Criminal and Civil Litigation
Trial and Appellate
Helping Injured Workers
One Case at a Time
General Counsel to the Maryland Troopers’ Association
Experience against more than 35 different agencies
Counsel on more than 250 appeals in State and Federal Courts
Multiple cases in the Supreme Court of the United States
Warnken, LLC Attorneys At Law
Warnken, LLC started more than 20 years ago. The senior member of the firm, Byron L. Warnken, Esq., has been an attorney for more than 35 years. He is also a full-time law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Warnken teaches various criminal law related classes. In the past, he taught issues in law enforcement. From his classes, came his practice. In the beginning, being a scholar meant interesting specialty litigation at the appellate level. Things grew from there.
Warnken, LLC has handled more than 1300 criminal cases in more than 20 years of practice. This includes all phases of criminal litigation, including trial work and post-verdict work. Post-verdict means criminal appeals, post conviction, sentencing and other collateral review. Professor Byron L. Warnken teaches criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure. He is also the author of Maryland Criminal Procedure, a 1940-page three-volume treatise on the subject.
Warnken, LLC’s civil litigation practice, at this point, is primarily appeals. However, through of-counsel relationships, we handle car accidents, negligence, contested liability cases, personal injury, medical malpractice, and other injuries or disputes.
Workers’ compensation is by far the fastest growing practice area at Warnken, LLC. Our comp practice is likely the fastest growing in the state. Warnken, LLC had less than 20 comp files at any given time two and a half years ago. Today there are approximately 100.
Our comp practice grew from serving law enforcement. Being one of the most dangerous jobs, police officers and other public safety employees often need counsel for workplace injuries. In order to serve our existing clients, we gained the expertise.
For more than 15 years, Warnken, LLC has been general counsel to the Maryland Troopers Association. We handle administrative discipline, trial boards, disability retirement, grievances, and generally anything else active or retired law enforcement personnel face. We take great pride in the work.
Workplaces are much safer since the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act, which promised workers the right to a safe job. Despite the significant improvement in workplace rules and regulations, too many workers are still at serious risk of on-the-job injury, illness, and even death.
Here are 10 facts to consider about America’s workers based on the 23rd annual AFL-CIO report on the state of safety and health protections.
- The number of workplace deaths overall have declined since 1970, when the country registered about 13,800 on-the-job fatalities. In 2012, the number of deaths was about one-third of that, at about 4,600 fatalities.
- The most dangerous U.S. state for workers is North Dakota. Its fatality rate (almost 18 deaths per 100,000 workers) is five times higher than the national average.
- Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Washington State and California had the lowest fatality rates in 2012.
- Twenty-one states saw jumps in either the rate or the number of fatalities between 2011 to 2012, with New Hampshire posting an 83 percent rise, followed by North Dakota at 43 percent, and Vermont with a 35 percent increase.
- More than 3.8 million workers suffered from work-related injuries and illnesses in 2012, which the union said is likely underreported and could be as high as 11.4 million employees.
- Latino workers, especially those born outside of the United States, continue to face higher rates of workplace fatalities and accounted for 748 of 2012’s on-the-job deaths.
- Musculoskeletal disorders caused by ergonomic hazards are increasing and now account for 34.7% of all serious injuries.
- Workplace violence is also a growing problem, causing 24,610 serious injuries and killing 803 workers in 2012.
- Women workers suffered two-thirds of the injuries related to workplace violence.
- The cost of job injuries and illnesses is estimated at $250 billion to $330 billion every year.