Civil Litigation

The civil litigation attorneys at Joseph, Greenwald & Laake are trial-tested litigators and experienced appellate advocates.

Trial Work

JGL is known for effectively handling all types of unusual, difficult, and complex civil cases. With significant civil litigation practices in both state and federal courts, JGL’s attorneys employ creative and vigorous advocacy that frequently yields impressive results for the businesses and individuals they represent—many times in cases that other firms were unable or unwilling to take.

JGL’s civil litigation attorneys have been widely recognized for their exceptional work. In 2011, the Maryland Association for Justice named four JGL partners as its Trial Lawyers of the Year. The firm’s Civil Litigation department is anchored by a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, its lawyers have been recognized by Washingtonian magazine among its “Best Lawyers” in Washington, and 17 JGL attorneys have been named Maryland Super Lawyers.

Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, JGL’s civil litigation experience and reputation often enables the firm to obtain favorable settlements for its clients without the expense and risk of trial. However, when trial becomes unavoidable, JGL’s litigators protect their clients’ best interests through aggressive and effective trial advocacy. With insight that can only come from representing both plaintiffs and defendants, JGL’s civil litigators have a unique perspective on the strategies involved in both sides of a case. The firm’s proven team of elite civil litigators has tried countless cases throughout Maryland and in Washington, D.C. In the past three years alone, the Civil Litigation department has tried dozens of cases and obtained numerous multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements for its clients.

Appellate Advocacy

The work does not always end with trial. Whether contesting the reduction of a verdict or otherwise protecting a jury verdict from post-trial challenge, JGL’s Civil Litigation department effectively continues its work in the appellate courts. JGL’s litigators have obtained countless favorable opinions in state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

When civil laws are inconsistently and unfairly applied, JGL has successfully gone to the appellate courts to change the law, whether it is through a principled challenge to the constitutionality of a law, creative advocacy for a change in long-standing interpretation of a law, or carving out a nuanced exception to the law.  The firm’s forward-thinking strategy has yielded groundbreaking decisions that moved the law forward in diverse areas of law, including civil rights, products liability, employment law, and personal injury.

While every case the department handles is a custom job, a sampling of some of the areas in which the civil litigators work includes:

  • Administrative litigation (including defending licensing, permitting, and disciplinary decisions)
  • Business litigation (including dissolution, partnership disputes, shareholder oppression)
  • Civil rights (including excessive force, wrongful incarceration, constitutional violations)
  • Constitutional challenges to statutes, ordinances and regulations
  • Contract litigation
  • Employment litigation (including employer and employee)
  • Negligence (including significant personal injury cases and wrongful death)
  • Professional malpractice
  • Product liability
  • Real estate litigation
  • Tort litigation

When the stakes are high, businesses and individuals facing complex civil litigation turn to Joseph, Greenwald & Laake for fierce trial work and effective appellate advocacy in which they can have complete trust and confidence.

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