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Editor’s Corner

The Editors are proud to publish this latest jamb-packed 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 review of the Supreme Court’s decisions this year that affected Maryland. An article by Al Scanlan, Bob Kelly and James Markels of Jackson & Campbell P.C. offers advice on the timing of filing an appeal. Jason R. Harris and Ellen G. Shults of Welch and Harris, LLP provide insight on the new test being used in Salvage Cases. Gerry Gaeng and James Crossan of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP explain an exception to the general rule that an assignee “stands in the shoes” of his assignor. John T. Sly, of Waranch & Brown, LLC, provides some guidance on how to defend a medical malpractice action when the plaintiff fails to specifically name a negligent party. Next, Rachel M. Severance of Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP discusses some of the legal issues presented by the recent wave of new transportation options, like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. Finally, MDC Members, Christopher Boucher, Michael L. Dailey, K. Nichole Nesbitt, Colleen K. O’Brien and John R. Stierhoff summarize the various bills that were presented during the Maryland 2015 Legislative Session.

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 2015 Trial Academy. Mark your calendars now for the Maryland Defense Counsel’s Annual Crab Feast, which will take place on June 17, 2015, 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 House Counsel
(410) 753-6494


Annual Meeting and Crab Feast: June 17, 2015

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