HanselLaw, PC
Trial and Appellate Counsel
About Us
​“We get results through straightforward and aggressive representation. The successes we achieve in partnership with our clients also help drive social and political change, leaving our world a better, more just place.”
 

Cary J. Hansel

Firm founder, Cary Hansel, was recently voted Trial Lawyer of the Year for the second time by the Maryland Association for Justice.  Cary has extensive trial and appellate experience representing clients in civil rights, constitutional law and government liability cases.  His broad practice also encompasses medical malpractice, business and contract disputes, employment law, public regulation, insurance litigation, products liability, and administrative law.

Cary obtained, and successfully defended on appeal, a verdict the Washington Post called “the largest made by a jury in a civil case involving abuse by Prince George's County police.”  The groundbreaking case established that citizens can hold municipalities liable for engaging in a “pattern and practice” of violating constitutional rights under the Maryland constitution.  This sea change in the law allows victims of government misconduct to introduce evidence of past wrongdoing in each new case, thus sharply raising the penalty for civil rights violators in Maryland.

Cary has also achieved significant settlements and awards in the area of unlawful and unconstitutional employment practices and discrimination.  He has successfully represented numerous victims of illegal employment practices, including a young woman whose employer, a fast-food chain, refused to permit her to wear work-appropriate religious garb, a country-club waitress who was sexually assaulted by a club owner, and a high-level federal government lawyer who suffered severe harassment after her boss inadvertently discovered she was a lesbian.

In a whistleblower case covered in such diverse outlets as the Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone, Cary represented a Securities and Exchange Commission investigator wrongly terminated after uncovering historic security breaches and ethical violations at the SEC.  Cary’s client came to him after having been barred from SEC facilities based on false allegations.  As Cary soon demonstrated, the allegations were made in an effort to discredit the SEC investigator after he exercised his duty to disclose the wrongdoing he discovered to Congress.  After less than six months of aggressive representation, including the filing of a lawsuit, the SEC was forced to drop all of its allegations, publicly clear the investigator’s record, reinstate him and pay him the third largest payment ever made to a federal whistleblower as a result of retaliation.

In a First Amendment case, Cary successfully represented a long-time government employee fired for being a member of the wrong political party.  Cary’s work gave rise to legislative hearings and new laws protecting government employees from termination for their private political views.  He also succeeded in reversing his client’s termination and obtaining a significant award.

In another First Amendment matter, Cary obtained the dismissal of a case in which the plaintiff sought to enmesh the court in changing the religious direction of a large church under the guise of challenging the election of its board of directors.

In an animal cruelty case, Cary represented the Humane Society in obtaining the first court order ever issued in Maryland to stop the use of steel-jawed leg-hold traps.  These traps, which are banned in many countries as cruel and inhumane, were being used despite the widespread availability of cost-effective and humane alternatives.

Cary’s appellate career includes the successful defense of over $30 Million in awards, the creation of a new cause of action in Maryland, and the expansion of citizens’ rights to recover just compensation from governmental wrongdoers and insurance companies.

Cary has also filed amicus curiae briefs in the Maryland Court of Appeals on behalf of the Maryland Education Coalition, American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters of Maryland, Maryland Association for Justice, and former chair of Maryland’s Commission on Education Finance, Equity and Excellence (the Thornton Commission).

Cary is frequently invited to lecture on a variety of legal topics for organizations, including the National Business Institute, the Levin School of Law at the University of Florida, the Louis L. Goldstein Criminal Law Seminar, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, and Maryland and D.C. chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Cary provided invited legislative testimony to the Joint Judiciary Committee of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates in favor of the Equal Access to Justice Act, which was proposed in response to an opinion piece he had published in the Baltimore Sun.  He was also invited to testify before the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates during its consideration of legislation requiring the videotaping of police interrogations, which was proposed after one of his cases brought unlawful interrogation techniques to light.

Cary offered testimony to the Maryland Commission on the Death Penalty warning of the problem of false confessions and the real potential for them to lead to the execution of innocent people.  The Commission quoted him in its final report, recommending abolition of the death penalty in Maryland, a recommendation adopted by the legislature shortly thereafter.

Recorded Oral Arguments
Potential clients are invited to watch one of Cary’s oral arguments online.  Click here for video and audio of his appellate arguments.
 
Press Coverage
Although some of his most successful cases are those in which he avoids media exposure, when a client hopes his or her case will help drive larger social change, Cary’s cases are frequently featured in the media. He has been quoted in more than 300 newspapers nationwide and has appeared on television numerous times.  Click here for press coverage of our work.

Reported Cases
Cary’s reported cases include the following:

Cole v. State Farm Mutual Ins. Co., 359 Md. 298; 753 A.2d 533 (2000) (changing Maryland law to make it easier to recover fair compensation from an insurance company) (click here for opinion)

Wells, et al. v. Chevy Chase Bank, et al., 363 Md. 232; 768 A.2d 620 (2001) (amicus curiae)

Compucel Corp. v. Comm. of Internal Revenue, 2002-1 U.S. Tax Cas. (CCH) P50, 284 (2002)

Moore v. Norouzi, 371 Md. 154; 807 A.2d 632 (2002) (amicus curiae on behalf of Maryland Trial Lawyers Association; the Court of Appeals held that, “We agree with the Amicus Maryland Trial Lawyers Association,” and adopted the position, which opened a new avenue of recovery for civil rights violations.)

LGB Group LLC v. John Booty, 2004 MDBT 1 (Cir. Ct. for Prince George's Co., 1/28/04) (one of the first trial court opinions reported under Maryland Rule 16-205)

Maryland State Bd. of Educ. v. Bradford, 387 Md. 353; 875 A.2d 703 (2005) (amicus curiae)

Kane v. Board of Appeals of Prince George’s County, 390 Md. 145; 887 A.2d 1060 (2005)

Public Service Com’n of Maryland v. Wilson, 389 Md. 27; 882 A.2d 849 (2005)

Prince George’s County v. Longtin, 190 Md. App. 97 (2010)

Prince George’s County v. Longtin, 419 Md. 450 (2011) (establishing a new cause of action and protecting the largest verdict against the County in a police misconduct case) (click here for opinion)

Jones v. State, 38 A.3d 333 (2012) (redefining the boundaries of the public duty doctrine to make it easier to recover fair compensation in cases of police misconduct) (click here for opinion)

Brooks, et al. v. Jenkins, et ux., 103 A.3d 899 (2014) (affirming one of the highest verdicts in history for the intentional shooting of a dog) (click here for opinion)

Rodriguez v. State, No. 0748, Sept. Term, 2012 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2014) (reinstating an award for over $18 Million at Mr. Hansel's request) (click here for opinion)

Cooper v. Rodriguez, 118 A. 3d 829 (MD Court of Appeals 2015) (affirming Mr. Hansel's arguments to reinstate a jury verdict) 

Education
George Washington University Law School, JD, 1999
Washington and Lee University, BA, 1996

Bar Admissions
Maryland
District of Columbia

Court Admissions
United States Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional Affiliations
American Inns of Court, Marlborough Inn, Past President
American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, Board of Governors
Maryland Attorney General’s Task Force on Electronic Weapons, Appointed Member
Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), Board of Governors
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Montgomery County Bar Association
Prince George's County Bar Association

Awards & Honors
Trial Lawyer of the Year, Maryland Association for Justice 2016
​Trial Lawyer of the Year, Maryland Association for Justice 2011
President’s Award, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
Wall of Heroes, American Civil Liberties Union

Justin Stefanon

Justin is an associate attorney with Hansel Law, PC, who shares the firm's dedication, commitment and passion for helping the people of the City of Baltimore.  Justin hails from a family of litigators and his legal philosophy was further molded by his coursework at the Georgetown University Law Center, focusing on Civil Rights, Human Rights, and the culture and history of the law.  Justin appreciates the opportunity to pursue justice afforded by our legal system, especially for those who have suffered from the greatest injustice.  Justin focuses on cases involving governmental abuse of power, whether it be police misconduct, unlawful retaliation in the employment context, or workplace sexual harassment.
 
Justin began his legal career as a Plaintiff’s attorney in the State of Pennsylvania where, for six years, he used his straightforward and aggressive style of representation to help vulnerable Pennsylvanians successfully resolve their claims in State and Federal Courts as well as in Worker’s Compensation hearings.  In personal injury cases, Justin was able to utilize his scientific and technical training to his advantage in representing people injured in motor vehicle accidents and workplace incidents.  Justin is also an avid motorcyclist who brings both his twenty-five plus years of riding experience and his strength as a litigator to bear for clients who want an attorney who understands their perspective as riders. 
 
Prior to joining Hansel Law, PC, Justin worked as a Patent Examiner for the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office utilizing both his legal and technical skills to assess application for patents by applying procedural and substantive law to determine whether to grant or reject the claims of an application.

Education
Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2006
Washington and Lee University, BS, 1996

Bar Admissions
Pennsylvania, 2006
Maryland, 2017
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Affiliations
Maryland State Bar Association

 

Erienne A. Sutherell

Erienne Sutherell is an associate with Hansel Law, P.C. and is committed to advocating for victims’ rights.  She enjoys working directly with our clients and helping to provide a voice fighting for justice on behalf of others.  Since joining the firm, Erienne has been co-counsel in significant jury trials resulting in over 2 million dollars in verdicts.

Erienne began her courtroom trial advocacy by prosecuting domestic violence cases as a Rule 16 Student Attorney in her second year of legal studies.  With the award of a competitive grant from the Center for Applied Feminism and the University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest, Erienne continued her work full-time with the domestic violence unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office up to her final year in law school.  

After graduating cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of law, Erienne served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William O. Carr, Maurice W. Baldwin, and Thomas E. Marshall.
She continued her advocacy for victims’ rights after her clerkship by serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Harford County.  In that capacity, Erienne prosecuted misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, representing the State through every stage of trial. 

During law school, Erienne served on the Executive Board for the University of Baltimore Journal of International Law, overseeing the entire production staff and reviewing all final edits of the journal prior to publication.  She also worked as a research assistant in the area of intellectual property law for Professor Max Oppenheimer, contributing to two of his recently published articles on patent prosecution.  She has recently returned to the University of Baltimore School of Law as a guest speaker on victims’ rights laws in Maryland.

Education
University of Baltimore School of Law, JD, 2015
University of Baltimore, BA, 2012

Bar Admissions
Maryland, 2015
Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

 
Cary J. Hansel, Founder, Hansel Law, PC
2514 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Telephone: 301-461-1040
Facsimile: 443-451-8606
E-mail: cary@hansellaw.com
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Justin Stefanon, Senior Associate
Hansel Law, PC
2514 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Telephone: 301-461-1040
Facsimile: 443-451-8606
E-mail: jstefanon@hansellaw.com
Erienne A. Sutherell, Associate, Hansel Law, PC
2514 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Telephone: 301-461-1040
Facsimile: 443-451-8606
E-mail: esutherell@hansellaw.com

Our Future Lawyers and Support Staff

Future Lawyers Tiana Boardman (L) and Samira Jackson (R)
 

​The strength of our firm comes from the deep commitment to justice for our clients shared by every member of the Hansel Law team.  Our dedication to you binds us together as a tight-knit family.  From the internships Hansel Law provides to top college students to our law clerks, legal assistants, our associates and our founder, we work as one cohesive unit to contribute to the quantum of justice in the world.