Mary M. Koch
Mary McNamara Koch joined WVFO as a partner in January of 2016. Shortly after her arrival, she obtained Plaintiffs’ verdicts in two medical negligence cases, with one jury awarding a stroke victim over $6,000,000.00 and another jury awarding a woman with debilitating drop foot over $2,000,000.00. These successes were in keeping with her reputation of winning big cases.
In 2014, Ms. Koch spearheaded a team of attorneys that successfully negotiated the historic $37 million settlement against St. Joseph Medical Center on behalf of former patients of Dr. Mark G. Midei, a cardiologist at the hospital who was accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary cardiac stent procedures. As part of this landmark victory, Ms. Koch conducted over 100 depositions, argued many of the motions, and made the successful class action argument. In addition to giving the 273 patients financial resources, and even more important some closure so they could resume their lives, the settlement helped establish a national dialogue on unnecessary medical procedures.
In 2010, she orchestrated a $34.33 million verdict (one of the nation’s top ten largest that year) in Wynn et. al. v. MJ Harbor Hotel, LLC—a case that brought the Baltimore-based hotel management group to justice after Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse employees fell sick from carbon monoxide poisoning. Her fearless cross-examination of hotel employees provided the court with vital facts that led to this successful result.
Ms. Koch tirelessly reviews all facets of her cases. As a skilled trial attorney, her preparation allows her to anticipate unforeseen complications and present unconventional leads: “The practice of law is creative. Cases morph, not always the way you want them to, but you have to be able to control the way they can transform. You have to remain creative from beginning to end.”
After graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1988, Ms. Koch proceeded straight to the courtroom. Her first position was as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Baltimore City, where she was arguing her first case within days of being hired.
Ms. Koch has always preferred the prosecutor role in trial and, after serving as an attorney in the juvenile courts in Baltimore for three years working on homicide and narcotics casework, she transferred to felony courts in 1991. Her tenacious pursuit of justice led her to win over 100 felony jury trials, losing just one. Ms. Koch thrived in the courtroom and spent nearly every day in court. In 1997, she was designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.
Ms. Koch moved into the private sector as an attorney in 1999. During her ten-year tenure, she was a proactive litigator in complex mass tort and class action cases involving water contamination, pharmaceuticals, and asbestos.
When Ms. Koch was investigating cases of groundwater contamination, she spent her evenings in the living rooms of hundreds of Baltimore-area residents, providing them with extensive information and serving as a personal ally in their case against a corporate giant. Many of these individuals still thank her when they see her outside of the office.
Approaching 30 years now as an advocate for those harmed by the negligence of others, Ms. Koch takes great pride being able to apply the experience and trial skills she has acquired over the course of her career to help her clients achieve the best possible outcome.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Maryland Super Lawyer — Class Action/Mass Torts, Baltimore Magazine Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016
Best Lawyer —Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers®, 2015, 2016
50 Women to Watch, Sun Magazine, 2015
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell