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F. Ford Loker


Principal
F. Ford Loker

Ford Loker is a principal in the Baltimore office. He maintains a general litigation practice concentrating in mass tort and industry-wide litigation, as well as matters involving class actions, products liability, negligence and insurance. He has represented a wide variety of defendants in asbestos personal injury and property damage litigation in Maryland and nationally since 1981. He has tried dozens of civil jury trials to verdict in cases lasting from a week to nearly seven months. He has briefed and argued over 60 reported appellate decisions.

He has handled numerous asbestos appeals, including the seminal case on sufficiency of exposure evidence, Lohrmann v. Pittsburgh Corning Corp., 782 F. 2d 1156 (4th Cir. 1986). He has been retained as an expert witness in lawsuits arising out of asbestos claims concerning the reasonableness of settlements in both personal injury and asbestos-in-public-buildings cases. He served as the National Asbestos Litigation Coordinating Counsel for a former producer of asbestos-containing materials, and in that capacity negotiated several "mass" settlements. In recognition of his accomplishments, the Keene Corporation in 1990 bestowed its first "Lawyer of the Year" award on Ford. He is a Past-President of the Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc., a bar association for attorneys primarily engaged in the defense of civil actions.

Before entering private practice, Ford served as a prosecutor in the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and a member of the Criminal Appeals and Investigations Section of the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland. Ford has written and lectured extensively in the fields of trial tactics, appellate advocacy and asbestos medicine.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association: (1983-1995)

  • Bar Association of Baltimore City: (1984-1996)

  • Defense Research Institute: Annual Meeting Planning Committee; Industrywide Litigation Committee (Steering Committee, Editor of committee publication); Products Liability Committee; State Representative for Maryland; Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee

  • International Association of Defense Counsel: (1995-1998)

  • Maryland State Bar Association: (1981-present)

  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.: President (1995-1996); Vice President (1994-1995); Secretary (1993-1994); Treasurer (1992-1993); Executive Board Member (1985-2005); The Defense Line, Editor (1985-1987)

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants (2014-2015)

  • Martindale-Hubbell's AV Rating: (1988-2011)

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Products, General Litigation and Insurance Coverage (2010-2012); Personal Injury Defense: Products (2013-2014)

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Publications

"Legal Implications of New Cancer Causation Theories," Law360 (August 11, 2011).
"Proof of Product Exposure in Asbestos Litigation: The DeMinimis Rule," Products Liability Commentary & Cases, Vol.1, No. 5 (September 01, 1986).

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