Practice Areas

John Bratt represents injury victims in all state and federal courts in Maryland. John’s practice is truly statewide- he has litigated cases in 19 of Maryland’s 24 trial court jurisdictions and in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Primarily, John practices in central Maryland- the Baltimore/DC metropolitan area.

Truck & Commercial Vehicle Crashes

Tractor-Trailer cases are not simply oversized car wrecks. If you have been hurt in a truck crash you need an experienced lawyer who knows what steps to take right away to preserve your rights. You need a lawyer who has experience in preserving evidence, working with trucking industry experts, and accident reconstructionists. Your lawyer needs to know the specific state and federal laws and regulations that apply to the trucking industry. John Bratt has experience taking truck accident cases to trial and winning.

Car Crashes

John Bratt is an experienced car accident lawyer who knows what to expect from the insurance company and its adjusters, lawyers and doctors. Every insurance company is a little bit different. Some are more likely to take a case to trial; others are more likely to settle. John has 15 years experience dealing with insurance companies. John has the knowledge to know if you are being treated fairly, and the skill to take your case to trial if needed. John has the knowledge and experience to get you the best possible result, whether that is through a settlement or a trial. 

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists

When you get hurt in an accident with a hit and run driver, a driver without insurance, or a driver who doesn’t have enough insurance to pay for your damages, you may be entitled to recover money from your own insurance company. These are called Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (or UM) cases. UM cases are governed by the contract you have with your insurance company and by a complex set of state laws and regulations. John Bratt has has a reputation for taking insurance companies to trial on these cases and winning. John is also an expert on the law that applies to these cases, including setting new legal precedent of UM cases in Brethren Insurance Co. v. Buckley, helping to ensure that car accident victims are treated fairly by their own insurers.


John has been handling civil appellate litigation for nearly his entire career, in a wide variety of substantive legal areas, such as arbitrations, evidence, civil discovery, insurance law & coverage, product liability, premises liability, and medical malpractice.  John has served as counsel in the following published appellate cases:

  • Brethren Mut. Ins. Co. v. Buckley, Case No. 10, Sept. Term 2013 (2014).
  • Falik v. Hornage, 413 Md. 163, 991 A.2d 1234 (2010).
  • Buckley v. Brethren Mut. Ins. Co., 207 Md.App. 574, 52 A.3d 456 (2012).
  • Capital Select Realtors v. NRT Mid-Atlantic, 197 Md.App. 698, 14 A.3d 1257 (2011).
  • Mundey v. Erie, 396 Md. 656, 914 A.2d 1167 (2007)(Amicus).
  • Grady v. Brown, 408 Md. 182, 968 A.2d 1084 (2009)(Amicus).
  • White v. Bethlehem Steel Corp., 222 F.3d 146 (2000).
  • Chaires v. Chevy Chase Bank, 131 Md. App. 64, 748 A.2d 34 (2000).

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a serious matter. Grieving family members want to know what happened and can’t get answers from the hospital, doctors or nurses. John can obtain all of the medical records and have them reviewed by an expert to find out what really happened. If an injury or death is a result of medical malpractice, John can help find out what happened and assist you in obtaining compensation for your losses.

Personal Injury

John has wide-ranging experience in all types of personal injury cases, premises liability (slip &fall) cases, dog bite cases, and product injury cases.

For anyone that will have to endure a serious injury due to someone else's negligence, John Bratt is your guy. All lawyers are sharks; they feed off of the money you are awarded to compensate for your injuries. What you need is a creative shark that will obtain the largest sum possible for you, and do everything possible to help you keep as much of it as you can. My case was limited to a policy limit but I know for a fact John exhausted all options, including asking medical providers and health insurers to reduce their bills to get me more money. Having a shark as your lawyer is necessary, so at least have a shark who’s honest, blunt, direct, and insightful, who knows the law and who skips the games. Simple things matter. Choose John Bratt as your shark.

Mustafa I., Howard County, Maryland.

When I first talked to John Bratt and described my case he said it was “right in my wheelhouse” and, as it turned out, he was correct! John did a first class job in representing me in my injury case. He was very professional and thorough in keeping me informed about the status of my case as it progressed through various stages. John always returned my emails and phone calls and answered all my questions. Most importantly, he obtained a fair, timely settlement without us having to go to court. I highly recommend John Bratt to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.

Alan H., Montgomery County, Maryland.

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Verdicts & Settlements

  • $1,063,000 Tractor-Trailer Crash (Trial Verdict)
  • $390,000 Motorcycle Crash (Settlement)
  • $291,648 Car Crash (Trial Verdict)
  • $200,000 Truck Crash (Settlement)
  • $200,000 Slip & Fall (Settlement)
  • $194,563 Car Crash (Trial Verdict)
  • $105,894 Taxicab Crash (Trial Verdict)
  • $100,000 Motorcycle Crash (Settlement)
  • $80,000 Pedestrian Struck (Settlement)