Richard L. Nilsson

Mr. Nilsson is Of Counsel to the firm. He came to Goodell DeVries in 2004 after practicing for over 15 years as staff counsel to a national insurance carrier. His practice has included the defense of automobile and general liability negligence cases, including those involving serious injury. The representation of defendants in lead paint litigation constitutes a significant part of his current practice. Mr. Nilsson has represented the manufacturers of a wide variety of products, including household items and appliances, pharmaceuticals, and heavy machinery in the defense of product liability lawsuits. He has also defended surveyors, engineers and insurance agents in malpractice actions. Earlier in his career, he was engaged in the general practice of law, focusing primarily upon motor vehicle and workers' compensation claims and general tort litigation.

Mr. Nilsson has tried numerous cases in many jurisdictions throughout Maryland. He has successfully defended appeals to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, to the Court of Appeals of Maryland, and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Local and national clients have included restaurants, petroleum product transportation companies, manufacturers, Fortune 500 companies, real estate management firms (malls/apartments), and Baltimore Inner Harbor attractions.


Professional Associations

  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association


Teaching Activities

  • Lecturer, National Business Institute, "Defense Planning for the Automobile Accident Case," (September 2006)