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Joanne L Suder

Medical malpractice Attorney at Baltimore, MD

5.0   12 reviews

About Joanne

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Joanne Suder was ranked this year (2018) by The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as The Top 10 Best Attorneys in Maryland. She is consistently featured in the media including: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX Networks, Larry King Live, Court TV Pros and Cons, The Early Show with Bryant Gumble, Catherine Crier, EXTRA, Inside Edition and Newsfront. 

In the early 1980's, Joanne was among the first to recommend to a sentencing judge that pedophiles and sexual predators be chemically castrated if placed on probation or when released from prison.

Joanne’s career took off in the mid 90’s when she handled the largest-scale case filed against the Archdiocese, involving more than a dozen students.  The case was filed against John Joseph Merzbacher in 1994 resulting on an 84-count indictment.  This resulted in $350 Million in Lawsuits filed against the archdiocese.

Then Joanne represented all three victims in the scandalous, high-profile 1994 sexual abuse case against former Maryland state health secretary, nationally syndicated health columnist and author, Dr. Neil Solomon.  This resulted in $150 Million in Lawsuits filed by The Suder Law Firm.

 In 2003, Joanne Suder testified at the State House and State Senate proceedings to extend the statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse which reesulted in a three-year extension.

Another high profile case included the representation of the victims of Catholic priest Maurice Blackwell in a sexual abuse case that captured national headlines.

Since 2003 Joanne Suder has obtained countless settlements against the Archdioceses. 

From 2004-2007, Joanne Suder received national headlines for settling cases against The Polygamist Church The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah.  Joanne Suder worked hand and hand with Utah’s AG’s office. The leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life plus 20 years. Her case helped inspire the creation of the HBO series Big Love.

As of 2018, Joanne Suder is the nation's leading authority on pedophile and sexual abuse cases as she is hailed as a legal warrior who champions the rights of children and adults exploited by people entrusted with their well-being.

Her legal areas of expertise include the following: Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Birth Injury, Wrongful Death, Anesthesia Errors, Personal Injury, Car Accident, Construction Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Lead Paint, Misdiagnosis, Nursing Home Negligence, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents

Joanne Suder and her law firm are AV rated by Martindale & Hubbell
(highest rating for litigation attorneys)

Member of the bar in Washington D.C. and Maryland

Past President of the Women's Bar Association

Former Master Examiner in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City

 

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Licensed for 45 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1980
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 07/12/2022
State CA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1987
Updated 08/08/2022

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

Contact Joanne

The Suder Law Firm Pa
210 E Lexington St Ste 100
Baltimore, MD, 21202-3534

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Posted by Michelle | July 29, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
ABOVE and BEYOND
I have been helpless and hopeless and hanging by a thread with regard to trying to figure out if I have a case or not. THIS LADY stepped in and threw me a lifeline. She has given me guidance.....and for that, I am eternally grateful to her!
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Hysterectomy confusion
Joanne listened intensely to my case. I felt she expressed compassion for me. She asked significant questions and offered a unique perspective to me case. Thank you so very much.
Posted by Paul | September 23, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
My Angel Lawyer
Joanne reached out to me when I was beginning to think all hope was lost I told her my wife's story about several issues that happened & she was very knowledgeable on all that I spoke with her about, I hope to be hiring her in the near future. I totally believe that she is one of the best not only in her state but also in the country, I look forward to her standing up for some of the wrongs that seem to be going on in this country.
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Posted by Thomas | August 31, 2019
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Very caring and informative
Joanne advised me on a possible case, she showed great interest and empathy towards my situation and was ready to go into action should the case require her to put together a team. Joanne gave great advice going forward and had impressive knowledge on my particular situation. When and if that time arises I will definitely want her by my side when it comes to the law.
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Posted by Shyla | June 27, 2019
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Caring and sensitive.
Joanne L Suder responded very quickly to my request. She has been thoughtful and caring regarding the matter. She asked pertinent questions in order to get the relevant information. I am impressed with Joanne's knowledge and obvious legal expertise.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
star only review
Listened to my whole case and what I point out as a factor in us having a case. She is gonna look into it to see if she can do anything
Posted by Chelsea | April 20, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Very sympathetic
She listened to my situation and told me a lot I didn’t know. I greatly appreciate this woman and her sympathetic ear.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer who knows the law
Answered all my questions with straight answers and helped me know more about my issues.. I'd recommend her to anyone that needs a good strong lawyer that knows the law..
Posted by Patricia | November 15, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and compassionate
Joanne Suder is an incredible advocate for her clients. She was extremely helpful in explaining everything involved with my legal issue.
Posted by Brenda | November 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Ecellent Attorney
I WOULD NOT HESITATE TO HIRE jOANNE suder and the Suder Law Firm.Joanne Suder is a tenacious advacate
Posted by Jen | November 13, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Jen from Baltimore
Ms. Joanne was very helpful. She explained the law to me and was very kind.
Posted by Marcia | August 22, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent lawyer, standards, dedication
I have known Joanne Suder for many years, beginning as classmates and continuing over the course of a lifelong friendship. I have the greatest admiration and respect for Joanne. I believe with her expansive legal experience, she is able to provide her clients with an immediate and intrinsic overview of the critical nature and issues involved in their case. And an immanent foresight in navigating the nuances relative to sensitive timing and case orchestration. Joanne has built an extensive network of collaborative professionals and experts to serve on her client’s behalf. And I have always known Joanne to conduct herself with the highest degree of standards in terms of ethics, confidentiality and discretion. Joanne Suder is an attentive, thorough, compassionate, diligent and extremely dedicated attorney. She has my highest recommendations.
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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Professor
  • University Of Maryland School Of Law
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Master Examiner
  • Baltimore City
  • 1987 - 2008
  • Professor
  • University Of Baltimore Law School
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Public Defender
  • Maryland Public Defender's Office
  • 1981 - 1983
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Baltimore
  • N/A

Associations

  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Past President
  • 1981 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Judicial Appointments Committee
  • Chairperson
  • 1981 - 1991
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • President
  • 1979 - 1981

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Awards

  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Publications

  • The University of Baltimore Law Forum
  • Editor
  • 1979

Speaking Engagements

  • Johns Hopkins MBA/CLE
  • Ethics of the Legal Environment
  • 1993
  • University of Maryland Law Clinic
  • University of Maryland Law Clinic
  • 1989
  • Maryland Institute For Continuing Professional Education Of Lawyers
  • Violation of Privacy
  • 1989
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers CLE
  • Depositions and the use of video
  • 1988
  • Maryland Institute For Continuing Professional Education Of Lawyers
  • Violation of Privacy
  • 1987
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Swearing in of new lawyers
  • 1980
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Attorney endorsements

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Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Suder has been known to me for years. She has the ability and compassion to understand the needs of her clients and to communicate effectively for her clients throughout the State of Maryland, getting them the results they deserve. Beyond that, she has been entrusted with the duty of serving as a Standing Examiner with the Baltimore City Circuit Court, deciding smaller domestic cases that were ripe for testimony. Joanne is worthy of her clients' trust and is an example to be followed by all attorneys."
Sex crime Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. As a colleague of Joanne Suder, I can personally attest to her superb skills as an Attorney. Joanne heads The Suder Law Firm, which holds an AV rating by Martindale & Hubbell. Joanne's knowledge of pedophile and sexual abuse cases is unsurpassable. Among Joanne's many successful cases is the 1994 John Joseph Merzbacher case which is the largest case filed against the Archdioceses of Baltimore. This case involved over a dozen students and led to an 84 count indictment as well as over $350 million in lawsuits for her clients. She continues to fight for both children and adult survivors of sexual abuse. Joanne currently is working to get the Statute of Limitations (SOL) in Maryland extended further and revised to benefit victims of sexual abuse. Joanne is a valuable asset to the field of Law."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is one of the best in her field. Always prepared and well versed in the law. I can't think of anyone better in her area of the law. She has my 100% support."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Suder has a remarkably deep and broad knowledge of medical practice. She keenly spots issues, and has a most respectful and pleasant manner. She is cordial, professional and respectful with clients, families, cocounsel and opposing counsel. Her easy manner belies a tenacious work ethic to represent her client. She has no fears when pursuing worthy claims for clients. It has been a joy to work with her. I believe the above compliments carry over to her dedicated representation of sexual abuse victims."
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Baltimore Medical malpractice Lawyer Joanne L Suder
Joanne L Suder
Medical malpractice Attorney
Baltimore, MD
Licensed for 45 years
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