Miller, Miller & Canby’s Donna E. McBride has been appointed to the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure by the Court of Appeals of Maryland, which is Maryland’s highest court. Under the Maryland Constitution, the Court of Appeals is empowered to regulate the practice and procedure in the State Courts. As part of that function, the Court of Appeals may appoint a standing committee of lawyers, judges, and other persons competent in judicial practice, procedure, or administration to assist the Court in the exercise of its rulemaking power. The Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, often referred to simply as the Rules Committee, was appointed originally in 1946 to succeed an ad hoc Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure created in 1940. Its members meet regularly to consider proposed amendments and additions to the Maryland Rules of Procedure and to submit recommendations for change to the Court of Appeals. Donna’s appointment to this important committee reflects her extensive litigation experience and the respect she has earned with Maryland’s highest court. She will serve a three year term.
Donna, an AV-rated partner in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation practice, is a native and lifelong resident of Montgomery County. In her two decades of practice, she has tried hundreds of lawsuits throughout the state of Maryland and in the District of Columbia, approximately 100 of which were jury trials. Her trial practice is diverse and extensive. Earlier in her career, she concentrated her practice in personal injury matters and continues to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in such cases. More recently, she has played leading roles in complex commercial disputes for large corporate clients and in other areas such as employment disputes, insurance related litigation, zoning and land use matters and in trust litigation. Additionally, she has expertise in acting as divorce trustee, assisting in presenting sound options for disposition or allocation of trust property when trustees involved are going through a separation or divorce. All her areas of practice concentration have involved difficult and novel issues that her extensive courtroom experience enables her to navigate with success.
In addition to her extensive background as a trial lawyer and her new appointment to the Rules Committee, Donna is a co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee, serves on the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, and is a member of the Montgomery Inn of Court and volunteers as a mediator for the District Court. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Montgomery County Bar Association.