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Maryland AG Initiates Legal Action for Key Bridge Collapse

Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown announced the approval of a contingent fee contract for a team of five law firms by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board. These firms will serve as Assistant Counsel to pursue litigation against those responsible for the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Under the contingent fee arrangement, the outside counsel will receive payment only from damages recovered by the state. The proposal will next go to the Board of Public Works for approval on May 15, 2024.

Attorney General Brown stated that the litigation aims to secure compensation for the damages caused by the M/V Dali’s collision with the bridge. The selected law firms have expertise in maritime disasters, tort litigation, insurance recovery, and dispute resolution. The firms include Kelley Drye & Warren, Liskow and Lewis, Partridge LLC, The Lanier Firm, and Downs Ward Bender Herzog & Kintigh, which will serve as local counsel. These firms were chosen through an open and competitive process. Additionally, Willcox & Savage, a maritime firm already serving as Assistant Counsel in another case, provided interim advice and will continue to assist as the transition to the new legal team occurs.


Patricia M Campbell 1932-2024

Pat graduated from Fannett Township High School in 1950 and received her BA in Education from, known then as, Shippensburg State Teachers College. .

James Patrick McNally III 1947-2024

James was known for his dedication and excellence in his professional career, where he made lasting contributions and built strong relationships with his colleagues.

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Upon retirement, Brenda worked as a part-time nurse at the Migrant Health in Gettysburg. During this time she traveled to migrant camps all over Pennsylvania.

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