Practice Focus and Memberships
Mr. Trombly is a civil trial attorney whose practice is limited to catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation in state and federal courts. Licensed in the District of Columbia and in Maryland, he is ranked AV (the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale Hubbell, the oldest organization in the United States involved in peer review evaluations of attorneys; and also has a 10/10 rating with AVVO. Over the years, Mr. Trombly has handled numerous significant cases on behalf of seriously injured persons, from seven figure settlements to noteworthy cases that have resulted in local or national publicity. He is included The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White Publishing Co.) and is designated one of the District of Columbia’s “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics magazine. A 1973 graduate of Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America, where he was a member of the Law Review, Mr. Trombly earned his undergraduate degree at The George Washington University (B.A., 1970).
Maryland Bar, 1973; District of Columbia Bar, 1975; United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1974; United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 1975; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1975; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1977; United States Supreme Court, 1978.
Teaching and Lecturing
Speaker, “Economics of Contingent Fee Cases,” Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education Program, 1982; Speaker, “Motor Vehicle Torts in the District of Columbia,” D.C. Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar, 1992; Speaker, “Communication, The Key to Litigation in the 90s- Settlement of Injury Cases,” D.C. Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar, 1994; Moderator, Panel on Expert Witnesses, D.C. Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar, 1995; Presenter and co-author of CLE materials, “The Pit Bull Deposition,” Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “Winning Discovery and Trial Techniques from Winning Lawyers”, 1995; Moderator and Presenter, “Plaintiff’s Tort Practice in the 90′s”, D.C. Injury to Persons and Property Section, 1996; “Uncivil Depositions, Adding Insult to (Personal) Injury”, Presentation, D.C. Bar Annual Convention, 1997; Speaker, “Nuts and Bolts of Automobile Negligence Claims”, Washington College of Law, American University, 1997; Participant, Mock Trial of a Traumatic Brain Injury Case, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America National Convention, Washington, D.C.,1998; Moderator, American Board of Trial Advocates, Masters in Trial Program, New Orleans, LA, 1998; Speaker, “Arguing Damages in Tough Cases”, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association. 1998; Speaker, American University Law School/D.C. TLA Annual Nuts & Bolts Auto Seminar, 1999; Speaker, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, Demonstrative Evidence Seminar, American University Law School, 2001; Speaker, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, “Hired Guns Seminar on Defense Experts”, Baltimore, MD, 2001; Speaker, D.C. Bar Program, “Preparing for Trial in the Serious Personal Injury Case”, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003; Speaker, “Creative use of Demonstrative Evidence”, D.C. Trial Lawyers Seminar, American University Law School, 2003; Speaker, D.C. Bar/ D.C. TLA joint seminar “Case Selection in Automobile Tort Cases”, 2004; Speaker, “Advanced Personal Injury Procedures for the Experienced Litigation Paralegal”, Institute for Paralegal Studies, Washington, DC., 2004; Speaker, D.C. TLA Annual Seminar, George Washington University National Law Center, “Settlement Techniques in Automobile Cases”, 2008; Speaker, D.C. T.L.A. Presentation on Dealing with Difficult Clients, 2010; Speaker, D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project, “Tips and Strategies for Successful Direct Examinations of Key Witnesses”, 2011. Guest lecturer, David A. Clarke School of Law, UDC, Law Office Management Class, 2013.
Bar Association Activities
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2010; Special Recognition Award, 1990; Member, Board of Governors, 1986-1990; Treasurer, 1990-91; Secretary, 1991-92; Vice President 1992-93; President-Elect 1993-94; President 1994-95; President, Trial Lawyers Foundation, 1995-1996; Co-chair, Anti-Solicitation Committee, 2001- present; Co-Chair, Ethics Committee, 2009-present; Member, Legislative Committee, 2006- present; Member, Public Education Committee, 2006-2008; Trustee, D.C. Legal Political Action Committee, 2008-present.
Mentor Attorney, Bread for the City Legal Clinic, D.C. Bar Pro-bono project, 2001-present. Elected to Steering Committee of Section on Injury to Persons and Property, 1995; Co Chair, 1996-1997; Section on Litigation; elected to Steering Committee of Law Office Management Section; Co-author of 1996 revisions to the chapter on Handling Personal Injury Cases, D.C. Practice Manual (D.C. Bar Publications); Digested Opinions of the Honorable Charles R. Richey for The District Court Digest; Delegate, District of Columbia Judicial Conference, 1995, 1998, 1999; Moderator, District of Columbia Superior Court Annual Bench & Bar Meeting, 1998; Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Member of Review Panel for 1998 and 2002 Revisions of Standardized Civil Jury Instructions for the District of Columbia.
American Association for Justice (formerly known as The Association of Trial Lawyers of America); Sustaining Member; Article Peer Reviewer, TRIAL Magazine; Member, Standing Committee on Public Education, 1993-1996; Sections: Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Motor Vehicles and Premises Liability; Member, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group; Member, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group; Fellow, National College of Advocacy.
American Bar Association; Section on Litigation; Member, Committee on Trial Evidence; Member, Committee on Product Liability; Guest reviewer April/May 2007 issue of Law Practice Magazine, “How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice, 2nd Ed”.
American Board of Trial Advocates; Charter Member, District of Columbia Chapter; Treasurer, 2004-2005; President 2006-2010; Master, George Washington American Inn of Court (1993-2000); Panel Attorney, National Victim Center; Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists; Maryland Association for Justice; Volunteer Mediator, District of Columbia Superior Court Multi-Door Mediation Program, mediating cases in the Superior Court’s Civil Division; Volunteer Arbitrator, District of Columbia Superior Court, (1993-present), and Circuit Court for Prince Georges County, Maryland, (1996-present).