Adjunct Professor of LawPhone:
Kieron F. Quinn practices in The Law Office of Kieron F. Quinn in Towson. He has been practicing law since 1970 and is a member of the Maryland Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Eleventh, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals. He has devoted the majority of his practice to litigating admiralty cases and class action cases on behalf of plaintiffs.
Mr. Quinn received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1963 following which he served four years in the Navy as a surface line officer. He earned his J.D. (cum laude) from George Washington University School of Law in 1970, where he was a Trustee Scholar, graduated first in his class, served on the Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. From 1970 to 1973 he served as a Trial Attorney (Honors Program) in the Admiralty and Shipping Section of the U.S Department of Justice and handled trials and cases in the federal courts of nine different states. He joined the Baltimore firm of Ober, Grimes and Shriver in 1973 concentrating in admiralty and general civil litigation. He left that firm in 1984 to form his own firm.
Mr. Quinn was elected to the Council of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and also served as chair of its Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee. He served fifteen years on the Board of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (DC) and also served on the Board of the Maryland Association of Justice. He was also elected to the National Trial Lawyers which is limited to the top 100 trial lawyers in each state. He has also been named a Proctor by the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He was an editor of Class Action Reports for ten years and has lectured at George Washington University, Georgetown University, the University of Delaware, the University of Michigan, and the University of California at Berkeley. Additionally, he has written and presented numerous papers at meetings and bar association conferences.
Mr. Quinn has been chosen by The Best Lawyers in America in two categories (Admiralty and Commercial Litigation) since 1988, and selected by Thompson Reuters as a Maryland Super Lawyer since 2003 . He was named, with co-counsel, 2009 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Maryland Association for Justice for serving as lead counsel in a series of class actions against Maryland HMOs for illegally collecting subrogation. In 1993 he was selected as co-recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year award by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (DC) for Escamilla v. Asarco, Inc., a class action in Colorado in which a jury awarded $32 million for ground and water pollution suffered by homeowners living near a cadmium smelter He also served pro bono as lead class counsel for several environmental organizations in the Exxon Valdez litigation in the state court litigation in Alaska.
He has a long relationship with the University of Maryland School of Law, serving on its adjunct faculty since the mid 1970s. He established the school’s Clinical Practice Prize in 1986 and the Environmental Symposium in 1989. He also established the Public Interest Endowment Fund in 1998 and the Kieron F. Quinn Loan Repayment Assistance Fund in 2000.
He is married to the former Margaret Hynes and has three children, one of whom is a Maryland Law School graduate.