Wayne M. Willoughby Attorney
Wayne M. Willoughby
Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC
Administrative Assistant: Laura Raatjes
Wayne M. Willoughby is a respected member of the legal community with the highest rating (“AV”) offered by Martindale-Hubbell™ for professional competence and ethics based on confidential survey of bar members and the judiciary (1996—).
A 2009 recipient of the Maryland Daily Record’s “Leadership in Law Award” and four times designated among the “Top Lawyers in Maryland” by Super Lawyer Magazine, over his 26 years of practice representing the victims of medical mistakes, Mr. Willoughby has contributed significantly to numerous multi-million dollar recoveries.*
- $24 Million verdict for a child who suffered brain damage because her doctors failed to properly diagnose and respond to an airway obstruction;
- $6 Million recovery for a child who suffered cerebral palsy because of a mismanaged labor and delivery;
- $4.5 Million recovery for a child who suffered severe brain damage because of a medication overdose;
- $4 Million recovery for a member of the armed forces whose prior attorney mishandled his medical negligence case involving surgical negligence that rendered him quadriplegic.
Through his appellate advocacy, Mr. Willoughby has participated in cases that have expanded the rights of the injured.
- An appellate case establishing the right of medical malpractice victims in the District of Columbia to hold negligent physician employees of the District of Columbia responsible for their negligence even when the deadline has expired for suing their employer.
- A decision establishing the right of brain damaged infants to receive compensation for future life-care expenses even when their parents’ claim for those expenses is barred by the statute of limitations.
In addition to having lectured locally and nationally on medical malpractice and products liability and being a prolific writer on legal subjects (having co-authored a book on medical malpractice and numerous published journal and newspaper articles and op-ed pieces), Mr. Willoughby is exceptionally active in the legal community.
Among his activities, he is a Past President of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association (now known as the Maryland Association for Justice) and current Governor of the Maryland Association for Justice and Trustee of the Maryland Association for Justice Political Action Committee. Mr. Willoughby has also served numerous times as legislative chair and as public information officer for the trial lawyers and founded the Maryland Association for Justice Medical Negligence Section.
Mr. Willoughby is a court appointed settlement officer for medical malpractice actions in Carroll County, Maryland. Moreover, he is a member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice and is Maryland State Delegate to the organization, having previously served as the elected Secretary of the Association’s Council of Presidents.
Mr. Willoughby is also involved with other bar associations, including his longtime membership on the Legal Ethics Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the continuing legal education committee of the Baltimore County Bar Association, which he chaired in 2011-2012. He is also a member of the Maryland State Bar Association Ethics Committee and Committee on Laws.
His charitable activities include establishing and chairing the Maryland Association for Justice Charitable Foundation; Acting as Maryland state coordinator for America’s public interest law firm, Public Justice; Serving as a Troop Committee member for Boy Scouts of America/Baltimore Area Council Troop 1750 (having previously been the Troop’s Committee Chair and an Assistant Scoutmaster in years past); and serving as Church Council President of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Willoughby practiced as a Certified Public Accountant. He employs his skills as an accountant to help clients maximize their damage awards, which can be in excess of millions of dollars.
Mr. Willoughby is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S. – 1980) and University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D. -1986 cum laude).
Mr. Willoughby is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Bar of the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia , the Bar of Maryland and the Bar of the District of Columbia .
* Because the facts of each case are unique, past results are not a guarantee as to the outcome in any future case.