Mr. Caltrider began his practice in 1984 with a Baltimore firm where he was a partner and by 1999 had tried to verdict over 100 jury trials. Mr. Caltrider practiced in the areas of construction, transportation, toxic tort, defamation and 1983 actions.
In 1999, Mr. Caltrider was recruited by St. Paul Insurance Company to manage their high exposure litigation in the Northeast. In 2004, there was a merger with Travelers Insurance Company and in 2005, Mr. Caltrider was promoted to Vice President – Associate Group General Counsel responsible for managing significant litigation across all 50 states in 16 different business lines.
In 2009, Mr. Caltrider decided to leave Travelers Insurance Company and return to the courtroom joining the law firm of Bodie Dolina Hobbs Friddell & Grenzer, PC. and is now a partner at the firm.
Mr. Caltrider serves as National Coordinating Counsel, Monitoring Counsel, and Defense Counsel.
Mr. Caltrider handles cases in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia and recently in Pennsylvania.
- Mr. Caltrider has been AV rated by Martindale Hubbell for 20 years.
- TOP RATED LAWYER 2012 TO 2017
- SUPERLAWYER 2012 TO 2017
- MARINDALE HUBBELL PREEMINENT 2016 AND 2017 (Based on confidential opinions of Bar and Judiciary)
- In September, Mr. Caltrider was named a TOP RATED LAWYER in the Baltimore Washington area as identified in Legal Leaders in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and New York Times.
- In November, Mr. Caltrider was named a TOP RATED LAWYER in CONSTRUCTION in the Baltimore Washington area in Corporate Counsel.
- In December, Mr. Caltrider was named a SUPER LAWYER for 2013.
- In June, 2015, Mr. Caltrider was named a SUPER LAWYER for 2015.
- In December, Mr. Caltrider was named a Super Lawyer for 2016.
Mr. Caltrider’s experience includes matters in the following areas:
- Product liability
- General liability
- Wrongful death
- 1st party property loss
- Excess and surplus
- Premises liability
- Clergy abuse
- Public sector
- Riparian rights
- Non-profit liability
- Fire loss
- Water damage
- Amusement rides.
Mr. Caltrider handles matters for major commercial and regional carriers, as well as the Lloyds’ market.
Mr. Caltrider represents clients in both Commercial and Residential matters and is experienced in handling matters involving fire loss, bridges, tunnels, highways, land fills, utilities, office buildings, crane collapse, custom homes, condominiums (both suburban and beach front), other residential construction and soil conditions. Mr. Caltrider is experienced in handling. property line disputes, construction defect, construction bodily injury (wrongful death / catastrophic injury), breach of contract, Md. Construction Trust Act, :Quick Pay Act, Consumer Protection Act, 1st Party Property (defense / coverage – wind / flood), mechanics lien, environmental, warranty, misrepresentation, risk transfer (contractual indemnity) and coverage.
Our practice group has a great deal of experience representing individuals, employers and institutions involving claims of sexual abuse. These cases involve issues such as (1) negligent hiring, retention and supervision (2) assumption of risk (consent) per TATE (3) Temporary care, custody and control (4) statute of limitations (5) standard of care (6) athlete / coach power dynamic (7) PTSD (8) grooming and many others. These cases can be difficult and often require a unique strategy to bring about a favorable resolution.
Defamation cases are strongly guided and often determined by the MPJI (Maryland Pattern Jury Instructions). A plaintiff must initially prove that a statement is defamatory meaning it is likely to cause public scorn and one’s reputation has been damaged. Even if a plaintiff carries this burden he then has the additional burden of proof that the defendant knew the statement was false and was made with intent to deceive. This question is called a conditional privilege and this protects a defendant from making a defamatory statement. In the event a defendant accuses a plaintiff falsely of committing a crime then damages are presumed and this could lead to punitive damages but the burden is very high for a plaintiff.
Mr. Caltrider has a growing commercial business practice involving business formation, tax consideration, business advise, business dissolution , bankruptcy, covenant not to compete litigation, employee matters, shareholder agreements and general employment litigation.
Mr. Caltrider has experience representing institutions and clergy from different faiths in a variety of matters, including contract disputes, premises liability, property line disputes, clergy sexual abuse, employment disputes and institutional department disputes.
Mr. Caltrider is a member of the American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section), Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Forum on the Construction Industry, Federal Trial Bar Association, the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated and selected as a member of the Counsel on Litigation Management in 2010, and is currently an active member.
Mr. Caltrider chaired the Baltimore Chapter of Washington & Lee (W&L) University Elrod Fellowship; an alumni based group that connects recent W&L graduates that seek a 1 year post graduate position with a non- profit that focuses on fighting poverty in our community. Mr. Caltrider serves as chairperson of the Board of the Spirit Counseling Services of Maryland. He is a member of the Board and legal counsel to Pastoral Counseling Services of Maryland.
Mr. Caltrider graduated from Washington and Lee University (B.A. 1980 cum laude) and the University of Baltimore School of Law (1983).