DeCaro Doran

Our firm is a regional leader, offering legal services to individuals and businesses alike. With three offices, we are minutes from the Nation's Capital, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Northern Virginia. We are dedicated to delivering cost-effective and exceptional legal counsel with individualized attention to every client.


Please be our guest at our Insurance Defense litigation Seminar held on September 26, 2019 at the Martin’s Crosswinds.
The Maryland Constitution guarantees the rights of parties to a jury trial when the amount in controversy exceeds $15,000.  It is well-established that the right to a jury trial may be waived by failing to assert the right.  However, the Court of Special Appeals recently affirmed that a Defendant’s egregious discovery violations may lead to the surrender of the Defendant’s right to jury trial.
A troubling and growing trend in the plaintiff’s bar is the use of the Reptile Theory of litigation, espoused by David Ball and Don Keenan in their step-by-step guide, REPTILE: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution.  The stated purpose of the Reptile is to spread “the tentacles of danger” to jurors by framing issues in terms of the maximum potential harm a defendant could have inflicted to the community, rather than the actual harm caused to the plaintiff.1
The Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the matter of Heidenberg v. Grier, No. 78, September Term 2018, a case tried in Howard County in which the mother of a minor child, Claudia Grier, sued the child’s father, Timothy Heidenberg, for the accidental death of their minor child, Michaelangelo Heidenberg.
Partner Chris Dunn was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas More Society of Maryland.  The St. Thomas More Society is an association comprised of Catholic attorneys, judges, law students, government officials and those who work in the legal community to promote and foster high ethical principals in the legal profession.
Any civil Defendant presently is entitled to demand a jury trial if they have been sued for more than $15,000. If the case is pending in District Court, it will be transferred to Circuit Court. Discovery in Circuit Court cases is longer, there are more tools (such as depositions, document production, and medical examinations) available, trials generally take days instead of hours, and the facts and amount of judgment (if any) are decided by jurors (rather than judges).


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