Al Frederick has spent his entire career at Eccleston and Wolf. He started with the firm, while in law school and today is the firm’s senior partner.
Al focuses his practice on the defense of professionals, primarily lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers, both in civil and disciplinary matters. He is a frequent speaker, and writer on these areas and has spoken on a National level, as well. Al also handles claims involving the defense of corporate directors and officers.
Al is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been included amongst the Best Lawyers of America since 1997, and is regularly named as a Maryland SuperLawyer (where he is on ‘top’ list), as well as Martindale Hubbell, AV designation. Al has served the bar in a variety of ways. He is currently a member of the prestigious Rules Committee of the Court of Appeals, serving via Court Order of the Court of Appeals. He has served as Ethics Chair of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, Chair of the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar and in a variety of other matters. He has twice been named “Best Lawyer for Legal Malpractice Defense”, and is recipient of Litigator of the Year award by the MSBA. He shares the award for education from the Maryland Bar Foundation. In addition, he has argued a number of ground breaking cases in the field of professional negligence.
University of Maryland (B.A., with honors, 1972)
University of Maryland (J.D., with honors, 1976)
Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1976
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1977
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1977
United States Supreme Court, 1980
Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV
Publications, Speaking Engagements and Awards:
Selected among the “Legal Elite” by SmartCEO Magazine
Selected as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 2011, 2013
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Included in Best Lawyers in America, since 1995
Selected as Maryland Super Lawyer, since 2007
“Top 100” Super Lawyers, 2011 & 2012 (selected as “Top 50” Super Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2010, before changed to “Top 100”)
Recipient of Maryland Bar Foundation Professional Excellence Award for the Advancement of Professional Competence, 2007
Recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by The American Lawyer
Included in Benchmark Litigation 2017
Author: “The Art of Not Being a Defendant or How to Dodge the Bullet in the Twenty-First Century,” Maryland Bar Bulletin 2006
Author: “Maryland Tort Damages,” Maryland Institute for Continuing Education of Lawyers, 1994;
Co-Author: “Ethical Consideration in Personal Injury Cases,” Maryland Bar Journal, Volume XXIX, No. 6, November/December, 1996.
Instructor: “Will Contests,” Maryland Institute for Continuing Education of Lawyers (1994); NITA (1991-)
The Bar Association of Baltimore City, Chairman, Professional Ethics Committee (1990-1991)
Member, Executive Council (1990-1991)
Maryland State Bar Association, Civil Subcommittee on Pattern Jury Instructions, (1991-), Litigation Section Council, Treasurer (1993-1994), Secretary (1994-1995); Vice Chairman, 1995-1996; Chair Elect, 1996-1997; Chairman, 1997-1998; Professional Malpractice Committee, Chairman (1987-1994); Committee on Laws (1993-); Special Subcommittee on Tort Reform (1993-); Chairman, Ethics 2000 Committee (1997 -), Board of Governor’s (1999-2000);
Standing Committee on Rules of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, 2013 –
American Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association