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Gardner M. Duvall
7 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
Phone: 410.347.9417
Fax: 410.223.4317

While he is best known for the defense of product liability cases, Gardner Duvall has substantial achievements in other practices as well. His work in business litigation has recovered nearly a quarter of a billion dollars for his clients. Gardner also has a substantial practice concerning fiduciary liability, especially in the field of estates and trusts. Gardner's appellate work has established new law, including Maryland’s stringent standards for imposing punitive damages. He also counsels clients in proactive steps to avoid liability in all of these realms.

Product Design, Manufacturing and Distribution/Product Safety Counseling

Represents manufacturers and importers regarding safe design and warnings, regulatory compliance, and product recalls.

Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

Represents manufacturers and sellers in product defect litigation, especially involving toxic exposure and mass liability claims.

Insurance Coverage & Defense Litigation

Litigates and arbitrates insurance coverage disputes concerning occurrence-based and claims made coverage, especially involving long tail losses.  Recoveries and settlements exceed $200 million.

Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation

Defends manufacturers and sellers in mass tort and class action litigation, including first-chair trial of a 10,000-case asbestos mass consolidation.  Provides litigation management services for mass and class action.  Prosecuted a class action claim in insurance coverage dispute.


Special Counsel Services

Litigates a variety of disputes in bankruptcy cases.  Successes include recovering $20 million in preference actions in In re Just for Feet, Inc., and more than $100 million in insurance recoveries and pending settlements.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Numerous mediations, especially involving complex insurance coverage disputes, high-value personal injury claims, and estate and trusts litigation

Appellate Practice

Notable appeals include:

Owens-Illinois v. Zenobia, 325 Md. 420, 601 A.2d 633, 60 USLW 2620 (1992), establishing punitive damages standard and state-of-the-art as an element of strict products liability

Porter Hayden Company v. Bullinger, 350 Md. 452, 713 A.2d 962 (1998), determining various rules and procedures for settlement set-offs

Coleman v. Soccer Association of Columbia, (Maryland Court of Appeals 2013) retaining Maryland's contributory negligence defense

Estates & Trusts Litigation

Represents trustees, personal representatives or beneficiaries in litigation over fiduciary duty in the administration of estates and trusts



Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, published by Chambers and Partners

Listed in Best Lawyers in America: 2011 - present

Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers: 2012 - present

AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell


Publications & Presentations

Concept and History of Maryland Punitive Damages Law, Maryland House of Delegates Workgroup (Baltimore, 2016)

Making an Impact on the Law through Lobbying, DRI Annual Meeting (Chicago, 2013)

Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish, National Business Institute (Baltimore, 2012)

Product Liability Simplified, American Conference of Independent Laboratories (Crystal City, Virginia, 2012)

Bad Faith 101, National Business Institute (Baltimore, 2011)

Preparing for the CPSC Searchable Database of Harmful Products, International Product Safety & Liability Prevention Association (Washington, DC, 2010)

Plaintiffs' Fault In Product Liability Cases: Why Are They Getting Away With It In Maryland, 30 University of Baltimore Law Review 255 (2001)

Chapter co-author, Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer (MICPEL 2018, 2012, 2001, 1994)

Memberships & Activities

Past President: Maryland Defense Counsel (2004-2005)

Member: Legislative Committee of Maryland Defense Counsel, Legislative Branch Liaison (2006-present); Chair (1999-2001)

Member: DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar; Chair, Legislation and Rules Committee, Center for Public Policy (2015-present)

Member: Maryland State Bar Association; Laws Committee and Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee

Member: Bar Association of Baltimore City

Creator and Coordinator: Baltimore BikeJam (2000 - Present)

Secretary: Lateral Stress Velo Club, Inc. (2000 - Present)


  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1986) with honors
    • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Tulane University (B.A. 1983) with honors
    • With Honors in Philosophy