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Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC has earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 Ranking in the 2017 edition of U.S. New – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for seven consecutive years. Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC is ranked as a 2017 Metropolitan First Tier law firm for its commercial litigation and medical malpractice law defense practice and a Second Tier law firm for its health care and in professional malpractice law practice on behalf of Defendants. For more information on U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers 2017 “Best Law Firms’ rankings, click here.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) has been selected for the 10th consecutive year by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of 2017 Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants.

Francis X. Leary has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of 2017 Best Lawyers in America® for the 3rd consecutive year in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

Raymond L. Marshall has once again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of 2017 Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Commercial.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC is proud to announce that all of its partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Maryland Super Lawyers®.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC once again earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 Ranking in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for the sixth consecutive year. Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC is ranked as a 2016 Metropolitan First Tier law firm for its commercial litigation, health care law and medical malpractice law defense practice. Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC has also earned a Metropolitan Tier 2 Ranking for its professional malpractice law defense practice. For more information on U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings, click here.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC was recognized in the Super Lawyers 2015 Business Edition as the Top firm in the Litigation Section for Maryland in the small firm size category.

The Daily Record has selected Raymond L. Marshall as a recipient of the 2015 Leadership in Law award. Twenty-seven members of the legal community throughout Maryland will be recognized on November 19, 2015 for their outstanding work. Nominations were received from The Daily Record’s readers in addition to area law firms, bar associations, chambers of commerce and the business and legal communities at large. An external panel of judges and a representative of The Daily Record reviewed the nominations and made the selections. The top winner of this year’s Leadership in Law awards will be announced the evening of the event.

James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a local surgeon. The surgeon admitted that he had a complication during surgery, but contended that the injury was a recognized complication of surgery. After seven days of trial, the jury determined that the surgeon complied with the standard of care in his treatment of the patient and returned a verdict in favor of the surgeon.

James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) was named in the Best Lawyers’ 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants in Baltimore. Only a single lawyer in each practice area, in each community, is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year”.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16)
has been selected by his peers for inclusion in 2016 Best Lawyers in America for the 9th consecutive year in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants.

James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for the 7th consecutive year in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

Francis X. Leary has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for the 2nd consecutive year in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

Raymond L. Marshall has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16)
and Matthew M. Somers obtained a ruling from the Court of Special Appeals affirming summary judgment in a case of a medical student suing her instructor for alleged injuries from an in-class physical therapy demonstration. The Court held that there was no physician/patient relationship and therefore no duty to the student. The Court noted the risk of an expanded and unmanageable standard of tort liability for medical school instructors and educational institutions if a physician/patient relationship were imposed under the circumstances.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC is proud to announce that all of its partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Maryland Super Lawyers®.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC is once again listed in the litigation section of the Super Lawyers Business Edition 2015, which features the top attorneys who have mastered their skills in their areas of business practice.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC once again earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 Ranking in the 2015 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for the fifth consecutive year. Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC is ranked as a 2015 Metropolitan First Tier law firm for its commercial litigation, health care law and medical malpractice law defense practice. For more information on U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings, click here.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) has been named the Best Lawyers' 2014-15 Baltimore Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area, in each community is honored as a "Lawyer of the Year”. In addition, James R. Chason has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, Health Care Law and Commercial Litigation.

James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Commercial Litigation and Health Care Law.

Francis X. Leary has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) has been elected to membership by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Maryland Chapter of ABOTA.   ABOTA members constitute a “who’s who” of nationwide trial lawyers who maintain high personal character, an honorable reputation, and proficiency as a trial lawyer.  

Group pictureOn April 10, 2014, members of Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC sponsored and attended the Baltimore County Bar Association and Maryland State Bar Association Meet & Greet for the Honorable Kathleen G. Cox, the new Administrative Judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore County and 3rd Judicial Circuit.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on February 5, 2014 in Annapolis with regard to House Bill No. 395, “Altering the definition of ‘health care provider’ for purposes of health care malpractice claims.” Click here to view his testimony.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC is proud to announce that all of its partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Maryland Super Lawyers®.

In addition, Erika Alsid Short was also selected for inclusion on this year's Maryland Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC is once again listed in the litigation section of the Super Lawyers Business Edition 2013, which features the top attorneys who have mastered their skills in their areas of business practice.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC earned a First-Tier National Ranking in U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings. Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC is ranked as a 2014 National First Tier law firm for its medical malpractice law defense practice. In addition, Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC’s medical malpractice law defense practice earned a Metropolitan First Tier Ranking and its commercial litigation practice earned a Metropolitan Second Tier Ranking. For more information on U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings, click here.

Francis X. Leary was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law and Professional Malpractice Law.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) , James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) and Francis X. Leary, lawyers from Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014.

Francis X. Leary and Raymond L. Marshall recently received AV® Preeminent Peer ratings from Martindale-Hubbell. The AV® Preeminent™ rating relies on members of the Bar and the Judiciary to recommend and rate peers on both ethical standards and high quality of legal work.

Erika Alsid Short recently obtained summary judgment in a case where Plaintiff allegedly fell as a result of a puddle of water on the restroom floor of a local hospital. The Court held that the Plaintiff did not present evidence to show any notice of the condition by the hospital and the claim was dismissed.

Erika Alsid Short and Matthew M. Somers recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of the CEO of a company that was being sued for alleged intentional misrepresentation. The Court held that the Plaintiffs did not demonstrate specific facts to show any intentional misrepresentation by the CEO, and the claims against the CEO were dismissed.

Francis X Leary has been selected as one of the Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Maryland for 2013 on behalf of the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). ASLA is an invitation-only legal organization comprised of the nation’s most skilled lawyers limiting its membership to no more than 2% of lawyers overall.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) has once again been named among the Maryland Top 100 Super Lawyers® for 2013. This means he received one of the highest point totals in the nomination, research, and blue ribbon review process.

James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) and Francis X. Leary have again been named Maryland Super Lawyers® for 2013. Only 5% of the total lawyers in the State of Maryland are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

Erika Alsid Short has once again been named a Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star® for 2013. Only 2.5% of eligible attorneys in Maryland are selected for inclusion in Rising Stars.

James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a local general surgeon. The surgeon admitted that he injured an artery during laparoscopic surgery, but contended that the injury was a recognized complication of surgery. After four days of trial, the jury determined that the surgeon complied with the standards of care in his treatment of the patient.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC earned a First-Tier National Ranking in U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings. Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC is ranked as a 2013 National First Tier law firm for its medical malpractice law defense practice. In addition, Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC’s medical malpractice law defense practice earned a Metropolitan First Tier Ranking and its commercial litigation practice earned a Metropolitan Second Tier Ranking. For more information on U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings, click here.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) and Matthew M. Somers obtained summary judgment in a case of a medical student suing her instructor for alleged injuries from a physical therapy demonstration. The Court held that there was no physician/patient relationship and therefore no duty to the student.

On June 7, 2012, Raymond L. Marshall was recognized by The Maryland Disability Law Center with its 2012 Legal Advocacy Service Award. MDLC advocates for people with disabilities throughout the State of Maryland.


Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC, Stein & Vargas, LLP and the National Association of the Deaf were named in The Kansas City Star Press Release Central. By way of Settlement Agreement, Great Wolf Lodge, the nation’s largest family of indoor water park resorts, has agreed to make all its resorts accessible to deaf, hard of hearing individuals.

Raymond L. Marshall has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Award for Advocacy Leadership in memory of Stanley S. Herr by The Arc Baltimore. The Arc Baltimore provides advocacy and high quality, life-changing support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a local hospital. After seven days of trial, the jury determined that the surgeon with privileges at the hospital was not an agent of the facility when the patient was treated at the doctor’s private office.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC was recently listed in the litigation section of the inaugural issue of Super Lawyers Business Edition 2011, which features attorneys who are outstanding in their areas of business practice.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) was named among the Top 100 Super Lawyers® for Maryland for 2012. This means he received one of the highest point totals in the rating service's nomination process. James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) and Francis X. Leary have again been named Maryland Super Lawyers® for 2012. While there are more than 32,000 lawyers in Maryland, only 5% of the total lawyers in Maryland are selected for inclusion. Erika Alsid Short has also once again been named as a Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Stars® for 2012. Only 2.5% of eligible attorneys in Maryland are selected for inclusion in Rising Stars. www.superlawyers.com.

Matthew M Somers has recently joined the firm as an associate. After completing a clerkship with the Honorable Audrey J.S. Carrion in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Matt joined Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC. Matt focuses his practice on business litigation, insurance litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, products liability, professional liability and complex civil litigation.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16), James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16), and Francis X. Leary have been selected to appear in the litigation section of the national publication, Super Lawyers Business Edition, September 2011.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16), James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16), and Francis X. Leary have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Medical Malpractice Law- Defendants. The American Lawyer has described this publication as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC is pleased to announce that Erika Alsid Short has been elected a partner of the firm, effective January 1, 2011.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16), James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16), and Francis X. Leary have again been named Maryland Super Lawyers® for 2011. While there are more than 32,000 lawyers in Maryland, only 5% of the total lawyers in Maryland are selected for inclusion. Erika Alsid Short has also again been named as a Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Stars® for 2011. No more than 2.5% of attorneys in Maryland are selected for inclusion in Rising Stars. www.superlawyers.com.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Baltimore County Bar Association's Annual Pro Bono Firm Award. An award reception honoring all recipients was held on October 28, 2010 at the law firm of Hodes, Pessin & Katz, P.A. See the article featured in Maryland’s Daily Record: (Towson Law Firm Encourages Pro Bono Work, D. Jacobs, November 21, 2010). Click here to read the article.

U.S. News & World Report- Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms® has identified Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC as a First-Tier Ranking Baltimore Metropolitan Firm in the area of Medical Malpractice Law.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) and James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialties of Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law and Professional Malpractice Law.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their client following a six-day jury trial before the Honorable Stephen M. Waldron in the Circuit Court for Harford County. See the article featured in Maryland’s Daily Record: (Defense Wins Suit Over Nursing Care in ER, C. Tamber, July 11, 2010). Click here to read the article.

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC is pleased to announce that Dena M. Terra has been elected a partner of the firm effective January 1, 2010.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16), James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16), and Francis X. Leary have been named Maryland Super Lawyers® for 2010. While there are more than 32,000 lawyers in Maryland, only 5% of the total lawyers in Maryland are selected for inclusion. Erika Alsid Short has been named as a Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Stars®. No more than 2.5% of attorneys in Maryland are selected for inclusion in Rising Stars. www.superlawyers.com.

James R. Chason has been appointed to the State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) obtained a dismissal in a medical malpractice case on the basis that the Plaintiff had not complied with the Health Claims statute by first filing in the Health Claims Alternative Dispute Resolution Office ("HCADRO"). The Plaintiff contended that a subsequent filing in the HCADRO conferred jurisdiction on the court. After a hearing, the Circuit Court dismissed the case.

Attorneys and staff of Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC participated in the St. John Foundation Baltimore Crossroads@95 5K Cross-Country Challenge in support of the Baltimore County Police Athletic League ("PAL"). Erika Alsid Short is a member of the PAL Board of Directors. Baltimore County PAL is a non-profit organization that provides a safe, constructive alternative to youth with the positive goals of preventing juvenile crime, reducing juvenile recidivism and increasing community partnership.

Raymond L. Marshall and Erika Alsid Short obtained a $490,000.00 verdict in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County on behalf of their client in a dispute alleging civil conspiracy and aiding and abetting.

James R. Chason (retired 12/31/16) and Erika Alsid Short recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of their client, a local hospital, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. The plaintiff claimed that, while she was a patient in the hospital, construction was ongoing in the room directly above her and debris and water dripped near her. She claimed emotional distress and other physical injuries. The Motion for Summary Judgment was based upon several factors, including that plaintiff’s emotional injuries were likely caused by personal issues rather than any negligence by the hospital.

Francis “Skip” Leary and Dena M. Terra completed a 3 ½ week jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on behalf of a local surgeon. The plaintiff, who underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer, suffered postoperative complications which he claimed were due to negligence by the surgeon. After 3 weeks of testimony and 5 days of deliberation, the jury could not reach a unanimous decision as to the physician’s liability and a mistrial was entered.

Erika Alsid Short argued before the highest court in Maryland, the Court of Appeals, on behalf of a death row inmate, Jody Lee Miles, regarding a constitutional challenge to the sentencing portion of the Maryland death penalty statute. Erika, who was appointed by the United States District Court for the District of Maryland to work on the case, along with lead counsel, Robert Biddle, argued that, under the 2007 Supreme Court opinion, Cunningham v. California, the weighing of aggravating and mitigating factors should be conducted by a jury based on a "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard, and not under the current standard of merely "a preponderance of the evidence".

James F. Rosner (retired 1/1/16) obtained a verdict in favor of a young woman who had been sexually abused by her father for years. The Court entered an award in favor of our client in the amount of $11,000,000.




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