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Tom Yostis the founder and principal of The Yost Legal Group. He received his B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Villanova University in 1983 and a J.D. from Delaware Law School in 1986. He is admitted to practice in Maryland (1987), District of Columbia (2000), Pennsylvania (1986), and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (1988). He is a Platinum member of the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ) Legislative Leaders’ Circle and President-Elect of MAJ.  His public speaking includes presentations on product liability, Frye/Reed, and how to market your law firm on behalf of MAJ. He has participated as an invited speaker on behalf of Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health on the issue of the childhood lead paint poisoning.  He is a frequent volunteer through MAJ’s efforts in legislative advocacy, mentoring young lawyers, and fundraising. He concentrates his personal practice of law on cases involving pharmaceutical product liability, toxic exposure, protection of human test subjects in research, interstate trucking litigation, FELA – Railroad claims, traumatic brain injury cases, and catastrophic injury cases.

Tom Yost
The Yost Legal Group
Phone: (410) 659-6800



Elisha N. Hawk (Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler) focuses her practice on medical malpractice. Prior to joining Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler in April 2016, Ms. Hawk worked on pharmaceutical and medical device litigations.  As a result of her efforts to bring justice to her clients, Ms. Hawk was selected to be the State Chair for Maryland cases by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the New England Compounding Pharmacy MDL.  Ms. Hawk has been honored by the Maryland Daily Record as a 2014 Leading Woman, and by  the Maryland Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2013-2016.

Ms. Hawk graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2008 with a Certificate in Health Law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Hawk taught middle school English. She taught for six years in Baltimore City Public Schools and for five years at Calvert School. She also completed a Master of Liberal Arts program at Johns Hopkins University before deciding to earn her law degree. 

In addition to being an active member of the Maryland Association for Justice, Ms. Hawk also remains active in the community.  She is a core member of Back on My Feet Baltimore’s Team MCVET and serves on the organization’s Advisory Board.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their four kids and three dogs.

Elisha N. Hawk
Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC
Phone: (410) 659-6800



David J. Wildberger (Iliff, Meredith, Wildberger & Brennan, PC) graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, and began to practice law in 1992. Since 1995, Mr. Wildberger’s practice has emphasized representation of victims of medical negligence. Mr. Wildberger is listed in the 2010 Maryland Super Lawyers, and he has also held many offices and board and committee positions with the Maryland Association for Justice, among other legal organizations.

David J. Wildberger
Iliff, Meredith, Wildberger & Brennan, PC
Phone: (410) 685-1166



Ellen B. Flynn is a partner in the law firm of Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC, in Timonium, Maryland.  She received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, and obtained her JD from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.  Ms. Flynn is newly appointed to the MAJ Board of Governors.  She is admitted to practice law in Federal and State Courts of Maryland, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.  Her primary practice area involves representing those injured by medical negligence.  She lives with her husband and two daughters in Ellicott City, Maryland. 

Ellen B. Flynn
Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC
Phone: (410) 308-1600



Amy M. Orsi has been associated with The Law Office of Stephen A. Markey, III, PC since August 2002 and became a partner in 2009. Ms. Orsi practices in the areas of serious injury claims, automobile negligence, slip and fall, wrongful death, medical malpractice, general litigation and landlord/tenant. Ms. Orsi received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998 and received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore in 2002. She is a member of the Maryland Association of Justice, the Maryland State and Baltimore City Bar Associations, and the American Association for Justice. Ms. Orsi currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Maryland Association for Justice. Ms. Orsi is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Ms. Orsi has served on and co-chaired various committees within the Maryland Association for Justice and is a member of the Auto Tort Negligence Section and Medical Negligence Section.

Amy M. Orsi
Law Offices of Stephen A. Markey, III, P.C.
Phone: (410) 583-0755



David V. Diggs (Kahn, Smith & Collins, PA) is a partner at Kahn, Smith & Collins, P.A.  For more than twenty-five years he has represented clients in family law proceedings.  He is a certified domestic mediator.  He also litigates serious personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Mr. Diggs has an AV® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  He has been repeatedly recognized in Baltimore Magazine as a Super Lawyer.  He has published extensively and has presented continuing legal education programs on family law and personal injury litigation. 

David V. Diggs
Kahn, Smith & Collins, PA
Phone: (410) 244-1189



Erik S. Atas
Zirkin and Schmerling Law
Phone: (410) 356-4455

William Beveridge, Jr.
The Law Office of Peter T. Nicholl
Phone: (410) 244-7005

John B. Bratt
Law Office of John B. Bratt, LLC
Phone: (410) 357-6289

Thomas C. Costello
Costello Law Group
Phone: (410) 832-8800 

Gwen-Marie Davis
Phone: (301) 641-0887 

Meliha Pérez Halpern
PérezHalpern, LLC
Phone: (301) 476-1020

Cary J. Hansel
Hansel Law, PC
Phone: (301) 461-1040 

David A. Harak
Harak Law Firm, LLC
Phone: (410) 347-1272 

Annie B. Hirsch
Hirsch & Cosca, PC
Phone: (301) 761-1697 

James K. MacAlister
Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg
& Katzenberg, PA
Phone: (410) 752-1880 

Emily C. Malarkey
Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC
Phone: (410) 539-6633 

Sharon R. Morgan
Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC
Phone: (410) 653-3200 

David A. Muncy
Plaxen & Adler, PA
Phone: (410) 730-7737 

William “Billy” H. Murphy, Jr.
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, PA
Phone: (410) 951-8744 

Richard P. Neuworth
Lebau & Neuworth, LLC
Phone: (410) 296-3030 

Jason Penn
Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC
Phone: (410) 653-3200 

Deborah L. Potter
Potter Burnett Attorneys at Law
Phone: (301) 850-7000

Eric N. Schloss
Law Offices of Lee Saltzberg
Phone: (410) 296-3767

Jason W. Shultz
Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby, LLP
Phone: (410) 769-5400 

Harry B. Siegel
Phone: (410) 792-2300 

Frank W. Spector
Spector & Kopec, LLC
Phone: (410) 385-0054 

Jon Simon Stefanuca
Gilman & Bedigian, LLC
Phone: (410) 560-4999 

Michael J. Winkelman
McCarthy, Winkelman & Mester, LLP
Phone: (301) 262-7422


Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC
Phone: (410) 653-3200
Bruce M. Plaxen *
Plaxen & Adler PA
Phone: (410) 730-7737
Wayne M. Willoughby *
Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC
Phone: (443) 394-8800


David A. Harak
Harak Law Firm, LLC
Phone: (410) 347-1272

Robert J. Zarbin *
Zarbin Law Firm, LLC
Phone: (301) 780-9253


Jason Penn
Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC

Phone: (410) 653-3200
MAJ - PAC Chair
Robert J. Zarbin *
Zarbin Law Firm, LLC
Phone: (301) 780-9253
* MAJ Past President

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