Stephen L. Snyder
Stephen L. Snyder is the Maryland firm’s senior partner and may be considered among the most experienced trial lawyer in Maryland and the District of Columbia, spearheading medical malpractice and complex business fraud verdicts that have totaled up to hundreds of millions of dollars in his career. Several of Snyder’s victories were considered to be the largest verdicts when they were awarded. Mr. Snyder is a veritable master of unlocking the convoluted aspects of a case and getting the largest result in short order.
Like a chess grandmaster, Snyder has the ability to plan several moves ahead, he possesses a sly gambler’s resolve to sink a considerable amount of money into case preparation and, perhaps most importantly, Mr. Snyder has an actor’s instinct for appealing to his audience. Juries always enjoy Snyder’s flair for the dramatic.
Recently, Mr. Snyder won a $150 million verdict against the world’s largest corporation, Exxon Mobil, in what will go down in history as a groundbreaking MTBE contamination case and happened to be the longest trial in Baltimore County. Another recent high-profile victory involved a $276 million verdict in March of 2002. During this case, Snyder went up against against First Union National Bank (now known as Wachovia) in a trial that spanned two months.
Snyder and his partners have also represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in a lawsuit against Ernst & Young. The case involved a multi billion-dollar bank failure, and through the venerable trial lawyer’s efforts, the FDIC recovered $125 million from Ernst & Young. The list of major victories Snyder holds also includes a settlement valued at $106 million in a claim against United Cable, a $185 million settlement for the Merry-Go-Round bankruptcy estate, and a $25 million verdict against Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems Inc.
Highly impressed with Snyder’s efficacy in the courtroom, two of his opponents, after losing $100 million plus cases to Mr. Snyder, subsequently hired him to represent them in later cases.
The recipient of much acclaim, Snyder has been awarded the highest lawyer rating by Martindale Hubbell, and the National Law Journal [6/10/02], named him one of the Nation’s Top Litigators in, “The Art of the Win: Ten of the Nation’s Top Litigators Talk About What it Takes to Win.” Mr. Snyder was also featured on the cover of Baltimore Magazine as “Master of Malpractice Universe.” Snyder was also voted one of Maryland’s “Super Lawyers” by his peers in a survey pertaining to Maryland lawyers.
Mr. Snyder was a Commencement Speaker at the University of Baltimore Law School’s graduation ceremony in May of 2000, where his son, Michael, was among those graduating. He was selected as one of 13 alumni by the University of Baltimore School of Law to be inducted to the 2003 Legacy for Excellence in Litigation, an award that recognizes alumni as members of the inaugural class of this “Hall of Fame” whose lifework exemplifies outstanding service and exceptional professional achievement in courtroom advocacy. Snyder has also recently received the University of Baltimore Alumni Association School of Law award as the 2003 Alumnus of the Year and has been recognized by the Daily Record as being among the 24 Marylanders to receive the 2003 Leadership in Law award in recognize of the professional work and good deeds done by members of the legal community in Maryland. Recipients of the award devoted themselves to bettering the legal profession and their own communities and have also mentored future professional and community leaders.
Mr. Snyder was the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Leadership Award from P’Tach of Baltimore. P’tach is a nationally acclaimed organization that has provided special education for children with learning disabilities. Snyder also received the 2002 Humanitarian Award from the Baltimore Zionist District, recognizing his resolve in representing Israel and the United States in the pursuit of freedom and democratic values.
Mr. Snyder also takes tremendous pride in giving back to his community. As a philanthropist, his recent efforts include a $1 million endowment in 2000 for the establishment of the Stephen L. Snyder Center for Litigation Skills at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Moreover, in 2005, the funds contributed by Snyder facilitated the renovations to the “Mock Courtroom” at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is also a predominant contributor to the Francis D. Murnaghan Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship, an organization that provides annual fellowship for former appellate law clerks to work on appeals that pertain to civil rights and social justice impact litigation in federal and state courts within Maryland.
Mr. Snyder has also donated $2.5 million to United Cerebral Palsy, the nation’s leading charity for individuals with Cerebral Palsy. This donation will aid in renovating UCP locations and creating a new state-of-the-art facility that will provide the nation’s most advanced services for treating CP.
Snyder is an annual Presenting Sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Golf Classic, designed to raise money for persons with juvenile diabetes (in addition to those who care for them).
Mr. Snyder also teamed up with the Center for Poverty Solutions in 2003 to become the “Matching Gift Challenge Sponsor” of the 16th Annual Lawyers’ Campaign Against Hunger, challenging lawyers in Maryland to give generously to the campaign. Snyder will match dollar for dollar all donations and has also issued a similar challenge on behalf of the Lawyers’ Campaign for CollegeBound.
Snyder has taught many courses on trial practice, which has lead to the culmination in his founding of his Center for Litigation Skills at the University of Baltimore School of Law. His copious amounts of winning cases have been cited in national law journals and periodicals of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Snyder’s closing arguments and cross-examinations have also appeared in legal textbooks as effective trial practice.
Lastly, Mr. Snyder is a member of the University of Baltimore Law School Advisory Council and has been honored by the University of Baltimore for establishing the Stephen L. Snyder Fund for Law Library and Technology and for being a valued supporter of the University.
To contact Stephen L. Snyder, please email him at SSnyder@litigationteam.com.