William F. Ryan, Jr.

Partner, Co-Chair of Litigation Department
William F. Ryan, Jr.

William F. Ryan, Jr.

PARTNER , CO-CHAIR OF LITIGATION DEPARTMENT
wryan@wtplaw.com
BALTIMORE
T: 410.347.8741
F: 410. 223.4161



Mr. Ryan is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an elective body limited to 1% of the trial lawyers in each state of the United States and provinces of Canada, "who are outstanding and considered the best in a state or province."

An active trial attorney, with a national commercial litigation practice, Mr. Ryan has tried cases covering a broad range of business-related matters, including class actions, fiduciary duty, business disputes, corporate governance, complex accounting and auditing standards, and shareholder and partnership issues. In addition to being admitted to practice before the Maryland courts, he is admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth and Sixth Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court and has represented clients in state and federal courts across the United States, including courts in Alabama, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Recognitions

  • Listed as a "Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation, 2009 - present
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, published by Chambers and Partners, 2017 - present
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2005-present
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers 2007 - present, "Top 50/100 Maryland Lawyers," 2007 - 2013
 

Memberships & Activities

  • Fellow:  American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Co-Chair:  Litigation Department
  • Best Lawyers Designation
  • Benchmark Litigation Designation
  • Chambers and Partners Designation
During more than 30 years as an active trial attorney, Mr. Ryan has handled and taken to trial a wide range of cases in a variety of industries. In addition to being admitted to practice before the Maryland courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court, he has represented clients in various state and federal courts, including courts in Alabama, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. Mr. Ryan’s practice includes counseling regarding corporate governance matters, and he is a frequent speaker on the responsibilities of corporate officers and directors. Below is a representative sampling of cases he has handled.
 

Class Actions


In re: Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation, Multi-District Litigation, consolidated in United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Civil Action No. 16-md2687(JLL)(JAD) and MDL No. 2687.
Currently representing water treatment product manufacturer in multiple putative class actions/Multi-District Litigation brought by direct and indirect purchasers alleging defendants conspired to fix prices for liquid aluminum sulfate in violation of the Sherman Act and state antitrust and trade practices laws.

Harris, et al. v. Medical Transportation Management, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Civil Action No.: 1:17-cv-01371-APM (2017-18).
Currently defending putative class action/collective action alleging claims under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the District of Columbia’s Minimum Wage Revision Act, Living Wage Act, and Wage Payment and Collection Law.

Toscano, et al v. Colonial Financial Services, Inc., et al, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, Case No. 24-C-14-005835 (2014-15).
Defended directors of bank holding company in shareholder class action challenging bank merger.

Sternheim Family Trust, et al v. Home Federal Bancorp, Inc., et al, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, Case No.: 24-C-13-006763 (2013-15).
Defended bank holding company in defense of putative class action by shareholders challenging the fairness of a proposed merger.

Marshall v. Safeway, Inc., Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, Court of Appeals of Maryland (2012-2014).
Defended class action against national grocery store chain alleging improper payment of employee wages, obtaining denial of class certification and defense judgment at the trial court level and successfully defending appeals before Maryland’s intermediate Court of Special Appeals, 210 Md. App. 545, 63 A.2d 672, 2013 Md. App. LEXIS 38 (2013), and Maryland’s Court of Appeals, 437 Md. 542, 88 A.3d 735 (2014).

King v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A, et al, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Civil Action No.: 3:2011cv00068 NKM (2014).
Defended putative class action by participants in credit card counseling programs, obtaining trial court’s denial of request for class certification.

Crosby, et al v. HR Stores, Inc., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Civil Action No.: 3:08-CV-980 GEB-JJH (2008).
Defended consumer class action against retail shoe store chain concerning alleged violations of federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Thompson, et al v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, et al, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Civil Action No.: MJG 95-309 (2005-2008).
Served as lead trial defense counsel in multi-week trial and obtained defense verdict for Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and Housing Authority of Baltimore City in class action by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 14,000 public housing residents alleging 50 years of racial discrimination in the provision of public housing. Mr. Ryan continues to represent the City of Baltimore and its Housing Authority in related aspects of these claims.

Richardson, et al v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland; Case No.: 96-145050/CE212596 (2000).
Defended The Tobacco Institute in class action on behalf of users of tobacco products, alleging common law fraud, violation of state consumer protection laws, deceptive and unfair trade practices and warranty claims.

Seafarers Welfare Plan, et al v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Civil Action No. MJG-97-2127 (2000).
Defended, and obtained dismissal of, The Tobacco Institute in a putative class action alleging violations of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, violations of state and federal antitrust laws, and various common law fraud, negligent misrepresentation and warranty theories brought on behalf of Health and Welfare Trust Funds to recover health care and benefit expenditures allegedly associated with smoking related illnesses.

Sewell, et al v. Sprint Limited Partnership, et al, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland; Case No.: 97-188027/CC3879 (1998).
Defended telecommunications carrier in class action brought by cell phone subscribers nationwide, alleging common law fraud, breach of contract and violation of state consumer protection laws in connection with the provision of personal communications services.

Arens, et al v. Marine Engineers Benefits Association Medical & Benefits Plan, et al, United States District Court for the District of Maryland; Civil Action No.: WN 93-1796 (1994).
Defended, and won by summary judgment, class action by 7,800 retired maritime officers against the Marine Engineers Benefit Association Medical and Benefits Plan and its trustees challenging the elimination of medical benefits under collective bargaining agreements between the maritime union and various employers.

Quest Medical, Inc. v. Kirschner Medical Corp., Inc., et al, interim decision reported at 1992 Westlaw 311193 (D. Md. 1992).
Obtained dismissal of KPMG Peat Marwick in class action securities fraud claim.

In Re Jiffy Lube Securities Litigation, interim reported decisions at 927 F.2d 155 (4th Cir. 1991); 772 F. Supp. 890 (D. Md. 1991); 772 F. Supp. 258 (D. Md. 1991); 130 F.R.D. 42 (D. Md. 1990); Fed. Sec. L. Rep. P 94,859 (D. Md. 1990).
With two other partners, defended Ernst & Young in class action securities fraud action seeking $100 million damages as a result of Jiffy Lube’s financial collapse. After the filing of the lawsuit, all defendants, except Ernst & Young, settled for $9.5 million, leaving Ernst & Young as the sole defendant. We successfully appealed and obtained reversal of the entry of the trial court’s order approving the settlement, which order barred indemnity and contribution claims by Ernst & Young against the settling defendants. After reversal of the bar order and aggressive discovery efforts by all sides, all claims against Ernst & Young were resolved for nuisance amount.
 

General Business, Accounting, Antitrust, Director and Officer and Professional Liability Litigation


SEC v. Edwards, et al, Case No.: 2-17-CV-00393-SCM, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2018-19).
Currently representing, as special litigation counsel, the receiver in an SEC receivership proceeding with respect to professional liability claims related to public bond offerings.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants, Inc. v. AAC HP Realty, LLC, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, Case No.: 24-C-16-005889 (2017-19).
Currently representing retail restaurant company in claims against shopping center owner, obtaining seven-figure award following April 2018 trial and currently defending appeal.

SoutheastHEALTH v. Kerber, Eck & Braeckel, LLP, et al, Case No. 16CG-CC00240, Circuit Court of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri (2016-19).
Currently representing southeast Missouri hospital system in claims of alleged professional malpractice against accounting firm.

In re: Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation, Multi-District Litigation, consolidated in United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Civil Action No. 16-md2687(JLL)(JAD) and MDL No. 2687.
Currently representing water treatment product manufacturer in multiple putative class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers alleging defendants conspired to fix prices for liquid aluminum sulfate in violation of the Sherman Act and state antitrust and trade practices laws.

VFP Investments I LLC v. Zamarelli, Circuit Court for Palm Beach County, Florida, Case No.: 502017CA 00943XXXXMB (2018).
Represented lender in claims of misrepresentation, aiding and abetting fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Hancock Medical Center v. Quorum Health Resources, LLC, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No.: 1:14-cv-00055-HSO-RHW (2015-17); American Health Lawyers Association Dispute Resolution Service, Arbitration Case No.: A-111913-2059 (2015-17).
Represented Gulf Coast hospital in prosecution of professional liability claims against national hospital management company, obtaining 8-figure award in favor of the hospital.

Land & Buildings Capital Growth, L.P., et al v. Coppola, et al, Case No. 24-C-15-001842 (2015), and The Macerich Company v. Land & Buildings Capital Growth Fund, L.P., Case No. 24-C-15-001843, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland (2015).
Represented activist shareholder/investor group in proxy fight to counter attempt to block shareholder’s board nominations and allow company’s shareholders to vote on slate of new board nominees at annual meeting.

VFP Investments I, LLC v. Foot Locker, Inc., et al, Supreme Court of New York, County of New York, Commercial Law Division, Index No. 152153/2015 (2015).
Represented asset-based lender in commercial tort claims.

Council of Unit Owners of The Residences at The Colonnade, a Condominium, Inc. v. Council of Owners of The Inn and Shops at The Colonnade, American Arbitration Association (2015).
Represented condominium association in litigation regarding reciprocal easement agreement.

Reston Town Center Property, LLC v. McCormick and Schmick Restaurant Corp., Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia, Civil Action No.: 2014-14959 (2014-15).
Represented national restaurant chain in commercial lease dispute.

Stout v. SC&H Group, et al, Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland, Case No.: 03-C-14-006700 (2014-15).
Represented shareholder in derivative action regarding commercial real estate investment.

Mizell v. SunTrust Bank, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Civil Action No.: 1:13-cv-01077-KBJ (2013-14).
Defended SunTrust Bank against alleged business tort/defamation claims, obtaining dismissal of all claims on motion to dismiss.

DeGroote Services, LLC, as Liquidating Trustee for the BearingPoint, Inc. Liquidating Trust v. Harbach, et al, Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia, Civil Action No.: 2011-01612 (2011-13).
Prosecuted breach of fiduciary duty claims against former directors of BearingPoint, Inc., formerly one of the largest professional and IT consulting firms in the world, obtaining 8-figure recovery.

Rothschild Capital Partners, L.P., et al v. Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn, P.A., et al, Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland, Case No.: 03-C-11-007033 (2011-13).
Represented hedge fund and financial advisory firm in business tort and contract claims, obtaining 7-figure recovery.

Paul v. Sutton, et al, Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, Case No.: 355019-V (2012).
Defended limited partner of commercial real estate/office condominium project in breach of contract and related claims concerning the development project.

Natchez Regional Medical Center v. Quorum Health Resources, LLC, et al, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No.: 5:09-CV-207-DCB-JMR. (2010-12), interim decision ruling in client’s favor to deny defendant’s motion for summary judgment and motion to exclude expert testimony, reported at 879 F. Supp.2d 566 (2012).
Represented Mississippi-Louisiana community health system in prosecution of breach of contract/professional liability claims against national hospital management company, obtaining 8-figure recovery.

Ruffalo, et al v. TransTech Services Partners, Inc., et al, Court of Chancery, Delaware, Civil Action No.: 5039-VCP (2011).
Defended development stage company and officers against claims alleging improper use of proceeds from initial public offering.

The Education Loan Zone, LLC v. SunTrust Bank, Civil Action No.: 1:09-cv-993 (CCB), United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2009-2010).
Defended SunTrust in defamation and breach of contract claims concerning marketing of private student loan program via on-line lending systems.

In Re Just For Feet, Inc. v. Bank of America Securities, LLC, et al, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, AP No. 08-50275-JKF (2008-2010).
Represented Court-appointed Trustee in adversary proceeding brought against underwriters and bondholders of bonds issued in a $200 million bond offering.

St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York Litigation Trust v. Huron Consulting Group, et al, Supreme Court of New York, County of New York, Commercial Law Division, Index No. 150446/07 (2007-2010).
Represented St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York Litigation Trust in professional liability claims against turnaround and crisis management professionals, obtaining multi-million dollar recovery.

Receivables Outsourcing, Inc., et al v. Fries, Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland, Case No. 03-c-08-006385 PS, and Fries v. Wunder, et al, Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland (2009).
Defended corporations in civil actions regarding purchase and transfer of stock interests and related stockholder issues.

St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York Litigation Trust v. McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP, et al, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Case No.: 08 CV 4401 (AKH) (2008-2009).
Represented St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York Litigation Trust in prosecuting professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims against former attorneys for St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, obtaining multi-million dollar recovery.

The HealthEssentials Solutions, Inc. Creditors Trust v. Ernst & Young, LLP, Supreme Court of New York, County of New York, Commercial Law Division, Index No.: 601313/07 (2007-2008).
Represented Creditors Trust in connection with prosecution of professional liability claims against Ernst & Young arising out of purchase of securities.

Goldstein, Chapter 7 Trustee for Just For Feet v. Ruttenberg, et al, Circuit Court for Jefferson County, Alabama CV0106833 (2007).
Obtained recoveries of more than $82 Million on behalf of Court appointed Trustee in prosecuting fiduciary duty and accounting claims against former directors, officers and accountants for what was the United States’ second largest retailer of athletic shoes and apparel. As reported in the April 23, 2007 issue of The Wall Street Journal, the recoveries are “believed to be among the largest out-of-pocket payments by outside directors following corporate fraud allegations.”

Berger Industries, et al v. Steiner, et al, Case No.: CV 95-1630(RR), United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Represented and obtained defense judgment for corporate directors in a suit by shareholders alleging common law breach of fiduciary duty and federal RICO claims.

Sheer Partners, Inc. v. Sutton & Associates, et al, Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, Case No.: 278210-V (2007).
Successfully represented developer/property manager in winning injunctive proceedings regarding various real estate developments in Washington Metropolitan region.

Black Diamond Builders v. PSI Construction Management, Inc., et al, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, Case No. 23-C-00276 CN (2007).
Represented investors regarding residential development projects in Ocean City, Maryland and Delaware.

Rainforest Café, Inc. v. Tyson’s Corner Holdings, LLC, Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia, Chancery No.: 2005-2150 and 2005-4172 (2005).
Represented national restaurant chain in lease/contract dispute.

Kirkpatrick v. Canam Steel Corporation, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Civil Action No.: 1:05-CV-02582-WMN (2005).
Represented steel fabricator in employment related claim.

Commercial Credit Reports, Inc. v. National Association of Credit Management, Circuit Court of Maryland for Howard County, Case No.: 13-C0458569 (2004).
Successfully defended and won state antitrust and injunction claims against a national trade association accused of restraining commerce.

In Re CVEO Corporation f/k/a Converse, Inc., United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, General Case No.: 01-0223 (MFW) (2004).
Represented Trustee for Creditors Reserve Trust of the former Converse shoe company regarding claims concerning former professional advisors to the company.

Tesco v. Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland, Case No.: 21-C-02-13640 OT (2003).
Represented plaintiff corporation and obtained favorable settlement in auditing malpractice claim against corporation’s accounting/auditing firm.

Words, Inc. v. Singer, et al, Civil No.: 00-05875, Superior Court for the District of Columbia (2003). Affirmed on appeal (2003).
Defended and obtained summary judgment in legal malpractice claim alleging that attorneys were negligent in handling lawsuit between a national franchisor and a franchisee.

Clapp v. Legg Mason, et al, Arbitration before National Association of Securities Dealers, Case No.: 02-05456 (2003).
Represented and obtained favorable settlement for investor in professional liability claim against investment broker.

Suburban Club of Baltimore County v. Oxbridge Development @ Slade, L.C., Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland, Case No.: 03-C-02-004959 (2003).
Represented country club landowner in declaratory judgment action against land developer.

CompanyValue.Com v. Association for Financial Professionals, Inc., Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, Case No.: 222581-V (2001-2003).
Successfully defended joint venture partner against claims by other partner.

Torino Holdings, Inc. v. Grabush Newman, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, Case No.: 99-6-4784-JFS (2002).
Defended accounting firm against professional liability claim arising out of services provided in connection with purchase of a business.

Ramdat v. Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, United States District Court for the District of Maryland; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Case No.: 01-1827, 2001).
Defended and obtained judgment for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates in action by foreign medical school graduate who claimed Commission’s testing process wrongfully precluded him from medical licensure in the United States.

Rouse-Teachers Properties, Inc. v. Maryland Casualty Co., 358 Md. 575, 750 A.2d 1281 (2000).
Successfully defended corporate joint venture in eight-figure claim for alleged defective design and construction of Maryland Casualty’s corporate headquarters.

Wrapco Packaging Technology, Inc. v. Burger King Corporation, Case No.: 97-2211 CA 13, Dade County, Florida. (1999).
Obtained seven-figure result against national franchise chain in breach of contract claim.

Doshi v. Maryland Orthotics & Prosthetics Co., Inc., Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland, Case No.: 03-C-98-011642 (1998-1999).
Represented shareholder of corporation in petition for involuntary dissolution of corporation, accounting of corporation’s assets and appointment of a Receiver.

Helinski v. Appleton Papers Inc., et al, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Civil Action No.: JFM-93-3784, 1993 - 1998.
Defended and obtained judgments in favor of paper manufacturer in four related consolidated product liability lawsuits seeking damages for personal injuries allegedly sustained as a result of workplace exposure to carbonless copy paper.

Canet v. Travelstead, interim liability decision reported at 917 F. Supp. 969 (United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York 1996).
Took over defense, from a New York firm, of damages phase of approximate $26 million breach of contract action arising out of various construction projects in New York City, London and Barcelona, Spain after the trial court found in Plaintiff’s favor at the liability phase of a bifurcated trial, which decision is reported at 917 F. Supp. 969. After a subsequent trial on damages in April and May 1997, the trial court entered judgment in Plaintiff’s favor for the principal sum of approximately $1.7 million, an amount considerably less than both the more than $26 million claim and the pretrial 8-figure settlement demands.

All Risks, Ltd. v. Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, et al, interim decision reported at 931 F. Supp. 409 (D. Md. 1996).
Obtained judgment on behalf of defendants sued under ERISA and the common law for alleged acts and omissions in connection with adoption and administration of a defined contribution employee benefit plan.

Garland, et al v. Miles & Stockbridge, et al, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland (1996).
Defended legal malpractice action against Baltimore law firm arising out of estate and tax planning.

Minibar North America v. Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., et al, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (1995).
Obtained seven-figure result representing a corporate plaintiff in a legal malpractice claim arising out of antitrust counseling and advice.

Rosenberg v. Helinski, 328 Md. 664, 616 A.2d 866 (1992), cert. denied, 113 S. Ct. 3041 (1993).
Defended and obtained a defense verdict in a defamation action in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City brought by the son of a Maryland judge against the Chief of Child Psychology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine who repeated outside the courthouse to the press his in-court expert opinion that Plaintiff had sexually abused his child.

Franklin v. Gupta, et al, 81 Md. App. 345, 567 A.2d 524 (1990).
Defended and obtained defense jury verdict in Baltimore City in favor of orthopedic surgeon after a sixweek medical malpractice trial. Affirmed on appeal.

S.J. Wolfe & Co., et al v. Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co., (Consolidated Case No.: 87139046/CE65863), Circuit Court for Baltimore City – (1987-1988) (Kaplan, J.)
With two other partners, defended and obtained defense verdict after trial in an action by shareholders of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company who claimed the price paid for their shares following the merger of the B&O into a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSX Corporation was inadequate. A related appeal from an order dismissing several other thousand shares from the action was affirmed on appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in Sornberger v. Chesapeake & Oho Railway Co., 81 Md. App. 14, 566 A.2d 503 (1989), cert. denied, (1990).

Dristas v. Good Samaritan Hospital, et al, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland (1986).
Defended and obtained defense jury verdict in Baltimore City in favor of general surgeon after a three and one-half week medical malpractice trial. No appeal filed.
 

Intellectual Property


Bond v. Blum, et al, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Civil Action No.: 01-2600-MJG, affirmed 317 F.3d 385 (4th Cir. 2003).
Successfully defended and won on appeal copyright infringement claim against law firm sued for unauthorized use of copyrighted material in judicial proceedings.

Progress Software Corporation v. MySQL AB, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Civil Action No. 01-CV-11031 (PBS) (2002).
Represented, and obtained preliminary injunction, for open source software database developer in first case involving interpretation of the general public license.

Hunt Masters Inc. v. Landry’s Trademark, Inc., United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, (Charleston Division) 240 F.3d 251 (4th Cir. 2001).
Successfully defended at trial and won on appeal a trademark infringement action seeking to prohibit national restaurant chain from using its name and logo in a local market.

InCharge Institute of America, Inc. v. Garden State Credit Counseling, Inc., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (Newark) (2000).
Successfully defended injunction action, and obtained reversal of temporary restraining order, for alleged copyright infringement of computer software program for credit counseling services.

Siquis Limited v. Alpha Industries, Inc., Civil Action No.: L 99CV1753, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Northern Division) (1999).
Defended clothing manufacturer in copyright and trademark infringement action regarding manufacturer’s logo and marketing materials.

Construction Science Research Foundation, Inc. v. Building Systems Design, Civil Action No.: 98-3202, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (1998).
Defended copyright infringement action against developer and marketer of software program for specification writing systems for construction industry.

Maine Avenue Seafood, Inc. d/b/a Bethesda Crab House v. The Crab House, Inc., et al; United States District Court for the District of Maryland; Civil Action No.: 97-640 (1998).
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of publicly traded restaurant chain in a federal and state common law trademark, trade dress and unfair trade practices suit brought by a competitor.

Pure Software, Inc. v. AIB Software, Inc., Case No.: 95-319-A, United States District Court for the District of Virginia; transferred to United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Oakland Division) (1996).
Defended software developer in patent infringement action.

Penril Datacomm Networks, Inc. v. Rockwell International Corp. and U.S. Robotics, interim decision reported at 934 F. Supp. 708 (United States District Court for the District of Maryland 1995).
Represented Plaintiff and obtained favorable settlement in patent infringement litigation regarding precoding scheme for transmitting data over intersymbol-interference channels.

Gable Signs & Graphics, Inc. v. Buddy’s Late Night Corporation, et al, Civil Action No.: CCB 95-3389, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (1995).
Defended copyright infringement action regarding advertising materials.

Goodier Builders, Inc. v. Awalt, et al, Civil Action No.: B 94-2635, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Northern Division) (1994).
Defended home builder in copyright infringement action regarding construction plans.
 

Environmental


In the Matter of The American Drive-In Cleaners Site, CERCLA-02-2002-2027, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region II, New York, New York (2002 to present).
Defended respondent/property owner in civil administrative order proceeding under Section 106 of CERCLA for performance of a removal action at a site on Long Island, New York.

United States of America, et al v. The Kasper (1977) Irrevocable Trusts, et al, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Case No. 2:07-cv-00541-SJF-ETB (2007-2010).
Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment in favor of owner of commercial property in Long Island, New York in civil actions by the United States of America and the State of New York arising out of alleged environmental contamination.

PRSC, LLC v. Admiral, Inc., Civil Action No.: 8:08-cv-01379-DKC, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2008-2009).
Defended and obtained judgment in favor of leasee of shopping center in environmental cost recovery and common law nuisance claims.

King v. Dryden Oil Company, et al, Civil Action No.: 90-2613, Superior Court of Worcester County, Massachusetts.
Defended Dryden Oil Company in an action concerning environmental contamination allegedly resulting from the 100 year operation of a petroleum product manufacturing facility.

Southern Fuel Company v. Amoco Oil Company, Civil Action No.: WN-92-3322, United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Defended Amoco Oil Company against claims arising out of releases of petroleum products from a regional petroleum distribution and storage facility.

United States of America v. Berks Associates, et al, Civil Action No. 91-4868, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Defended Castrol North America in a Superfund cost recovery action by EPA to recover the costs of cleaning up a former waste oil and solvent reprocessing facility in Pennsylvania, and a related natural resources damages claim by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for alleged pollution of the Schuylkill River.

Bahura, et al v. Armstrong World Industries, et al, Civil Action No.: 90-CA10594, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Defended, and obtained judgment in favor of, Armstrong World Industries in a toxic tort action by numerous employees of the United States Environmental Protection Agency who claimed they sustained bodily injuries as a result of indoor air pollution at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Allegany Holding Company v. Cumberland Sand Co., Circuit Court for Allegany County, Maryland, Civil Action No.: 01-C-02-021177 OC.
Defended sand and gravel company in defense of governmental and private party environmental claims.

Maryland Department of the Environment v. Sparrows Point, et al, Waste Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment Case No.: C-0-00-039.
Defended administrative proceeding alleging hazardous waste and water pollution violations.

In the Matter of U.S. Aluminate Company, Inc., CERCLA-05-2004-0004, EPCRA-05-2004-0018, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Chicago, Illinois (2004).
Defended respondent/manufacturer in civil administrative enforcement proceeding for alleged violations of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act in connection with an accidental release in Ohio.

In Re Riviera Beach Foods, Control No. 01-1-GSD-61, Department of Community Affairs, State of Florida (2001).
Defended manufacturer in civil proceedings by State of Florida for alleged violations of the Florida Hazardous Materials Emergency Response & Community Right-to-Know Act.

State of Maryland and Twelve Knotts Limited Partnership v. Amoco Oil Co., Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland (1994).
Defended Amoco Oil Company in environmental contamination case by the State of Maryland and other private parties regarding damages to public natural resources and private property interests.

CAE-Link Corporation v. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 90 Md. App. 604, 602 A.2d 239 (1992), aff’d, 330 Md. 115, 622 A.2d 745 (1993), cert. denied, 114 S.Ct. 288 (1993).
Defended the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and obtained defense jury verdict after a sixweek trial in action brought by 13 corporations – including the Washington Post and the Singer Company – to recover damages for inverse condemnation and nuisance claims arising out of sewage sludge facility owned and operated by WSSC.

Alcolac, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 716 F. Supp. 1541 (D.Md. 1989).
Defended, and won by summary judgment, a declaratory judgment action by a chemical manufacturer seeking insurance coverage for an underlying toxic tort suit in Missouri that resulted in a jury verdict of approximately $48 million in favor of numerous plaintiffs who claimed they sustained chemical poisoning from chemical discharges at the manufacturer’s plant. The evidence in the underlying case is described in a more than 200-page opinion of the Missouri Court of Appeals, reported as Elam v. Alcolac, Inc., 765 S.W.2d 42 (1988).
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

"Director and Officer Duties and Insurance Coverage" Association of Corporate Counsel (2016)

"Private Company and Non-Profit D&O Claims Activity," Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) D&O Symposium, Marriott Marquis, New York, New York, February 9, 2012

"Personal Liability for Directors and Officers: The Next Wave in 'Economic Meltdown' Litigation," 2010 Spring Meeting of International Law Section, American Bar Association, New York, New York

"Know the Mine Field: Risks for Holders of Distressed Debt," Fourth Annual Global Forum on Investing in Distressed Debt, March 30-31, 2009, Los Angeles, California

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Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again ranked the firm highly in its 2019 list of leading firms and business lawyers.

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.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 29 Lawyers Honored by Chambers and Partners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again ranked the firm highly in its 2017 list of leading firms and business lawyers. This year’s recognition includes a record 29 attorneys in 4 states, the District of Columbia and Afghanistan. 


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. 


Benchmark Litigation Names Whiteford, Taylor & Preston 2016 Maryland Law Firm of the Year

Benchmark Litigation has named Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP “Maryland Law Firm of the Year” for 2016. The award was presented February 12 at Benchmark Litigation’s annual U.S. awards ceremony in New York City.  In published commentary, Benchmark Litigation describes Whiteford, Taylor & Preston as “simply top-notch” and states that “[c]lients flock to the firm for its ‘excellence in litigation skills and experience.’” 


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.


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and Six Partners Named as "IP Stars" by Managing Intellectual Property

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Managing Intellectual Property has given the firm’s Maryland Intellectual Property practice its highest rating and has singled out six partners for individual recognition in Maryland. 

In their commentary, the editors noted that the firm is “highly respected” and that the IP lawyers in the group “handle a split of contentious and non-contentious matters crossing over patent trademark and copyright matters.”


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.


BearingPoint, Inc. Director and Officer Litigation Settlement Announced

DALLAS, Mar 21, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- John DeGroote Services, LLC, as Liquidating Trustee to the BearingPoint, Inc. Liquidating Trust, announced today that the Trust settled its lawsuit against former Directors and the former Chief Executive Officer of BearingPoint, Inc. Under the settlement the Trust will receive $55 million, with no admission of liability and a release of claims by all parties.


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.


Ryan, Nussbaum and Hroblak Listed in Benchmark Plaintiff 2013

Legal Media Group, publisher of the well-known guide Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, which focuses exclusively on litigation in the United States, also researches and ranks the nation’s top plaintiff lawyers in their Benchmark Plaintiff guide. 


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.

Hroblak, Nussbaum & Ryan Listed in Inaugural Edition of Benchmark Plaintiff 2012

For the first time, Legal Media Group, publisher of the well-known guide Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, which focuses exclusively on litigation in the United States, has researched and ranked the nation’s top plaintiff lawyers in their new Benchmark Plaintiff guide. 


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 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 and Litigators Among Highly Recommended Firms and Litigation Stars in Benchmark Litigation 2009

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is pleased to announce that the firm, having one of the largest litigation departments in Maryland, has been "highly recommended" in the Benchmark Litigation 2009 listing of Maryland litigation firms. WTP attorneys Harry S. Johnson (Products Liability), Paul M. Nussbaum (Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring), William F. Ryan, Jr. (Commercial), and Steven E. Tiller (Technology and Intellectual Property) were listed as "local litigation stars," and Alexander W.


Anne T. Brennan and William F. Ryan, Jr Named Leadership in Law Winners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is delighted to announce that Anne T. Brennan and William F. Ryan, Jr., have been selected as winners in The Daily Record’s annual Leadership in Law program.  Brennan, a partner and litigator, is the former Managing Partner of the firm’s Towson office, and joined the firm in 1984.  Ryan, also a partner and litigator, is the chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and joined the firm in 1980. 


Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Announces Management Changes

As it celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP is delighted to announce its new leadership team.

Having completed four terms as Managing Partner, Albert J. Mezzanotte, Jr. will serve one more year as the Firm's Managing Partner and transition those duties to Martin T. Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher is a present member of the firm's Management Committee and after serving a one year term as Managing Partner Elect will then commence a three year term as Managing Partner.

Nussbaum and Ryan Present at Global Distressed Debt West Coast Investor Forum

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (WTP) attorneys, Paul M. Nussbaum and William F. Ryan, Jr., presented on Investing In Distressed Securities During Troubled Economic Times at the International Quality and Productivity Center's (IPCQ) Global Distressed Debt West Coast Investor Forum, Los Angeles, California, on March 31-April 2, 2008.


Nussbaum and Ryan Speak at Global Distressed Debt Investor Forum

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (WTP) attorneys, Paul M. Nussbaum and William F. Ryan, Jr., recently spoke at the International Quality and Productivity Center’s (IPCQ) Global Distressed Debt Investor Forum – Investment Strategies, Risk Assessment and Turnaround Management which took place at The Westin New York at Times Square on September 17-19, 2007. 


36 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Named Maryland Super Lawyers

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is pleased to announce that 36 WTP attorneys have been named in Maryland Super Lawyers publication. Maryland Super Lawyers will appear in a special advertising section in the January 2007 issue of Baltimore Magazine and in the Maryland Super Lawyers magazine.


6 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Named Among Baltimore's Legal Elite

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is delighted to announce that Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine (SmartCEO) has selected six WTP attorneys for its list of Baltimore's Legal Elite.   

"We're honored that our attorneys have been recognized for their skills, knowledge, and client dedication.  While we've always known how fortunate we are to have them as part of the Whiteford family, we're very pleased to have this type of outside recognition," explained Martin Fletcher, a member of the firm's Management Committee.


Whiteford Wins Nationally Significant Housing Case for the City of Baltimore and Its Citizens

After a decade of protracted litigation culminating in a month-long federal court trial, the United States District Court yesterday ruled completely in favor of the City of Baltimore and its housing authority. In rejecting the class action claims brought by the ACLU, the Court found that "the Baltimore City leadership of the post-Brown era deserves accolades, not criticism."