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.


In a claim for negligence, the existence of a legal duty is a question of law for a judge to decide. The existence of such a duty is dependent on the specific facts and circumstances of each claim. Maryland Court of Appeals recently held that a duty exists between commercial property owners when using their property in a common and not inherently dangerous manner.
DeCaro Doran’s 2019 Summer Associate Program commenced on May 21st by welcoming new law clerks Jocelyn Brocato and Margaret (Maggie) Buckley.
On an appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously held that where there is “room for difference of opinion” as to whether or not Plaintiffs are contributorily negligent, summary judgment is improper and contributory negligence is a question for the jury.
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


DeCaro, Doran, Siciliano, Gallagher and DeBlasis LLP
Maryland Office
17251 Melford Boulevard
Suite 200
Bowie, MD 20715
Virginia Office
3930 Walnut Street
Suite 250
Fairfax, VA 22030
Washington, D.C. Office
1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 950
Washington, D.C. 20036
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