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JAN I. BERLAGE is a partner with Gohn Hankey & Berlage LLP. His practice focuses on general business litigation, ranging from commercial disputes to bankruptcy to intellectual property. Mr. Berlage has extensive experience in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings, including arguments before the Maryland Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits. He has secured major jury verdicts and large settlements for both businesses and individuals, as well as successfully defended against multimillion dollar claims in both state and federal court. Prior to private practice, Mr. Berlage served as law clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. He has taught pretrial litigation practice at the University of Maryland School of Law, served on the Board of Governors for the Maryland State Bar Association, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Maryland State Action Committee. Mr. Berlage is a fellow of both the American and Maryland State bar foundations, presents regularly at CLE courses, and has been the chair of numerous committees at both the national and state level. He earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from Wesleyan University, his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as executive editor of The Journal of Law & Politics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
HON. KATHLEEN G. COX is a Circuit Court Judge in the Baltimore County Circuit Court, Third Judicial Circuit.
MICHAEL G. DeHAVEN is a partner with Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC, who has tried hundreds, if not thousands, of cases in a variety of areas of the law throughout his career. Upon passing the bar, Mr. DeHaven served as an assistant state's attorney for Baltimore County, where he tried hundreds of court trials and dozens of jury trials, including several murders. Upon entering private practice, Mr. DeHaven initially represented members of the Maryland State Teachers Association in civil and criminal matters, many of whom had been falsely accused of child abuse, but soon thereafter he developed experience as a civil litigator handling multi-million dollar personal injury cases. His practice now focuses on family law matters, including numerous referrals from family law practitioners in need of his court room experience. Mr. DeHaven is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association (Family & Juvenile Law Section), the Baltimore County Bar Association, and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. He earned his B.S. degree from Frostburg State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
JOSEPH DUDEK is a 2015 graduate of Columbia Law School and came to Maryland in May 2016. He has worked for the Los Angeles City Attorney, for an activist hedge fund in midtown Manhattan, for the Volunteer Services Project in his hometown of Rochester, New York, and at Gohn Hankey & Berlage LLP where his practice focused on civil litigation and appeals, particularly dispositive motions and brief-writing. In March 2019, Mr. Dudek was appointed Maryland's Assistant Attorney General in the Courts and Judicial Affairs Division as Counsel to the Clerks. His writing is informed by a background in mathematics, communication, and collegiate debate. Mr. Dudek highly recommends the #AppellateTwitter and #LegalWriting communities, public groups focused on excellence in legal writing and advocacy.
DENNIS F. O'BRIEN is a sole proprietor at the law office of Dennis F. O'Brien, P.A., in Bel Air, Maryland, where his full-time civil litigation practice focuses on serious personal injury; product liability, including drug and medical devices; medical malpractice; nursing home negligence; appellate work; and general civil litigation. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Baltimore School of Law. Mr. O'Brien has served as an officer and governor in the Maryland Association for Justice, including as chair of legislation, public relations, and as editor-in-chief of the Trial Reporter. He is a member of the Maryland State, Harford County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City bar associations; and the American Association for Justice. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; U.S. Court of Appeals (Fourth Cir.); and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. O’Brien is a frequent presenter and moderator for a variety of seminars relating to civil litigation. He is the co-author and author of a variety of articles and is currently working on a book, Accident Reconstruction for Lawyers, to be nationally published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).