February 1, 2013
Baltimore MD, February 1, 2013 — The law firm of Ober|Kaler is pleased to announce that Kevin A. Dunne has been named to The Daily Record’s 2013 list of Influential Marylanders.
Kevin Dunne is a principal in Ober|Kaler’s Litigation Group. A well-known and highly regarded trial lawyer, Kevin represented Dominic Solesky, a 10-year-old boy who was seriously mauled in a pit bull attack. The case, which sparked widespread debate, resulted in a ruling by the Court of Appeals of Maryland that owners of pit bulls, or pit bull mixes, and their landlords are strictly liable for damages resulting from the dog’s attack.
“Kevin Dunne did more than just win a Court of Appeals’ decision for his client, a child who was mauled by a pit bull,” explains Barbara Grzincic, Daily Record Legal Editor. “As animal-rights advocates protested the effects of the top court’s ruling, Dunne helped keep the debate over legislative reform on the central question: who should bear the risk of such an attack, the victim or the people responsible for the dog’s care and presence in the neighborhood? His efforts have already eliminated the “one free bite” rule for pit-bull owners; if legislation now under consideration is enacted, as seems likely, that will be extended to owners of all breeds, while landlord liability would return to the previous standard. While the decision is the General Assembly’s, it is Dunne who got the conversation going.”
Kevin Dunne brings more than 30 years of courtroom experience at all levels of the system — trial and appellate, state and federal — in the civil arena. His record of favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients is consistently among the most distinguished in the Mid-Atlantic region. Well known and well respected in the legal community as a trial lawyer of extensive first chair experience in complex civil litigation, Kevin holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating, and has been consistently rated as one of Maryland’s Top Attorneys in various publications.
The Daily Record created Influential Marylanders in 2006 to honor individuals who have made truly significant contributions in their fields and continue to be regarded as leaders in the State of Maryland. Five Influential Marylanders are selected in each of 10 categories. These categories include civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology.
Influential Marylanders will be honored at a cocktail reception on March 21 at the Grand Lodge in Cockeysville, Maryland. Honorees will also be profiled in the Influential Marylanders magazine, distributed at the cocktail reception and published in The Daily Record on March 22.
Ober|Kaler is a national law firm providing integrated regulatory, transactional and litigation services to construction, financial, health care and other business organizations. The firm has 130 attorneys, with offices in Baltimore MD, Washington DC and Falls Church VA. For more information, please visit www.ober.com.
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