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Jordan Coyne LLP is pleased to announce that Padraic Keane has been advanced to Partner

Jordan Coyne LLP is pleased to announce that Padraic Keane has been advanced to Partner.

 

A member of the Maryland bar since 2002, Padraic was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in 2006, and Virginia in 2015.  He attended the University of Colorado (B.A. 1999), and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from American University in 2002.  Padraic enjoys a diverse practice, handling cases throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, Maryland, and Virginia.  His practice focuses on Insurance Defense, Workers' Compensation Defense, Premises Liability Defense, Professional Liability Defense, and Construction Defect Litigation.



Posted by D. Stratton on 02/07/2017 at 03:57 PM
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In Memoriam - James F. Jordan

James F. Jordan of Chevy Chase, Maryland, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2016.  Jim was born on February 9, 1933 in Washington, D.C.   He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. Jordan, Sr. and Margaret Ellen Leahan Jordan, his sisters, Mary Margaret Jordan McKeever, Rita Bridgett Jordan Marshall, Joanne Ellen Jordan Barr, Kathleen Elizabeth Jordan Flood, Patricia Rose Jordan Keyser and brother, John A. Jordan, Jr.   Jim attended grade school at Blessed Sacrament and in 1951 graduated from St John’s College.  He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1952.  He graduated from Georgetown University in 1955 and entered the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.  After service with the Marine Corps, Jim was employed by Traveler’s Insurance Company while attending Georgetown University Law School; graduating in 1962.  He joined the law firm of Carr, Bonner, O’Connell, Kaplan, and Scott in 1965.  In 1975, Jim formed the law firm of Jordan, Coyne, and Savits, where he remained until 2013.  In over 50 years as an attorney, Jim tried numerous civil trials and served as an Arbitrator and Civil Mediator in multiple cases. He served as President of The Counsellors 1983-1984 and President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia 1984-1985. He was awarded the District of Columbia Defense Lawyer of the Year Award in 1994. Through his pro bono work with U.S. Marines, Jim was the recipient of the coveted Military Order of the Iron Mike award in 2000.  He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Mary Alice Fleming Jordan, his daughter, Kathleen Delaney Jordan Baldino, his granddaughter, Allison Fleming Baldino, and son-in-law, Eric Joseph Baldino.  He is also survived by his brothers, William Ignacious Jordan of Dickerson, Maryland, and Robert Michael Jordan of Phoenix, AZ.  They are the two survivors of the eleven children of his parents, John and Margaret Jordan.   Visitation will take place at Gawler’s Funeral Home, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 5-7pm.  A mass of Christian burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland on November 16, 2016 at 11:00 am.  Internment will take place at Arlington Cemetery on a date to be established.  Memorial contributions, if any, may be made in his name to Blessed Sacrament Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland.



Posted by D. Stratton on 11/11/2016 at 07:27 PM
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John O. Easton Has Become Senior Counsel to the Firm, Effective December 1, 2013

Jordan Coyne & Savits, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that John O. Easton, who has practiced law for 32 years as a partner of the Firm, has become Senior Counsel to the Firm effective December 1, 2013.  Mr. Easton will continue to handle legal matters in his new capacity.

Mr. Easton received his J.D. in 1977 from George Mason University and his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1966.  He served seven years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps (1966-1973), including a tour in Viet Nam as an infantry platoon commander and infantry company commander (1967-1968), and after leaving active duty continued to serve as an officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  He joined the firm as a law clerk in 1974, became an associate in 1977 and a partner in 1981. 

In 1990, as a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, and the Commanding Officer of the 4th Civil Affairs Group, Mr. Easton was called up for active duty for the First Gulf War.  He and his unit were involved actively in the 100-hour ground war at the end of February, 1991, and handled thousands of Iraqi prisoners.  He ultimately was on active duty for seven months, serving in Kuwait and Iraq, and then returned to resume his legal practice with the Firm.

Mr. Easton has more than 36 years of experience in the areas of legal malpractice defense, architects and engineers malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, products liability defense, personal injury defense and the defense of sexual assault and abuse cases.  He was once again selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, and was also selected for inclusion in Top Attorneys in Virginia.



Posted by David B. Stratton on 12/05/2013 at 08:54 PM
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Partner Carol T. Stone selected for inclusion in 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to Partner Carol T. Stone on having again been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for in the practice areas of: Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which attorneys submit confidential evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Additional information regarding the Best Lawyers selection methodology is available here. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”



Posted by David B. Stratton on 08/18/2013 at 01:23 PM
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Partner John Tremain May selected for inclusion to 2012 DC Super Lawyers List

Congratulations to Partner John Tremain May on his selection for inclusion to the 2012 DC Super Lawyers  List.   The Super Lawyers Magazine conducts an annual rating process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  This selection demonstrates that John has achieved a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement



Posted by David B. Stratton on 04/27/2012 at 01:55 PM
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Jordan Coyne & Savits, L.L.P. selected for inclusion in 2011-2012 U.S. News List of Best Law Firms

Jordan Coyne & Savits, L.L.P.  was named to the 2011-2012 U.S. News list of Best Law Firms. For 2011-2012, Jordan Coyne & Savits, L.L.P. was recognized as a Tier 1 firm for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

2011-2012 Best Law Firms - US News & World Report



Posted by David B. Stratton on 03/13/2012 at 06:41 PM
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Twombly Motion Resolves Civil Rights Claim Arising From Suspicion of Shoplifting

Shoplifting can cause retailers to incur costs far greater than simply the value of the items stolen. Even when the store and its employees act in the utmost good faith, someone accused of shoplifting can turn around and sue the store. These suits sometimes include claims of racial discrimination. Until recently, it was difficult to get these suits dismissed. As a result, retailers could become embroiled in litigation involving an intrusive discovery process and significant defense costs that could last years and unfairly tarnish their reputation. Fortunately, two recent Supreme Court cases have made it much easier to have such cases dismissed with a relatively small amount of time, energy, and cost.

Jordan Coyne & Savits, L.L.P. recently defended a national clothing retailer sued in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by a person who was ejected on suspicion of shoplifting. According to the plaintiff's complaint, he opened his shopping bag near some jeans on display to ascertain whether they matched the shoes in his bag. A store clerk notified the Mall's security guards that the plaintiff was a "suspicious person" who was "likely stealing." The security guards confronted the plaintiff and escorted him from the Mall. He brought a civil rights claim under 42 U.S.C. sec. 1981 against the retailer, the owner of the Mall, and the security guards, asserting that the incident was motivated by racial discrimination, seeking attorney's fees and damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

Jordan Coyne answered with a Rule 12 motion to dismiss the Complaint for failure to state a claim for relief. Relying on the Supreme Court's recent decisions in Twombly and Iqbal, we argued that the case should be dismissed because the plaintiff had not pled any facts tending to show that the acts were motivated by any intent to discriminate against plaintiff.

The Court agreed and dismissed the case without prejudice. Applying Twombly, the Court ruled that the Complaint did not allege facts sufficient to "state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face." The Court noted that "plaintiff has not alleged facts showing a causal link between his race and his removal, or that any of the defendants intended to discriminate against him because of his race." While the Complaint alleged that the "removal from the Mall was made solely for the reason that the plaintiff was an African-American and was made with malicious and discriminatory intent," this was deemed to be a "mere conclusory statement of the kind that Iqbal rejected." If anything, the plaintiff's factual allegations showed that the merchant's actions were the result of a legitimate belief that the plaintiff was shoplifting. The Court concluded that Plaintiff had "utterly failed to buttress his conclusory allegations with any facts that would support an inference of racial animus" on the part of any of the defendants.

Plaintiff never bothered filing an amended complaint. Consequently, the motion to dismiss resolved the case in months, not years. Moreover, the client did not have to participate in the time-consuming and intrusive discovery process or pay even a token amount in settlement. Perhaps most importantly, the client was able to protect its good reputation by having the Court recognize that, even if the plaintiff's factual allegations were assumed to be true, the removal of the plaintiff from the store was not motivated by racial animus, but rather, was "prompted by the belief that plaintiff's actions were consistent with attempted shoplifting."

Of course, all matters are decided on their own particular facts or merits, and, because each case is different and litigation is inherently unpredictable, the past record is no assurance of reaching a favorable result in any future case. For further information or to discuss the defense of a similar matter, call Steve Schwinn, Esq., at 703-246-0900.



Posted by D. Stephenson Schwinn on 10/31/2011 at 02:42 PM
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Partner John O. Easton, Esq., selected for the 2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Congratulations to Partner John O. Easton, Esq., for his selection as in the 2012 Edition of Baltimore and Washington's Best Lawyers, in the area of Professional Malpractice Law (Defendants).

This list is excerpted from the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers are chosen for inclusion based solely on a vote of their peers.

Posted by David B. Stratton on 10/31/2011 at 01:02 PM
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John Tremain May selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Congratulations to Partner John Tremain May, Esq. on having been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Registered) in the practice area of Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants. John May defends attorneys and accountants in professional malpractice actions in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

For nearly three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded -- by both the profession and the public -- as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey (comprising more than 3.9 million confidential evaluations by attorneys), and because no fee or purchase is required to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is rightly considered a singular honor.


Posted by David B. Stratton on 09/09/2011 at 04:28 PM
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DC team wins defense jury verdict in FDCPA action
In May of 2011, John Tremain May and Padraic Keane of Jordan Coyne & Savits, L.L.P. successfully defended a law firm in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA"). The plaintiff alleged that the defendant law firm, in the course of foreclosing on the plaintiff's property, had failed to provide the plaintiff with notices required under the FDCPA, and had failed to respond to alleged facsimiles and telephone calls from the plaintiff to the defendant in an effort to challenge the foreclosure. After a three-day trial before the Honorable James Gwin, specially assigned from the Northern District of Ohio, the jury found in favor of the defendant. As always, matters are decided on their own particular facts or merits, and, because each case is different and litigation is inherently unpredictable, the past record is no assurance of reaching a favorable result in any future case.

For more information, please contact John Tremain May at (202) 296-4747.

Posted by David B. Stratton on 06/30/2011 at 01:57 PM
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