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.


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.
Be our guest at our Insurance Defense litigation Seminar held on September 26, 2019 at the Martin’s Crosswinds.
On June 4, 2019, the Court of Special Appeals published Shilling v. Nationwide Ins. Co., 241 Md. App. 261 (2019), a decision that reversed the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County’s holding that Margaret Shilling’s underinsured motorist claim was barred by limitations.
Maryland’s courts have long-recognized that multiple tortfeasors can contribute to a plaintiff’s injuries, and that the plaintiff is entitled to only one satisfaction for her injuries.  For example, a driver injured in a car accident can recover (from the at-fault driver) for injuries arising from errors made by her treating doctors.
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.


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Suite 200
Bowie, MD 20715
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