Experience of Accident Lawyer Christopher L. Beard

EDUCATION

University of Maryland, B.A., 1973.
University of Baltimore, J.D., 1976.

ADMITTED TO BAR

Maryland, 1976.
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.
Federal District Court for the District of Maryland.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Private practice, 1977-present, including associate; Goudy, Lechowicz & Loney, 1977-1978; associate, Smith and Wohlgemuth, 1979-1981; partner, Beard and Mulieri, 1986-1991.

The Honorable Matthew S. Evans Sr., Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Law Clerk, 1976-1977.

Maryland Attorney Generals Office, Legal Internship, 1975.

Governor’s Commission to Study Implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, Legal Internship, Fall 1974.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Wrongful death, family and personal representative of victim mistaken for home invader killed by co-tenant – action against landlord for failure to introduce co-tenants ($1,800,000.00 awarded in damages by court)
  • Water safety accident by patron for amusement park ride involving a water tunnel slide ($100,000.00)
  • Electrocution, involving wrongful death, at electrified water fountain in front of restaurant and bar, in suit brought against business and patrons ($1,100,000.00)
  • Product liability claim against maker of camera (endoscope) used in surgery, the source of the spread of bacteria, with a DNA match ($300,000.00)
  • Electrocution involving worker at construction site who was using jack hammer which came in contact with underground high voltage line, settlement and workers’ compensation award ($275,000.00 plus benefit)
  • Electric shock of worker who came into contact with undisclosed voltage line in electrical box ($70,000.00 plus $25,000.00 in worker’s compensation benefits)
  • Electric shock, cafeteria worker came into contact with electrified stove from defective repair of adjacent appliance due to water collection ($35,000.00 plus workers’ compensation benefits of $108,900.00)
  • Slip and fall with surgical injuries by customer from water that had fallen off roof that froze ($237,500.00)
  • Trip and fall by worker over toolbox of copy repair man involving a traumatic cyst formation in claimant’s back ($100,000.00)
  • Medical malpractice involving surgical error during an elective hysterectomy when surgeon perforated the large bowel causing complications due to spread of infection ($350,000.00)
  • Personal injury of student during boat accident in Mexico against school sponsoring foreign trip (Jury verdict after trial of $517,000.00 in damages– new trial granted, case settled for confidential amount)

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AWARDS

Selected as a Maryland “Super Lawyer” by Baltimore Magazine and Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012-present.

Award of a Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent, highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011 – present.

Featured in What’s Up Magazine in 2009 and 2010 as a leading Annapolis lawyer in personal injury law.

1997 Annual Award for Professional Legal Excellence in the Advancement of Professional Competence, presented by the Fellows of the Maryland Bar Foundation.

Maryland Jaycees Executive Board Member of the Year, 1984-85.

Annapolis Jaycee of the Year, 1984-85.

PUBLICATIONS

The Cause of Action in Maryland Arising from Accidental Electrocution – Preparing the Civil Case,” Bar Bulletin, Maryland State Bar AssociationFebruary 9, 2018.            

 Legal Representation and Fee Agreements for the Maryland Lawyer: Forms and Comments.  Baltimore: MICPEL, 1995 (updated), co-author: Richard C. Goodwin.

“Written Fee Agreements Can Enhance Client Relations.” Maryland Bar Journal (July-August 1994), co-author: Jacqueline J. Judd.