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Maryland Association for Justice Announces New Group for Products Liability and Mass Tort Law

Alison Dodge, Executive Director:

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2021

A new resource to help MAJ members recognize, investigate, prosecute, and win product liability and mass tort cases for the benefit of their clients and the safety of all Marylanders.

The Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), the largest statewide specialty bar association in Maryland, with more than 1,300 dues-paying members, is announcing the establishment of a Products Liability Law Section.

The section is dedicated to protecting the people of Maryland from unreasonably dangerous and defective products. The section is open to any MAJ member, whether they are general practitioners or experienced product liability and mass tort lawyers, and its goal is to provide resources – sample pleadings and discovery requests, information about expert witnesses, educational opportunities, information about the legal landscape and new opinions, and an open line of communication – to make the lives and practices of its members better. Products liability issues arise in the cases we see every day, even though they are often difficult to recognize, and we owe it to our clients and ourselves to know what is going on in this area of law.

We encourage all MAJ members and attorneys across the region to join, whether you have an interest in product liability and consumer safety or just want more information about these cases.

The section will led by two co-chairs. Gregory G. Hopper, an experienced Baltimore trial attorney at Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC who represents clients in a variety of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, but has successfully sued the makers and sellers of defective passenger and commercial vehicles, hand held and heavy machinery, elevators and escalators, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and other products in Maryland and around the country. The section’s co-chair, Kathleen (Katie) Kerner of Jenner Law is an attorney concentrating her practice on complex pharmaceutical and medical device cases. She has particular experience in metal-on-metal hip, Essure, Zofran and testosterone litigations and also litigates the personal injury cases in state and federal court. She has been recognized as a 2020 and 2021 Maryland Rising Star by SuperLawyers®.

“I am excited to lead MAJ’s Products Liability section and to get it up and running. There are defective and dangerous products in many of our homes, workplaces, and bodies right now, products that manufacturers and sellers know are unsafe, and there are more coming on the market every day,” said Co-chair Hopper. “The way to protect our clients and hold the makers and sellers of these products responsible is to share information, learn from each other, and work together. This new section is a strong step in the right direction.”

Current MAJ members can join the Products Liability Section by visiting Non-members can join MAJ and the section at

For questions and more information, please contact MAJ’s offices at (410) 872-0990 or


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Originally founded as the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association in 1954, the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ) is the preeminent specialty bar association in the state representing plaintiff attorneys and those that work to uphold the civil justice system. MAJ represents over 1,300 trial attorneys throughout the state of Maryland. MAJ advocates for the preservation of the civil justice system, the protection of the rights of consumers and the education and professional development of its members. More information is available at