100 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Direct Number: 410.385.3540
Main Number: 410.727.6464
Fax Number: 410.385.3700
J. Mark Coulson
Mark Coulson is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He defends manufacturers nationally, regionally and locally in products liability matters, including fire cases and recreational product cases. Mark also defends health care clients, concentrating on alleged birth injuries and other catastrophic injuries.
Mark manages nationally the defense of cases involving a variety of household products. He also frequently counsels manufacturers and other business clients on document and data retention issues as well as e-discovery issues. He is a frequent author and lecturer on these subjects, and was a member of a joint bench-bar committee establishing a proposed protocol for e-discovery in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Mark has authored and co-authored many successful Daubert challenges in products liability cases, including federal cases in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, two of which were wrongful death cases resulting in summary judgment (Booth v. Black & Decker, Inc., 166 F. Supp. 2d 215 [E.D. Pa. 2001]) and Knotts v. Black & Decker, Inc., 204 F. Supp. 2d 1029 [W.D. Ohio 2002]).
- Court of Appeals of Maryland
- Maryland Court of Special Appeals
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Duke University School of Law, J.D. 1991, Order of the Coif.
La Salle University, B.A. 1985, Magna Cum Laude.
- Fire & Electrical Injury Litigation
- Medical Malpractice, Medical Products & Health Care
- National Coordinating Counsel
- Risk Prevention & Management
American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates (2012)
American Inns of Court Foundation: Master, J. Dudley Digges Inn of Court
Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation (2010-2012); Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2010-2013)
Defense Research Institute: Products Liability Committee
International Association of Defense Counsel: Advocacy, Practice & Procedure Committee; Products Liability Committee
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Rated
Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Defense: Products (2008-2012); Personal Injury Defense: Medical (2013); Named among Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers (2012-2013)
National Law Journal Major Defense Wins of 1995
Super Lawyers® - Corporate Counsel Edition: Listed in the area of Personal Injury Defense (September 2009)
University of Baltimore School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Products Liability
"Maryland Courts No Longer Safe Haven for E-Discovery Resistors," Maryland Bar Journal (November 2010).
"Medicare's Extreme Makeover - New "Strict Liability" Recoupment Rules In Personal Injury Settlements," as seen in The Maryland Bar Journal (September/October 2009).
"U.S. Supreme Court Re-Defines the Personal Injury Playing Field In Negotiating Medical Assistance Liens," Maryland Bar Journal (January/February 2007).
"The Wild, the Innocent and the E-Discovery Shuffle," Defense Research Institute, In-House Defense Quarterly (Winner of G. Duffield Smith Award for outstanding DRI publication) (Winter 2007).
"The Wild, the Innocent and the E-Discovery Shuffle - Learning the Steps to a Dance You'll Hate," Defense Research Institute, In-House Defense Quarterly (Winter 2007).
"Impact of Extending Employer Immunity," Maryland Bar Journal (November/December 2005).
"While You Were Out: Proposed E-Discovery Amendments to Federal Rules Are a Welcome Wake-Up Call for the Defense Bar," IADC Advocacy, Practice and Procedure Newsletter (November 2004).
"Who's Zoomin' Who?" The Dangerous Intersection of Lawyers, Doctors, Patients, Tortfeasors, Health Plans and Auto Insurers," Maryland Bar Journal (March/April 2004).
"Malpractice Reform: We Don't Have to Wait For Annapolis To Stop The Bleeding," Maryland Medical Group Management Associates (January/February 2004).
"How to Stop Your Collection Actions From Becoming Class Actions — Against You," Maryland State Medical Society, MedChi Physician (September 2003).
"Has the Pendulum Swung Back on Spoliation Claims?" IADC Newsletter (February 2004).
"Where's the Hard Evidence? Countering Circumstantial Evidence of Defect," Defense Research Institute, For the Defense (April 2002).
"Using Daubert to Challenge Expert Testimony in Indeterminate Defect/General Malfunction Cases," International Association of Defense Counsel, Product Liability Committee Newsletter (June 2001).
"Electronic Discovery: A Legal Landscape in Need of Reshaping," Defense Research Institute, Industrywide Liability News (2003).
"Records, Risk Management and E-Discovery Compliance: Too Much Information Can Be Risky Business," American Bankers Association’s Banks General Counsels Group Joint Meeting (Speaker (with Jordan Lawrence)) (November 2012).
"Using Expert Witnesses to Effectively Support Your Case on Causation and Standard of Care," American Conference Institute’s 11th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims (Speaker (with Bruce Habian, Esq.)) (June 2012).
"Mistakes to Avoid at Trial: Cross Examination," J. Dudley Digges Inns of Court, Baltimore, Maryland (Panelist) (January 2012).
"Getting in Front of E-Discovery Without Getting Run Over," Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland (October 2011).
"Nuts and Bolts of E-Discovery," Maryland State Bar Association, Annual Meeting, Ocean City, Maryland (June 2011).
"The Biggies: 2010-2011 Big Verdicts, Big Court Decisions, Big Legislative Challenges," Maryland-DC Society for Health Care Risk Management, Linthicum, Maryland (Panelist) (June 2011).
"Guerilla E-Discovery for the Business Professional: Using Rational Insurgency to Take Your Business Back from Vendors, Lawyers and Judges,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Maryland Chapter, Baltimore, Maryland (March 2011).
"Records Policy, Technology and Processes that Optimize Compliance and Discovery," LegalTech, New York, New York (January 2011).
"Discovery Problems and Solutions," J. Dudley Digges Inns of Court (November 2010).
"E-Discovery, E-Empowerment: Slaying the Digital Dragon with Common Sense," TerraLex Annual General Meeting (October 2010).
"Early Case Assessment: The Ticket To Reducing Costs and Increasing Defensibility," Kroll OnTrack Webinar (June 2010).
"Early Case Assessment: Early, Effective and Right," Kroll OnTrack Thought Leadership Event (Panelist) (May 2010).
"Medicine: Is It Risky Business," University of Maryland School of Medicine (February 2010).
"Why Patients Become Plaintiffs," University of Maryland Department of Pediatrics: Lecture to New Residents (October 2009).
"Getting the Most From Your Expert Witnesses," J. Dudley Digges Inns of Court (October 2009).
"Guerrilla E-Discovery for the Business Professional: Using Rational Insurgency to Take Your Business Back from Vendors, Lawyers and Judges," Miles & Stockbridge Webinar (September 30, 2009).
"What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know," National Business Institute, Baltimore, Maryland (September 2009).
“Why Patients Become Plaintiffs,” University of Maryland Department of OB/GYN Lecture to New Residents, Baltimore, Maryland (August 2009).
“Medicare Section 111 Reporting Rules,” American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Maryland Chapter, Baltimore, Maryland (June 2009).
"The Myths & Realities of Conducting Business In China-Fear the Dragon?" Miles & Stockbridge Panel Discussion (Steering Committee and Presentation Materials) (May 2009).
“E-discovery for the Rest of Us,” Baltimore County Bar Association (February 2009).
“Medicine: Is It Risky Business,” University of Maryland School of Medicine (February 2009).
“Personal Injury Settlement Nationally,” National Business Institute Teleconference (December 2008).
“E-discovery for the Rest of Us,” Milton Talkin Lecture Series, Baltimore City Bar Association (December 2008).
“Getting Sued: What’s Fact, What’s Fiction,” University of Maryland Medical Center Department of Obstetrics (November 2008).
“Law Firm Economics: The Mystery of the Billable Hour,” University of Maryland School of Law (October 2008).
“From Clinical Trials to Jury Trials: The State of Litigation, Risk Management and Insurance,” University of Maryland Biopark (Panelist) (June 2008).
“Great Strides, Great Struggles: The Continuing Case for Diversity 70 Years after Murray,” A Multi-panel Seminar Addressing Continuing Issues of Diversity on the 70th Anniversary of Donald Gaines Murray’s Graduation from the University of Maryland Law School as its First African American Student, Maryland Defense Counsel (Winner of Defense Research Institute’s 2008 SLDO Diversity Award) (Steering Committee) (May 2008).
“Risk and the Emerging Company: Why Your Product is More Like a Toaster Oven Than You Think,” Creating the Biotech Enterprise course, Masters of Science in Biotechnology Program, Johns Hopkins University (April 2008).
“From Clinical Trials to Jury Trials: The State of Litigation, Risk Management and Insurance,” Montgomery County Business Incubator Network (Panelist) (March 2008).
“Getting Sued: What’s Fact, What’s Fiction,” University of Maryland School of Medicine (January 2008).
“Document/Data Retention and E-Discovery: The Lawyers’ Full Employment Act of 2006,” Risk and Insurance Management Society, Chesapeake Chapter ( ) (November 2007).
“E-Discovery and Document Retention,” American Home Appliance Manufacturers’ 2007 Product Liability Convention ( ) (October 2007).
“What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know,” National Business Institute (September 2007).
“Document/Data Retention and E-Discovery: The Lawyers’ Full Employment Act of 2006,” Maryland Defense Counsel (,) (September 2007).
“Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Maryland: Strategies in Preparation and Valuation,” National Business Institute (June 2007).
“Getting Sued: What’s Fact, What’s Fiction,” University of Maryland School of Medicine (January 2007).
"Obstetrical Malpractice: Fact and Fiction," Grand Rounds, Mountain Area Health Education Center, Asheville, North Carolina (October 2006).
"Mock Malpractice Trial," University of Maryland Medical System Medical Staff (June 2006).
"Mock Arson Trial (David A. Boynton, C.J., presiding)," Montgomery Community College Advanced Fire and Explosion Investigation Course, Rockville, Maryland (May 2006).
"Getting Sued: What’s Fact, What’s Fiction," J. Lawrence Kernan Hospital Medical Staff (April 2005).
Grand Rounds: "Getting Sued: What’s Fact; What’s Fiction?" University of Maryland Hospital Medical Staff (March 2005).
"Electronic Discovery: Fifteen Minutes to Fluency," Maryland State Bar Association Litigation Section (March 2005).
Grand Rounds: "Litigation Reality Check," University of Maryland Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (December 2004).
"E-Discovery: Getting Beyond the Fear," Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting (October 2004).
"Changing Our Approach to Future Care Costs in Birth Injury Cases," Governor's Task Force on Medical Malpractice and Health Care Access (October 2004).
"Implementing a Document Retention Strategy Without Risking Jail Time or Discovery Sanctions," National Association of Manufacturers, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 2003).
"Using Plaintiff's Spoliation as a Sword and a Shield," National Association of Manufacturers, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 2003).
"Personal Injury Settlements in Maryland," National Business Institute, Baltimore, Maryland (April 2003).
"Spoliation of Electronic Evidence: A User's Guide," Defense Research Institute, Washington, D.C. (April 2003).
"Document Retention: I Know They Want to Hang Me But Do I Have to Bring the Rope?" Defense Research Institute, Los Angeles, California (February 2002).
"Legal Aspects of Obstetrical Practice," Mission-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Asheville, North Carolina (August 2001).
"Mock Deposition: What You Need To Know," University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, Maryland (November 1999).
"Medical Malpractice in Maryland," National Business Institute, Baltimore, Maryland (February 1999).
"Medical-Legal Aspects of Obstetrics," Penn State Health System, Hershey, Pennsylvania (December 1998).
"How to Settle for Value," Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Baltimore, Maryland (October 1998).
"A View from the Dark Side: What the Defense Thinks," Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Baltimore, Maryland (January 1998).
"Legal Issues for Neonatologists," City-Wide Neonatology Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (March 1997).
We were approached by Madd Gear, USA, a US distributor of recreational products for the action sports market. Though the products had been marketed overseas, they were new to the US market and the client wanted our advice as to whether the product was in compliance with US standards in the following areas: instructions/warnings, product packaging, product warranties and any applicable regulations under the Consumer Product Safety Act or California’s Proposition 65. Further, the client wanted us to assess its existing insurance coverage and limits. We agreed to do all aspects of the assessment at a fixed price, including our recommendations for any revisions, and turned the entire project around within two weeks and under budget.Read More… Read Less…