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Eccleston and Wolf Attorney, Al Frederick, Presents on Representing Clients with a Disability

On April 10, 2018, Al Frederick presented a program on representing clients with a disability to the Justinian Society at their regular monthly meeting. Attorneys at Eccleston and Wolf, P.C. regularly participate in speaking engagements and are frequently requested by individuals and groups, including insurers and professional and trade associations, for speaking engagements on a… Read More

Succession Planning

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 Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers Publication

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

Offers of Judgment after Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez and Fulton Dental LLC. v. Bisco Inc.

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

ABA Ethics Opinion Explains Attorney Duty to Protect Electronic Communications with Clients

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

Al Frederick speaks to Frederick County Bar Association

On October 2, 2017, Al Frederick was the luncheon speaker at the Frederick County Bar Association, where he spoke about Social Media and advertising. Attorneys at Eccleston and Wolf regularly participate in speaking engagements and are frequently requested by individuals and groups, including insurers and professional and trade associations, for speaking engagements on a wide… Read More

Al Frederick presents program to the Harry A. Cole Judicial Council

On September 19, 2017, Al spoke to the Harry A. Cole Judicial Council with regard to the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and the manner in which a Judge could consider responding. Attorneys at Eccleston and Wolf regularly participate in speaking engagements and are frequently requested by individuals and groups, including insurers and professional and trade… Read More

In Thomas v. Omni Hotels Management Corporation, the U.S. District Court held, under Virginia law, that a customer injured on a hospitality provider’s premises must prove (1) that the owner had knowledge that a defect existed and (2) that the defect created an unsafe condition.

Thomas v. Omni Hotels Management Corporation, ___ F. Supp. 3d ___, No. 5:15-cv-00086, 2017 WL 913814 (W.D. Va. March 7, 2017) On March 7, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia issued its opinion in Thomas v. Omni Hotels Management Corporation.  In Thomas, the Court applied Virginia law and held… Read More