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Mr. Conti’s primary practice areas are products liability defense and labor and employment litigation.

Mr. Conti handles warranty defense litigation for automotive manufacturers including General Motors, Chrysler, American Honda, Isuzu Motors, Mazda and Subaru, in State and Federal breach of warranty and consumer protection cases filed in the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.  On average, Mr. Conti serves as defense counsel for manufacturers in 50 to 75 warranty and consumer protection cases annually.  In addition, Mr. Conti’s practice includes the defense of toxic tort claims, breach of warranty and products liability cases, insurance subrogation cases involving products liability matters, and the defense of premises liability cases.  Representative clients in these areas include Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., Tokio Marine Insurance, Snap On, and Value City Furniture.

Mr. Conti has served as defense counsel for an oil company in a toxic tort case involving alleged property contamination.  Mr. Conti served as counsel for Motorola, Inc., in the defense of toxic tort cases alleging personal injuries cause by radio-frequency admissions from hand-held cellular telephones.  The representation of Motorola included the defense of several non-personal injury, multi-district class action litigation, as well as personal injury claims involving allegations of brain cancer.  Mr. Conti also worked as counsel for an auto-manufacturer in defeating a warranty-based class action complaint pending in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City.  Mr. Conti represented a major heavy truck manufacturer providing advice on NHTSA regulatory compliance matters.  Mr. Conti served as lead counsel for an elevator and escalator manufacturer, representing the company in product liability cases throughout the State of Maryland, including the successful trial of a personal injury case involving the escalator at the Baltimore Ravens’ Stadium.  Mr. Conti has also represented manufacturers of barrier protection systems installed to protect government and private institutions.

Outside the products liability arena, Mr. Conti serves as counsel for the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department’s Fraternal Order of Police.  Mr. Conti handles a variety of civil litigation matters on behalf of the F.O.P. against the District of Columbia.  These matters include labor disputes and tort-related matters prosecuted by the F.O.P. on behalf of its membership, which consist of more than 3,600 officers.  Currently, Mr. Conti is serving as lead counsel to the F.O.P. in several civil suits pending in the District of Columbia Superior Court, and regularly handles arbitrations and matters before the DC Public Employee Relations Board.

Prior to forming Conti Fenn & Lawrence, Mr. Conti worked for DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary U.S., LLP (formerly Piper & Marbury LLP), from 1999 to 2002 in the firm’s products liability and toxic torts practice group.

Published Decisions:

Hawkins v. District of Columbia, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 923 F.Supp.2d 128 (D.C. 2013) (1st Amendment claim of police officer).

Baumann v. District of Columbia, United Stated District Court for the District of Columbia, 933 F.Supp.2d 19 (2013) (1st Amendment and Whistleblower claim of police officer).

Adgerson v. Police & Firefighters’ Retirement and Relief Board, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 73 A.3d 985 (2013) (Police Officer Retirement Board Appeal).

AMEX Assur. Co. v. Giordano, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 925 F.Supp.2d 733 (2013).

Freeman v. District of Columbia, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 60 A.3d 1131 (2012) (Appeal of Jury Verdict in Whistleblower Case).

Hawkins v. Boone, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 786 F.Supp.2d 328 (2011). (1st Amendment and Whistleblower claim of police officer).

Roberts v. Attorney Grievance Commission, Court of Appeals of Maryland, 394 Md. 137, 904 A.2d 557 (2006).

Evans v. General Motors Corp., United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 459 F.Supp.2d 407 (D.Md. 2006).

Ford Motor Company v. General Accident Insurance Company, 365 Md. 321, 779 A.2d 362 (2001) (Seminal Breach of Warranty Decision in Maryland, Co-Drafted Amicus Brief on behalf of the Products Liability Advisory Counsel, Inc.).

Bacon & Associates, Inc. v. Rolly Tasker Sails (Thailand) Co., Ltd., 154 Md. App. 617, 841 A.2d 53 (2004) (Successful Jury Verdict Obtained on Behalf of Sail Manufacturer at Trial Affirmed on Appeal; Sole Counsel for Trial and Appeal).

In re Wireless Telephone Radio Frequency Emissions Products Liability Litigation, 216 F.Supp.2d 474 (D. Md. 2002) (Decision Denying Plaintiff’s Attempt to Remand Case to State Court on Preemption Grounds; Co-Counsel in Multi-District Litigation).

Bergmann v. Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, 2006 WL 408195 (Md. App. 2006) (Successful appeal resulting in the reversal of the trial Court’s class certification decision ruling the University System’s tuition policy unconstitutional; sole counsel at trial and lead counsel on appeal).

Christopher Newman v. Motorola, Inc., 218 F.Supp.2d 769 (D. Md. 2002) (Daubert Decision Excluding Plaintiff’s Experts in Cellular Phone Brain Cancer Case; Co-Counsel for lead defendant, Motorola, Inc.).

Christopher Newman v. Motorola, Inc., 125 F.Supp.2d 717 (D. Md. 2000) (Decision denying Motion to Remand on Fraudulent Joinder Grounds and Dismissing Certain Consumer Protection Act Claims; Co-Counsel for lead defendant, Motorola, Inc.).

Chelsea House North Apartments LLC v. Isaac Blonder, 223 F.R.D. 388, 59 Fed.R.Serv.3d 1011 (D. Md. 2004) (Lead counsel in Commercial Real Estate Dispute).
Martin v. Chrysler Group, LLC, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia 2013 WL 5308245 (W.D.Va.).

Unpublished Decisions:

Decohen v. Abbasi, LLC, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2011 WL 3438625 (2011).

Achumba v. American Honda Motor Co., United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2009 WL 4730506 (2009).

Sharp v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2009 WL 4061761 D.Md. (2009) (dismissing case for plaintiff’s delays in service of complaint on defendant).

Tarquini v. Superior Products, Inc., 2007 WL 763186 (2007) (sexual harassment case).

Berry v. PLC, Inc., United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2006 WL 1042373 (D.Md. 2006).

McCready v. Standard Ins. Co., United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 417 F.Supp.2d 684 (D.Md. 2006).

Tom Hickey v. General Motors Corporation, Civil Case No. 04-3324 (D. Md. 2005) (Memorandum Opinion Granting Manufacturer Summary Judgment on Lemon Law, Consumer Protection Act and Magnuson Moss Claims).

Scott v. American Nat’l. Red Cross, United States District Court for District of Maryland, 2005 WL 2510456 (D.Md. 2005) (Claim of 58 Red Cross employees terminated in Reduction in Force).

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Editor-in-Chief, University of Baltimore Law Review
  • University of Maryland, B.S.