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