Sidney G. Leech

Mr. Leech is one of the founding partners of the firm. He has an extensive practice in the areas of product liability, employment, insurance coverage, toxic tort and commercial and business litigation.

Mr. Leech has represented major corporations and insurers in product liability matters involving chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and consumer product industries. He has tried cases involving such diverse products as elevators and escalators, motorcycles, pharmaceutical products, specialty chemical and punch presses, among others.

 

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Professional Organizations and Committees

  • The Defense Research Institute
  • The Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section - Co-Chairman, Federal Procedure Committee TIPS Section)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Board of Governors 1975 - 1976, 1990 - 1992, 1995 - 1997)
  • Maryland Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Maryland State Bar Association Insurance Trust (Trustee)
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City (President 1989 - 1990)
  • Baltimore Bar Foundation (Fellow and Director)
  • The District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Rule Day Law Club 

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Representative Matters

In asbestos litigation, Mr. Leech represented Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. for over 10 years.  More recently, he tried a group of mesothelioma cases to verdict in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City for a ship-fitting company.  In the area of construction litigation, Mr. Leech currently represents the owner of a large commercial apartment complex against the design professionals, the general contractor and several sub-contractors.

In the area of toxic tort litigation, Mr. Leech has represented the Dow Chemical Company, Dow Brands and Dow Elanco against claims relating to various chemicals and consumer products, including insecticides such as Dursban. In Kahn v. Dow Elanco, Mr. Leech represented Dow Elanco in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in claims involving the development of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome as a result of alleged Dursban exposure.

As part of his commercial and business litigation practice, Mr. Leech has represented the owner of closely held corporations and partnerships and joint ventures in a dispute with the estate of the client’s ex-partner, ex-co-owner and ex-joint venturer. Mr. Leech has handled litigation involving commercial leases and the rights of minority shareholders in the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals of Maryland. He has defended one condemnation trial to verdict involving the valuation of a commercial property in Baltimore City. He  has also tried to verdict a case involving a bankers blanket bond in which he represented a commercial bank against its surety company.

Selected Reported Cases

  • Phillips v. Fujitec America, Inc., et al., 3 A.3d 324 (D.C. 2010)
  • State Security Check Cashing, Inc. v. American General Financial Services, 972 A.2d 882 (Md. 2009)
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Travelers Indemnity Company, 78 F.3d 639 (D.C. Cir. 1996)
  • Nationwide v. Lafarge Corporation, et al., 910 F. Supp. 1004 (D. Md. 1996)
  • Ramsdell v. American Standard Inc., 849 F.2d 606 (4th Cir. 1988)
  • American Standard Corporation v. Gerald F. Adler, 830 F.2d 1303 (4th Cir. 1987)
  • Oxendine v. Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals, 506 A.2d 1100 (D.C. Cir. 1986)
  • Adler v. American Standard Corporation, 432 A.2d 464 (Md. 1981)
  • McKelvey v. Marriott Corporation, 488 F. Supp. 343 (D. Md. 1980)

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