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Spring 2014
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The Defense Line: Spring 2014

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The Defense Line: A Publication From The Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.

Editor’s Corner

The Editors are proud to publish this latest edition of The Defense Line, which features several interesting articles and case spotlights from our members. The lead article, submitted by Marisa A. Trasatti and Jhanelle A. Graham of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, provides a top ten list of “do’s” for creating an effective law firm social media policy. An article by Anthony W. Kraus of Miles & Stockbridge P.C. discusses the Court of Appeals of Maryland’s decision in Adler v. American Standard Corporation, 291 Md. 31 (1981) and the three decades of issues still to be resolved with regard to claims of abusive discharge. Anthony J. Breschi and Christina N. Billiet of Waranch & Brown, LLC provide insight into the benefits of using “blind” expert reviews in medical malpractice cases. Robert Siems of the Law Offices of Robert L. Siems provides a macro look at Maryland Insurance Administration bad faith cases. Finally, Marisa A. Trasatti and Colleen K. O’Brien of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes provide a 2014 Maryland Legislative Update.

The Maryland Defense Counsel has had a number of successful events since the last edition of The Defense Line, including the always popular Past Presidents Reception and the 2014 Trial Academy. Mark your calendars now for the Maryland Defense Counsel’s Annual Crab Feast, which will take place on June 18, 2014 at Nick’s Fish House! The Editors encourage our readers to visit the Maryland Defense Counsel website ( for full information on the organization’s upcoming events.

The Editors sincerely hope that the members of the Maryland Defense Counsel enjoy this issue of The Defense Line. In that regard, if you have any comments or suggestions or would like to submit an article or case spotlight for a future edition of The Defense Line, please feel free to contact the members of the Editorial Staff.

Editorial Staff

Leianne S. McEvoy
Laurie Ann Garey
Leianne S. McEvoy
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
(410) 385-3823
Laurie Ann Garey
Progressive Casualty Ins. Co.
(410) 753-6494


Annual Meeting and Crab Feast: June 18, 2014

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