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James Cardea

Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea, LLC
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James Cardea
Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea, LLC

James D. Cardea received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College and graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he received American Jurisprudence Awards in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing (1992) and Domestic Relations (1994). He was also a Staff Editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review from 1994-1995 and was awarded membership to the Heuisler Honor Society.

Mr. Cardea has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America™ since 2011. Mr. Cardea has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Maryland™ by The American Trial Lawyers Association and a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the State of Maryland by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Since 2018, Mr. Cardea has been included as one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Maryland by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. Mr. Cardea has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine™ since 2010 where he has been recognized as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Maryland since 2012. Mr. Cardea has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell™, a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Mr. Cardea has also received the prestigious Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Maryland from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc. He has previously has been recognized by the American Biographical Institute as the Man of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to Law.

Mr. Cardea has successfully served as lead trial counsel in dozens of medical malpractice cases before juries throughout the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Cardea’s effective trial skills have resulted in numerous six and seven figure jury verdicts which have been featured in The Baltimore Sun and The Maryland Daily Record, among other publications. According to, Mr. Cardea’s $1.75 million verdict in a Baltimore County jury trial was one of the top 100 medical malpractice verdicts in the country in 2019.

Appointments & Awards

Recently included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

AIOPIA 2022 10 Best Personal Injury Law High Verdict Attorney

Martindale-Hubbell™ – AV Rating

Best Lawyers in America™

Maryland Super Lawyers™

American Board of Trial Advocates

Litigation Counsel of America

National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s “Top One Percent”

Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America

American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Maryland

The American Trial Lawyers Association™, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Maryland

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers™

Maryland Super Lawyers™, Top 100 Super Lawyers for Maryland

America’s Most Honored Professionals Top 5 Percent™

The American Biographical Association Man of the Year in Law™

Who’s Who in American Law™

Global Directory of Who’s Who™

Heuisler Honor Society, University of Baltimore

American Jurisprudence Award in Domestic Relations

American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Analysis, Research & Writing

National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc.

Top 10 Attorney for the State of Maryland

Lawyers of Distinction

Million Dollar Advocates Forum


Maryland State Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

United States District Court for the District of Maryland


American Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Bar Association of Baltimore City

Heuisler Honor Society

Maryland State Bar Association

Maryland Association for Justice

Prince George’s County Bar Association

The American Trial Lawyers Association

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