Recently, Jonathan Portner, of Portner & Shure, was awarded membership to one of the most celebrated and respected groups of attorneys in the country, Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America.  Membership to this elusive group is limited to the most qualified and accomplished attorneys in the United States.  Due to the group's high standards for membership, less than one percent (1%) of the attorneys in America have been invited to join the "Best Attorneys of America".  Portner & Shure is the only firm in the area with one of its attorneys being invited to join the Best Attorneys of America organization, representing Maryland.  The group's mission statement is: "[t]o recognize outstanding achievements of attorneys throughout the country."

This award is further proof that Portner & Shure is the best personal injury law firm in Maryland and Virginia and that Mr. Portner is one of the best personal injury attorneys in the country.  Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America invites lawyers to become a member after an attorney peer review process evaluating the attorney's qualifications. 

This is just one of many different awards, honors, and distinctions that have been bestowed on Mr. Portner by the legal community.  Mr. Portner has been a licensed attorney in Maryland and Washington, D.C. since 1988.  He specializes in matters of personal injury, including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, and criminal defense.  In addition to this Best Attorneys of America award, Mr. Portner is a member of the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers Association, a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and countless others.

Maryland Personal Injury Attorneys | Airbag Recall

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Maryland, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney: Airbag recall Affects Millions of Cars

Millions of cars from almost a dozen auto makers are affected by a serious and dangerous recall due to defective airbags. Over five million Honda vehicles could have the issue, nearly one million Toyota vehicles, almost 700,000 Nissan vehicles, and more than 600,000 BMW vehicles are affected. A significant number of Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru vehicles are all affected. Years for these vehicles range from 2000 to 2011 depending on the specific model. The reason for the recall is due to defective inflators made by Japanese parts supplier Tanaka that explode too strongly and send metal shrapnel through the bag into people. There have been more than 100 cases where this has occurred. Some say there have been four deaths and multiple injuries. However, the government is only reporting three injuries and is continuing to investigate. Federal regulators are urging owners of these affected vehicles to
"take immediate action." 2014 has been the worst year for auto recalls in U.S. history, with more than 1 in 5 cars and trucks at risk of defects.

If you have purchased a car that has recently been recalled, take it to the dealer to get fixed. Further, you may be entitled to several legal remedies, including:

Economic damages: you may be able to recoup lost value of the car's resale value. You may also be able to recover for loss of use of the car

Personal injury recovery: if the defective automobile resulted in physical injuries to you, you may be able to recover for the costs associated with the injury

Class action: If the recall has affected enough numbers of consumers, a class action lawsuit might be an available option

Manufacturer reimbursement: Some auto manufacturers may voluntarily pay repair bills the defective product caused before the recall.

Sometimes, however, you may need to initiate litigation to be compensated for your financial as well as your physical losses. From SUV rollovers to fuel fed fires and faulty door latches, there are a variety of vehicle safety defects that can lead to severe injuries in a car crash. At Portner & Shure, we have handled these cases for over twenty years. We have the experience and technical resources to analyze your auto accident case, answer your questions, and pursue the compensation you deserve.

If you or a family member has been injured or killed as a result of a Maryland personal injury and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information, please feel free to contact our office at (410) 995-1515 or visit us on the web at

Can I send a text message or talk on my handheld cell phone while driving in Maryland?

No. Maryland bans cell phone use while driving without a hands-free device. This means you cannot have the phone in your hands while driving. Instead, drivers must use a hands-free device, like a Bluetooth headset, if they wish to talk on their cell phone.

Can law enforcement officers pull me over for talking or texting on my cell phone?

Yes. In Maryland, the use of handheld cell phones (includes both talking and texting) while driving is a primary offense. This means law enforcement officers in Maryland have the authority to pull drivers over for talking and/or texting on a cell phone without using a hands-free device. The offense was previously a secondary offense, requiring officers to pull you over for something else before citing drivers for using their phones improperly.

What are the fines associated with getting pulled over while using a cell phone while driving in Maryland?

A first-time offender will be fined $83, including court costs. A second offense will cost $140 and increase to $160 for a third and subsequent offense. In addition, if the violation contributed to an accident, 3 points will also be assessed in addition to the fine.

What if I need to use my cell phone for an emergency?

Drivers can use their phones to call or text 911 in the event of an emergency. Maryland law continues to ban the use of cell phones while driving for school bus drivers, those under 18 and adults who hold learner's permits.

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What happens if a drunk driver kills someone? Impaired driving is one of Maryland's highest priority traffic safety issues. If you are involved in an impaired driving accident, you could be charged with a number of different criminal offenses, including but limited to, manslaughter by vehicle in violation of Md. Crim. L. Code Ann. § 2-209, homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in violation of Md. Crim. L. Code Ann. § 2-503, homicide by motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol in violation of Md. Crim. L. Code Ann. § 2-504, driving a vehicle on a highway in excess of the posted miles per hours limit, and driving a motor vehicle in wanton and willful disregard for the safety of personal and property in violation of Md. Trans. Code Ann. § 21-901.1A. When faced with such high-stakes charges, it is important you enlist an assertive attorney from Portner & Shure to fight for you.

Maryland's definition of an impaired driving crash is at least one of the drivers involved in the crash was reported to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Impairment is determined through the driver condition, blood alcohol content, substance use and contributing factor fields on the crash report.

According to Maryland's 2014 Highway Safety Plan, over the past five years, an average of 8,216 impaired driving crashes has occurred annually on Maryland's roadways. On average, 185 people have lost their lives and 4,352 were injured each year. This loss of life represents approximately one-third of all of Maryland's traffic fatalities. The highest number of impaired driving crashes occurs among male drivers between the ages of 21 and 49. The highest concentration of impaired driving crashes is recorded in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, which includes Baltimore City, central Maryland, and Washington D.C. 5 jurisdictions--Prince George's, Baltimore, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel counties and Baltimore City-account for more than 60 percent of all impaired driving crashes statewide.

Traffic related prosecutions, particularly DUIs and DUI-fatalities, are among the most complicated cases to handle. The highly experienced attorneys at Portner & Shure can begin working on your vehicular homicide case immediately to ensure your rights are protected. The committed attorneys will work tirelessly to build a strong defense and find weaknesses in the prosecution's case. 

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In order to provide a more user-centric experience to its visitors, Portner & Shure, one of Maryland's highest ranked law firms, has launched a website overhaul by making improvements to its core website's navigation and content design. Read more...

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Personal Injury Attorneys Have a New Column

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Our firm is now writing for Korea Daily ( and the Korean Biz Journal (!

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GEICO Insurance company generally takes the position that if a car has low or no property damage the recovery should be denied or limited to approximately $1,000.00. Fortunately, most District Court Judges disagree with this analysis. As a result, when this occurs, Portner & Shure has a history of filing lawsuits and ultimately obtaining excellent recoveries.

Insurance companies track a law firm's record in Court. As a result of our past track record we were able to settle a case for two Chinese speaking clients in low impact automobile accident cases without filing suit. In this case, that settled in April of 2014, the property damage was approximately $300.00. Our clients spoke only Chinese and saw only an internist and Chinese speaking acupuncturist. Bot sustained only soft tissue injuries. Arguably, therefore, neither the clients nor the doctors would make good witnesses. Nevertheless, the cases were settled for $20,000.00 each by our firm without having to file a lawsuit.

Past track records, in other words, dictate current results. If you are pursuing a low impact accident, or speak only Chinese, Korean or Spanish, don't be intimidated. However, choose a lawyer with a proven track record in court.

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Many of our clients ask us to explain the distinction between Federal laws and state laws. State laws only apply to those who are within that state. Local laws are for counties, towns, and municipalities. This is different from Federal laws, which apply to everyone within the United States. Federal and state laws are separated by the areas of law in which they cover.

Federal laws include:

  • Immigration Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Laws
  • Civil Rights Laws (Laws that protect against discrimination based on race, age, gender, and disability)
  • Patent and Copyright Laws
  • Federal Criminal Laws (This includes laws such as tax evasion, kidnapping, counterfeiting, immigration offenses, and certain drug-related offenses)

State laws include:

  • Criminal Matters
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • Welfare and Public Assistance
  • Wills and Estates Law
  • Real Estate and Real Property Law
  • Business Law
  • Personal Injury and Negligence Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law

Local Laws include:

  • Rent Laws
  • Zoning Laws
  • Local Safety Laws

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