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David V. Diggs

David V. Diggs

David V. Diggs

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Kahn, Smith & Collins P.A.

Maryland may be known as a blue state but for David Diggs and his colleagues in the Maryland Association for Justice, laws that, say, maintain a cap on non-economic damages in personal injury civil suits or that prevent civil punitive damages for drunken drivers run contrary to a progressive legal framework.

As president of MAJ, Diggs helms one of the state’s largest specialty bar associations, counting some 1,300 plaintiffs’ attorneys from across the region as members.

Among its functions, the association remains active in lobbying at the state legislature for bills its members view will improve the civil justice system, and several dozen of its active members worked to develop positions on hundreds of bills during the General Assembly’s 2016 session, Diggs said.

“Whether our clients face careless doctors, greedy insurance companies or too-big-to-fail corporations, MAJ members are often the only ones standing up to protect the interests of the underprivileged, the destitute and the injured,” he wrote in a recent MAJ newsletter.

During last year’s session, the MAJ helped usher in an expansion of the Maryland False Claims Act, which incentivizes whistleblowers to report fraud against state and local governments, as well as reforms to the Tort Claims Act by increasing caps to damages.

A partner at Kahn, Smith and Collins’ Millersville office, Diggs litigates personal injury and medical malpractice cases, and has 25 years of experience representing clients in family law cases.

Looking back over the course of his career, Diggs said he’s especially proud of the pro bono services he’s provided, including free family law mediation services through the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

“Outside of our profession, I find joy and fulfillment in coaching hundreds (after 23 years, it may be thousands) of Anne Arundel county boys and girls in soccer, football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse,” he said.