping victims of medical negligence and their families obtain the justice they deserve. I strive to obtain the best results for my clients through a combination of hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. At trial, my goal is to connect with the jurors and present the case in simple and easy to understand terms. As a litigator, I feel that it is also very important to be compassionate, professional and courteous, while tenaciously advocating for my clients.

What is one aspect of your profession you would like to change?
I would like to see a more formal mentoring process for young lawyers. When I graduated from law school, several attorneys graciously helped me navigate the challenges of being a successful litigation attorney.