Thomas J. S. Waxter, III

Mr. Waxter is a partner with the firm. He has a broad practice, concentrating primarily on product liability defense. Mr. Waxter was a member of the national trial counsel defense team representing Telectronics Pacing Systems, Inc. in its defense against class action claims surrounding pacemakers. He has supervised cases all over the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. As part of the trial team, Mr. Waxter was personally responsible for the development of FDA regulatory experts and witnesses, depositions of plaintiffs and fact witnesses, and was involved in all phases of pre-trial discovery. He also participated in a week-long summary jury trial before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

A large part of Mr. Waxter's current practice involves asbestos defense. Mr. Waxter serves as national coordinating and trial counsel for a maritime client and a former supplier of dental products in asbestos lawsuits brought throughout the United States. He is responsible for all aspects of this representation, including trials.

Mr. Waxter has also represented manufacturers of such products as knees, hips, penile prosthesis, spinal fixation devices and implantable spinal fusion devices. Mr. Waxter has a general liability practice, representing both the insureds of general liability carriers as well as plaintiffs. He has participated in two wrongful death cases as counsel for the plaintiffs. Mr. Waxter has tried cases in both state and federal courts in such areas as breach of contract, false imprisonment and false arrest, and cases involving various types of construction equipment such as backhoes and aerial lift platforms.

Mr. Waxter, along with managing partner, Linda S. Woolf, successfully tried a 22-day bench trial (concluded December 2011) before The Honorable William D. Quarles, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The case involved claims of breach of contract surrounding the management of a privately owned student housing project at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mr. Waxter is active in community service, having served a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland and was a past Commissioner of the Roland Park Baseball League. Mr. Waxter's mentoring activities through youth sports and the Baltimore City Bar Association led to his recognition by The Daily Record in 2009, when they made him one of their Leaders in Law.


Professional Experience

  • Partner – Goodell DeVries (2001 - Present)
  • Associate – Goodell DeVries (1995 - 2001)
  • Associate – Smith Somerville & Case, LLC (1992 - 1995)
  • Appellate Law Clerk – The Honorable John C. Eldridge, the Court of Appeals of Maryland (1991 - 1992)


Professional Associations

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  • Fellow of American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association (House of Delegates, Maryland 2011 - 2012)
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Board of Governors 2009 - 2011)
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City (President 2008 - 2009)
  • Fellow of Baltimore Bar Foundation
  • Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc. (President 2007 - 2008)
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association


Community Activities

  • Gilman School Alumni Association, President (2018)
  • Gilman School Board of Trustees, Member (2018)