Edward L. Norwind (Lee) has built a distinguished reputation throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and beyond. Lee is a well-respected leader in the legal field and in the Maryland and Washington, DC areas, earning him the prestigious honor of becoming selected as a Super Lawyer in both areas. Lee is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and is listed as one of the nation’s most influential lawyers on LawDragon 3000, representing less than one percent of attorneys nationally.
Lee has been recognized nationally for many years as an outstanding trial attorney for his lifelong devotion to representing individuals in the civil justice system, as evidenced by his inclusion in the respected Million Dollar Advocates Forum and in Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America, having the top Avvo Rating of “10.0/Superb”, and as a founding member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, District of Columbia Chapter.
Colleagues of Lee elected him president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and awarded him Trial Lawyer of the Year, a prestigious distinction. Furthermore, Lee has served on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice (AAJ) as Governor from the District of Columbia, and currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America representing the state of Maryland.
Lee’s recent publications appear in the most respected national peer-reviewed journal for trial lawyers, Trial Magazine, and in the journal of the foremost association in the country for attorneys handling truck collision cases, The Lawyer’s Logbook. He has been a featured speaker on issues in trucking cases, both as one of America’s Top Gun Trial Lawyers and America’s Leading Experts in Trucking Litigation at the National Interstate Trucking Conference sponsored by the preeminent attorneys’ association for trucking collision cases in the nation, the Association of Plaintiff’s Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and at the Maryland State Bar convention. Ninety-five percent of Lee’s practice is devoted to representing seriously injured victims of wrongdoing and families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of others.
Lee shows relentless commitment to winning cases. He is proud to have fulfilled a responsibility to improve the lives of disabled and injured persons and their families many times over. Whether a case takes Lee into a state or federal courthouse for determined advocacy of his clients’ rights, or success is achieved outside of the courtroom, Lee has earned a notable reputation for outstanding results.
His wide range of practice areas includes:
Vehicle and Truck Collisions
Federal Tort Claims (injury or death caused by government negligence)
Brain and Spine Injuries
Long-term Disability Insurance Claims and Litigation
Lee has earned a long-standing reputation as a tenacious, yet kind, legal representative for clients in a diverse range of personal injury and wrongful death cases. For clients coping with major life-changing circumstances, Lee has been a steadfast and trustworthy advocate, with special emphasis on maintaining close communication with clients. The substantial monetary recoveries Lee has secured to meet the unique needs of victims and families dealing with unexpected catastrophic injuries and losses are a true testament to his success. His hard work, dedication, and commitment to clients and their causes start with a bedrock belief that any person injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice, even if it means taking on the most powerful interests in a court of law.
Lee is known to exhibit sincere and unique compassion for the persons and families he represents. While his skill and experience is unparalleled, equally important to Lee is the close personal relationship he fosters with every client. Using a collaborative and innovative approach, Lee and his team of lawyers bring their combined experience to every case and exercise a keen understanding of clients’ unique individual needs. Moreover, Lee’s extensive network of some of the best consultants, physicians, accident reconstructionists, engineers, life care planners, economists, and vocational experts from around the country are accessible to clients and readily weigh in on every case.
With a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lee has distinguished himself with many years of meticulous and successful representation of victims suffering from traumatic brain injuries or paralysis, whether resulting from tractor-trailer, truck, and car crashes, medical malpractice, product failures, unsafe vehicles, sprots injuries or other negligence. Lee’s passion for defending victims with severe brain injuries or paralysis has led him to becoming a subject-matter expert, lecturing on the topic to various groups throughout the U.S. This opportunity has allowed him to work with leading physicians, psychologists, engineers, and other experts throughout the country in his quest to achieve justice and maximum compensation for clients. Click here to read his articles on company responsibility for a truck driver’s careless driving. He recently teamed with a neurosurgeon in making a presentation at a national lawyers conference about brain and spine injuries that often result from truck collisions. Lee proudly points to his work in the fields of traumatic brain injury and paralysis as helping to provide a brighter future for accident victims.
In addition, Lee has represented the families of victims of prescribed methadone overdose in wrongful death cases, known as overprescription cases. Victims prescribed methadone by health care providers who have taken the medication exactly as prescribed and suffered respiratory arrest and death within days of starting on the medication. Click here to read more on methadone overdose in wrongful death cases, as published in Trial Magazine. Medications should not injure people. When they do, put your case in experienced legal hands.
Lee is passionately devoted to achieving justice for victims of serious injuries or wrongful death caused by the federal government by litigating cases under the Federal Tort Claims Act. His knowledge of medicine and litigation experience gained from countless long-term disability cases provides a distinct advantage in representing long-term disability insurance policyholders, including a number of prominent physicians and business persons in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Read his article on long-term disability insurance cases.
When he is not practicing law, Lee enjoys strenuously working out daily (almost) and playing basketball. Boating and water skiing are favorite hobbies for Lee and his family, a cherished opportunity for them to spend quality time together. Lee is also an avid reader with a passion for all things history, sports, and law-related.
Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
Michigan State University, B.A.
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award
American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 in Maryland
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C.
Super Lawyers, Maryland
LawDragon 3000 list of the nation’s most influential lawyers
Rue Ratings, Best Attorneys of America
The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America — National Advisory Board Member
American Association of Justice — Former Member, Board of Governors
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. — Former President and Board of Governors Member, Former Trial Lawyer of the Year
Maryland Association for Justice
American Board of Trial Advocates, Founding Member, D.C. Chapter
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
A Small Sampling of Representative Cases
Confidential settlement of nearly $6,000,000, following a long trial, for a case brought against an automobile manufacturer on behalf of a passenger paralyzed from a seat belt that failed.
Confidential settlement of $4,000,000 for a woman made blind as the result of medical malpractice.
Branigh v. United States, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Tacoma
Attending, consulting, and supervising doctors’ failure to respond to signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal leak following a woman’s gastric bypass surgery; wrongful death case against U.S. government alleging substandard medical care. $3 million settlement in medical malpractice case for surviving husband and two minor children.
Confidential settlement over $3,000,000 for a man who was seriously and permanently injured as a result of inadequate security at an apartment complex.
Confidential settlement of nearly $3,000,000 for the surviving family of a man killed by the negligent operation of a tractor-trailer truck.
Confidential settlement over $2,000,000 for the paralyzed victim of a defectively designed ladder.
Nearly $2,000,000 verdict in a legal malpractice case involving the mishandling of a child’s medical malpractice case by a law firm.
Confidential settlement of nearly $2,000,000 for a woman made paralyzed from medical malpractice in missing her diagnosis.
Confidential settlement over $1,000,000 for the paralyzed victim of a radiology error made at a local hospital.
Nilles v. JKEnterprise Landscape Supply, LLC, et.al., Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia
Verdict in vehicle collision case against the corporation that owned the tractor-trailer truck and its fatigued and inattentive driver whose fully loaded 80,000 pound vehicle rear-ended woman’s car in I-66 morning rush hour traffic. Truck driver denied liability and blamed driver of car. $920,000 jury verdict. Appearance in case by special admission.
Lavender v. Fontana, et.al., Circuit Court for Charles County, Maryland
Verdict in medical malpractice case against plastic surgeon and professional corporation for negligent treatment of basal cell carcinoma of the nose; incomplete removal of cancer by doctor who denied liability and claimed his medical treatment met standard of care. $450,000 jury verdict in a venue not known for verdicts in favor of injured patients.
MacKaness v. Bowers, Virginia Supreme Court
An unreported decision of the Virginia Supreme Court, decided in 1997, holding that the legal injury for statute of limitation purposes in a case involving misdiagnosis of cancer did not occur until “the melanoma became invasive and formed a tumor.” This was a critical decision in a state where there was no discovery rule in malpractice cases. Appearance in case was by special admission.