Robert B. Hetherington
Robert B. Hetherington

Phone: 301-762-7770
Fax: 301-926-7444

Practice Areas:

Civil Litigation
Insurance Defense

Personal Injury
Criminal Defense

Admiralty and Maritime Law



Bob is a principal member of the Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and Criminal Defense practice groups, and he works primarily in the areas of civil litigation, insurance defense, catastrophic personal injury claims, toxic torts, products liability, admiralty and maritime law, and criminal defense. Throughout the course of his career, Bob has tried hundreds of civil and criminal cases to verdict and handled numerous other claims, arbitrations and appellate proceedings primarily in the State and Federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Bob has also served on numerous professional committees and boards, and he has been very active with the bar associations for the jurisdictions in which he is licensed.


Bob was born in Washington, D.C. in 1960 and lived in Texas, Georgia and Hawaii before returning to the Washington Metropolitan Area on a permanent basis in 1974. He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Maryland, and completed his undergraduate studies at Mt. St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he was graduated magna cum laude in 1982. In 1985, he received his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


Starting in his first year of law school, Bob clerked for McCarthy Wilson in Rockville, Maryland. Upon graduating from Catholic University, he served a one-year clerkship for The Honorable William C. Miller, Associate Justice of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. He returned to the firm as an associate in 1986 and became a partner in 1994. He is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and several Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Bob has tried over 150 jury trials to verdict throughout the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and in the Federal Courts of Maryland and D.C.


Bob has been very active in the Montgomery County Bar Association and has served on its Executive Committee as its Treasurer, as an at-large member, and as Chairman of the Nominations and Elections, Circuit Court Bench Bar and Administration of Justice Committees. He has also lectured for the Montgomery County Continuing Legal Education Program offering instruction on Deposition and Trial Techniques. Under the Circuit Court Differentiated Case Management Program in Montgomery County, he has served as a mediator.


Outside of his profession, he has served on the President’s Council of Mt. St. Mary’s College and as Chair of the Parents’ Club of Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland. An avid hunter, Bob enjoys all sports. He has been active in various area athletic associations and has coached baseball, basketball and soccer. Other interests include golfing and boating. Bob and his wife, Marlena, are the proud parents of five sons, Bobby, Brian, Sean, Kyle and Billy. They currently reside in Rockville, Maryland.


Memberships and Awards

  • Federal Bar Association; Maryland Chapter Board of Governor's (2013 - Present)
  • Montgomery County Bar Association [Treasurer – Montgomery County Bar Foundation; Special Appointment – Member, Transition Committee; Treasurer – BAMC; Assistant Treasurer – Montgomery County Bar Foundation; Treasurer- Elect – BAMC; Committee Chair – Nominations and Elections Committee; Poll Captain, Committee to Retain the Sitting Judges of Montgomery County, Maryland; Executive Committee; Bar Leader, Montgomery County Maryland Bar Foundation; Special Appointment – Member, Committee on Committees; Committee Chair – Administration of Justice Committee; Committee Chair – Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee; Member, District Court Bench-Bar Committee; Member, Personal Injury Litigation Section; CLE Lecturer on Trial and Deposition Techniques.]
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) (Associate Member)
  • Guest lecturer on Trial Techniques/Tactics, MSBA Annual Meeting (2004)
  • Delta Mu Delta
  • Monsignor Tierney Honor Society
  • George Henry Miles Honor Society
  • Guest Speaker, “Legal Consequences of Underage Drinking”, Parents’ Club of Georgetown Preparatory School, North Bethesda, Maryland
  • Chair, Parents’ Club of Georgetown Preparatory School, North Bethesda, Maryland (2003 – 2005)
  • Class Networking Representative, Parents’ Club of Georgetown Preparatory School, North Bethesda, Maryland (2000 - 2003)
  • Member, President’s Council of Mt. St. Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland (2000 – 2004)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • District of Columbia Super Lawyers

Reported Cases

  • Warr v. JMGM Group, LLC, 433 Md. 170, 70 A.3d 347 (2013)
  • Bailer v. Erie Insurance Exchange, 344 Md. 515, 687 A.2d 1375 (1997)
  • Horace Mann Ins. Co. v. Worthy, 90 Md.App. 273, 600 A.2d 1151 (1992)
  • S&S Oil, Inc. v. Jackson, 428 Md. 621, 53 A.3d 1125 (2012)

Born: Washington, D.C., July 19, 1960

Education: Mount St. Mary's College, B.S., magna cum laude, 1982, Catholic University of America, J.D., 1985

Membership: Montgomery County (Member, Executive Committee; Sections on: Negligence and Insurance; Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee Bar Leaders, 2000 - Present) and Maryland State Bar Associations; The District of Columbia Bar; Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Associate Member); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Admissions: 1985, Maryland; 1986, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland and U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th and District of Columbia Circuits; 1987, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 1989, U.S. Supreme Court

Miscellaneous Information: Delta Mu Delta. Member: Monsignor Tierney Honor Society; George Henry Miles Honor Society. Law Clerk to the Hon. William C. Miller, Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Maryland, 1985-1986.


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