Areas of Practice
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Business and Corporate Law
- Commercial Litigation & Finance
- General Counsel Program
- Insurance Coverage
- Liability Defense
- Product Liability
- Professional Liability
- Trucking & Transportation
An experienced civil litigator, Ralph has been providing a broad spectrum of legal services to clients for over 35 years. Specific areas in which he concentrates include construction litigation, intentional torts, premises liability, property and casualty, accident cases involving health and disability, automobile and insurance coverage disputes including declaratory judgments to determine existence of coverage, bad faith claims, and fidelity claims. Ralph works extensively in the construction field and has represented architects and engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, owners and suppliers in a full range of cases from construction site accidents to delay and disruption of schedule claims.
Prior to joining the firm, he served as an attorney with Smith, Somerville & Case.
Bar and Court Admissions
- Maryland State Bar, 1985
- Maryland Federal Bar, 1984
- California State Bar, 1981 (inactive)
- California Federal Bar, 1981
- District of Columbia Bar, 1985
- Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Federal Court
- University of California at Davis, Juris Doctor, 1981
- Cornell University, Bachelor of Science, 1978
Ralph is a member of the California State Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Baltimore City Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute, Inc. He is also an American Arbitration Association Panel Arbitrator for construction claims and a mediator in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. He has also lectured and published extensively on issues of law and procedure involving litigation practice, insurance defense and coverage and construction law issues.