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 New case law, analysis, trends and news for those in the liability, risk management and insurance industry 
  Volume 1  |  July 2017

Maryland Legislation Update

The following is a list of new legislation that may impact those interested in liability issues and insurance practices.

Special Causes of Action
Statutes of Limitations Child Sexual Abuse
The Maryland General Assembly enacted House Bill 642 which alters the statute of limitations and institutes a statute of repose for claims involving sexual abuse. Such claims must be filed within the later of 20 years after the date on which the victim reaches the age of majority or 3 years after the date that the defendant is convicted of a crime relating to the alleged incident or incidents, as specified.

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Lambert Appointed to Harmonie Board

Pessin Katz Law Member (PK Law) Patricia McHugh Lambert has recently been appointed to the Harmonie Group Board. The Harmonie Group is a national network of high quality law firms that serve the special needs of the risk industry. The Group believes that both clients and attorneys benefit from a better understanding of the unique circumstances and concerns facing each of them. Read More

Benjamin Appointed to UM Law School Board of Visitors

Pessin Katz Law (“PK Law”) is pleased to announce that Member James Benjamin has been elected to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Board of Visitors. The 41 member Board of Visitors are distinguished alumni and friends who advise the Dean on topics ranging from proposals for new academic programs to the hiring of senior administrators to state and local political issues affecting the law school. Read More

PK Law One of Highest Number of Female Partners Of Baltimore Area Firms

The Maryland Daily Record recently published an article looking at the diversity efforts and progress of Maryland firms.  While the progress is slow, the article does recognize a number of efforts made by firms to change their diversity landscape. 

Identified prominently in the article is PK Law’s progress as a firm having one of the highest number of female partners.  PK Attorney/Member was quoted with respect to the efforts made by the firm to obtain this number, “Everybody is really looking out for each other’s success. Tremendous amount of support is given to developing your practice, you voice and your name.”  Read More

Coming in the next issue:

Maryland’s Efforts To Protect Against Animal Cruelty 

Next month’s issue will focus on our canine companions and Maryland’s strident efforts to increase protections against animal cruelty with the passing of several new laws that will go into effect on October 1, 2017.  Specifically, Maryland has clarified conduct constituting animal abuse and neglect, provided compensation for shelters taking in dogs from cruelty cases and increased standards for shelters and pet stores.  We will also discuss Maryland’s efforts at establishing an animal abuse registry and ways to include you furry best friend in your will. 

About PK Law’s Insurance Group

PK Law’s Insurance Group is comprised of a deep bench of attorneys with an extensive range and level of experience in the insurance industry. Lead by Members Patricia McHugh Lambert and Joan Cerniglia-Lowensen, the Group is supported by Members, Steve Allen, Barry Bach, Robert Campbell and James Benjamin and Associates Kambon Williams, Talley H-S Kovacs, Aidan Smith, Kayleigh Toth-Keilty, Anna Sholl, Jennifer Harris and Jennifer Ciarrocchi. All members of the Group receive mentoring and are trained to apply the techniques and analysis that the Group’s senior attorneys use including project management, identification of the stages and how to accurately evaluate a case.

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