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 also has defended cases involving mold, benzene, electromagnetic fields, trichloroethylene, methyl tert-butyl ether, talc, vinyl chloride, noise, Legionella, and others.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • 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)
  • 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.)
  • Successfully opposed consolidation of mesothelioma cases on first day of trial for 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 defense verdict for 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.)
  • Testified before Maryland State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee regarding a 30,000 asbestos case backlog in Circuit Court for Baltimore City and considerations for addressing the same from defense perspective on Oct. 17, 2017
  • Served as lead trial counsel for 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

  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • 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

Recognition
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• AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell – the highest rating from the organization