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Walter E Laake Jr, Attorney at law
Walter Laake

6404 Ivy Lane #400
Greenbelt MD 20770
(800) 732-5105

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Walter E Laake Jr, Attorney at law

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Walter E. Laake, Jr. is a trial lawyer practicing in Washington D.C. and Maryland with more than 30 years of experience. Specializing in personal injury, professional negligence, malpractice, product liability, and other civil litigation. Mr. Laake brings both talent and a reputation for winning tough cases to the clients he represents.

If you would like to discuss your case, contact Maryland personal injury attorney Walter E. Laake, Jr. today.

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Walter E. Laake Jr.

Greenbelt, Maryland

Walter E. Laake, Jr. is a founding partner in the law firm of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. He was its managing partner from its inception for more than 25 years. Since graduating from the University of Maryland and its School of Law, Mr. Laake has been an active member of numerous prestigious bar associations and achieved numerous honors and awards, including the following:

  • Mr. Laake is past President (2004-2005) of the 1200-member Maryland Trial Lawyers Association.

  • He has been listed in the Bar Registry of Pre-Eminent Practitioners since 1993.

  • Mr. Laake is past President (1996-1997) of the Prince George 's County Bar Association.

  • He is a Life Member of the 50,000-member American Association for Justice and the only Maryland lawyer so designated.

  • Mr. Laake is a member of the nationwide Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is limited to select attorneys who have recovered $1 million or more for their clients.

  • Since 1993, he has been awarded the highest rating for legal ability, A, very high to pre-eminent, by the nation's largest and oldest legal rating service, Martindale Hubbell.

  • Mr. Laake currently serves on and has been elected by the bar association to 3 four year terms on the Judicial Nominating Commission which interviews and recommends candidates to the governor for appointment to the District and Circuit Courts for the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

  • He was selected for membership in Outstanding Lawyers of America which is limited to 100 lawyers from the 31,000 members of the Maryland bar.

  • For more than 10 years Mr. Laake has been appointed to serve on the Attorney Grievance Commission's Peer Review Committee which hears cases of alleged ethical misconduct by members of the bar.

  • He was appointed by the Seventh Judicial Circuit to serve on the Bar Advisory Committee for the Civil Differentiated Case Management System subsequently adopted by the Court.

  • Mr. Laake was also appointed by the Seventh Judicial Circuit to serve as a Court approved arbitrator/mediator of personal injury cases and has handled more 100 binding or non-binding arbitrations and mediations over the past several years.

  • Walter Laake's practice areas include: Accidents, Personal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability, Product Liability, and Professional Negligence.


In 30 years of practice, Walter Laake has helped more than 1,000 clients with all types of personal injury claims. In the 1970's, he handled the first case in the Court of Appeals of Maryland to apply the doctrine of strict liability in tort to an actual product liability case in the Maryland courts. Also in the 1970's, before the U.S. Supreme Court ever recognized the right of illegitimate children to recover for the loss of their biological parents, Mr. Laake was already obtaining recovery for illegitimate children in wrongful death claims in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland.

Significant cases and recoveries in more recent years include the following:

In 1996, Mr. Laake recovered $1.5 million from a DC hospital for continuing to use infant cribs that had been recalled by the FDA and had fatally injured three children previously. This infant suffered a severe brain injury.

In 1997, Mr. Laake also recovered $1.5 million against the successor crib manufacturer who had allowed its dangerous and defective cribs to remain in the marketplace, a case brought in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

In 1998, Mr. Laake obtained a $1.8 million recovery for personal injuries to a mother and father and for the loss of their infant child against a motorist and a highway construction company whose equipment and road markers precipitated the defendant motorist crossing the center of the highway.

In 2000, Mr. Laake obtained $750,000 for an off-duty DC police motorcyclist who lost the use of his upper extremity as a result of an intersection action while on his motorcycle in a case of disputed liability. There was only $1 million in coverage available.

In 2001, Mr. Laake obtained a $1.8 million recovery for a wife and two minor children against an apartment complex for failure to provide adequate security precipitating her husband's death by an unknown felon who robbed and shot the plaintiff, ultimately causing his death.

In 2003, a $750,000 recovery was obtained for the spouse and three adult children of a non-working husband who was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Also in 2003, a $1,043,583 award was obtained for the spouse and mother of a Prince George 's County victim of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. This case was handled on a pro bono basis with no legal fees charged.

In 2004, Mr. Laake obtained a $700,000 recovery for a 50-year-old Air Force major forced to retire on disability due to a frontal lobe brain injury caused by a defective product, i.e., an Anthony Sylvan Pool defective water filter which exploded striking Plaintiff in the forehead and leaving him with a permanent head injury.

In 2006 a case was brought in Superior Court for the District of Columbia that resulted in an $800,000 settlement for a patient who went into a DC hospital for a routine laparoscopic gynecological procedure and suffered a perforated bowel which could have been fatal.

In 2007 a judgment in the amount of $500,018.90 including costs was entered in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland for legal malpractice against an attorney whose actions caused his client's personal injury claim for the loss of an eye to be dismissed by the court. $500,000 was all that had been sought in the original lawsuit.

Areas of Practice:

Litigation & Appeals
Personal Injury -- Defense
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Products Liability Law
Professional Malpractice Law
Bar Admissions:
Maryland, 1970
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court District of Maryland
U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, 1970

University of Maryland, 1965

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