I am an experienced (28 years) personal injury lawyer who is dedicated to the practice of law and to my clients. While most cases resolve before trial, we aggressively prepare all of our cases so that, if a favorable settlement cannot be obtained, we are ready to go on the offensive from the beginning of the litigation process until its conclusion. We handle personal injury and accident cases (automobile, bicycle, pedestrian, slip and fall) in all areas of Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, in both state and federal courts.
As a small firm, we're able to give your case the personal attention it deserves. My team and I will handle your case from start to finish, and -- unlike many Washington, DC personal injury lawyers at large firms -- you'll never be passed off to a law clerk or a paralegal. That personalized attention is one reason why I have been named a top personal injury attorney by Washingtonian Magazine the last 7 times they have reviewed attorneys. Additionally, I was awarded the prestigious 'AV' rating from Martindale-Hubbell -- their highest possible rating for legal ability and ethics. I also have a 10.0/10.0 (superb) rating from Avvo.com, a professional review site for attorneys and doctors. Not that all of this isn't important, but nothing is more important than reviews. Please read my reviews on Google and Avvo.
We're located in downtown Washington, DC, one block from the Metro, and would be happy to to discuss your case. Initial consultations are free. Call us at 866-463-0303.
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- Law Offices of John B. Mesirow
- Frank, Berstein, Conaway & Goldman
- George Washington University School of Law
- J.D., with Honors | Law
- Honors: The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics, Member
- Miami University of Ohio
- B.S. | Finance
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- Northern Virginia Magazine
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- Washingtonian Magazine
- Seven consecutive times, including in the most recent edition (December 2017)
- "AV" Peer Review Rated Attorney
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- Q. My 16 yo was in accident. He received a citation for failure to stop. Should he plead guilty or not guilty in court
- A: This was posted in the "Car Accidents" practice area. If you post it under "Traffic Tickets," you will probably get responses from attorneys in that practice area.
- Q. I was hit on the right side of my car by the driver coming from my right hit the right side of my car
- A: You haven't provided enough information. For example, were you injured? If so, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your potential claim. Regarding the error in the police report, errors are not uncommon. Sometimes they matter, and sometimes they don't. The attorney you speak with can help you with this.
- Q. I was injured in the grocery store by someone driving the ride-on shopping carts while they were texting. Recourse?
- A: From the information you provided, you probably have a claim against this individual. The issue is collectability. You will have a hard time finding an attorney to take the case if any settlement/judgment is not collectable. You should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss this further.
- Q. I am in Baltimore County, Md and have a bed bug issue with my apartment complex.
- A: If it can be proven that the presence of the bedbugs is due to the landlord's negligence, and that you were injured as a result of this negligence, then you have a claim. I'm not minimizing any injuries you suffered, but I'm direct with both prospective and retained clients. Many personal injury lawyers don't take bed bug cases. (We don't.) You may have to make a few calls to find an attorney to pursue this. I hope things work out for you, and that you are able to resolve this.
- Q. Is the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit the same across all states?
- A: NO!!! It varies from state to state, and the nature of the claim! Call a lawyer for more information.
- Q. I was hit in the District, but live in Virginia -- which laws apply?
- A: DC law applies to the accident. If you were injured, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. There are some things that, if not done soon after the accident, may hurt your case. For example, you want to get pictures of any property damage (e.g. car, bicycle) before it is repaired, and any visible injuries (before they heal). It is also important to get witness statements now, while their whereabouts are known, and the memories are fresh. This is not an exhaustive list. Good luck.
- Q. Is a cyclist totally at fault if they didn't stop at a stop sign so when I went through I hit him?
- A: I am a cyclist, so this "hits" close to home. The law in DC changed a couple years ago. In the "bad" old days, if a cyclist contributed to the accident, he/she could not recover due to a doctrine called contributory negligence. Now, fortunately, the law has changed as set forth below. § 50–2204.52. Contributory negligence limitation. (a) The negligence of a pedestrian, bicyclist, or other non-motorized user of a public highway involved in a collision with a motor vehicle shall not bar the plaintiff's recovery in any civil action unless the plaintiff's negligence is: (1) A proximate cause of the plaintiff's injury; and (2) Greater than the aggregated total amount of negligence of all of the defendants that proximately caused the plaintiff's injury. So, depending on the facts, the cyclist could have a claim. If you have not already done so, you should report this to your insurance carrier. You don't want to blow your coverage.
- Q. I was charged in a fight, but got injured myself - can I sue the other person?
- A: Yes, but even if you win in court, it is difficult to collect from most individuals for a variety of reasons. Because of this, it will probably be difficult for you to find a personal injury lawyer who would be willing to take your case on a contingency basis. You should call a personal injury to discuss this further.
- Q. If I am injured by an employee who ran over my foot with a golf cart on a golf course can I sue the golf course company?
- A: Possibly, but you would need to provide A LOT more information to an attorney to get a definitive answer. You should call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible because if certain things are not done in the near term - photographs of injuries/property damage, obtaining witness statements, etc. - it can negatively impact your potential claim.