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.

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The COVID-19 emergency has created significant uncertainty within the court system.  The operation of the judiciary varies by jurisdiction and there is no uniform approach towards tolling or suspension of any applicable statutory deadline or rule.  Further, as the pandemic is constantly evolving, the Courts are issuing new orders on regular basis.  The following is a general overview of the operations of the Courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia as it pertains to civil litigation.  For more specific information about any particular court in these jurisdiction or any additional questions, please contact one of our attorneys.
Amid the Corona virus pandemic, employers and businesses are facing liability exposure like never before. In addition to the typical negligence claims, the pandemic is exposing businesses to employment issues including harassment, retaliation, and whistle blower type legal claims, and claims of OSHA violations associated with the public health crisis.  Businesses should be aware of the guidelines enacted to protect employees, customers, and the public in order to limit future law suits.
 
Recently, the Court of Appeals analyzed when limitations for an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim begins to accrue under Maryland law. The date a claim accrues dictates when the statute of limitations begins to run.

 
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT OUR OFFICE IS OPEN AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO CONDUCT BUSINESS IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY DURING THE COVID-19 MEDICAL EMERGENCY.  CONSULTATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED EITHER VIA VIDEO CHAT, PHONE, OR EMAIL.  IF YOU NEED TO REACH AN ATTORNEY, PARALEGAL, OR MANGEMENT STAFF BY PHONE OR EMAIL, YOU CAN FIND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION UNDER THE “OUR TEAM” TAB. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
 
Maryland legislative policy favors the enforcement of arbitration and mediation agreements. Despite the fact that arbitration and mediation agreements are favored, these clauses and agreements still must adhere to the general contract principles established in Maryland. [This means arbitration clauses are subject to standard contract defenses.] Unfortunately, typographical errors and ambiguous language could lead to an otherwise valid arbitration and mediation agreement being invalidated by the court.
For the 21st year in a row, partner Chuck Gallagher will be a featured speaker at a Virginia CLE. On September 24, in Fairfax, Chuck will be a moderator/speaker on the topics of “Advanced Discovery and Trial Practice.“ On the panel will be six judges from the local state courts. The seminar is accredited for six hours including two hours of ethics and is sponsored by the National Business Institute.

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DeCaro, Doran, Siciliano, Gallagher and DeBlasis LLP
Maryland Office
17251 Melford Boulevard
Suite 200
Bowie, MD 20715
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3050 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Washington, D.C. Office
1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 950
Washington, D.C. 20036
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