Paul D. Raschke, Partner of Nusinov Smith, LLP

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Paul D. Raschke, Partner of Nusinov Smith, LLP, Attorneys at Law, Baltimore, MD

Paul D. Raschke, joined the partnership in 2014, after having practiced for more than 30 years both in private practice and in government and corporate settings. Presently, he concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and trust litigation, commercial litigation and appellate litigation.

In 2011, while working for the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, P.C., he served as a senior member of a team of lawyers who obtained a $1.5 billion verdict against Exxon Corporation for contamination in Jacksonville, Maryland, one of the largest verdicts in Maryland history. In 2002, he succeeded in overturning the State’s legislative districting plan in an unprecedented trial before the Maryland Court of Appeals. Through his work in government and business  he has counseled a wide range of senior executives, from the Chancellor and Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, to the office of the Governor of Maryland, to the chief executive and senior officers of the Maryland Casualty Company.

He represented commercial property owners in their challenge to the Baltimore’s ill-fated land use decisions involving the “Superblock,” the proposed urban renewal project for the west side of downtown.

He earned his B.A. at the University of Nebraska and his law degree from the University of Maryland where he led the International Moot Court Team. Mr. Raschke served three terms as chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Committee on Ethics. He has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Notable Cases:

  • Ackerman v. Exxon Corp., 734 F.3d 237 (4th Cir. 2013) –  Defeated Exxon’s removal to federal court of homeowners’ contamination claims.
  • Exxon Corp. v. Albright, 432 Md. 67 (2013) –  Defended $1.5 billion jury verdict resulting from Exxon’s fraud and tortious contamination of environment.
  • Sofocleous v. The Boeing Co., No. 07-1737 (7th Cir.) – Briefed challenge to forum non conveniens dismissal of action stemming from international airline disaster compelling Boeing to enter into settlement favorable to our clients.
  • Ehrlich v. Grove, 396 Md. 550 (2007) – Obtained ruling sustaining Governor’s challenge to discovery of privileged information in suit alleging political discrimination in employment.
  • In re Application of Kimmer, 392 Md. 251 (2006) – Successfully defended bar examination procedure against ADA challenge.
  • Ridgely v. Montgomery County, 164 Md. App. 214 (2005) – Defeated firefighter’s claim of disability-based employment discrimination.
  • Delauter v. Shafer, 374 Md. 317 (2003) – Successful challenge to application of ground rent statute.
  • In re Legislative Districting of State, 370 Md. 312 (2002) – Successfully challenged constitutionality of State’s legislative redistricting plan, resulting in unprecedented redrawing of map by State’s highest court.
  • SEFAC Lift & Equipment Corp. v. MTA, 367 Md. 374 (2002) – Challenge to jurisdiction of Board of Contract Appeals over government-initiated suit against contractor.
  • Clapper v. Chesapeake Conf. of Seventh-day Adventists, 166 F.3d 1208 (4th Cir. 1998) (unpublished), cert. denied, 526 U.S. 1145 (1999) – Prevailed in 1st amendment defense of parochial school system against claim of employment discrimination.
  • Loveman v. Catonsville Nursing Home, Inc., 349 Md. 560 (1998) – Successfully defeated landlord’s claim that certificate of need attaches to realty.
  • Whetzel v. Whetzel, No. 1465 (Ct. Sp. App. 1998) and No. 1996 (Ct. Sp. App. 1995) – Successful prosecution of claim of fraud on marital rights of surviving spouse to share in estate.