E. Charles Dann, Jr.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our founding partner, Chuck Dann on June 16, 2018. Mr. Dann practiced product liability law, environmental litigation, premises liability, insurance coverage and general tort litigation for nearly 40 years.

Mr. Dann was among the national environmental coverage counsel for Zurich. His responsibilities included the review of claims for coverage for losses resulting from environmental damage and the handling of litigation against the company arising out of these claims.

Mr. Dann was retained by Maple Chase as national counsel to defend cases in which personal injury or property damage was allegedly caused by the failure of residential smoke detectors to alarm in a timely manner in the presence of smoke from a fire. Mr. Dann's was involved with the development of all aspects of the defense strategy and he served as lead trial counsel.

Mr. Dann represented Robertshaw as national counsel in cases arising from tap water scalds, based on alleged violations of strict liability and the failure to undertake post-sale warnings concerning water heater controls. Mr. Dann's responsibilities included the development of all aspects of the defense strategy including discovery, management of experts and local counsel and lead trial counsel.

BIC retained Mr. Dann as part of its team of national trial counsel for litigation involving claims for injuries sustained as a consequence of fires allegedly resulting from the use of disposable lighters. His responsibilities included all aspects of discovery and trial of the cases.

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Professional Experience

  • Of Counsel - Goodell DeVries (2013 - 2017)
  • Partner – Goodell DeVries (1992 - 2012)
  • Partner – Semmes, Bowen & Semmes (1980 - 1992) Towson Office Chair

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Professional Associations

  • The Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Past Chairman of the Negligence, Insurance and Compensation section)
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City

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