Venable mass torts trial trio heads to Womble in Baltimore

Womble Bond Dickinson offices in Wilmington, Delaware. REUTERS / Andrew Kelly

  • Law firm adds two partners, one of them with an asbestos background
  • Employees are expanding the possibilities of toxic tort with litigation that will “swell,” Womble says

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(Reuters) – Womble Bond Dickinson has added three longtime Venable Baltimore lawyers to its mass crime practice who have experience defending clients in asbestos-related litigation, the firm said Thursday.

Ted Roberts and Brian Zemil join as partners, while Scott Richmond joins as counsel. The company said in a statement that the supplements will benefit customers as they prepare for the mounting rise in litigation arising from the pandemic.

“This team gives us a significant mass crime force in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic region in general,” Greg Horton, director of the mass crime practice at Womble, said in a statement. “We also intend, with this move, to broaden our national judicial practice in toxic crime cases that we expect will be vital as courts across the country return to pre-pandemic operations,” he said.

Roberts is defending clients against occupational asbestos exposure claims and has served as a senior attorney or co-advisor in more than 18 asbestos cases that he tried to convict, Womble said. Zemil has leadership experience in asbestos and silica cases, and Richmond has also worked on asbestos and product liability disputes, the company said.

A representative from Venable did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the team’s departure.

The 1,100 law firm with 26 offices in the US and UK is the result of a 2017 merger between North Carolina-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and UK law firm Bond Dickinson.

Womble added a handful of other laterals this year. Last week, the firm gained a Washington, DC-based college partner from Lathrop GPM and has also hired attorneys for several other practice groups in Washington, Winston-Salem, Houston and Silicon Valley. Womble has also been looking to recruit its Boston office and hire at least three partners in the city this year as it seeks further expansion in New England.

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