Patricia McHugh Lambert

“In litigation, as well as in life, there are missed opportunities because people do not use creativity in approaching problems. Approaching issues with insight, and sometimes with a woman's touch, has helped me achieve success for my clients.”

“I really appreciate Patricia Lambert’s expertise, thoroughness and ability to see the big picture.  I often refer to Pat to help develop unique strategies for resolving issues.  She is very responsive and conscious of the cost to pursue litigation.  On a personal level, she is extremely professional and ethical.  I would trust Pat with any legal matter.” – Gabrielle Lynch, Esquire

Professional Experience

Ms. Lambert has over 35 years of experience in handling complex commercial litigation and insurance matters. Ms. Lambert has worked on national class actions, significant litigation and regulatory matters for Fortune 500 companies. She has also assisted small and mid-sized companies and business executives with contract, real estate, liability assessment and commercial disputes that needed to be resolved quickly and efficiently. Ms. Lambert is best known as an attorney who knows the field of insurance. She has represented insurers, policyholders, and insurance producers in disputes both in court and before the Maryland Insurance Administration.

Ms. Lambert is the firm’s Co-Liaison for Harmonie, a national network of high quality law firms that serve the special needs of the risk industry, and was recently appointed to Harmonie’s Board.   

Personal Information

Education

  • Wake Forest University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1982
  • University of North Carolina, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1979
  • Editorial Staff, Wake Forest Law Review

Bar Admission

  • Maryland
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, D.C. Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida

Other

  • Ms. Lambert is actively involved in the community with women, family and children issues. She enjoys acting as a mentor to younger attorneys and the high school students she coaches in mock trial competitions.

Published Articles

  • Author, “Top Ten Things Defense Lawyers Need to Know About Lack of Good Faith Claims”, Maryland Defense Line, A Publication From the Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc., Spring 2017
  • Co-Author “The New Fire in the Warehouse”, INsurance, (Winter 2016)
  • Author “Waltzing with Chimeras: The Uneasy Dance between Insureds, the Insurers and Assigned Defense Counsel”, ExecSense eBook, 2012
  • Author “How Societal Changes Raise Insurance Issues,” Annual ABA/TIPS Mid-Year Annual Meeting, 2009
  • Author “An Ill Wind Blows No Good: The Nuances of Business Interruption Claims,” Business Law Today, March/April 2006
  • Author and Instructor, “Under Cover with Insurance Coverage,” MICPEL, 2007
  • Author and Instructor, “Maryland’s New First Party Bad Faith/Good Faith Law,” MICPEL, 2007
  • Author and Instructor, Insurance Producer Liability (Agent/Broker Liability), MICPEL, 2004
  • Author and Instructor, Life And Disability Insurance Claims, MICPEL, 2003
  • Author and Instructor, Insurance Institute, MICPEL, 2001, 2004, 1994
  • Moderator and Editor, MICPEL Program, Disputes with Insurance Companies and Agents, October 1992
  • PMPA: Brand Standards, 2005 Petroleum Marketing Attorney, Washington, D.C., March 29, 2005
  • Bullet Proofing Your Client When the Issue is Privilege, ABA Insurance Section, Phoenix, AZ, February 2005
  • “Mediating Messes: A Blueprint for Mediating Environmental Disputes,” Maryland Bar Association, Bar Bulletin, June 2004
  • “The Accountant As Expert Witness,” Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, October 22, 1998
  • “Employee Recovery for Emotional Distress: Where the Realm of Common Law Outrageousness Has Become Elusive for Claimants, Will Workers’
  • Compensation Take Them In?” Maryland Bar Journal, May 1993
  • “Lessening the Pain of Withdrawal: What an Insurance Company Can Do to Prepare to Withdraw from the Personal Automobile Line of Insurance,” Journal of Insurance Regulation 252, Winter 1992

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, United Way of Central Maryland, Past Chair, Women’s Leadership Council
  • Member, Tocqueville Society, United Way of Central Maryland
  • Board Member, 2-1-1 Maryland, Inc.
  • Member, Executive Alliance

Professional Involvement

  • Firm Co-Liaison, Harmonie Group
  • Harmonie Group Board Member
  • Co-Chair, Harmonie Group Diversity Committee
  • Co-Chair, Harmonie Group First Party Property Committee
  • Past Chairman, Board of Directors, Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund
  • Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund

Accolades

  • Best Lawyers Spring 2017 Women of Influence, Insurance Law
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, 2007-2017
  • Maryland Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2012 by Maryland Super Lawyers
  • Named Best Lawyers in America®  Baltimore Area Lawyer of the Year for Insurance Law, 2012
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law, 2006-2018
  • Named to Maryland’s Legal Elite (Smart CEO magazine, 2005)
  • Named a Leading Lady (Smart Woman magazine, 2004)
  • Named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2004, 2011 & 2013 (The Daily Record) for outstanding professional, personal and charitable accomplishments.
  • Named to “The Daily Record: Circle of Excellence” for becoming a 3 time “Top 100 Women of Maryland” award winner
  • Named 2013 “Distinguished Woman Award Winner” by The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
  • Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Columnist for the Insurance and Financial Advisor Monthly
  • Peer Review Committee of the Attorney Grievance Commission
  • Leadership Maryland, Class of 2006
  • Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership Program
  • Named one of the winners in the Daily Records 2010 Leadership In Law Awards
  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015 Washington D.C. and Baltimore Legal Leaders (Insurance Law and Litigation)

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