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M. McSherry M. McSherry

M. Natalie McSherry

Principal

Biography

Natalie McSherry is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer with more than 40 years of experience in commercial litigation and health care law. Natalie has litigated numerous jury trials in a variety of matters, including malpractice claims brought against health care providers. She has extensive experience defending health care providers in licensing actions and has appeared before the Board of Physicians, the Dental Board, Board of Nursing, the Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and others, as well as the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality. She has handled all aspects of professional credentialing, and is frequently called upon to advise health care institutions and providers concerning a variety of legal issues and challenges that arise in the health care industry.

In addition to her broad experience in health care, Natalie has handled professional liability claims involving various professions, claims against railroads, condemnation cases, and a variety of commercial disputes. She has litigated civil cases in federal court, in Maryland's counties, and in Baltimore City.


Recognition

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Winnie Borden Pro Bono Leadership Award

Maryland Legal Services Corporation, Arthur W. Machen Award

My Sister's Place, Woman of the Year

The Daily Record, Circle of Excellence

The Daily Record, Maryland’s Top 100 Women

The Daily Record, Leadership in Law

The Daily Record, Leadership in Law Lifetime Achievement Award

Throughout her career, Natalie has been consistently recognized as the top of her field. She has been recognized in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, and Medical Malpractice Law by:

  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer, since 2010

  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, since 2013

  • Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 2006; named Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Medical Malpractice - Defendants, 2019; Health Care Law, 2018; Medical Malpractice, 2017; Health Care Law, 2015; Mediation, 2015

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2018 (consistently ranked among the top 10 lawyers in the state)


Service

ADR of Maryland, Inc., Member, 2005 - present

American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2002 - present

Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation, Board of Directors, 2011 - present

Catholic Charities Leadership Breakfast, Committee, 1999 - present; Capital Campaign, 2004 - 2005

Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Volunteer Attorney Mediator, 2002 - present

Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow, 1984 - present, Board 2011 - present; President, 2017 - present

Maryland Legal Services Corporation Board, June 2012 - present

My Sister’s Place, Leadership Council, 2002 - present

Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy Board of Directors, 2013 - present, Chair - Academic Committee

State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings - January 2011 - present

University of Maryland, Trustees of The Endowment Fund, 2009 - present

Woodsboro Bank, Board of Directors Chair, 2016 - present; Board of Directors 2009 - present


Memberships

American Health Lawyers Association

American Bar Association

Bar Association of Baltimore City

DRI

Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.

Maryland Society for Healthcare Risk Management

Maryland State Bar Association, Health Law Section


Events

Co-presenter, "Controlled Dangerous Substances Practices & Pitfalls," MD-DC Society for Healthcare Risk Management Annual Meeting & Educational Program, 2018

Co-presenter, "One Day Boot Camp Trial Training," Legal Services Advocates Trial Skills Program, American College of Trial Lawyers, ABA Litigation Section, MSBA Litigation Section, FBA - Maryland Chapter, and Maryland Legal Aid, 2017

Panelist, "Civil Impact Cases," Judicial Institute of Maryland, 2014

Panelist, Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc. Trial Academy, 2012

Presenter, "Legal Considerations in Decisions to Withhold or Withdraw Life Sustaining Treatment," Barristers Law Club, 2012


Publications

Author, "How to Stay on the ‘Right’ Side of the Maryland Board of Physicians," Maryland Physician Magazine, 2014

Author, "Pro Rata” Contribution and Apportionment Among “Joint” Tort-Feasors," Maryland Bar Journal, Maryland State Bar Association, 2014

Co-author, "The Health Care Disciplinary Process" Maryland Bar Journal, Maryland State Bar Association, 2013


Outside the Office

Natalie loves to swim, and even swam from Europe to Asia in 2009 in the Canakkale Rotary Club Hellespont Race in Turkey.

Representative Matters

Successfully argued before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland on behalf of defendant Bechtel Corp., that Plaintiff’s asbestos-related claims were barred by section 5-108 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article (Statute of Repose) because the company was not in actual possession and control of the property where Plaintiff worked and alleged injury occurred. In Burns v. Bechtel Corp., 212 Md.App. 237, the appellate team further persuaded  the Court that because Bechtel and the asbestos products in the case did not fall within subsection (d)(2)(ii)'s exception to repose, Bechtel remained shielded by the statute and was entitled to the trial court’s award of summary judgment. The Court of Appeals denied certiorari.

Served on the appellate team that successfully argued on behalf of the defendant-landlord that an expert witness did not have a sufficient factual basis to opine that lead exposure caused the plaintiff's Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At the conclusion of the trial in Rochkind v. Stevenson, a jury awarded the plaintiff $753,000 in economic damages and $700,000 in non-economic damages. On appeal, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland affirmed the award. Maryland's highest court reversed the Court of Special Appeals, holding that the trial court erred in admitting the expert testimony. As a result, the Court of Appeals remanded the case back to the Court of Special Appeals for an order vacating the monetary judgment and remanding the case to the Circuit Court for a new trial on the issue of damages. On July 22, 2017, the Daily Record reported on the decision in an article titled Court of Appeals rejects expert testimony linking lead exposure, ADHD

Successfully defended a major hospital sued by one of its credentialed providers for imposing restrictions on the provider's privileges. The provider had sought damages, injunctive relief, and attorneys' fees from the hospital and members of its medical executive staff and others, based on breach of contract, negligence, and tortious interference with contract and prospective advantage. Natalie obtained summary judgment in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County in favor of the hospital and all providers involved in the decision to impose the restrictions.

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