Jeffrey J. Hines - Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Jeffrey J. Hines

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 410-783-4041

Mr. Hines joined the firm as a partner in 2003.  He was formerly the managing principal of a regional law firm’s District of Columbia and Virginia offices.  Mr. Hines is licensed in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, and has represented clients in trials and appeals in all three jurisdictions.  His areas of practice include professional malpractice, toxic tort and environmental litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, and commercial, securities and employee litigation.

Professional Liability.  Mr. Hines defends attorneys, health care providers, realtors, clergy, social workers and other professionals in malpractice claims brought in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In 2011, Mr. Hines successfully tried a legal malpractice claim before a jury in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. That same year, Mr. Hines also tried a will caveat case in the Orphans' Court for Prince George's County, Maryland. In 2008, Mr. Hines successfully tried a will construction case in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.   In 2005, he convinced a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to apply Virginia law regarding the non-assignability of legal malpractice claims, substantially reducing an insurance company’s claims against its panel counsel.  In 2004, Mr. Hines obtained a defense verdict in Maryland for an accountant who allegedly provided improper tax advice.  In December 2003, Mr. Hines successfully tried a wrongful adoption matter involving allegations of child trafficking and brain damage in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.  Mr. Hines was able to strike plaintiff’s expert neuropsychologist for basing his opinion on unreliable data. 

At his prior firm, Mr. Hines obtained a defense verdict after a three-week jury trial in a sexual abuse case brought against a psychologist in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County.  In addition, Mr. Hines obtained a defense verdict in a multi-million dollar case against an attorney brought in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  Mr. Hines has also defended attorneys and health care providers in matters before disciplinary boards.  As a service to his clients, Mr. Hines provides in-house educational seminars to professionals to assist them in avoiding claims.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation. 
Mr. Hines represented AstraZeneca in the Seroquel and the pain pump litigations. Mr. Hines currently represents Pfizer Inc in the Neurontin and Hormone Replacement Therapy litigations and in defending consumer product claims.  Mr. Hines was part of the national team representing Wyeth in fen-phen litigation.  At his prior firm, Mr. Hines handled a variety of product liability claims involving products ranging from contact lenses to light industrial lifts.  Mr. Hines also was Scottsdale Insurance Company’s national coverage counsel for claims arising out of the national firearms product liability litigation.

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation. 
Mr. Hines is the national counsel coordinating a major sand supplier’s national defense of silicosis claims.  In that capacity, he oversees expert development, conducts training seminars for defense counsel, coordinates discovery, directs settlement negotiations, and participates on trial teams.

Mr. Hines is currently defending broker-dealers in cases filed with the FINRA.  In that capacity, Mr. Hines prepares responses to the FINRA’s Enforcement Department and defends broker-dealers and registered representatives in Rule 8210 examinations and in customer-initiated arbitrations.  Mr. Hines frequently lectures on FINRA issues including the potential impact of FINRA's New Suitability Rule.

Commercial and Business Tort Litigation. 
In 2010, Mr. Hines tried a multi-million dollar case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. In 2009, Mr. Hines tried a three-week case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia arising out of the sale of an Alabama radio station.  For over 10 years, Mr. Hines was national counsel for Parents Without Partners, Inc., the largest single-parent organization in the world whose members at one time exceeded 250,000.  In his capacity as national counsel, Mr. Hines attended all Board of Director meetings and served on the executive committee.  Mr. Hines handled employment claims, prepared all corporate filings, dealt directly with the Internal Revenue Service on 501(c)(3) issues, advised the Board as to its duties and responsibilities, and prepared or reviewed all contracts.  Mr. Hines also lectured throughout the United States at local chapters regarding their legal and ethical obligations, and assisted local counsel in the defense of claims filed against the corporation.  Mr. Hines also represents corporations regarding compliance with ethical obligations.

University of MarylandUniversity of Maryland, School of LawJ.D. 1985
The Defense Research InstituteAmerican Bar Association: Section of Litigation, Mass Torts and Litigation Committees

Case History

Moore v. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., 831 A.2d 12 (Md. 2003).
The Court, interpreting Restatement (Second) of Judgments § 22, reversed the trial court’s dismissal of a debtor’s claim finding that it was not barred by the doctrine of res judicata.
Chrisher v. Bethune, 749 A.2d 130 (D.C. 2000). — Court of Appeals held that a client may bring a legal malpractice case against an attorney based on an attorney’s alleged admission of fault even without expert testimony.
Sherman v. Adoption Center of Washington, 791 A.2d 1031 (D.C. 1999). — Court of Appeals affirmed entry of summary judgment in a wrongful adoption case.
Kerby v. Mortgage Funding Corp., 992 F. Supp. 787 (D.Md. 1998). — Class action was brought by homeowners against a financial institution, title insurance company and others alleging conspiracy. The District Court held that the alleged criminal violations of RESPA could not serve as predicate acts for purpose of establishing a RICO violation.
Ferenc v. World Child, Inc., 172 F.3d 919 (D.C. Cir. 1998). — Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit affirmed trial court’s entry of summary judgment finding that a contractual waiver clause did not violate public policy. 
Fred Ezra Co. v. Psychiatric Institute of Washington, 687 A.2d 587 (D.C. 1996). — Court of Appeals reversed in part and affirmed in part the trial court’s entry of summary judgment. The appellate court found that material issues of fact existed as to whether the statute of limitations was tolled through fraudulent concealment. 
Mills v. Cooter, 647 A.2d 1118 (D.C. 1994). — Legal malpractice claim alleging failure to sue proper parties. Reversed on appeal finding that an attorney is not liable for refusing to bring a claim that the attorney in good faith believes lacks merit. 
Friendly Mobile Manor v. Levan, Schimel, Richman and Belman, P.A., 612 A.2d 322 (Md. App. 1992). — Legal malpractice claim alleging breach of duty in the sale of a mobile home park. Appellate court affirmed trial court’s entry of judgment finding that “of counsel” designation in letterhead does not establish apparent agency. 
Pickett, Houlon & Berman v. Haslip, 533 A.2d 287 (Md. App. 1987). — Legal malpractice case arising out of underlying divorce case. Appellate court held that a properly instructed jury can determine equitable claims.

Client Comments

"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."

Office Location

One South Street, 20th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Baltimore Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants of the Baltimore Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Baltimore Metro Area
Jeffrey J. Hines has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Jeffrey J. Hines has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Jeffrey J. Hines has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (Lawyer Ethics)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male