Practice Areas

Bacon, Thornton & Palmer commits itself to the highest level of legal service across a broad range of legal matters of all complexities.

Dedicated to building long-lasting relationships, the firm focuses on the best interests of its clients in every stage of the representation. The firm achieves this by engaging in both innovative and traditional legal approaches designed to obtain its clients' goals as efficiently as possible.

With extensive litigation experience in all our practice areas, the firm stands ready to meet the significant legal challenges facing individuals and businesses today head on.

Our Areas of Focus

Product Liability

Product liability cases involve unique defenses and challenges, often including the need to coordinate on a national basis. Bacon, Thornton & Palmer L.L.P. has experience as national trial counsel in product liability cases, and in serving the needs as local counsel in cases pending throughout the Maryland/District of Columbia region.

Construction Defects and Accidents

Construction defect suits alleging defective or negligent construction of a home can be brought against the developer, general contractor, subcontractors and anyone else involved in the construction of the home. At the insurance level, litigation can involve actions by the developer or general contractor against the insurance companies that issued endorsements to the sub-contractors, and actions against insurers that have refused to defend. Bacon, Thornton & Palmer, L.L.P. defends builders and insurers in construction defect suits.

Accidents at construction sites can result in claims of negligence, failure to follow safety measures, failure to warn workers of hazardous conditions and others. Bacon, Thornton & Palmer, L.L.P. defends construction companies, property owners, insurance companies and others in cases involving construction accidents.

Environmental Exposure

Bacon, Thornton & Palmer, L.L.P. has extensive experience defending cases involving toxic and other environmental exposures, including asbestos, lead paint and mold cases. The firm defends manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and landowners in cases involving the manufacture, use and disposal of toxic materials and in product liability and premises liability cases. The firm is actively involved in the defense of asbestos litigation pending in Baltimore City and the District of Columbia, and has successfully defended lead paint and mold claims in both jurisdictions.

Retailer / Employer Liability

Bacon, Thornton & Palmer L.L.P. defends retailers and other employers in cases brought by customers and employees. The firm serves as regional trial counsel to a number a nationally recognized retailers in which capacity it has successfully defended numerous claims alleging false arrest or malicious prosecution suits brought by individuals stopped and questioned by loss prevention departments, as well as various personal injury claims. In addition, members of the firm are pro-active in the area of retailer liability, providing training and investigation consulting services to its clientele, and lecturing at national conferences such as the Defense Research Institute.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Our experience in cases involving motor vehicle accidents has often involve catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, and paralysis. Our lawyers regularly handle such cases including representation of ICC trucking companies. Bacon, Thornton & Palmer, L.L.P. has experience in the attendant insurance coverage issues related primary coverage, uninsured/underinsured motorists, and workers compensation, with the laws of Maryland and the District of Columbia having substantial differences.

Intentional Torts

Intentional torts including assault, battery, malicious prosecution, false arrest, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress inevitably raise the issue of punitive damages. The attorneys at Bacon, Thornton & Palmer, L.L.P. have helped shape the laws pertaining to punitive damages. The firm has served as trial and appellate counsel in a number of significant reported opinions defining the limitations for any award of punitive damages in Maryland. In addition, technology has brought forth an array of internet-related or cyber cases. Our lawyers are experienced in the unique issues and defenses presented by internet defamation and invasion of privacy cases, including claims involving bloggers and fictitious personas ("catfish").

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