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Laurie A Amell

Medical malpractice Attorney at Washington, DC

4.6   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 25 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 29 years
    Virginia - VA 31 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1994
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Laurie

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Laurie A. Amell, R.N., J.D. has successfully represented clients, both in trial and settlement proceedings, achieving record- setting recoveries. She has obtained dozens of six and seven figure verdicts and settlements in medical negligence, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death cases for over 20 years. She obtained an eight figure verdict in a brain injury personal injury case in D.C. Federal Court in December 2002. Ms. Amell blends her background as a registered nurse with substantial critical care experience with her relentless advocacy in the courtroom for those who have suffered devastating medical injuries in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.


Ms. Amell has specialized in complex medical malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death litigation for 20 years. In addition to being a Past President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (TLA-DC) in 2009-2010, she was the 2007 recipient of their Trial Lawyer of the Year award. She has been named one of Washington's "Super Lawyers" and is listed in "Best Lawyers in America" for both medical malpractice law and personal injury litigation. She has been consistently listed as one of the top lawyers in D.C. by Washingtonian Magazine. In 2007 Ms. Amell was featured in Fortune Magazine as a premiere lawyer and in Washingtonian Magazine in their Women in Business section. 

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Nursing, Ms. Amell worked as a staff nurse on the Cardiac-Surgical Special Care Unit at Georgetown University Hospital from 1986-1988 before pursuing a career in the law. She continued to work as a critical care nurse until 1989, while attending her first year in law school, and rotated between the medical, surgical, cardiac, pediatric, and neurological intensive care units at Georgetown University Hospital. 


Of Counsel at Regan Zambri & Long, PLLC
1919 M Street NW, #350
Suite 350
Washington, DC, 20036

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Posted by Valerie | August 20, 2014
NO ONE COMPARES!! Laurie and team continuously exceed all expectations and define true excellence!
Laurie and her team have and continue to fight tirelessly in my case. Their expertise and willingness to seek out all resources needed to be informed in the highest degree have guaranteed the highest level of detail paid to my case. I never have to wonder where my case currently stands, as the open and frequent communication between her, her team and myself is exemplary. Laurie's combination of a medical and legal background give her a definite advantage in understanding her client's cases that goes unmatched by other attorneys I have worked with, and I am thankful to have her on my side!
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Posted by Chris | August 15, 2014
Laurie Amell
Laurie has been helpful and very understanding with my case. She has kept me updated with all information as it changes. I am very confident and positive with Laurie handling everything for me.
Posted by Ruth | August 13, 2014
UNSURPASSED EXCELLENCE!! There is none better, Laurie is truly phenomenal
From my very first meeting with Laurie and her team of professionals I knew I was in the right place. My case was extremely difficult to understand, even for me living with these issues every day. Laurie exhaustively researched my medical condition along with the care I should have received and was able to provide a clear and concise picture of my medical situation, not only to me but also to the United States District Court during my trial. Laurie is the epitome of effort! She immediately placed me in contact with physicians who are internationally known experts in their field documenting my multiple neurological and cognitive disorders resulting from my Arnold Chiari malformation. Additionally, she ensured these same physicians were able to instantly start treating me while diligently developing the rock solid medical malpractice case she presented in court. From 2001 to 2009 Laurie and her team of experts were never more than a phone call away at any given time of day. The constant updates she provided me were just unprecedented in frequency and depth. Laurie is truly a genuine person who’s compassion is first and foremost for the person and then for the client. Her unique expertise in both the medical and legal career fields afforded an expertly crafted argument of my medical malpractice case which she outstandingly presented to the Federal Court. The well prepared and staunchly defended case, resulted in the United States District Judge issuing an 87 page written opinion ruling down the line on all of my issues. Laurie and her team are clearly an asset if you should ever find yourself in need of medical malpractice lawyer! Words cannot truly begin to describe the feelings I and my family have for Laurie as a Lawyer and a Friend. Truly exceptional!!
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Posted by Donna | August 6, 2014
Professional - Meticulous - Conscientious - Caring - Advocate
When we started our search for an attorney to handle our case, we almost immediately focused on Ms. Amell and her strong record of accomplishments in personal injury law. Ms. Amell’s in-depth knowledge of the both medical and legal matters was equally impressive. Additionally, we were awed by her systematic approach in preparation of my case. Laurie and her team have conducted an exhaustive amount of research on our case and they’ve done a great job in interacting with the various physicians that have been treating me for the last few years as a direct result of my accident. The team’s comprehensive attention to detail has been fascinating to witness. In addition to the massive amount of hard work that was organized for our case, I found Ms. Amell and her team happy to spend a thoughtful and considerate amount of time keeping us informed about our case. The compassion and encouragement shown to our family during this difficult time is truly treasured.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2014
Outstanding Representation
Laurie Amell and her team are outstanding in every way. She is smart, intuitive, thorough and ensures that she has a complete understanding of all of the facts. Laurie and her team have been so responsive to all of our questions and needs at every step. She and her team have gotten our family through a difficult time and I am so glad we have their legal expertise and representation. Kudos to Laurie and her team!
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2014
Amazing Attorney!
Laurie Amell is an amazing attorney with an incredible team and we are thrilled with their representation! Laurie is very intelligent, intuitive and listens to us intently. She and her staff always ensure that we are kept informed at every step by communicating with us on a very regular basis. Laurie and her staff are always just a phone call away to answer any question that I may have which greatly helps to alleviate the anxiety we have as a result of the medical injury. I do not know where we would be without Laurie and her team!
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2014
She was extraordinary!
Laurie and her team were truly extraordinary. We are not attorneys, but from the outset it was clear to us that our case would be a very difficult one to win. We nevertheless did, thanks almost entirely to the manner in which Laurie pursued the case. Her strategy proved to be excellent, and Laurie and her team's representation went "above and beyond" throughout the entire process ... including the trial itself. We're convinced that we could not have retained a better attorney, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have been represented by Laurie Amell.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2012
Watch This One
She may have a good deal of expertise in medical malpractice law. My sense is that she herself is a "good" attorney; however, the firm in which she works dictates a very high standard in terms of recovery dollars for it's own coffers and Ms. Amell must comply. The unfortunate, preventable part is that with me she signed a retainer contract for my case, and never fully disclosed what was happening, inferred that notices were being served that were not, and ultimately I dismissed her because of her non responsiveness and reliance on a colleague with a clear conflict of interest in the case. Since this presumably wouldn't happen with every client, I gave her a 'fair'rating. My own experience was poor.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Contingency 34%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Regan Zambri & Long, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Williams Bertram, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Bertram & Amell, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Stein, Mitchell & Muse
  • 1999 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Stein, Mitchell & Muse
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Hall, Markle, Sickels & Fudala, P.C.
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • Hall, Markle, Sickels & Fudala, P.C.
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Law Clerk
  • Gilberg & Kurent
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Teaching Assistant, Technologies Laboratory
  • Georgetown University School of Nursing
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Nursing
  • Georgetown University Hospital
  • 1985 - 1989
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  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • B.S.N.
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Calva-Cerqueira v. United States
  • Verdict for Plaintiffs $20 million
  • Doe v. Metropolitan Gastroenterology Group, P.C.
  • Verdict for Plaintiffs $5.77 million
  • Washington DC Settlement
  • Seven figure settlement for Plaintiff
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  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Etheridge Society
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Legislation Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Education Committee
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • Board of Governors
  • 1999 - 2010
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Membership Committee
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Listed as one of D.C's Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Listed as one of Maryland's Super Lawyers since 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Past President
  • 2009-2010 Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Recipient of the "Trial Lawyer of the Year"
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington DC
  • 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America in Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyer
  • 2007
  • Top Lawyers in Washington DC
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2007
  • August 2007 - America's Premier Lawyers by Sky Radio Network
  • Fortune Magazine
  • 2007
  • Featured in October 2007 Women in Business section
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2007
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  • The Journal (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Medical Malpractice Review Panels - - Time to Go? Summer 1991, Vol. 3, No. 3, pg. 41-48
  • 1991
  • The Journal (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Review of the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Act, Winter 1991-1992, Vol. 4, No. 1, pg. 41-44
  • 1991

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Nurse Consulting Education and Networking Forum
  • Speaker - Decompensated Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • 2011
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • Moderated - Advanced Litigation Workshop
  • 2004
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • Moderated Evidence Seminar
  • 2003
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • Moderated Point/Counterpoint Seminar
  • 2003
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Speaker - Developing Damages in Cases involving Children
  • 2003
  • NBI Conference
  • Litigation Support and Medical Record Management
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Medical malpractice Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laurie Amell is one sharp attorney. Laurie and I have worked on several cases together. She is always well prepared and focused on the issues that must be presented. Laurie is able to comfortably speak to fellow attorneys and judges. She is able simplify complex medical and legal issues. Her competitive drive, combined with her personable manner, smile and grace, make her a winner. I most highly endorse Laurie Amell for any assignment she chooses to accept. Mike Abelson"
Medical malpractice Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Laurie is an extremely talented and effective attorney. She is highly regarded in the legal community and is very thorough in her case preparation, tenacious in her trial work, and honest and trustworthy. Her background in nursing provides her with the expertise to achieve outstanding results for her clients in very complex cases. I fully endorse Laurie."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Laurie Amell. She is a very conscientious and talented lawyer. Laurie works up her cases with attention to every detail and is a tenacious advocate for her clients."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With her studies in medical science, resourcefulness & sensitivity to the issues injured patients face in health care negligence cases, lawyer Laurie Amell is a terrific choice in catastrophic injury cases."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Laurie is a top notch medical malpractice attorney. When Laurie takes a case she has the litigation experience and the medical background to advocate for her clients to make sure that they receive justice. She works tirelessly for her clients and her results demonstrate that."
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Washington Medical malpractice Lawyer Laurie A Amell
Laurie A Amell
Medical malpractice Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 31 years
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