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Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. Partner James D. Cardea & Associate Tara Clary Recognized for Top 100 Jury Verdicts in America for Medical Malpractice – 2019


Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is pleased to announce that firm partner James D. Cardea and associate Tara Clary have been recognized by Top Verdict for the 2019 Top 100 Jury Verdicts in America for Medical Malpractice. The $1.75 million verdict was obtained on June 25, 2019 against Ellen Lemkin, MD and Osler Drive Emergency Physicians Associates.

The case involved a 65-year-old gentleman who presented to St. Joseph Medical Center’s ER for evaluation after suffering chest pain. The patient had a significant cardiac history and multiple risk factors for an aortic dissection. Despite this history, Dr. Lemkin diagnosed the patient with a simple muscle strain and sent him home instead of admitting him for a cardiac evaluation.  The patient died the following day from an aortic dissection.

About Top Verdict

Top Verdict annually recognizes U.S. law firms and attorneys who have obtained one of the highest jury verdicts, settlements, or court awards in the U.S. or an individual state, in a particular area of law. Unlike many other publications, Top Verdict recognizes attorneys and law firms based on historic facts and not on the subjective opinions of others. Rather than selecting attorneys, Top Verdict recognizes their specific, factual achievement(s). In addition, Top Verdict recognizes the narrowest circle of achievers in the legal industry instead of selecting thousands of lawyers.

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The mission of Schochor, Federico and Staton, PA is to provide exemplary legal representation to individuals and groups of people who are victims of negligence. Founded in 1984, our firm remains committed to providing exceptional service to our clients. Our knowledgeable team works closely together to help bring justice to our community and fair compensation to victims of negligent and reckless behavior. Our shared values of compassion and commitment drive us in the workplace and support us as we help others. That’s why we hold the highest ranking offered by ratings company Martindale-Hubbell.

Schochor, Federico and Staton, PA has long been committed to providing medical malpractice plaintiffs with the highest quality of legal representation. Our impressive record of success has resulted in more than $1 billion in total compensation for our many clients.

Partner James D. Cardea. Attorney Cardea has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America™ since 2011. Mr. Cardea has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Maryland™ by The American Trial Lawyers Association and a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the State of Maryland by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Mr. Cardea has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers since 2012. In 2018, Mr. Cardea was included as one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Maryland by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Associate Tara Clary. Ms. Clary received her undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in politics and French in 1992, and went on to earn her Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of Baltimore in 1995.

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Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. provides skilled legal representation when you or a loved one suffers injury or death through the mistake or negligence of others. We serve clients throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. Contact us or call (410) 234-1000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.

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