Jeffrey J. Hines

Mr. Hines joined the firm as a partner in 2003.  He was formerly the managing principal of a regional law firm’s District of Columbia and Virginia offices.  Mr. Hines is licensed in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, and has represented clients in trials and appeals in all three jurisdictions.  His areas of practice include professional malpractice, toxic tort and environmental litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, and commercial, securities and employee litigation.  Mr. Hines is the firm's General Counsel and serves on the three person Executive Committee.



Professional Experience

  • Partner – Goodell DeVries (2003 - Present)
  • Managing Principal – Eccelston & Wolf, P.C., District of Columbia office (1997 - 2003)
  • Principal – Eccleston & Wolf, P.C. (1990 - 1997)
  • Associate – Eccleston & Wolf, P.C. (1985 - 1990)

Professional Associations

  • The Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association: Section of Litigation, Mass Torts and Litigation Committees
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • The Network of Trial Law Firms, Inc.


Representative Matters

Professional Liability.  Mr. Hines defends attorneys, health care providers, realtors, clergy, social workers and other professionals in malpractice claims brought in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In 2014, Mr. Hines tried a five-day legal malpractice case involving the sale of a restaurant. In 2013, Mr. Hines successfully tried a six-week medical malpractice jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. And in 2011, Mr. Hines successfully tried a legal malpractice claim before a jury in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. That same year, Mr. Hines also tried a will caveat case in the Orphans' Court for Prince George's County, Maryland. In 2008, Mr. Hines successfully tried a will construction case in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.   In 2005, he convinced a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to apply Virginia law regarding the non-assignability of legal malpractice claims, substantially reducing an insurance company’s claims against its panel counsel.  In 2004, Mr. Hines obtained a defense verdict in Maryland for an accountant who allegedly provided improper tax advice.  In December 2003, Mr. Hines successfully tried a wrongful adoption matter involving allegations of child trafficking and brain damage in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.  Mr. Hines was able to strike plaintiff’s expert neuropsychologist for basing his opinion on unreliable data. 

At his prior firm, Mr. Hines obtained a defense verdict after a three-week jury trial in a sexual abuse case brought against a psychologist in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County.  In addition, Mr. Hines obtained a defense verdict in a multi-million dollar case against an attorney brought in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  Mr. Hines has also defended attorneys and health care providers in matters before disciplinary boards.  As a service to his clients, Mr. Hines provides in-house educational seminars to professionals to assist them in avoiding claims.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation.  Mr. Hines currently represents Pfizer Inc in the Reglan litigation and in defending consumer product claims.  Mr. Hines represented AstraZeneca in the Seroquel and the pain pump litigations. Mr. Hines was part of the national team representing Wyeth in fen-phen litigation.  At his prior firm, Mr. Hines handled a variety of product liability claims involving products ranging from contact lenses to light industrial lifts.  Mr. Hines also was Scottsdale Insurance Company’s national coverage counsel for claims arising out of the national firearms product liability litigation.


Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation.  Mr. Hines represents Pfizer Inc. in defending Asbestos and talc claims. Mr. Hines assists in developing global defense strategies and serves on the national trial team. Mr. Hines formally served as the national counsel coordinating a major sand supplier’s national defense of silicosis claims.  In that capacity, he oversaw expert development, conducted training seminars for defense counsel, coordinated discovery, directed settlement negotiations, and participated on trial teams.

FINRA.  Mr. Hines defends broker-deals and individual financial services professionals in customer dispute cases filed with FINRA, as well as investigations undertaken by FINRA. To that end, Mr. Hines has prepared responses to FINRA’s Enforcement Department and has defended respondents in Rule 8210 examinations. Mr. Hines also frequently lectures on FINRA issues including the potential impact on the securities industry of various new rules proposed by FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Commercial and Business Tort Litigation.  In 2010, Mr. Hines tried a multi-million dollar case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. In 2009, Mr. Hines tried a three-week case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia arising out of the sale of an Alabama radio station.  For over 10 years, Mr. Hines was national counsel for Parents Without Partners, Inc., the largest single-parent organization in the world whose members at one time exceeded 250,000.  In his capacity as national counsel, Mr. Hines attended all Board of Director meetings and served on the executive committee.  Mr. Hines handled employment claims, prepared all corporate filings, dealt directly with the Internal Revenue Service on 501(c)(3) issues, advised the Board as to its duties and responsibilities, and prepared or reviewed all contracts.  Mr. Hines also lectured throughout the United States at local chapters regarding their legal and ethical obligations, and assisted local counsel in the defense of claims filed against the corporation.  Mr. Hines also represents corporations regarding compliance with ethical obligations.




Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America - "Lawyer of the Year" Award for Baltimore Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America - "Lawyer of the Year" Award for Baltimore Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants (2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America - "Lawyer of the Year" Award for Baltimore Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2012)
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale Hubbell (1994 - 2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Legal Malpractice Law, Defendants (Baltimore, Maryland 2003 - 2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants - Legal Ethics (Baltimore, Maryland 2011 - 2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants (Baltimore, 2013-2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Baltimore, Maryland 2011 - 2017)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers - Product Liability Defense (2009 - 2011, 2014-2017)