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Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig serve as local counsel for attorneys who need experienced and savvy support in both the State and Federal Courts in Maryland.  With the backing of more than 70 attorneys nationwide and offices in the DMV area, our Maryland local counsel attorneys cover courts all over the state, offering collective decades of experience.  We know how to serve as local counsel efficiently, saving you and your clients valuable time and money.

State Courts

Maryland’s state court system consists of four levels: two trial courts (the District Court and the Circuit Court) and two appellate courts (the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals).  The Maryland Court of Appeals is the highest court of the state, equivalent to what would be commonly known as a “supreme court” in other states.  Our attorneys are admitted to practice in all Maryland trial and appellate courts, ant they often assist as local counsel or co-counsel with out of state attorneys admitted via Maryland’s pro hac vice procedures. MD Rules Attorneys, Rule 19-217.

Federal Courts

The local rule in Maryland Federal Court related to pro hac vice admission, Local Civil Rule 101.1.b, requires the out of state attorney to associate with local counsel, and limits the number of times an attorney can appear pro hac vice:

  • Any party represented by an attorney who has been admitted pro hac vice must also be represented by an attorney who is, and continuously remains, an active member in good standing of the Bar of this Court who shall sign all documents and, unless excused by the presiding judge, be present at any court proceedings.
  • Unless otherwise ordered for good cause shown, no attorney may be admitted pro hac vice in more than three (3) unrelated cases in any twelve (12) month period, nor may any attorney be admitted pro hac vice in more than three (3) active unrelated cases at any one time.

Federal courts in Maryland that we are admitted to include: U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the District of Maryland Bankruptcy Court.