Kamil Ismail is a partner with Goodell DeVries. He practices in the areas of product liability, insurance coverage, and commercial and business tort litigation. He has represented clients in bench and jury trials in state and federal courts, and in mediations and other proceedings.
In his product liability practice, Kamil has represented Pfizer Inc., Bayer, Wyeth, DENTSPLY, Perrigo, Intervet, and Akzo Nobel in cases involving pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other medical, dental, and veterinary products. He has defended clients against class action lawsuits in a variety of settings. In his insurance coverage practice, Kamil has represented insurers, including Zurich, AIG, and Everest, as well as policyholders, including DENTSPLY, in coverage disputes. In his commercial and general civil litigation practice, Kamil has litigated business disputes on behalf of clients ranging from large corporations, including Pfizer Inc., Republic Services, and Genesis Health Ventures, to a variety of smaller companies. On referral from pro bono organizations, Kamil has also represented indigent clients in a variety of proceedings.
Kamil has considerable experience in appellate matters related to insurance coverage disputes. In a recent notable case, after successfully briefing and arguing for the adoption of time-on-the-risk pro rata allocation on behalf of the insurer in the trial court, Kamil participated on the appellate team that successfully defended the ruling and led to the adoption of this principle by the Supreme Court of Maryland. He also briefed and argued successfully for affirmance in the Appellate Court of Maryland in Wood v. Nayfeh, No. 1127 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2019), and he briefed and argued successfully for reversal on behalf of the policyholder in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Trice, Geary & Myers, LLC v. Camico Mut. Ins. Co., 459 F. App'x 266 (4th Cir. 2011).
Kamil began his legal career at Goodell DeVries in 1993, practicing in the areas of pharmaceutical liability and insurance coverage litigation. He left briefly to practice white collar criminal litigation at Hogan & Hartson, LLP but later returned to Goodell DeVries to focus on civil litigation. He has been a partner since 2004 and is AV Peer Review-Rated.