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Mary McNamara Koch has been an advocate for victims for more than 30 years, giving voice particularly to those affected by malpractice and birth injury. Koch started her career as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore after graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

In 2014, she spearheaded a team of attorneys that successfully negotiated a historic $37 million settlement against a hospital on behalf of former cardiac patients who received unnecessary cardiac stent procedures and helped start a national discussion on unnecessary medical procedures.

She joined Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch and Norman as a partner in 2016 and has continued her track record of significant verdicts for plaintiffs.

What’s the most important thing you do in your job?
I give a voice to my clients, who are most often birth injured babies and their families. Raising children with profound brain injuries is extremely difficult emotionally. The difficulty is compounded when parents are unable to provide their children with the resources and services they need. When I am successful in pursuing a case, the results can be life changing for my clients.

What is one aspect of your profession you would like to change?
The reputation of lawyers. The role of the justice system in democracy cannot be overstated and lawyers provide their clients access to the justice system. I wish the legal profession was better at educating people on all of the ways lawyers have a positive impact on our society.