Best Law FirmBest Law Firm 2016

Clients facing litigation in today’s demanding environment face a tough challenge – to find lawyers who not only have the court room experience, skill and determination to produce results, but who do so while keeping litigation costs under control. Goodell DeVries has the attorneys and resources to meet these challenges.

On a local, regional and national level, our firm's attorneys handle a wide variety of complex and challenging matters, from professional negligence to insurance coverage, and from product liability to commercial disputes. We assist clients in planning business strategies that are designed to avoid litigation. We help clients prepare for anticipated litigation before suit is filed. Once litigation is commenced, we work with our clients to implement best practices designed to provide clients with the information necessary to effectively manage the litigation. Goodell DeVries' litigation resources are comparable to those in the litigation departments of the country’s largest law firms.

Formed in 1988 by sixteen attorneys, our firm has more than tripled in size in the intervening years, fueled by clients satisfied with the expertise of our attorneys, and our ability to obtain the results desired by our clients in an effective and cost efficient manner.  The firm has since expanded with offices in Baltimore and Philadelphia, and remains active regionally, nationally, and internationally. Our firm offices are easily accessible from the Baltimore Washington International Airport, and by Amtrak.

Goodell DeVries employs technology to streamline the practice of law, and to enhance communication between client and counsel. Goodell DeVries maintains a substantial Information Services Department whose members keep our attorneys apprised of the advantages technology can offer to litigators and who provide to our lawyers on a case-by-case basis the necessary technological tools to further the client’s interests. In addition, the Information Services Department can work with our clients to ensure that there is interoperability between the technological resources of our firm and those of our clients.

Our firm works hard to gain the advantages of computer-aided research, while avoiding some of the costs associated therewith. One method that our lawyers employ to further this goal is to use the free resources available on the Internet.

Goodell DeVries' lawyers are committed to serving both bar and community. Our lawyers are published in a variety of areas, addressing both the skill of trial advocacy and substantive areas of law.

Our firm's lawyers donate substantial time to pro bono work and to a variety of community activities.

Our firm's lawyers are always happy to speak to groups of any size on issues relating to our practice.

Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP recognizes that success in the court room begins with bringing the best professional talent to all levels of our firm.

Main Location

One South Street, 20th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-783-4000
2 offices

Firm Attorneys

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Richard M. Barnes Richard M. Barnes Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP
Practicing in: Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Practicing in: Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Sidney G. Leech Sidney G. Leech Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP
Practicing in: Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Practicing in: Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
K. Nichole Nesbitt K. Nichole Nesbitt Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation
Linda S. Woolf Linda S. Woolf Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP
Practicing in: Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Practicing in: Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Maryland in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Maryland in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Maryland in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Baltimore, Maryland in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Baltimore, Maryland in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Baltimore, Maryland in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 5 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Maryland in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Maryland in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Maryland in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Baltimore, Maryland in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Baltimore, Maryland in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 6 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "Mr. Merkle, particularly in the Defense of Malpractice cases and Professional Board actions, is always able to set our staff at ease and to more than adequately prepare them to testify. His thorough knowledge of the inner workings of health care goes far toward achieving this outcome."
    "Mr. Merkle is the lead attorney for cases assigned to this law firm by our health system. Mr. Merkle is consistent when assigning an associate or junior attorney to a case in that that he searches within his firm to provide us with the attorney who has the most expertise in the area for which we need representation. He is very responsive and always willing to answer our questions. "
    "Mr. DeVries and associates represent our hospital in matters of medical malpractice defense in a professional, effective, and efficient manner. They are conscious of the mission of our institution and represent us with integrity."
    - Deborah Morrison
    Providence Hospital
    "Don DeVries is a giant among his peers. His quiet yet strong manner provides clients great comfort and his adversaries great concern. His ethics are unassailable and his competence is unquestionable. When I have a matter that requires great legal skill coupled with common sense and intellect, Don is my lawyer of first choice."
    - Larry Smith
    MedStar Health Corporate Office
    "Don DeVries's judgment in sizing up a case and setting strategy is invaluable."
    - Joel Suldan
    Lifebridge Health Inc
    "Don is a trusted advisor who is relied upon for his overall knowledge, experience, and sound judgment. "
    - Kenneth Walsch
    Good Samaritan & Union Memorial Hospitals (MedStar)
    "Don continues to provide our organization with sound legal advice and remains one of our most trusted resources for difficult and challenging cases."
    - Kenneth Walsch
    Good Samaritan & Union Memorial Hospitals (MedStar)
    "Mr. DeVries is a wise and experienced attorney who has earned my respect handling many cases over the past 10 years. I have great confidence in his skills, advice and overall knowledge of medical malpractice defense."
    - Kenneth Walsch
    Good Samaritan & Union Memorial Hospitals (MedStar)
    "Donald DeVries is extremely professional and knowledgable."
    "Jeff is very experienced in the defense of products liability litigation. He is responsive to clients and always timely. He communicates without "legalese". He keeps the clients interest foremost, unlike those at many law firms, who appear to be more interested in billing than in the client."
    "Jeff Hines has been a steady hand as our national coordinating counsel for many years. He is responsive to us his client, and works well and is respected by our local counsel throughout the country."
    "Linda Woolf is an extremely knowledgeable attorney. She is effective, responsive, and results-oriented. Most of all, she is a pleasure to work with."
    "Rick Barnes is an exceptional attorney and provides excellent results for Nissan."
    - Kathleen Foster
    Nissan North America, Inc.
    "Rick Barnes' substantive knowledge regarding the pharmaceutical regulatory framework, medical science, and pharmaceutical product liability defense arena is superb. Rick is an excellent lawyer who provides practical advice about the strengths and weaknesses of a case. Although a tough litigator, Rick is a true professional and man of his word who reflects very well on the legal profession."
    "Tom and his team are a pleasure to work with. He dominates the courtroom with kindness and competence."
    - John Maxa
    Crown Equipment Corporation
    "Our experience with attorney Tom Monahan has been excellent over the past 10 years. He is not only a great strategist and superior trial attorney but also understands the sensitivity of the political relationships our company is involved in. I would recommend Tom to anyone looking for a top-notch malpractice defense lawyer because of his inherent knowledge of the medicine involved and his trial ability."
    - Robert Engelhard
    Universal Health Services
    "Tom is one of the most intelligent and hardworking lawyers that I know. He always takes the time to review and analyze every intricate detail of each case while still managing to remain cost-effective. I trust Tom to give me the soundest legal advice even in the direst circumstances. "
    "Mr. Merkle, particularly in the Defense of Malpractice cases and Professional Board actions, is always able to set our staff at ease and to more than adequately prepare them to testify. His thorough knowledge of the inner workings of health care goes far toward achieving this outcome."
    "Mr. Merkle is the lead attorney for cases assigned to this law firm by our health system. Mr. Merkle is consistent when assigning an associate or junior attorney to a case in that that he searches within his firm to provide us with the attorney who has the most expertise in the area for which we need representation. He is very responsive and always willing to answer our questions. "
    "Mr. DeVries and associates represent our hospital in matters of medical malpractice defense in a professional, effective, and efficient manner. They are conscious of the mission of our institution and represent us with integrity."
    - Deborah Morrison
    Providence Hospital
    "Don DeVries is a giant among his peers. His quiet yet strong manner provides clients great comfort and his adversaries great concern. His ethics are unassailable and his competence is unquestionable. When I have a matter that requires great legal skill coupled with common sense and intellect, Don is my lawyer of first choice."
    - Larry Smith
    MedStar Health Corporate Office

    Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

    Main Location

    One South Street, 20th Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    Phone: 410-783-4000
    2 offices

    Management

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    Contacts

    Administration
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    Personnel

    Partners: 35
    Of Counsel: 9
    Associates: 19
    Other Lawyers: 1
    Paralegals: 26
    Non-Legal Employees: 53

    Practice Areas

    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
    Litigation - Construction
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants