Howard Janet has been representing plaintiffs in complex civil litigation for more than 30 years in states across the country. His efforts on behalf of clients have repeatedly produced record-breaking verdicts and settlements and have led to a national reputation for helping individuals and communities in three key areas:
Medical malpractice, with an emphasis on handling cases involving brain injury and cerebral palsy often from mismanaged labor and delivery
Pharmaceutical and medical device product liability
He has been recognized nationally by the legal profession’s most respected peer review organizations: Martindale-Hubbell (AV), Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He has also been recognized in the media as a leading trial lawyer with cases being reported on by USA Today, Dateline NBC, Jet Magazine, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun and affiliates of ABC, NBC and CBS among others.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Janet has investigated over 10,000 cases nationwide involving cerebral palsy, most often in the context of suspected obstetrical negligence. Among the results he has achieved on behalf of children with cerebral palsy are the largest medical malpractice verdicts ever won in the District of Columbia ($24 Million) and largest birth injury verdict in Minnesota ($15.5 Million). In other types of medical malpractice cases, he also has obtained record-breaking verdicts and settlements. These cases have included substandard care that produced brain damage unrelated to cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, misdiagnosed cancer, amputation, stroke and heart attack.
In addition, Mr. Janet has expanded the rights of victims of medical malpractice by advocating and winning decisions that broadened the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims and established the right of brain damaged children to be compensated for future medical expenses when their parents claims for those expenses are precluded by the statute of limitations. He also was instrumental in developing a national nonprofit organization, Cerebral Palsy Family Network, to help families find resources and share information nationwide.
Taking on mishandled medical malpractice claims as legal malpractice claims, Mr. Janet has successfully represented clients who received improper representation by their prior medical malpractice attorneys. Mr. Janet has won many multimillion dollar recoveries in cases of this nature, including a $12 Million verdict for a previously botched anesthesia malpractice claim.
Mr. Janet’s environmental experience includes claims involving medical monitoring, property damage and remediation arising out of mishandling of toxic materials. Currently, he is representing clients in litigation in Ohio, and investigating cases in Nevada and New Jersey, both of which he expects to be filed imminently.
Mr. Janet is a member of the Maryland bar. Over the course of his career he has been specially admitted to represent clients in Minnesota, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Iowa, Tennessee, Nevada, and numerous other states. Representation of clients in litigation outside of Maryland is accomplished in concert with local counsel and with the permission of the applicable state or federal court.
His firm, Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, represents South Carolina, West Virginia and numerous individuals in pharmaceutical litigation. Pharmaceutical cases currently focus on menopausal hormone replacement therapy, shoulder pain pumps and Vioxx.