Schochor, Federico and Staton is pleased to announce that it has been named the 2013 Simon K. Civil Justice award winner. Given annually by the Maryland Association for Justice (formerly the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association), the award is presented to an organization or person who was injured and/or acted on behalf of injured consumers. The recipients, through their work, demonstrated a compassion and commitment to keeping families safe through advocacy on behalf of consumers, and/or on behalf of those seeking to advance or preserve access to the courts.
“Schochor, Federico and Staton thanks the Maryland Association of Justice for its invaluable guidance and support over the years, and is deeply honored by this recognition,” said Schochor, Federico and Staton Managing Partner Jonathan Schochor. “Our firm’s commitment to families is best reflected in the dedication, compassion and diligence our lawyers bring to each of the cases we take on each year. The results we achieve for our clients are a tremendous source of pride for everyone at our firm.”
Schochor, Federico and Staton was given the award for leading the negotiation of a $123 million class action settlement* for the victims of Dr. Earl Bradley, a Delaware pediatrician who was found guilty of sexually abusing his patients in the largest case of pedophilia by a single actor in United States history. The landmark settlement provides Dr. Bradley’s young victims and their families including those from Maryland with much-needed funding for long-term psychiatric and psychological counseling.
The successful conclusion of this case also confirmed a precedent for hospitals and other medical institutions in the United States, which have a responsibility to investigate the backgrounds of their health care providers and monitor and supervise them on a continuing basis to ensure that this kind of abuse never happens again. Additionally, the scale of the settlement provides a strong incentive for medical professionals everywhere to take seriously their responsibility to police their own, added Mr. Schochor.
*Each case is different. Past success does not guarantee a favorable result in any future case.