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Anatomy of a Civil Trial


786-01326 John Doe v. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services


Patricia Cresta Savage (240) 260-4100 Criminal Law


Te Honorable John H. McDowell Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland


Among other issues in this comprehensive appeal is whether the Maryland sex offender registry law is an unconstitutional ex post facto statute as applied to require registration at a later date as a result of a plea entered by the defendant at a time when the law did not require registration for the offense at issue.


787-1700 Dean Lake v. Carol Tadiarca Lake


Ronald K. Voss (301) 474-4468 Contract/Family Law


Te Honorable Julia B. Weatherly Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland


Te parties entered a written agreement, with the advice of counsel, governing the dismissal of mutual domestic violence petitions, custody of their children and payment of household bills. One party eventually refused to continue to comply and in the resulting suit, the Court ruled that agreements between spouses in an intact family are not enforceable. Te appellant argues that such agreements are enforceable.


788-2177 Michael A. O’Malley v. Johnson Health Tech Co.


Cynthia E. Young (410) 280-0016 Product Liability


Te Honorable Paul G. Goetzke Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County


In this product liability case involving a defective treadmill, the issue is whether expert testimony was required to establish a prima facie case where a treadmill accelerated without warning and uncontrollably causing injury.


789-00341 Mary Elizabeth McKane v. Damascus Centre, LLC


Jack A. Gold (301) 948-3800 Negligence/Assumption of the Risk


Te Honorable Terrence J. McGann Circuit Court for Montgomery County


Te plaintiff slipped and fell on mud concealed at the bottom of a puddle which formed as the result of an improperly repaired storm drain. Te plaintiff appeals summary judgment granted against her on the issue of assumption of the risk. Te Summary judgment theory was that she assumed the risk as a result of her prior knowledge of the puddle and her knowingly stepping in it. She argues, however, that the mud at the bottom caused her slip and that it was concealed by the water above it.


790-00397 Gail B. Litz v. Maryland Department of the Environment


G. Macy Nelson (410) 296-8166 Real Property/Tort Claims Act


Te Honorable David B. Mitchell Circuit Court for Caroline County


Te simple issue on appeal is whether inverse condemnation is a ”tort” claims subject to the notice provisions of the Maryland Tort Claims Act. 


Biography Cary J. Hansel (Joseph, Greenwald & Laake) received his


JD from the George Washington School of Law. His practice areas include Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Appellate Advocacy.


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