Neil Joel DilloffRetired Partner
Neil Dilloff's diversified national litigation practice included significant experience, as well as roles as lead counsel, in many large insurance, professional malpractice, construction and complex commercial litigation matters.
Neil also served as claims counsel to the firm. He has tried to verdict more than 100 cases in state and federal courts and has won two of the largest plaintiffs' verdicts in Maryland history. He has also successfully defended law firms, insurance companies and other organizations.
Since 2002, he has served as a civil case mediator on the Baltimore City Circuit Court's Mediation Panel. In 2009, he was selected to become a member of ADR Maryland, a select group of litigators who are experienced as neutrals in such alternative dispute resolution techniques as arbitration and mediation. He also served as a civil case mediator for various Maryland circuit courts.
Representative Trial and Appellate Accomplishments
- Affirmance by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit of a motion to dismiss in favor of defendant national law firm in a US$259 million putative class action seeking the imposition of a constructive trust on legal fees and alleging violation of the Credit Repair Organizations Act
- Affirmance by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a class action for damages against our client for failing to reimburse third party providers of medical care
- Won US$242 million legal malpractice case on motion for summary judgment on behalf of the defendant, a national law firm
- Defense jury verdict in favor of law firm and senior partner in a US$45 million legal malpractice case
- Summary judgment affirmed on appeal, in favor of defendant insurance company in US$14 million Iowa class action
- Summary judgment in favor of defendant in US$6 million sexual harassment and breach of contract case
- Defense jury verdict for large insurance company in US$50 million action brought by doctors suing for refunds under a medical malpractice policy (case written up in The National Law Journal 's "Defense Hot List" (8/21/06))
- Defense jury verdict in favor of all defendants (two partners and the law firm) in a legal malpractice case
- Two of the largest jury verdicts in Maryland history on behalf of the State of Maryland Deposit Insurance Fund
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center 1973
Editor, International Law Journal
- B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1970
Phi Beta Kappa
Chambers USA praises Neil as "one of the best trial lawyers in the country," a "superb litigator who knows what needs to be done and goes after it," and a "master of the courtroom" whose "thoroughness, integrity and intellect were all deemed to be absolutely first-rate." Clients say he is "an incredible trial lawyer who is as at home in front of a jury as he is in the boardroom," and "he's everything you look for in a first-class litigator: frank and direct, he is a quick learner, and has a great team behind him." "[H]e is one of the best trial lawyers I have ever seen;" "a go-to lawyer with tremendous trial experience."
Neil is recognized as a "Maryland Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation. He has a “pre-eminent rating” from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating achievable. Neil has been ranked in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006. In the 2016 edition, he was listed in seven categories (arbitration, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, legal malpractice law – defendants, litigation – construction, mediation, and personal injury litigation – defendants). He has been named Maryland "Lawyer of the Year" on three occasions: in 2015, in "bet-the-company" litigation, in 2016, in legal malpractice law, and in 2019, in construction law. He has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer every year since 2007. In both 2008 and 2009 he was cited as one of the state's top 50 Super Lawyers. In 2012, he was listed as one of the state's top 100 Super Lawyers and was selected to serve on its Blue Ribbon Panel to select other Maryland Super Lawyers.
Neil has written more than 40 articles and books on a variety of subjects in various legal journals. One of his recent articles won a 2014 Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award.
Recent Published Opinions
- USF&G v. The Peoples Bank, et al., 2012 WL 1099762 (S.D. Miss Apr. 26, 2012)
- Zimmerman v. Epstein Becker and Green, P.C., 2010 US District LEXIS 67835 (D. Mass. July 8, 2010), aff'd 657 F.3d 80 (1st Cir. 2011)
- Carter v. Huntington Title & Escrow LLC, 24 A.3d 722 (Md. 2011)
- In Re Greater Southeast Community Hospital Corp., Alberts v. Tuft, et al., 2010 WL 3123086, 2010 Bankr.LEXIS 2689 (Bankr. D.C. Aug. 9, 2010)
- In Re Greater Southeast Community Hospital Corp., Alberts v. Tuft, et al., 353 B.R. 324 (Bankr. D.C. 2006)
- Brinkman v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co., No. 6-306/05-0744 (Iowa App. June 22, 2006)
- In Re Greater Southeast Community Hospital Corp., Alberts v. Tuft, et al. , 333 B.R. 506 (Bankr. D.C. 2005)
Since 1983, he has taught civil trial practice, trial advocacy, settlement negotiations and deposition practice for the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers and currently teaches continuing legal education courses for the Maryland State Bar Association. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Law and at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
From 1973 – 1977, Neil served in the US Navy as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Memberships And Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association
- ADR Maryland