Charles “Chad” I. Joseph

Equity Partner
E-mail: cij@bbsclaw.com
Direct line: 410-230-3800
Fax number: 410-230-3801

Biography

Charles Joseph

Charles “Chad” Joseph is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is one of the premier legal associations in North America and is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. As a trial attorney, Chad handles a variety of complex civil litigation matters and largely focuses on defending health care providers in medical malpractice cases. Chad also has extensive experience representing parties in other types of complex civil litigation cases, including commercial, business, lead-based paint and products liability matters.

Chad has served as both lead and co-counsel in numerous civil jury trials that resulted in defense verdicts. Additionally, he has briefed and argued many appellate cases before the Maryland Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Before entering private practice, Chad had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Robert F. Fischer on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Along with being a Fellow of the American College, Chad is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Association of Defense Counsel, which are both invitation-only, peer-reviewed organizations.

 

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Defense

Business and Commercial Litigation

Complex Civil Litigation

Education

University of Baltimore

Juris Doctor, 1995
National Moot Court Team (1994-1995)
National Appellate Advocacy Team (1993-1994)

Connecticut College

B.A., History, Minor: Religious Studies, Graduated “With Distinction” in History, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1995

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (1997)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1999)

Memberships, Certifications

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Maryland State Committee (2019)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Membership Committee (2018)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Baltimore City Bar Association.
  • Maryland Defense Counsel

Cases, Verdicts & Settlements

Jury Trial Defense Verdicts:

-Cornell v. Doctor, 2016 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  Obtained a defense verdict for a physician in a wrongful death case involving a drug induced thrombocytopenia.

-Paugh v. Doctors, 2016 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  Obtained defense verdict for an emergency medicine physician and P.A. involving a spine injury caused by an epidural abscess.

-Geller v. P.A., 2016 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  Obtained defense verdict for P.A. stemming from a woman who suffered a hearing loss following an ear cleaning.

-Powell v. Doctor, 2016 – Circuit Court for Baltimore City.  Obtained a defense verdict for a neurosurgeon involving an injury to the left common iliac artery during a posterior fusion.  (First trial ended in a hung jury with the jury split 5 to 1 in the defense’s favor.)

-Mortimer v. Doctor, 2015 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  Obtained a defense verdict for a vascular medicine specialist in a case involving an order for an inferior vena cava filter.

-Grimwood v. Doctor, et al., 2014 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  Obtained a defense verdict for an anesthesiologist and anesthetist in a case involving an intra-operative peripheral neuropathy.

-Crogan v. Doctor, 2014 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  Obtained a defense verdict for a gynecologist involving a complication during surgery.

-Masse v. Doctor, 2013 – Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Obtained a defense verdict for a gynecologist involving a bladder injury that occurred during a hysterectomy.

-Harris v. Doctors, 2013, Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Obtained a defense verdict for an orthopedic surgeon and emergency medicine physician in a wrongful death case involving necrotizing fasciitis.

-Vanleuvan-Bair v. Doctor, 2013 – Circuit Court for Carroll County. Obtained a defense verdict for an emergency medicine physician. The patient claimed that an alleged delay in diagnosing her stroke caused cognitive deficits.

-Lavery v. Doctor, 2012 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Obtained a defense verdict for an emergency medicine physician involving a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

-True v. Doctor, 2012 – Circuit Court for Carroll County. Obtained a defense verdict for an emergency medicine physician in a wrongful death case involving meningococcemia.

-Plimack v. Doctor, 2012 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Obtained a defense verdict for an emergency medicine physician in a wrongful death case. Plaintiffs claimed that prescriptions given by the physician contributed to the patient’s death.

-Yarborough v. Doctor, 2011 – Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Obtained a defense verdict for an otolaryngologist involving a patient with a MRSA infection.

-Parks v. Doctor, 2011 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Obtained a defense verdict for a gynecologist involving complications during a hysterectomy.

-Highstein v. Doctor, 2011 – Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Obtained a defense verdict for a primary care physician involving allegations of a missed heart attack.

-Jermann v. Doctors, 2011 – Circuit Court for Howard County. Obtained a defense verdict for two urologists in a wrongful death case involving a ureter injury during surgery.

-Stine v. Doctor, 2010 – Circuit Court for Harford County. Obtained a defense verdict for a primary care physician in a wrongful death involving a decubitis ulcer and infection.

-Little v. Doctor, 2010 – Circuit Court for Harford County. Obtained defense verdict for anesthesiologist. Patient developed complications during vascular surgery and suffered a stroke to the spine.

-Chandler v. Hospital, 2009 – Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Obtained defense verdict for physician in a case involving a kidney injury during prostate surgery.

-Keyes v. Doctor, 2008 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Obtained defense verdict for physician who allegedly failed to diagnosis a small bowel obstruction.

-Mayor & City Council v. York Enterprises, 2007 – Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Condemnation case where the jury awarded the client three times the amount Baltimore City valued the property.

-Jones v. Polakoff, 2003 – Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Lead-based paint exposure case, tried before a jury, that resulted in a defense verdict for the property owner.

Motion Decisions:

-Kennedy v. Doctor, 2019 – Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Obtained summary judgment for a physician in a complex bus accident case involving fifteen plaintiffs and multiple defendants.

-Unitas v. Doctor, 2016 – Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Case dismissed with prejudice after the court found plaintiff’s only expert unqualified to testify regarding causation.

-Koch v. Doctor, 2007 – Circuit for Baltimore County. Case dismissed after the court granted a motion to strike because plaintiff’s only expert did not comply with Maryland law.

Reported Cases:

– Toliver v. Waicker, 210 Md. App. 52 (2013) (amicus brief).
– DeMuth v. Strong, 205 Md. App. 521 (2012).
– Jackson v. Dackman Co., 422 Md. 357 (2012) (amicus brief).
– Keyes v. Lerman, 191 Md. App. 533 (2010).
– Allen v. Dackman, 413 Md. 132 (2010) (amicus brief).
– Kinsey v. Women’s Surgery Center, 584 F.Supp 2d 740 (D.Md. 2008).
– Polakoff v. Turner, 385 Md. 467 (2005).
– Smith v. Lead Industries Ass’n, 386 Md. 12 (2005).
– Keller v. Edwards, 206 F.R.D. 412 (D.Md 2002).
– Nationwide Ins. v. Rhodes, 127 Md. App. 231 (1999).
– Maryland Board of Nursing v. Nechay, 347 Md. 396 (1997).

Honors and Awards

American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow

American Board of Trial Advocates

Maryland Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America

Other Experience

Volunteer Judge for National Mock Trial Competitions

Volunteer Judge for Law School Mock Trial and Moot Court Practice Rounds

High School Soccer Coach (2001-2013, 2015)