Theodore F. Roberts

Partner
Roberts Therodore

Ted Roberts' practice centers on the defense of corporate clients involved in toxic tort litigation. During his extensive career, Ted has defended manufacturers, distributors, and contractors involved in industry-wide litigation on local, regional, and national levels. He has first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts. Ted has tried to verdict, as lead counsel or co-counsel, 17 cases involving claims of occupational cancer, lung disease, and death. He has also tried numerous other cases short of verdict.

Ted's cases routinely involve complex medical and scientific issues relating to causation. To this end, Ted has developed, defended, and examined expert witnesses from a wide variety of medical and scientific disciplines. His practice is currently focused on the defense of claims involving occupational and para-occupational exposure to asbestos. He has also has defended cases involving mold, benzene, electromagnetic fields, trichloroethylene, methyl tert-butyl ether, talc, vinyl chloride, noise, Legionella, and other environmental factors.

Related Practices

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on the status of 30,000 asbestos cases pending in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and progress on caseload reduction. November 2019
  • Successfully argued for exclusion of occupational exposure testimony, resulting in dismissal of nineteen wrongful death cases brought against an insulation contractor.  November 2019
  • Testified before Maryland House and Senate Judiciary Committees in opposition to a proposed bill to create an executive branch mediation program for all pending asbestos cases in Baltimore. The bill was not passed into law. April 2019
  • Successfully opposed consolidation of mesothelioma cases on first day of trial for an insulation contractor, resulting in severance from trial, subsequent summary judgment, and favorable outcome on appeal. Davenport v. MCIC, Inc., et al., No. 24X0400693, 2017 WL 5565280 (Md. Ct. Spec. App.)
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an insulation contractor after a two-week jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in a confirmed peritoneal mesothelioma case involving shipyard amosite exposure. Plaintiffs sought more than $16m in compensatory damages. Sroka v. Wallace & Gale Asbestos Settlement Trust, et al., No. 24X12001048 (Cir. Ct. Baltimore City.) (Feb. 24, 2016) (Glynn, J.)
  • Defeated motion for mass consolidated trial of common issues in more than 10,000 asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death cases pending in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. In re Asbestos Personal Injury, No. 24X87048500, 2014 WL 895441 (Glynn, J.)
  • Mounted a successful appeal based on final judgment rule in four mesothelioma cases that led to the subsequent dismissal of more than 150 mesothelioma cases pending against client in Maryland. Brannan v. Wallace & Gale Asbestos Settlement Trust, 208 Md. App. 164 (2012)
  • Currently, lead trial counsel for an insulation contractor in more than 30,000 pending cases in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. magna cum laude New England School of Law 1994
  • B.A. cum laude University of New Hampshire 1990

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member, Wyoming Bar Association

Recognition
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  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated