JaMar Mancano is a member of Venable's Commercial Litigation Group, where he represents clients in complex pharmaceutical, medical malpractice, personal injury, labor and employment, and other commercial litigation matters. At present, JaMar is a member of a Venable team representing the manufacturer of a proton pump inhibitor medication in MDL litigation involving allegations of kidney injuries. JaMar also spends a portion of his time representing a vaccine manufacturer in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging fraudulent conduct in the administration of a clinical trial and misstatement of a product’s efficacy. In that litigation, JaMar works primarily on regulatory expert matters.
JaMar spent the first six years of his career working as a member of a Venable team representing the manufacturer of an antiepileptic drug in nationwide litigation involving allegations of birth defect injuries. In that capacity, JaMar was part of seven trial teams in numerous federal and state jurisdictions, where he worked with attorneys from around the country to coordinate overall strategy and the day-to-day handling of individual cases. JaMar's work included preparing opening statements/demonstratives and closing arguments, assisting in the preparation for witness examinations, drafting dispositive motions and motions in limine, and working with expert witnesses in areas such as epidemiology, neurology, FDA regulations, and pharmaceutical product labeling. JaMar has also taken several prescriber and treater depositions as part of his work on that litigation.
JaMar also plays a significant role in the representation of a leading national grocery store chain in a variety of litigation matters, including claims of alleged drug misfills and personal injury. He manages all phases of the litigation, including responding to initial pleadings and discovery requests, taking and defending depositions, drafting of dispositive motions and motions in limine, and organizing overall litigation strategy and eventual trial strategy and execution, if necessary. JaMar has argued motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment on behalf of this client. For this same client, JaMar was also part of a trial team that successfully obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death case in which the plaintiff alleged that the grocery store’s pharmacy had misfiled a patient prescription and failed to provide proper patient warnings.
JaMar also represents a Maryland hospital at Medicare and Medicaid claim appeal hearings and has successfully secured compensation for treatment and services provided by the hospital in several appeal cases.
JaMar graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was an associate editor for the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy and a Writing Fellow for the Legal Writing Center. During law school, JaMar spent two years working with the Access to Justice Clinic. As a member of the clinic, JaMar represented incarcerated poor and low-income people accused of nonviolent crimes at bail hearings in Baltimore City District Court. JaMar was also part of a team of students who assisted on litigation to secure legal representation for indigent criminal defendants during bail hearings before district court commissioners in the state of Maryland.
JaMar graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2009, where he was a resident assistant for the South Campus Commons for three years. He became interested in practicing law after serving as a presiding officer of the University Student Judiciary. JaMar is also a proud alumnus of the CIVICUS Living Learning Program at UMD.