Edward M. Buxbaum

Edward M. Buxbaum

PARTNER
ebuxbaum@wtplaw.com
BALTIMORE
T: 410.347.9408
F: 410.223.4308



Ed is the Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Section. He has represented numerous national and international companies, including DHL, Exel, Office Depot, Inc. and Kohl's Corporation, in civil litigation matters pending in Maryland State and Federal Courts. Ed also has significant experience with Insurance Coverage & Defense Litigation, Food Liability Litigation, and Accountant & Auditing Malpractice/Professional Liability. Ed has tried numerous jury trials to verdict.

Recognitions

  • Listed as a "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2010
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, 2009 - present; Named among "Top 50 / Top 100 Maryland Lawyers," 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law, 2012-present
  • AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell
 

Memberships & Activities

  • Member:  Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member:  District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Chair: Business Litigation Section
  • Member:  Bar Association of Baltimore City; ADR Committee; Bench Bar Committee
  • Member:  Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member:  Defense Research Institute
  • Member:  Maryland Defense Trial Counsel
  • Volunteer Settlement Judge: Baltimore City Circuit Court
  • Best Lawyers Designation
  • Benchmark Litigation Designation

Business Litigation

  • Tried approximately 30 jury trials to verdict.
  • Argued extensively in Maryland Appellate Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
  • Have represented numerous national and international companies, including DHL, Exel, Office Depot, Inc. and Kohl's Corporation, in civil litigation matters pending in Maryland State and Federal Courts.
 

Director & Officer Corporate Governance/Special Counsel Services

  • Counsel to Chapter 7 Trustee of Rowe Furniture, Inc. and the estate of Storehouse, Inc., a furniture manufacturer and retailer, in the investigation and prosecution of director and officer claims in Virginia. This matter was settled very favorably with the recovery by the Trustee of almost $7,000,000.
  • Special Litigation counsel to Chapter 7 Trustee in Delaware liquidation of Just for Feet, Inc. (the second largest national shoe and sporting apparel retailer) with successful litigation of claims in Alabama against the Debtors' former officers, directors, and independent accounting and auditing firm.
  • Counsel to multiple lenders (DDJ Capital Management, LLC; DDJ Total Return Loan Fund, LP; and Airlie Opportunity Master Fund Ltd.) in joint pursuit of claims against an international auditing firm and the directors and officers of an automobile parts reconditioning company in the Supreme Court of New York Commercial Division seeking approximately $50 million in damages. Case settled with a favorable settlement for our clients.
  • Counsel to Liquidating Trustee in investigation and pursuit of claims against officers and members of In re Shapes/Arch LCC, an aluminum extrusion industrial company, and its affiliates in New Jersey.
 

Insurance Coverage & Defense Litigation

  • Represent numerous insurers with regard to insurance coverage litigation and the provision of insurance coverage opinion letters.
  • Represent Maryland's Property & Casualty Insurance Company in coverage and defense matters relating to the insolvency of insurers in the state.
 

Food Liability Litigation

  • Defended a Baltimore restaurant in litigation arising out of a customer, diagnosed with typhoid fever, who claimed to have contacted the disease as a result of eating in our client's establishment. Despite the fact that subsequent testing revealed that a worker in the restaurant was an unknowing and asymptomatic carrier of the disease, that same testing established that the plaintiff's disease pattern differed significantly from that of the food service worker. The case was tried before a Baltimore City jury which returned a defense verdict resulting in the complete exoneration of the restaurant, and the verdict was upheld on appeal.
 

Accountant and Auditing Malpractice/Professional Liability

  • Special Litigation Counsel to Litigation Trust in a professional liability action in Maryland against a worldwide accounting firm arising from an international airline's (Tower Air, Inc.) liquidation in New York and Delaware.
 

Appellate

  • Moscarillo v. Property and Casualty Guaranty Corporation, et al - Maryland Court of Appeals (Published Opinion) -- Representation of Appellee in an insurance coverage dispute. Court of Appeals affirmed both the trial court and the Court of Special Appeals in finding that there was no duty to defend the Insured because there was no potentiality of coverage for the intentional acts asserted in the underlying case.
  • Lerner Corporation v. CNA Insurance Company, et al - Maryland Court of Special Appeals (Published Opinion) -- Representation of an Appellee in an insurance coverage dispute. This opinion serves as the seminal case in Maryland regarding whether a Commercial General Liability (CGL) policy will cover an Insured for damages arising out of defective workmanship. The Court of Special Appeals, in affirming the rulings below, held that the costs to repair defective work itself, as opposed to unexpected personal injury or property damage, are not covered.
  • Offen v. Brenner - Maryland Court of Appeals on Certified Question from the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit (Published) -- Representation of Appellant in a defamation case involving the applicability of Absolute Privilege in the context of an administrative proceeding. Court ruled on the certified question favorable to our client and remanded the case back to the 4th Circuit for further proceedings.
  • Rosenthal v. Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Corporation - Maryland Court of Special Appeals -- Representation of the Guaranty Fund in an insurance coverage dispute wherein the Court of Special Appeals affirmed the trial court's ruling that attorney fees incurred by defense counsel in an underlying lawsuit are not "covered claims" under the Guaranty Fund statute and thus are not the responsibility of the Guaranty Fund.
  • Metz v. D'Alesio's of Little Italy, Inc. - Maryland Court of Special Appeals -- Representation of a restaurant in an appeal by the plaintiff subsequent to a defense verdict in an alleged food liability case tried before a  jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Appeal focused on certain evidentiary issues, specifically the "Public Records" exception set forth in Maryland Evidence Rule 5-803(b)(8).  Court of Special Appeals affirmed the ruling below in finding that the trial court correctly excluded from jury consideration various opinions and conclusions, as opposed to facts, contained in a report generated by The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

NEWS

57 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019, Four Named "Lawyer of the Year"

57 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site.

59 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2018, Two Named "Lawyer of the Year"

59 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site, at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

In addition, two lawyers were selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for their particular areas of practice.


59 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Eight Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Fifty-nine lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, eight lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for their particular areas of practice. 


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Recognized in 2016 Benchmark Litigation

The 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation has ranked Whiteford, Taylor & Preston as “Highly Recommended” in Maryland.  The ranking is the publication’s top rating and identifies those firms it deems “dominant” in the state.

In addition, Benchmark Litigation named eight lawyers from the firm as Maryland “Local litigation Stars.”   The selected lawyers represent the broad diversity of the firm’s litigation experience, from sophisticated business litigation to bankruptcy to products liability.


63 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Four Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-three lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, four lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in the Baltimore region for their particular areas of practice.


Fifty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 54 of its Maryland-based attorneys are listed among the 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars” and the three partners who received special recognition -- Edward Buxbaum and Dwight Stone in the Top 100, and Mary Claire Chesshire in the Top 50 Women.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Recognized in 2014 Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Plaintiff

The 2014 editions of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Plaintiffs have ranked Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in the top tier of litigation firms in Maryland.

Eight lawyers from the firm were named as Maryland “Local litigation Stars” in Benchmark Litigation, and three of them were also named in Benchmark Plaintiffs. In addition, Daniel Griffith, the head of the firm’s Wilmington office, continued to be listed as a “Future Star” in the rankings for Delaware.


61 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America; Nine Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-one lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices, including the firm's new Roanoke office.

In addition, nine lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Sixty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 64 of its attorneys are listed among the 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in three states.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars”; the four partners who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone; and the 16 who are named for the first time this year.


60 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America Five Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.).

This represents an increase of seven over last year.  The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, five lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 14 Partners Named as Leaders in the Legal Profession by Chambers and Partners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has again ranked the firm highly in its 2012/2013 list of America’s leading firms and business lawyers. 

In addition, fourteen of the firm’s partners received individual recognition, including Kevin Hroblak, who was rated this year for the first time in the Litigation category.  Mr. Hroblak is co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and a leading member of the Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy Litigation practice.


Forty-Six Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland; Five in Maryland Listed in “Top 100”

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 46 of its attorneys are listed among the 2012 Maryland Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

The firm is particularly proud of the five who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, Paul Nussbaum, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone. Selection of the Top 100 lawyers in a jurisdiction is strictly based on the highest scores in the Super Lawyer judging process, and Whiteford is one of the two firms with the most names on the list.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 11 Attorneys Listed in Benchmark Litigation 2012

The 2012 edition of Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys has once again ranked Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in the top tier of litigation firms in Maryland, with more ranked lawyers than any other firm on the list.

Ten lawyers from the firm were named as “Local litigation stars” and one as a “Future Star.”

Only seven firms in Maryland received the highest ranking of “Highly recommended,” which indicates those firms deemed “dominant” in the state.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 13 Partners Named as Leaders in the Legal Profession by Chambers and Partners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is delighted to announce that Chambers and Partners has highly ranked the firm and 13 of its attorneys in its 2011 list of America’s leading firms and business lawyers. 

Newly rated this year was Joseph Mezzanotte, co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice.

As in the past, the firm was recognized in Maryland in six separate categories of practices. As before, the firm’s Bankruptcy Litigation practice is the only one in Maryland ranked in Band One, the highest rating. 


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 12 Attorneys Listed in Benchmark Litigation 2010

Ten lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Maryland and two in Delaware have been selected by Euromoney's Legal Media Group as "leading litigation attorneys." Their names appeared in the 2010 edition of the guide Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. This is an increase of six over last year. In Maryland, the firm has substantially more ranked lawyers than any other firm on the list.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Obtains $6.625 Million Recovery for Bankrupt Furniture Manufacturer and Retailer from Directors and Certain Officers

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP's (WTP) pursuit of claims against the former directors and certain officers of The Rowe Companies and its two subsidiaries, Rowe Furniture, Inc. and Storehouse, Inc., has resulted in a $6.625 million settlement for the firm's clients, Donald F. King, the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee of Rowe Furniture, Inc., and Guy A. Davis, the Chief Liquidation Officer of bankrupt Storehouse, Inc. and the Liquidating Trustee of The Rowe Companies.