Michael J. Baxter

Michael J. Baxter

Michael J. Baxter

Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A.
SunTrust Bank Building
Suite 2100
120 E. Baltimore St
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Phone: (410) 230-3800
Fax: (410) 230-3801
E-mail: mbaxter@bbsclaw.com


Mr. Baxter's practice includes the defense of health care providers in malpractice litigation, the representation of individual and institutional providers in peer review, licensing and credentialing matters, and general counseling of acute care facilities.

He has published on various health care law and litigation topics in such publications as the Maryland Bar Journal, the Journal of Health and Hospital Law and the Medical Staff Counselor. He has lectured locally for the Maryland State Bar Association (formaly MICPEL), and nationally for the American Health Lawyers Association on issues involving general litigation, professional liability litigation, and credentialing.

Mr. Baxter is a past President of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Baltimore City. He currently serves on the Baltimore City Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission. Mr. Baxter is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Baxter graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland and with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center.

Areas Of Practice:
Medical Malpractice Defense
Health Law - Credentialing
Professional Licensing & Discipline
General Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Maryland, 1980
District of Columbia, 1995
U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1994
U.S. Supreme Court, 1999

George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, DC, 1980 J.D.
Honors: With Honors
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1977 B.A., Major: Economics
Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works:
Practicing Before the Maryland Board of Physicians, MSBA, Mid-Year Meeting (2013)
Maryland Physicians and Sexual Harassment, Maryland Bar Journal, Vol. XLII, No. 6 (2009)
Federal Peer Review Under HCQIA, IADC Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 64, No. 3, 1997
Physician Credentialing: New Risks for Patients and Providers, Maryland Bar Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1, 1995
Exclusive Contracting: The Original Economic Credentialing, Journal of Health and Hospital Law, Vol. 26, No. 4, 1993
The Evolution of Medical Staff Credentialing, Medical Staff Counselor, Vol. 7, No. 1, Matthew Bender, 1993
Medical Malpractice: The Perils of Appeal, Maryland Bar Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2, 1988
Peer Review - New Federal Legislation, Chapter Forum (ASHRM), 1987

Representative Cases:
Goodwich v. Sinai Hospital, 343 Md. 185 (Ct.App.Md. 1996)
Jones v. Fallston General Hospital, 333 Md. 507 (Ct.App.Md. 1994)

Representative Clients:
Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland
LifeBridge Health

Jeffrey M. Poole, President, CEO Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland
Joel Suldan, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel, LifeBridge Health

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Panel Member, Judicial Institute of Maryland, "Negligence and Intentional Torts" (2014); "Discovery, Motions & Sanctions" (2009, 2006); "Dealing with Discovery Disputes" (2003)
Managing Medical Malpractice, American Health Lawyers Association, 2003
Professionalism in the Practice of Law, Maryland State Bar Association, 1997 - 1999
Hospital Credentialing, American Health Lawyers Association,1999
Federal Peer Review Immunity, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), 1997
Deposition Training, Maryland Institute of Continuing Professional Association for Lawyers (MICPEL), 1995
Managed Care Credentialing, National Health Lawyers Association (NHLA), 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Member, Baltimore City Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 2015 - present
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
President, Maryland State Bar Association, 2013-2014
President, Bar Association of Baltimore City, 2000 - 2001
President, Baltimore Bar Foundation, 1998 - 1999
Chairman, American Heart Association, Baltimore Division, 1995 - 1996
Faculty Member, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL), 1996 - present
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, International Association of Defense Council (IADC) and Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Past Employment Positions:
Smith, Somerville & Case, Attorney, 1981 - 1998

Ancillary Businesses:
Mediator, Civil Mediation Program (ADR), Circuit Courts, Baltimore City & County