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James “Jim” Chason is one of four founding members of the firm. Following law school, he started
his career as the first Staff Attorney for the United States District Court in Maryland, where he
drafted opinions and supervised student Law Clerks.
A 28-year career followed at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP, during which time he tried over 100
jury trials representing medical personnel and facilities in negligence actions; product manufacturers
and distributors in personal injury and property damage actions brought by product users; and
commercial entities involving property, contractual and other disputes. Jim’s experience ranges from
appearances before the Health Claims Arbitration Office of Maryland, Circuit Courts, Court of
Special Appeals and Court of Appeals of Maryland, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit and the United States District Court to proceedings before the Board of Physician Quality
Assurance, Board of Psychology and Board of Nursing. This extensive trial experience resulted in
his election to the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization dedicated to maintaining
and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the
profession. It is comprised of less than 1% of the total number of lawyers in each state.
James R. Chason has once again been named among the Maryland Top 100 Super Lawyers® for 2013. This means he received one of the highest point totals in the nomination, research, and blue ribbon review process. Jim has been named among the of Maryland Super Lawyers® for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
James R. Chason has once again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® in the specialties of Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law and Professional Malpractice Law.
In the community, Jim serves as counsel to the Carson Scholars Fund, and he participated for twelve years with the Community Outreach Emergency Food Program.
University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.,cum laude, 1976.
Member, Heuisler Honor Society, University of Baltimore School of Law
University of Maryland, B.A., 1973
Court of Appeals of Maryland
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Best Lawyers in America 2010, 2011 2012, and 2013
Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
Chambers USA 2005, 2006, 2007: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, published
by Chambers and Partners
Defense Counsel, Inc., Member
Maryland Society for Health Care Risk Managers, Member
Baltimore County Bar Association, Member
Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation
Maryland State Bar Association