Experience of Electric Shock Lawyer Christopher L. Beard

EDUCATION

University of Maryland, B.A., 1973.
University of Baltimore, J.D., 1976.

ADMITTED TO BAR

Maryland, 1976.
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.
Federal District Court for the District of Maryland.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Private practice, 1977-present, including associate; Goudy, Lechowicz & Loney, 1977-1978; associate, Smith and Wohlgemuth, 1979-1981; partner, Beard and Mulieri, 1986-1991.

The Honorable Matthew S. Evans Sr., Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Law Clerk, 1976-1977.

Maryland Attorney Generals Office, Legal Internship, 1975.

Governor’s Commission to Study Implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, Legal Internship, Fall 1974.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Electrocution at electrified water fountain in front of restaurant and bar, in suit brought against business and patrons.
  • Electrocution involving worker at construction site who was using jack hammer which came in contact with underground high voltage line, settlement and workers’ compensation award.
  • Explosion of hotel’s poorly maintained high energy electrical equipment causing severe burns, among other related injuries, to electrician called by employer to site.
  • Electric shock of worker resuscitated at the scene who came into contact with undisclosed high voltage line in electrical box.
  • Electric shock, cafeteria worker came into contact with electrified stove from defective repair of adjacent appliance due to water collection.
  • Electrocution of painter at residence with old wiring lacking grounding of lighting and at electrical fuse panel.
  • Work-related claim from electrical shock of utility worker at poorly marked new residential lot.
  • Electrical explosion and shock using tools of the trade from over-current in pending employee benefit claim in administrative proceedings.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AWARDS

Selected as a Maryland “Super Lawyer” by Baltimore Magazine and Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012-present.

Award of a Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent, highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011 – present.

Featured in What’s Up Magazine in 2009 and 2010 as a leading Annapolis lawyer in personal injury law.

1997 Annual Award for Professional Legal Excellence in the Advancement of Professional Competence, presented by the Fellows of the Maryland Bar Foundation.

Maryland Jaycees Executive Board Member of the Year, 1984-85.

Annapolis Jaycee of the Year, 1984-85.

PUBLICATIONS

The Cause of Action in Maryland Arising from Accidental Electrocution – Preparing the Civil Case,” Bar Bulletin, Maryland State Bar AssociationFebruary 9, 2018.            

 Legal Representation and Fee Agreements for the Maryland Lawyer: Forms and Comments.  Baltimore: MICPEL, 1995 (updated), co-author: Richard C. Goodwin.

“Written Fee Agreements Can Enhance Client Relations.” Maryland Bar Journal (July-August 1994), co-author: Jacqueline J. Judd.