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Our Team William J. Jackson

William J. “Bill” Jackson is Of Counsel in the firm’s Towson, Maryland office. Bill is an accomplished trial attorney, having served as lead counsel in scores of trials in the state and federal courts of Maryland and other states. Bill has acted as panel counsel for large commercial insurers and defended an extensive variety of matters, including complex product liability and tort/casualty litigation, lead paint, condominium, aviation cases, civil rights, and employee misconduct suits.

Bill has also represented contractors, developers, and subcontractors in commercial and residential construction litigation, along with his general commercial litigation practice. He has directly represented individuals, telecommunications companies, property owners, and other business entities, and serves as coverage counsel for multiple insurance carriers. Bill has regularly participated in briefing and arguments at state and federal appellate levels, appearing in a host of oft-cited reported precedents.

Bill’s free time includes indulging interests in family events, small-venue music, and scholastic and pro sports.

  • Powell v. Shopco Laurel Co., 678 F. 2d 504 (4th Cir. 1982) (private company not vicariously liable for employees’ 28 U.S.C. §1983 violations).
  • Higgins v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 671 F. Supp 1055 (D. Md. 1987) (recognizing  “sophisticated user/bulk supply” product defense under Maryland law).
  • Smith v. Warbasse, 71 Md. App. 625, 526 A.2d 991 (1987) (pedestrian contributory negligence as a matter of law).
  • Simpson v. Standard Container Co., 72 Md. App. 199, 527 A.2d 1337, cert. denied, 311 Md. 286, 533 A.2d 1308 (1987) (sufficiency and effectiveness of product instructions and warnings).
  • Franklin v. Morrison, 347 Md. 683, 702 A.2d 291 (1997) (common law indemnity).
  • Selective Way Insurance Co. v. National Fire Insurance Co., 988 F. Supp. 2d 530 (D. Md. 2013) (subcontractor primary CGL carrier’s entitlement to reimbursement from general contractor builders risk coverage).
  • Torbit v. Baltimore City Police Department, 231 Md. App. 573, 153 A.3d 847, cert. denied, 453 Md. App. 30, 160 A.3d 557 (2017) (private premises owner’s non-liability for third-party criminal acts).
  • Moran v. Hunter Modular Construction Co., 2021 Md. App., Lexis 659 (2021) (successful defense of modular unit manufacturer in fatal construction accident suit).
  • Maryland State Bar Association