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Joel D. Newport

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T: 443.652.4561
F: 410.583.7519

1301 York Rd #704
Lutherville, Maryland 21093

Mr.Newport is an experienced trial attorney in state and federal courts across Maryland. He has extensive experience in complex litigation, including medical malpractice defense, construction litigation, EEOC litigation and product liability cases involving L-Tryptophan, Body Armor, asbestos and various consumer products.

Mr. Newport has completed multiple bench and jury trials in Maryland state courts in the City of Baltimore and Baltimore County, Anne Arundel, Cecil, Carroll, Caroline, Montgomery, Prince George's and Wicomico Counties; the Southern and Northern Divisions of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland; the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and New Castle County Superior Court, Wilmington, DE.

Mr. Newport obtained his B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University where he was a New York State Board of Regents Scholarship recipient. He graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Law where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Miami Entertainment and Sports Law Review. He is a former partner at the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. Mr. Newport is married with two children.


J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1988
Dean's List Spring 1986, 1987 and 1988 University of Miami National Moot Court Team American Jurisprudence Award winner in Conflict of Laws and Remedies

B.S., Syracuse University, 1983
New York State Board of Regents Scholarship recipient

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Maryland
U.S. District Court, Maryland
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Appellate Practice
  • Preparation of legal briefs and presentation of argument in cases before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals, Delaware Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third and Fourth Circuits.
  • Represented clients in complex litigation before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the MDL-875 asbestos litigation, in re L-Tryptophan, and in re Body Armor litigations.
Representative Reported Cases
  • Rockman v. Union Carbide Corp., 266 F. Supp. 3d 839 (D. Md. 2017)
  • May v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp., 446 Md. 1 (Md. Ct. App. 2015) (Trial was in Baltimore City Circuit Court)
  • Ayala v. Lee, 215 Md. App. 457 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2013) (Trial was in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court)
  • Sherman v. Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, 128 F. Supp. 2d 842 (D. Md. 2001)
  • Reed v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 934 F. Supp. 713 (D. Md. 1996)
  • TLT-Babcock v. Emerson Electric Co., 33 F.3rd 397 (4th Cir. 1994) (Trial was in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland)
Representative Non-Reported Cases
  • Martin v. Lehigh Cement Co. (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2015)
  • Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. Kimbob, Inc. (3rd. Cir. 1993)
  • Biddison v. J&L Parking (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 1991)
Other Organizations & Memberships
  • MICPEL/MSBA presenter on District Court Practice and Deposition Training
  • Greek Orthodox Youth of America Advisor 1995 to 2001
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Towson Business Association