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Howard A. Janet
Managing Principal

  • $190 million sexual abuse class action settlement against The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • $225 million settlement in appointment as special counsel for the State of New Jersey in New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection v. Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in birth injury cases that caused cerebral palsy
  • $95 million whistleblower settlement on widespread mortgage foreclosure fraud
  • $24 Million verdict in failure to diagnose in medical malpractice case
  • Confidential settlement Victim 6 in the Sandusky/Penn State scandal
  • Confidential settlement environmental class action lawsuits in Nevada and New Jersey

  • Maryland Association for Justice 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 Lawyer of the Year – Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiffs – Baltimore, MD
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Lawyer of the Year – Product Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs – Baltimore, MD
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 Lawyer of the Year – Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiffs – Baltimore, MD
  • Maryland Super Lawyers® 2007-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Recognized Since 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR FINDING REAL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS

All told, Howard A. Janet, Esq. and his firm have won over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlement victories for their clients. But Mr. Janet knows it is not the amount of money he obtains for his clients that is the true measure of success. Instead, it is what the money can do – ensure peace of mind and dramatically improve the quality of life for his clients.

Mr. Janet’s efforts on behalf of clients have extended beyond the trial court level. His appellate victories have lengthened the statute of limitations for patients victimized by fraudulent physicians and expanded the rights of children to be compensated for their injuries.

AN ADVOCATE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Over a storied career, Mr. Janet has helped more than 8,000 women navigate the civil justice system to hold sexual predators and the powerful institutions that enable them accountable. Some of the worst institutional offenders in the sexual abuse of women have been hospitals and universities that have enabled male OB/GYN physicians and employees to prey on their patients.

His high profile sexual abuse cases include:

  • $190 million settlement against Johns Hopkins Hospital;
  • Representation of female students seeking justice from the University of Southern California (USC) for alleged sexual abuse by an OBGYN at USC’s student health center;
  • A confidential settlement on behalf of Victim 6 in litigation against Penn State University for turning a blind eye to the serial sexual abuse of young boys by former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky; and
  • Representation of victims in claims against the Catholic Church for enabling predator priests to abuse them when they were young.

Among the lawyers in the JJS firm is one of the country’s leading lawyers in uncovering sexual abuse by priests and exposing the Catholic Church’s complicity.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN BIRTH INJURY AND OTHER MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES

Mr. Janet is recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent medical malpractice attorneys, widely known for his aggressive, passionate representation of children who develop cerebral palsy (CP) as the result of preventable birth injuries.

More than 20,000 families have consulted Mr. Janet about potential cerebral palsy cases. He and his nationally acclaimed law firm, Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC (which includes an in-house board certified obstetrician-gynecologist), have a proven record of identifying cases in which avoidable medical errors have led to children’s CP. When he is sufficiently confident a birth injury or other medical malpractice case has merit, Mr. Janet tirelessly seeks the full measure of justice the case demands.

That tenacity, along with a tremendous body of accumulated knowledge and exceptional trial skills, has produced an extraordinary string of precedent-setting results for Mr. Janet’s clients, both in the courtroom and at the settlement table. In Minnesota, he broke the record twice for the largest birth injury award handed down by a jury. In Washington D.C., his verdict in a cerebral palsy case more than doubled the highest jury award in any previous medical malpractice action.

FOUNDING A MAJOR NON-PROFIT CEREBRAL PALSY NETWORK

Cerebral Palsy Family Network

Mr. Janet’s commitment to helping children with cerebral palsy, regardless of the cause, inspired him to help found and provide ongoing support for the Cerebral Palsy Family Network, a non-profit organization that provides extensive services to families of children diagnosed with CP. It is now the largest Internet-based organization in the world providing resources and birth injury information to families touched by cerebral palsy.

RECOGNITION FROM LEADING ATTORNEY RATING ORGANIZATIONS

The most respected attorney rating organizations have taken note of Mr. Janet’s skills and accomplishments. Martindale-Hubbell® has repeatedly awarded him its highest possible rating (AV) for legal ability and professional ethics. The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® have consistently identified him as one of the nation’s top attorneys. Mr. Janet was distinguished by The Best Lawyers in America® as a “2012 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs,” “2015 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation − Plaintiffs” and “2018 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.” He is included among the ranks of The National Trial Lawyers® Top 100.

LEADER OF A PREEMINENT LAW FIRM

As founding and managing partner of Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC (JJ&S), Mr. Janet has led his firm to national prominence. Among the firm’s recognitions:

  • Preeminent, the highest classification available from the gold standard of attorney and law firm rating organizations, Martindale-Hubbell®;
  • National Tier 1 law firm ranking in “Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs” and “Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs” from U.S. News & World Report in the last year the organization offered national rankings in these categories; and
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 law firm ranking in “Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs,” “Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs” and “Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs” from U.S. News & World Report.

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  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • The Best Lawyers in America
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  • American Assosiation for Justice Leaders Forum