For the third time in the last 4 months, Craig B. Merkle and Adam Kelley have obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial. In Sheppard v. DCH, which was filed and tried in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, the plaintiff alleged that she had sustained a tear of her airway when she was intubated for surgery to remove infected abdominal hernia mesh. The plaintiff developed significant air in her neck and mediastinum the day after surgery and was reintubated and hospitalized for an additional 10 days. Mr. Merkle and Mr. Kelley successfully represented the anesthesia team which consisted of an anesthesiologist and a CRNA. A motion for judgment was granted on behalf of the physician, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the CRNA on June 20, 2012.