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.


We are pleased to share with our clients and visitors to the website that our youngest Associate Attorney, Peggy Vetter, has just obtained her seventh victory in seven appearances before the District Court of Maryland. Peggy, who obtained her law degree from the University of  Maryland in 2015, joined the law firm in December 2016 after spending a year clerking for The Honorable Laura S. Kiessling at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  With hard work and thorough preparation, Peggy continues to post successes.  To read her full bio . . .
Christopher Dunn served as a distinguished panel member, along with other members of the Bar and Judiciary, that was recently hosted by the AACB.
Partner Christopher Dunn was, once again, invited to be a principal speaker at the Maryland Defense Counsel Trial Academy in Baltimore, MD. The Trial Academy encompassed a full day of presentations and hands-on training provided by some of the most preeminent Maryland trial lawyers and members of the judiciary.


The Circuit Court for the City of Roanoke highlighted another noteworthy quirk regarding the application of the Virginia Nonsuit Statute in Eakin v. James A. Dent, Administrator of the Estate of Jeanette E. Saunders, Deceased.  In Eakin, the Court granted the Defendant’s Plea in Bar for untimely filing and dismissed the case with prejudice.
For many motorists injured in traffic accidents, Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) provisions in their own motor vehicle insurance policies can lessen the blow of unexpected medical bills or time missed from work.
Underinsured motorist coverage provides protection when you're in an accident with an at-fault driver whose liability limits are too low to cover the damage or medical expenses.  When underinsurance occurs, then your policy would reimburse you up until the underinsurance policy limits.
So, you are a Co-Defendant in a case and a verdict was just returned in favor of Plaintiff and against all Defendants jointly and severally. What does that mean for you?
Virginia law provides that a plaintiff has a right to voluntarily non-suit (dismiss) a lawsuit one time, and that the plaintiff then can file a second lawsuit within six months of the non-suit even though the statute of limitations would otherwise have expired.

But can a plaintiff who has misnamed the defendant in the first suit proceed against a correctly-named defendant in a second suit?  The Virginia Supreme Court recently held that in the case of Richmond v. Volk that they could.
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