Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, & Gold, P.A.

Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, & Gold, P.A.

DC, MD, & VA personal injury and civil litigation

Firm Overview

Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind & Gold, P.A. excels as a plaintiffs' personal injury and general civil litigation firm, serving clients from our offices in Washington, DC, in Northern Virginia, and throughout Maryland in major cases including truck accidents and traumatic brain injuries. While Karp Wigodsky is one of the larger personal injury firms in the Washington, DC metro area, becoming the largest firm is not our goal. Rather, we strive to be the firm that secures the best measure of justice for our clients.

Our practice areas

As part of the growth and increasing prominence and reputation of Karp Wigodsky, our practice areas have expanded over the past few years to include major personal injuries of many kinds as well as commercial litigation, business law, malpractice, family law, and estate planning:

-Business law
-Car accidents
-Commercial litigation
-Disability claims
-Domestic relations
-Estate planning
-Family law
-Major personal injury
-Medical malpractice
-Military claims
-Motorcycle accidents
-Premises liability
-Professional malpractice
-Serious injuries to children
-Traumatic brain injury
-Trucking accidents
-Wills and trusts

Yet despite the firm's growth, we have made a point of maintaining close, personal relationships with our clients.

Our philosophy

Our firm's philosophy is to seek solutions through negotiation, settlement, arbitration, or mediation before litigating a matter in court. But when a case cannot be satisfactorily resolved without resorting to litigation, we pride ourselves on our case presentation, trial experience, and appellate victories.

Our seasoned litigators have won many notable cases in federal and state courts and have an outstanding record of appellate victories. Karp Wigodsky has co-counseled major cases referred by attorneys in New York, Chicago, Boston, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Jersey in addition to the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. We are proud of the fact that over half of our major cases are referred to us by attorneys who trust Karp Frosh to represent their clients in court.

Service to our communities

We are proud that Karp Wigodsky lawyers take the time to serve the community:

Ron Karp has served for more than 20 years on the Washington Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League, an organization devoted to fighting bigotry.

Brian Frosh has served in the Maryland State Legislature for more than 20 years, first in the House of Delegates and presently in the Senate.

Lee Norwind has devoted years to serving on the Board of Trustees for The Barnesville School.

Phil Kessel acted as a "lawyer volunteer," providing free legal representation to those seeking recovery from the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

Main Office

Main Office
Suite 200 2273 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850



Personal Injury

Major Personal Injury

Trusted legal help in Washington, Maryland, and Northern Virginia

As one of the leading personal injury law firms in the Washington, DC area, Karp Wigodsky has long concentrated on representing plaintiffs in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia who have been harmed by the intentional or negligent misconduct of others.

We determined years ago that it would be most effective to separate personal injury cases into two types - the relatively simple ones that could be resolved quickly without complex litigation and the catastrophic ones that often require extensive litigation.

Get fair compensation quickly in uncomplicated cases

For personal injury cases that can be settled out of court, our Pre-Litigation Unit resolves these efficiently so that clients can receive fair compensation quickly. Partner Jeff Wigodsky heads up this unit, concentrating his attention on the resolution of car accident and slip and fall cases that need not be litigated. When appropriate, we actively pursue mediation and arbitration to get these cases settled.

This strategy has worked very well for our clients. Jeff resolves hundreds of cases every year in a fast and fair manner. If Jeff is unable to resolve your case through these methods, it is transferred to one of our firm's experienced litigators. Our litigators are very strong advocates for your case in court. They include past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan DC and recipients of the Association's Trial Lawyer of the Year award.

Comprehensive results for victims of catastrophic injuries

Our Major Case Unit, under the supervision of partner Lee Norwind, handles cases involving catastrophic injury, including-

-Closed head injuries
-Brain damage
-Birth and birth trauma injuries
-Spinal cord injuries
-Serious injuries to children

In these cases, the victim is likely to need extra care for a long period of time. Our concern is that you receive compensation that will take care of the victim's needs for as long as necessary. We consistently get impressive results for our cliens - including million-dollar awards in courtroom verdicts and in settlements.

We take special satisfaction in the awards we secure for children who suffer catastrophic injuries. A young woman our managing partner Ron Karp represented in a malpractice suit when she was a baby recently came to work at our law firm as an intern. She was able to graduate from high school and is heading to college with funds we secured in her case many years before. Her goal is to become a lawyer so that she can help people as powerless as she was when we represented her.

More than half of our major cases are referred to us by attorneys who trust Karp Wigodsky to represent their clients in court. We have co-counseled cases in New York, Chicago, Boston, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Jersey in addition to our local areas of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Making justice a reality for our clients

Karp Wigodsky is committed to undertaking challenging cases, changing lives, and making justice a reality for our clients. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingent fee basis. You pay no legal fees unless and until we secure a monetary recovery for you.

Jack Gold

Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, & Gold, P.A.

Jack Gold heads the firm's appellate division, handles complex dispositive motions in lower courts and recently expanded his practice to include estate planning. Jack has accumulated an impressive record of appellate victories in the state courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and also has won federal court appeals in the Fourth and Fifth Circuits (summaries of representative cases in which Jack and other members of the Firm have been involved can be viewed by clicking the Appellate Victories button). Jack has served on the Amicus Committee for the D.C. Trial Lawyers Association for more than 10 years, and he was Chairman of the committee from 2001-2003. Jack has an "AV Preeminent" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell -- the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability. Jack received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1992 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1983.

Areas of practice

-Appellate practice-state and federal
-Professional malpractice-plaintiffs
-Wills and trusts

Admitted to practice
-Maryland, 1992
-District of Columbia, 1994
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
-U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1994
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1994
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 2005
-U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1994
-U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1994

-AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell
-Super Lawyers
-Best Lawyers in America

-Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1992
-University of Michigan, B.A., 1982

Representative cases
-Anthony v. Okie Dokie, Inc., 976 A.2d 901 (D.C. 2009)
-WMATA v. Barksdale-Showell, 965 A.2d 16 (D.C. 2009)
-Marcantonio v. Moen, 959 A.2d 764 (Md. 2008)
-Unity Communications v. Cingular Wireless, 256 Fed.Appx. 679 (5th Cir. 2007)
-Unity Communications v. BellSouth Cellular, 243 Fed.Appx. 792 (5th Cir. 2006)
-Smith v. WMATA, 184 Fed.Appx. 311 (4th Circuit 2006)
-Goldston v. Kebe (Md. App. 2006)
-Warrick v. Walker, 814 A.2d 932 (D.C. 2003)
-Propper v. Adelberg, et al., (Md. App. 2002)
-Moldover v. GEICO, Case No. 1316 (Md. App. 2001)
-Lawson v. GWU Medical Center, 745 A.2d 323 (D.C. 2000)
-Foster v. GWU Medical Center, 738 A.2d 791 (D.C. 1999)
-Brown v. Consolidated Rail Corp., 717 A.2d 309 (D.C. 1998)
-Moura v. Randall, 705 A.2d 334 (Md. App. 1998)
-Artis v. Corona Corp. of Japan, 703 A.2d 1214 (D.C. 1997)
-Durphy v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, 698 A.2d 459 (D.C. App. 1997)
-Houston v. Safeway Stores, Inc., 697 A.2d 851 (Md. 1997)

Professional memberships
-Maryland State Bar Association
-Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
-D.C. Trial Lawyers Association
-American Constitution Society


Georgetown University Law Center
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