Donald L. DeVries, Jr.

Mr. DeVries has tried well over 100 cases to verdict.  Since he and his partners established Goodell DeVries in 1988, he has built an award-winning regional medical malpractice defense litigation practice and is known for successfully representing many notable clients in trial and appellate courts.

According to clients quoted in The Best Lawyers of America, Mr. DeVries is “a giant among his peers” and “uses his vast experience to recommend thoughtful defense strategies, has the respect of the plaintiff’s bar, and utilizes his many relationships to obtain successful outcomes on cases.”  Further, “[Mr. DeVries’] quiet yet strong manner provides clients great comfort and his adversaries great concern.  His ethics are unassailable and his competence is unquestionable.  “When I have a matter that requires great legal skill coupled with common sense and intellect, Don is my lawyer of first choice.”  As described by Chambers USA, a leading guide to the legal industry, he is a “superb lawyer” who is “top of the heap in medical malpractice and products liability defense in Maryland.” Being recognized as a leader by his peers, Mr. DeVries was honored as a recipient of The Daily Record's Leadership in Law Award (2006).  He has consecutively been honored by The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1995.  Mr. DeVries also has been recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 10 attorneys numerous times since 2007 as voted by his peers and announced by Maryland Super Lawyer magazine.

 In 2005, Mr. DeVries was inducted into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyer (IATL), an honor society that is limited to 500 of the best trial lawyers in the United States.  Mr. DeVries is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), which comprises the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America.  Mr. DeVries has held the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 1984.  He represented Maryland as a member of the National Board of Directors of ABOTA from 1995 - 2010 and also served as President of the ABOTA Maryland Chapter from 1992 - 1995.

Mr. DeVries has been extremely active in the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), having served as a member of the nine-member Board of Directors that governs the 2300-member organization.  He previously chaired its Medical Malpractice Committee, served as a faculty member in its National Trial Academy, and has been a speaker in several of its programs.  Since 1988, Mr. DeVries has also been a member of the International Society of Barristers (ISOB), Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), and Litigation Counsel of America (LCA).

In addition to his activities as a lawyer, Mr. DeVries has been extremely active in community affairs. In 1993, as a result of his familiarity with Maryland’s Emergency Medical System (EMS) through his service as Chairman of the Shock Trauma Board, he was appointed by Governor Schaefer as the first Chairman of the EMS Board governing Maryland’s entire emergency medical system, a position that he still holds, having been subsequently reappointed as Chairman by Governors Glendening, Ehrlich and O’Malley.  The Board plays a pivotal role in ensuring EMS services to the citizens of Maryland.  The EMS system consists of nine trauma centers, numerous specialty referral centers for burns, hand trauma, cardiac and stroke emergencies, 50 emergency rooms, 10 Maryland State Police helicopters, 600 ambulances, and over 27,000 pre-hospital providers.

 

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Professional Experience

  • Partner – Goodell DeVries (1988 - Present)
  • Partner – Semmes, Bowen & Semmes (1980 - 1988)
  • Associate – Semmes, Bowen & Semmes (1973 - 1980)

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Honors and Awards

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  • Chambers & Partners - Healthcare: Medical Malpractice, Maryland, Band 1 (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America – Medical Malpractice Law (1995 - 2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2012 - 2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Litigation- Health Care (2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America - "Lawyer of the Year" Award for Baltimore Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (2012)
  • Best Lawyers in America - "Lawyer of the Year" Award for Baltimore Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2013)
  • Chambers USA, Health Care – Medical Malpractice (2007 - 2015)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Second Top Point Getter (2010 - 2011), Top 10 Super Lawyer (2007 - 2014), Top 100 Super Lawyer (2015)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Cover Story, The Annual List of Top Attorneys in Maryland (2014)
  • The Daily Record - Leadership in Law Award (2006)
  • Recipient of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians' EMS Provider of the Year Award (2006)
  • Oxford's Who's Who Registry of Extraordinary Professionals, 1993
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Finance and Business
  • George W. Yancey Memorial Award from the International Association of Defense Counsel for the most outstanding contribution to the Defense Counsel Journal with the article "Back to the Future? Product Liability Class Actions and Proposed Rule 23 Changes" (1988)
  • Shock Trauma Physicians Staff Award, In recognition of commitment to Shock Trauma Center (1993)

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Professional Associations

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2005 - Present)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) (2000 - Present)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (1985 - Present); Vice Chairman, Medical Malpractice Committee for Newsletters (1989 - 1990); Program Chairman (1990 - 1992); Chairman, Medical Malpractice Committee (1992 - 1995); Chairman, Defense Counsel Committee (1997 - 1999); Executive Committee (1999 - 2002)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (1984 - Present); Maryland member of National Executive Committee (1992 - 2004); President of Maryland Chapter (1992 - 1995)
  • American Inns of Court (1986 - 1992)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (1993 - Present)
  • International Society of Barristers (1998 - Present)
  • Practice Digest Editorial Board (1990 - 1992)
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association; Vice-Chairman, Medicine and Law Committee of Torts and Insurance Practice (1982 - 1983, 1984 - 1985, 1985 - 1986, 1986 - 1987, 1987 - 1988, 1988 - 1989); Chairman, Medicine and Law Committee of Torts and Insurance Practice Section of American Bar Association (1988 - 1989); Forum Committee on Health Law of the ABA; Medicine and Law Committee, Medical Advisory Panel (1986 - 1987)
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc. 
  • Wednesday Law Club (1986 - Present)
  • Maryland State Medical Society
  • AIDA – the International Insurance Law Society, U.S. Chapter (1994 - 2002)
  • Steering Committee, Chemical and Toxic Tort Special Litigation Group (2002)
  • Joint Executive/Legislative Task Force on Medical Malpractice Insurance (1985, resulting in tort reform enacted by Maryland's legislature in 1986)
  • Committee on Uninsured Persons, Maryland Governor's Commission on Health Care Policy and Financing (1988 - 1990)
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Chair - Committee of Law Reform 2011 - 2013)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

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Teaching Activities

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  • Speaker, “Strategies for Defending Medical Monitoring Claims,” Defense Research Institute, Drug and Medical Device Litigation Seminar (2000)
  • Speaker, Defense Research Institute, Drug and Medical Device Seminar on Medical Monitoring (Spring 2000)
  • Moderator and Program Planner, International Association of Defense Counsel, Annual Meeting, Medical Malpractice Committee, AIDS Program (1992)
  • Faculty, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Boulder, Colorado (1991)
  • Moderator and Program Planner, International Association of Defense Counsel, Annual Meeting, Medical Malpractice Committee, Breast Cancer Program (1991)
  • Faculty, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers (MICPEL), Course on Deposition Training (1984 - 1995)
  • Faculty, MICPEL, Nine-Day Trial Advocacy Program (1989 - 1994)
  • Faculty, ABA National Institute on Medical Malpractice (1987 - 1990)
  • Moderator and Program Planner, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Medicine and Law Committee of TIPS, on AIDS in the Hospital Workplace and on Current Developments in Medicine and Law (1988)
  • Moderator and Program Planner, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Medicine and Law Committee of TIPS, on Current Developments and Future Trends (1986)
  • Faculty, MICPEL, Course on Medical Malpractice, 1985, Course On Structured Settlements, (1990 - 1991)
  • Faculty, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Course on Medical Malpractice (1983, 1985)
  • Speaker, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Medicine and Law Committee of TIPS, on Birth-Related Torts (1984)
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association Special Committee on Health Claims Arbitration (1983)

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Publications

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Community Activities

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  • Chairman, Emergency Medical Services Board (EMS) (appointed by Governor to oversee Maryland's entire emergency medical system) (1993 - Present)
  • Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Harbor Hospital (1983 - 1988)
  • Board of Trustees, Woodbourne Center (1981 - 1988)
  • Vestryman, St. David's Church (1982 - 1985)
  • Co-Chairman, American Heart Association Heart Ball (1986 - 1988)
  • Chairman, Solicitation Committee, Shock Trauma Gala (1988 - 1989), Co-Chairman, Shock Trauma Gala (1990, 1991)
  • Member, Canons and Other Business Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland (1984 - 1989)
  • Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate (1986 - 1994)
  • Board of Trustees, Roland Park Country School (1987 - 1994)
  • Chairman, Shock Trauma Board of Visitors (1990 - 1993)
  • Board of Directors, Union Memorial Hospital Foundation (2003 – 2007)

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