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Morgan and Morgan Baltimore??

By Byron Warnken

Morgan & Morgan bills itself as America’s largest personal injury firm, with offices in 17 states. Its website has announced the opening of a Baltimore area office. At first glance, this new location seems like any other. But research reveals that the Morgan & Morgan Baltimore office may not be fully staffed or have day-to-day in Baltimore operations.

The address on the firm’s website corresponds to the Legg Mason tower, a large office facility near the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. But Morgan & Morgan is not listed among the building’s main tenants.  None of the firm’s attorneys are listed as associated with the Maryland office, and there is no local phone number associated with the Baltimore address. A firm representative reached at a toll-free line was also unable to provide any direct contact information for a Baltimore branch as of the time of publication.

None of this means that Morgan & Morgan hasn’t had Maryland cases in the past or doesn’t have them now.  More than likely they’re litigating, possibly with co-counsel, Maryland cases right now.  Furthermore, between asbestos and general drug and device and other class actions, there’s no question they are helping Maryland families.

So is “John Morgan Baltimore!” really coming with a splash?  It’s hard to say.  If John Morgan desires a truly nationwide personal injury law firm, Maryland actually doesn’t seem likely to be at the top of the list.  Maryland has absurd caps on pain and suffering and wrongful death damages – caps that many other states don’t have.  So whether it’s a business decision or simply the ability to obtain real justice for an injury victim, there are other states that may be a better fit.

It remains to be seen if Morgan & Morgan’s Baltimore office will ever handle any volume of Baltimore personal injury cases. We (at Warnken, LLC) would love to see Morgan & Morgan in the Baltimore market.  John Morgan is the real deal – he does what he does to get just compensation for those that need it and to give a big middle finger to the powerful who take advantage of the little guy.  Baltimore could always use more people like that – especially those with the resources to make a difference.

Who Insures the Top Workers’ Comp Law Firms for Comp?

By Byron Warnken

Can you learn anything about workers’ compensation insurance from some of the best law firms representing injured workers? It’s hard to say.  How law firms get comp insurance is usually based more on their insurance brokers than it is an active selection of insurers based on their experience representing injured workers. Some of the top […]

The Hidden Costs of Maryland’s Non-Economic Damages Cap

By Byron Warnken

One might think a cap on non-economic damages is reasonable.  In theory, it is reasonable.  That’s how the right sells it to our population.  I do not, however, believe the cap on non-economic damages in Maryland is reasonable.  It’s simply too low at approximately $800,000. How do you tell someone born with severe cerebral palsy […]

Maryland’s Best? Lawyers

By Byron Warnken

A lawyer can’t tell you he’s the best.  In fact, he can’t tell you anything that compares himself to another lawyer unless it’s objectively true.  Why don’t we tolerate puffery in legal services the same way we do in nearly everything else in our capitalist society?  I’m not sure.  We’re lawyers.  We’re sticklers for the […]

Peter Angelos Still Works Cases?

By Byron Warnken went from algorithmic updates to hand updates within the last few months.  A smattering of the updates come across my desk.  Actually, they do the modern day equivalent and pipe through my inbox.  I’m seldom surprised by what I see.  If I thought a lawyer was busy and handling a lot of car accident […]

More Medical Malpractice Studies

By Byron Warnken

The public perception, mostly fueled by the American Medical Industrial Complex, is that medical malpractice suits are unjustified and out of control. As statistics and facts become more available all the time, perhaps this is changing to some degree. The truth is the exact opposite. It’s difficult for victims of medical negligence to get just […]

21 Maryland Medical Malpractice Cases in One Month

By Byron Warnken

In June of 2014, there were only 21 Medical Malpractice lawsuits filed in Maryland Circuit Courts.  Of those 21 cases, only 3 med mal firms filed more than a single case. Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins, L.L.C. filed three cases, Schochor, Frederico and Staton P.A. filed two, and Snyder and Snyder filed two. Other […]

How to Find the Best Lawyers in Maryland when You’re Out of State

By Byron Warnken

Besides using online services like, there is one excellent way to find the best injury lawyers in Maryland (or the best lawyers in any practice area anywhere).  As always, the term “best” is very subjective and slightly misleading.  In this instance, the below method may or may not lead to the best actual lawyer, […]