Thomasina E. Poirot

Counsel
Poirot Thomasina
Thomasina Poirot's practice concentrates on complex pharmaceutical litigation and insurance coverage matters. Thomasina represents pharmaceutical and laboratory companies in complex litigation, and has been a member of trial teams where she works with clients to prepare for fact witness/employee examinations, drafts dispositive motions and motions in limine, assists with opening and closing statements and demonstratives, and works with expert witnesses in areas such as neurology, neurosurgery, epidemiology, genetics, pain, phlebotomy standard of care, and pharmaceutical product labeling. Thomasina has also taken and defended several expert and fact witness depositions, in addition to assisting with the evaluation and implementation of mass tort settlements.

In addition to her work with pharmaceutical and laboratory clients, Thomasina also advises for-profit and nonprofit organizations about the adequacy of their insurance portfolios in light of their specific operations and industry and legal risks. She works with clients and brokers to implement strategies and recommend insurance products to fit each client's needs and reduce their financial exposure.

Prior to and during law school, Thomasina worked as a senior account executive for a large insurance company. In this capacity, she performed complex coverage and liability analyses and litigation management for asbestos, lead, hazardous waste, and pharmaceutical matters. She worked with attorneys, agents, risk managers, and in-house counsel to evaluate the risks of litigation and settlements in toxic tort claims. Thomasina was named one of the Daily Record's 20 in their Twenties, and was a recipient of Baltimore's "Spirited Women Rising" award.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Member of a team representing the manufacturer of an antiepileptic drug in nationwide litigation involving allegations of birth defect injuries. In that capacity, Thomasina worked with attorneys from around the country to coordinate overall strategy and the day-to-day handling of individual cases filed throughout numerous federal and state courts
  • Plays a significant role in the representation of a leading national laboratory in a variety of litigation matters, including genetic testing and phlebotomy personal injury claims. Thomasina 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, or settlement, if necessary
  • Member of a trial team that successfully obtained a defense verdict in a personal injury case in which the plaintiff alleged that the phlebotomist breached the standard of care during a routine blood draw

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. University of Baltimore School of Law 2010
  • B.A. Villanova University 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • DRI
  • Maryland Defense Counsel

Recognition
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  • Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star Edition, 2016 - 2018
  • Named to Daily Record's list of "20 in Their Twenties," 2013
  • Recipient of Baltimore's "Spirited Women Rising" Award, 2013

Community
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Pro Bono

Over a two-year period, Thomasina devoted more than 400 pro bono hours defending eight Baltimore community associations in a lawsuit against a vacant property owner operating nuisances within their boundaries. Her work was instrumental in resolving the case favorably for the associations.

Volunteerism

Thomasina has been a strong presence in the Baltimore community. She co-chairs the board of directors of CollegeBound, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and Volunteering Untapped. She also serves as the Defense Research Institute Young Lawyer's Liaison for Maryland Defense Counsel.