Jaime W. Luse

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Jaime W. Luse

Jaime Luse defends businesses of all sizes in commercial and employment litigation.  An advocate who has prevailed in many difficult trials, she has experience in the state and federal courts of Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia.  She is also adept at negotiating with adversaries to resolve disputes efficiently on behalf of her clients.

Ms. Luse has handled numerous commercial cases, including negligence, insurance coverage, breach of contract, and leasing disputes.  In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Ms. Luse defends employers against employment-related claims, including  discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act, claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and unlawful retaliation.

In recent years, she has:

  • First chaired a jury trial defending a Minority Business Enterprise in an age discrimination claim where the former employee was seeking $1 million; the jury returned a verdict in favor of the employer after a short deliberation;
  • First chaired a jury trial defending a bank that was sued for negligent handling of a customer’s personal and business accounts.  The customer requested damages exceeding $4 million, but was awarded less than 1% of the amount sought;
  • Second chaired a jury trial defending a local employer against claims that it violated the FLSA;
  • Second chaired a defense win in a jury verdict in federal court for a client facing a claim under the Family Medical Leave Act;
  • Defended a hospital in a religious discrimination claim that was resolved on summary judgment in federal court;
  • Defended a large national accounting firm in a wage claim that was dismissed on summary judgment in federal court;
  • Defended a national beverage manufacturer and distributor against negligence claims; the circuit court jury trial lasted several days and concluded with a defense verdict;
  • Served as regular litigation counsel on behalf of an industrial equipment leasing company for which she has resolved numerous leasing disputes; and
  • Served as regular local counsel for an automobile dealership financing company, for which she has handled leasing claims in Maryland.

Ms. Luse also has appellate experience.  She has briefed and argued before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and briefed before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Leadership

Ms. Luse is an active member of the DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar and was appointed to its Law Institute.  Additionally, she currently serves on DRI’s Employment and Labor Law Steering Committee and DRI’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.  Previously, she served as the Program Chair for the 2014 Employment & Labor Law Seminar and the Chair of the ADA/FMLA Subcommittee and Program Vice-Chair for the 2013 Employment and Labor Law Seminar.  She is also chair of the Maryland Defense Counsel’s Employment Law Subcommittee.

Ms. Luse is active with the McDaniel College Alumni Counsel, and has served on the Advisory Council of the college’s Women’s Leadership Network, which is dedicated to advancing women through programs and service opportunities. She also provides pro bono legal services through Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.  She served as a member of the board of directors of The Columbia Orchestra. 

In 2015, The Daily Record honored Ms. Luse with its VIP – Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 – award.  This annual award recognizes professionals based on professional accomplishments, community service, and a commitment to inspiring change.

 

 

Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk for The Honorable Arrie Davis of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

 

 

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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2002) Member, Heuisler Honor Society; Associate Comments Editor, University of Baltimore Law Review
  • McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) (B.A., magna cum laude, 1999) Honors Program; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of Maryland
  • Commonwealth of Virginia

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  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, Law Institute member, 2014-present and Program Chair for 2014 Employment & Labor Law Seminar
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Chair of Employment Law Subcommittee
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • McDaniel College Women's Leadership Network and Alumni Association
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  • The Columbia Orchestra, Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • Howard County Leadership Program, Class of 2015
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, chair, Employment Law Subcommittee, 2014-
  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, Member, Law Institute, 2014-; Program Chair for 2014; Employment & Labor Law Seminar; Member of Employment and Labor Law Steering Committee, 2013; Chair of ADA/FMLA Subcommittee for Employment and Labor Law Committee, 2012-2013; Employment Law Committee Liaison for 2011 DRI Annual Meeting
  • McDaniel College Alumni Council, Member-at-Large, 2011-present; Women’s Leadership Network and Alumni Association
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