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Mary Koch

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Mary Koch

Mary Koch

Mary is a tenacious crusader for the rights of injured victims and their families.  Her proven record shows she will fight relentlessly for Justice.

Career Highlights

In 2014, Ms. Koch led the team that successfully negotiated the historic $37 million settlement against St. Joseph Medical Center on behalf of former patients of Dr. Mark Midei, a cardiologist at the hospital who was accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary cardiac stent procedures. Ms. Koch made the successful class action argument which helped to obtain full justice for the patients, and closure for the families so they could resume their lives. The settlement helped establish a national dialogue on unnecessary medical procedures. Contact: [email protected]

In 2010, Mary orchestrated a $34.33 million verdict (one of the nation’s top ten largest that year) in Wynn et. al. v. MJ Harbor Hotel, LLC—a case that brought the Baltimore-based hotel management group to justice after Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse employees fell sick from carbon monoxide poisoning. Her fearless cross-examination of hotel employees provided the court with vital facts that led to this successful.

While an attorney in private practice elsewhere, Ms. Koch served a primary role in cases involving hundreds of private water wells contaminated by MTBE.

Early Years

After graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1988, Mary proceeded straight to the courtroom. Her first position was as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Baltimore City, where she was arguing her first case within days of being hired.

Mary has always preferred the prosecutor role in trial and, after serving as an attorney in the juvenile courts in Baltimore for three years working on homicide and narcotics casework, she transferred to felony courts in 1991. Her tenacious pursuit of justice led her to win over 100 felony jury trials, losing just one. Ms. Koch thrived in the courtroom and spent nearly every day in court. In 1997, she was designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.

Ms. Koch moved into the private sector as an attorney in 1999. During her ten-year tenure, she was a proactive litigator in complex mass tort and class action cases involving water contamination, pharmaceuticals, and asbestos.

Greatest Honor

The recognitions Ms. Koch receives from her clients are the most rewarding. “I can honestly say that every client I’ve worked with really appreciates the effort I put forth.”

When Ms. Koch was investigating cases of groundwater contamination, she spent her evenings in the living rooms of hundreds of Baltimore-area residents, providing them with extensive information and serving as a personal ally in their case against a corporate giant. Many of these individuals still thank her when they see her outside of the office.

Approaching 30 years now as an advocate for those harmed by the negligence of others, Ms. Koch takes great pride being able to apply the experience and trial skills she has acquired over the course of her career to help her clients achieve the best possible outcome.

Family

Ms. Koch lives with her husband, a retired police lieutenant, and four dogs in Harford County.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Maryland Super Lawyer — Class Action/Mass Torts, Baltimore Magazine Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016
  • Best Lawyer —Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers®, 2015, 2016
  • 50 Women to Watch, Sun Magazine, 2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell

Education

  • Lebanon Valley College, Bachelors, 1984
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1988

Contact Mary Koch by email at [email protected]

Record Results

$55 Million - Birth Injury
Largest Malpractice Verdict in MD.

$33.5M - Birth Injury
Largest Malpractice Verdict in TN.

$15.5M- Birth Injury
Largest Malpractice Verdict MN.

$21M- Birth Injury
Verdict Maryland.

$15.6M Cerebral Palsy
Verdict Maryland.

$14M- Medical Malpractice
Verdict Maryland.

$9.2M- Birth Injury/CP
Largest Verdict in MN.
(Before we set record above)


$7M- Failure to Diagnose
Verdict Minnesota.

$5.3M- Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Verdict Washington D.C.

$5M- Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury
Verdict Iowa.

$5M - Cebral Plasy/Birth Injury
Verdict Illinois.

$5M - Birth Injury
Verdict North Carolina

$4.5M - Birth/Brain Injury
Verdict Pennsylvania.

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Kenneth Vogelstein, Sr. Partner

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Keith D. Forman, Partner

Keith, a partner, was member of the team that obtained 3 of the 4 largest verdicts in Medical Malpractice history in Maryland, including a $55M verdict and a $21M verdict respectively against two hospitals. A keen and tenacious advocate for his clients, he was invited to join the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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Stephen C. Offutt, Partner

Stephen is one of the Nation's preeminent and seasoned Medical Malpractice trial lawyers. With an extensive record of multi-million dollar verdicts, in 2014 the National Trial Lawyers Association named him one of the Best Trial Lawyers in America following a birth injury verdict for $33.4M. Stephen fights aggressively for seriously injured children nation wide.

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Mary Koch, Partner

Mary will stand & deliver Big for Justice. From her early days as a Federal Prosecutor to large corporate wrong doers, her multi-million verdicts are prolific. Mary won a 34.3M verdict against corporate wrongdoing, one of the Nation's largest in 2010. Mary is tenacious crusader for the rights of injured victims and will fight relentlessly for Justice

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"A seriously unbelievable malpractice team. It truly is high-stakes litigation and this is the malpractice dream team you want. They have the knowledge, resources and tenacity to obtain successful results over the long haul and they are clearly not afraid of anybody. Because of their work, our familie's very existence is made possible."
– D.L.

"Reading this firm's lengthly list of verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice and birth injury is what convinced us. We took a lot of time to select the right law firm for our disabled child with serious life time disability and we are glad we did. Our son will have millions in life time needs because of the hospital care and they did not want to listen to us. They can hear us loud and clear now."

– A.J.

"There are no words to begin to explain how grateful we are for what your team has done for our family. I cannot begin to imagine how we would have survived following the negligent care. Your positive encouragement and support was a beacon of light throughout this difficult process. Hearing that eight figure verdict read in court was the sweetest thing I have ever heard. Thank you and Bless you. "

– W.R.

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