The firm is proud to be ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in both the areas of Legal Malpractice and Professional Malpractice Law in the Baltimore, Maryland region by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Thank you to all who made this possible.
Eccleston and Wolf is proud to announce that Al Frederick was recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for his work in Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants in Baltimore, Maryland. Only a single lawyer in a specific practice and location is honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” designation by The Best Lawyers in America©…. Read More
On May 4, 2018, Stacey Moffet, along with Bar Counsel, Lydia Lawless, were presenters at the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland’s 124th Annual Meeting & Law Day Celebration on “Sexual Harassment: Ethical Implications and Law Firm Practices.” The presentation addressed the ethical implications of sexual harassment and related claims in the law firm setting… Read More
Vicarious Liability Defined Vicarious liability or “imputed liability” is the tort liability that a person or entity has for the acts or omissions of another. Vicarious liability of a principal can result from the acts of independent agents, partners, contractors, and employees. The most typical example of vicarious liability is in the employer-employee context. Vicarious… Read More
In many cases the Economic Loss Doctrine (“ELD”) can be utilized to restrict the types of claims that can be asserted against a design professional. Traditionally, the ELD prohibits a cause of action in tort for purely economic losses in the absence of contractual privity, physical injury to person or property, or the risk of… Read More
Every bar association has repeatedly encouraged attorneys to plan for the cessation of their practice caused by their death or disability. All too often, this advice is ignored. While certainly such neglect can be a source of concern and conflict for an attorney’s survivors, the most deleterious, even catastrophic, effects are on the attorney’s clients…. Read More
Eccleston and Wolf is proud to announce that eleven of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of the Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine. Seven principals were selected in the primary practice area of Professional Liability Defense, including Al Frederick, Ed Hutchins, Gregg Viola, John VanderWoude, Shirlie Lake, James Dickerman and Jeff Bredeck. … Read More
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68, Offers of Judgment, is a procedural mechanism that is used by defense counsel to resolve cases and avoid litigation. The purpose of the Rule is to encourage settlements. Rule 68 permits a defendant to serve the plaintiff with an offer of judgment up to 14 days before trial. See… Read More
In May 2017, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released an opinion providing guidelines that practicing attorneys should follow to ensure that communications with their clients are protected, and not subject to cybersecurity breaches. The opinion states that attorneys must make “reasonable efforts” to ensure their client communications are secure. See ABA… Read More
Congratulations to Erin Risch. At the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) annual conference on September 27-29, 2017, Erin was elected to the group’s Board of Directors. To read more about the election, please visit PLDF’s website at http://www.pldf.org.