Stephen C. Offutt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Baltimore, MD

Wais, Vogelstein, Forman and Offutt, LLC
 | 1829 Reisterstown Road, Suite 425
Baltimore, MD 21208
Phone: 410-415-9111
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2014, 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen C. Offutt is a partner with the Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt LLC law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. Regarded as one of the top medical malpractice attorneys in the country, Mr. Offutt devotes his time and resources to helping those adversely affected by the negligence of physicians and health care providers.

Early in his career, Mr. Offutt served as a defense attorney for insurance companies, so he has invaluable knowledge regarding the industry, which helps him devise more effective strategies for his plaintiff clients seeking to recover their rightful compensation and benefits.

Particularly focused on cases involving cerebral palsy, birth injuries, and brain and spinal cord injuries, Mr. Offutt has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients and secured some of the largest medical malpractice verdicts ever awarded. In 2013, he helped obtain over $33 million dollars for a family whose son suffered catastrophic brain damage during birth, leading to his cerebral palsy, and he has secured multimillion-dollar verdicts for other brain and birth injury victims throughout the country.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in 1985, Mr. Offutt attended the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1988. The Maryland State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., and Minnesota. Additionally, he can legally practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland, the District of Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

Recognized for his high degree of professionalism and impeccable ethical standards, Mr. Offutt holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" rating from AVVO, and The National Trial Lawyers voted him as one of the country's Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a member of the American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (50%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Personal Injury - General (50%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2014, 2017 - 2019

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About Stephen Offutt

Admitted: 1988, Maryland

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Honors and Awards:

  • One of the 100 Best Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • "Superb", Avvo
  • Super Lawyers®
  • AV, Martindale-Hubbell®

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Birth Trauma Litigation Group, (BTLG)
  • American Bar Association
  • Public Justice
  • Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ)
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ)
  • Minnesota Federal Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • District of Columbia Federal Bar
  • District of Columbia State Bar
  • Maryland Federal Bar
  • Maryland State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Obtained on behalf of a little boy named "Jordan". The jury in that case returned a verdict in the amount of THIRTY THREE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED THOUSANDS DOLLARS $33,400,000.00, 2013
  • $13,500,000.00 - MN – Labor And Delivery Mismanagement. Recovery For A Child Who Suffered Cerebral Palsy And Mental Retardation Due To A Mismanaged Labor And Delivery
  • $4,000,000.00 - MN – Failure To Manage Infection. Failure To Manage Signs And Symptoms Of An Infection That Developed Shortly After Delivery Resulting In Menegitis
  • $4,500,000.00 - MN – Failure To Respond To An Electronic Fetal Monitoring Data. Medical Staff Did Not Act On Concerning Fetal Monitor Tracings In A Timely Manner, Leading To Brain Damage And Cerebral Palsy
  • $4,500,000.00 - MN – Cerebral Palsy. Recovery For A Child Who Suffered Cerebral Palsy And Mental Retardation Because Of Mismanagement Labor And Delivery
  • $6,000,000.00 - MN – Failure To Perform Enmergency C-Section. Recovery Of Six Million Dollars After Medical Staff Failed To Appropriately Interprete And Respond To Evidence Of Fetal Compromise And Perform Emergency C-Section Resulting In Brain Damage
  • $6,000,000.00 - MN – Brain Damage. Mismanagement Of Labor And Delivery Resulted In Brain Damage And Cerebral Palsy
  • $4,000,000.0 - MN – Cerebral Palsy. In This Case The Nursing Staff Knew That This Child’s Doctor Was Making Serious Mistakes. The Nurse Did Infact Go To Her Supervisors To Correct The Situation But Her Efforts Were Too Liitle And Too Late And This Little Boy Suffered Serious Oxygen Deprivation Which Lead To Cerebral Palsy
  • $4,250,000.00 - MN – Failure To Diagnose/Brain Damage. This Liitle Boy’s Health Care Providers Committed A Series Of Errors. First They Failed To Diagnose A Serious Condition He Had In Utero Which Would Have Required Delivery At A Hospital With Personnel Able To Safely Deliver Him. Then They Failed To Recognize That He Was In Serious Distress After Birth And Obtain An Immediate Transfer To An Appropriate Facility. The End Result Was Serious Brain Damage
  • $2,500,000.00 - MN - Mild Cerebral Palsy. Another Case Where A Child’s Health Care Providers Ignored Obvious Signs Of Distress And Failed To Deliver Him Before Brain Damage Was Caused. In This Case The Brain Damage Was Mild
  • $3,000,000.00 - MN – Cerebral Palsy. Another Case Where A Child’s Health Care Providers Ignored Obvious Signs Of Distress And Failed To Deliver Him Before Serious Brain Damage Was Caused. In This Case The Brain Damage Was Moderate
  • $500,000.00 - MN – Wrongful Death Case. Child Was Tragically Caused Oxygen Deprivation Which Caused Such Severe Brain Damage That The Child Later Died. Because Of The Laws In Minnesota There Is A Cap On What Can Be Recovered In A Wrongful Death Case
  • $1,000,000.00 - MD – Surgical Negligence. Due To A Serious Anesthesia Mistake This Woman's Blood Pressure Plummeted And Lead To A Stroke Which Left Her With Some Eyesight, But Legally Blind. A Further Tragedy In This Case Is That This Was A Case Against The Federal Government Which Protects Itself By Putting Caps On An Amount That Someone Negligently Injured Can Recover
  • $5,000,000.00 - NC – Cerebral Palsy. This Little Boy Was Severly Injured Because Of Oxygen Deprivation. He Needed His Doctor To Recognize Obvious Signs Of Distress And To Deliver Him Just One Hour Earlier. Tragically The Nurses Knew This And Actually Told The Doctor This Needed To Be Done But They Stayed Silent And Watched This Doctor Commit Malpractice. Both The Hospital On Behalf Of The Nurses And The Doctor Were Responsible For This Injury.
  • $5,000,000.00 - Illinois – Cerebral Palsy. Another Case Where Health Care Providers Ignored Obvious Signs Of Distress And Failed To Deliver This Little Girl In A Timely Manner. This Resulted In Moderate To Severe Brain Damage
  • $2,000,000.00 - Alabama – Cerebral Palsy. Another Case Where Health Care Providers Ignored Obvious Signs Of Distress And Failed To Deliver This Little Girl In A Timely Manner. This Resulted In Mild To Moderate Brain Damage
  • $5,000,000.00 - Iowa – Cerebral Palsy. Due To The Carelessness Of Doctors And Nurses, This Little Boy Was Not Delivered In A Timely Manner. This Caused Serious Oxygen Deprivation Which Resulted In Severe Brain Damage
  • $400,000.00 - SC – Brachial Plexis. This Little Girl’s Doctors First Misinterpreted An Ultra Sound That Would Have Revealed She Was A Large Baby And It Would Be Difficult To Deliver Her Vaginally. Predictibly At Delivery The Doctor Had A Terrible Time Getting Her Through The Birth Canal. Mistakenly, The Doctor Then Pulled On The Little Girl’s Head To Remove Her Which Severly Injured Her Brachial Plexis Nerve. The Little Girl Now Has Signicant Difficulty With Her Right Arm
  • $4,500,000.00 - PA – Brain Damage. Little Girl Was Caused Severe Brain Damage When Her Doctors Ignored Obvious Signs That She Was In Distress And Needed To Be Delivered. This Was An Egregious Case Where The Hospital Hid The Evidence Until Days Before Trial
  • $7,650,000.00 - MN - Cerebral Palsy. Another Tragic Case Due To Carelessness And Arrogance. A Family Practice Doctor Refused To Bring In A Specialist To Care For This Little Boy’s Mom And Then Failed To Have A Surgeon Available To Deliver This Child By Cesearan Section. The Result Was That This Little Was Delivered Hours After Obvious Signs Demanded Deliver And Caused Him Oxygen Deprivation And Serious Brain Damage
  • $7,000,000.00 - MN – Failure To Diagnose. A Thirteen Year Old Boy Sustained A Mild Stroke And Went To The Emergency Room For Treatment. Unbelievably The Emergency Room Doctors Gave Him No Diagnostic Test And Sent Him Back Home Because His Symptoms Had Lessened. Ten Hours After Going Home He Then Had A Major But Preventable Stroke Which Caused Him Serious Cognitive And Physical Permanent Problems
  • $1,500,000.00 - MD - Cerebral Palsy. A Little Girl Was Caused Moderate Brain Damage Due To The Neglicent Care Of Her Health Care Providers
  • $1,800,000.00 - MD – Negligent Surgical Care. Due To A Doctors Inappropriate And Careless Surgical Procedure, This Woman Was Caused To Sustain Massive Injuries Including Severe Sepsis Throughout Her Body
  • $1,200,000.00 - MD – Wrongful Death Case. As A Result Of Improperly Removing A Central Line Following A Simple Operative Procedure, This Gentleman Developed An Air Embolism Which Cut Off His Blood Supply And Resulted In His Death. The Amount Of This Settlement Is Reflective Of The Fact That The State Of Maryland Has A Harsh And Some Say Unconstitutional Cap On Non-Economic Damages
  • $9,000,000.00 - MN – Cerebral Palsy. This Little Girl Was In Need Of Urgent Delivery Upon Admission At The Hospital And Her Health Care Providers Needlessly Delayed This Delivery By Hours And Hours. The Result Was Oxygen Deprivation And Catastrophic Brain Damage Which Resulted In Cerebral Palsy
  • $9,200,000.00 - MN – Cerebral Palsy. Largest Birth Injury Verdict In State Of Minnesota Before Mr. Offutt’s Verdict On Behalf Of Dhevyn Blackburn Listed Above. Once Again This Little Boy’s Health Care Providers Failed To Timely Deliver Him Which Lead To Horrible Brain Damage
  • $4,500,000.00 - WV - Cerebral Palsy. Yet Another Case In West Virginia Where The Health Care Providers Ignored Obvious Warning Signs That This Little Boy Was In Danger And Failed To Deliver Him In A Timely Fashion
  • $5,000,000.00 - WV – Cerebral Palsy. Another Case In West Virginia Where A Little Boy’s Health Care Providers Carelessly Failed To Delivery Him In A Timely Manner Which Caused Severe Oxygen Deprivation And Resulted In Cerebral Palsy
  • $5,000,000.00 - West Virginia – Cerebral Palsy. Little Boy Was Carelessly Injured When His Health Care Providers Ignored Serious Warning Signs That He Needed Urgent Delivery. The Doctors And Nurses Negligence Caused This Little Boy To Be Deprived Of Oxygen For A Signigicant Period Of Time Which Caused Significant Brain Damage
  • $3,500,000.00 - Maryland - Meningitis Case. Little Boy Was Caused Serious Brain Damage Because His Health Care Providers Failed To Properly Care For Him When An Infection Started. Due To The Delay This Child Was Caused Needless And Serious Injury
  • $15,500,000.00 - Minnesota - Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict In State History At The Time. Dhevyn Was Caused Serious Brain Damage Because His Doctor Refused To Come In To The Hospital To Deliver Him Despite The Nurses Requests
  • $10,000,000.00 - Wisconsin – Verdict For Little Girl Needlessly Caused Severe Brain Damage (I.E.Cerebral Palsy) By Her Health Care Providers Inattention And Careless Conduct
  • $33,500,000.00 - Tennessee - Largest Verdict In Tn History. Jury Verdict For A Little By For His Brain Injury/Cerebral Palsy Caused By Obstetrician Failing To Timely Deliver Him By C-Section

Educational Background:

  • University of Maryland, B.A., Majors: Law Enforcement and Psychology
  • DeMatha Catholic High School
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Office Location for Stephen C. Offutt

1829 Reisterstown Road
Suite 425
Baltimore, MD 21208

Phone: 410-415-9111


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Last Updated: 5/4/2018

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