Fred A. Balkin

Fred A. Balkin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Rockville, MD

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
 | 1101 Wootton Pkwy, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-838-3225
Fax: 301-354-8125
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Hebrew
    Attorney Profile

    In Fred Balkin’s 25 years at Stein Sperling, he has not only been instrumental in building the firm’s thriving personal injury practice, but also has established a sterling reputation for creatively and compassionately resolving complex personal injury cases. Fred considers himself both attorney and counselor. He takes great pride in the relationships he establishes with his clients.

    A keen and thoughtful advocate, Fred relishes the opportunity to help people from all backgrounds to effectively address their legal concerns. From the first meeting with each client, Fred works to establish a trusting, collaborative relationship founded on direct and regular communication. “I enjoy my clients as people, I enjoy meeting with them face to face, and I believe they can feel that.” In fact, Fred meets regularly with his clients throughout the entirety of their case, to ensure they are kept informed every step of the way throughout their claim.

    Fred understands that for many of his clients any impediment to their being able to work, pay medical bills, save for the future and enjoy their lives post-accident is of the utmost concern to them and often to their families. He works hard to immediately triage and address the most urgent issues that present themselves after an accident. Once those issues have been addressed and resolved, he then works on restoring a sense of calm and stability back into the lives of his clients by pursuing a thoughtful and well-coordinated legal /claims approach up and until full case resolution. Fred keeps his clients involved and informed at every step of the way, which includes making sure they understand their own insurance policies and insurance needs in order to ensure they are protected in the future, after their case has resolved.

    Fred’s extensive understanding of the medical aspects of injury law helps clients trust that he can successfully resolve cases involving accident-related injuries, insurance and coverage issues, serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries as well as wrongful death claims. Because Fred sees his role truly as a “counselor of law” he has over the years taken pride in being able to help clients heal from the loss of a loved one by “taking a tragedy and turning it into a mission to help others in the deceased loved one's memory.” One of his clients whose daughter was killed in a car when the driver fell asleep now runs an outreach program to educate drivers about the dangers of drowsy driving, and he has other clients who have built parks and playgrounds with a portion of the proceeds they received in cases in which they have lost a beloved family member.

    Among his peers in the legal profession, Fred is regularly called upon to consult with other attorneys and firms due to his advanced knowledge of tort and insurance law. Fred has served as a mediator and is an expert in alternative dispute resolution

    About Fred Balkin

    Admitted: 1989, Maryland

    Professional Webpage: https://steinsperling.com/attorneys/fred-balkin/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Bethesda Magazine Top Attorney 2019
    • Maryland Super Lawyer (2013-2020)
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (2013-2019)
    • Bar Association of Montgomery County Pro Bono Award (1990-1991)
    • Maryland State Bar Association People's Pro Bono Award (1991)
    • Telly Award for Best Documentary (Client Video Documentary) (2005)
    • TESS Community Center Legal Aid Award (1991)

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Mediator by Bar Association of Montgomery County

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland 
    • Maryland State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association  
    • American Trial Lawyers Association 
    • Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland; Peer Review Committee (2011-2014)
    • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
    • Pro-Bono Committee (1990-1993) 
    • Tort Committee (1990-1993) 

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Bar Association of Montgomery County Pro Bono Activities
    • Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Center Legal Aid Program

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Frequent spaker to insurers and adjusters regarding settlement videos and coverage issues; has also participated in attorney roundtables for insurance industry events
    • Recognizing Alternative Sources of Payment for Personal Injury PatientsConfused about what PIP and MedPay are and what they will pay for? If your practice is NOT set up to recognize which patients have access to these coverages through their auto insurance policies, you could be missing out on alternative sources of payment for your services.This month's practice management update will help to clarify common misunderstanding about treating patients who have been injured in auto accidents. Fred Balkin and Jolie Deutschman will discuss interplay between PIP, MedPay, auto liability and health insurance coverages. They will also cover the basics of what you need to know about Authorization and Assignment agreements between your practice, attorneys you work with, and your patients.This will be a lively discussion that will assist your practice in maximizing its revenue from treating injured patients. Fred Balkin and Jolie Deutschman will answer your questions and make recommendations for implementing procedures in your office., Fred Balkin and Jolie Deutschman discuss Myths and Facts of PIP Coverage, 2013
    • ENHANCING MEDICAL PRACTICE REVENUEAlternatives to Billing Health Insurance When Treating Injured Patients  Physicians are struggling now, more than ever, to sustain and grow revenue within their practices. From the recession, to recently enacted health care legislation, to changes in health insurance payments, physicians face an uphill battle: expending more resources to collect payment for their services, but seeing A/Rs shrink at an alarming rate. The good news is that alternative sources of payment for your services may exist when billing for the treatment of personal injuries. In its 25 years of practicing personal injury law, Stein Sperling has successfully helped medical practices incorporate treating patients injured in auto accidents into their business models. In this seminar, we will cover:SOURCES OF PAYMENT. Health insurance can limit the amount of treatment a patient receives, as well as the revenue physicians can collect for their services. We’ll tell you about first party coverage (i.e., PIP, MedPay) that may pay 100% of your bills. We’ll also explain third party coverage options (e.g., liability coverage) that can also pay balances due on your bills.ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. In order to identify sources of auto insurance recovery for your patients, your office must know what questions to ask. We’ll tell you what your reception and records staff need to know.GETTING PAID. Concerned about how long you’ll have to wait for payment, or about not getting paid at all? We’ll explain collection procedures and how an Authorization and Assignment agreement should work, including obligations your patient and the attorney have to pay outstanding medical bills.ADDITIONAL OPTIONS FOR REVENUE. Conducting independent medical examinations (e.g., for permanency or disability determinations) or being a medical expert can earn you additional revenue. We’ll tell you how to incorporate these services into your practice should you wish to do so., Fred Balkin and Jolie Deutschman to present “Enhancing Medical Practice Revenue”, 2013
    •  "Why it's important to identify and incorporate personal injury patients into a medical practice" presented to health care providers., 2015

    Educational Background:

    • University of Maryland (B.S.), 1985
    • Antioch School of Law (J.D.), 1988
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    Office Location for Fred A. Balkin

    1101 Wootton Pkwy
    Suite 700
    Rockville, MD 20850

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    Last Updated: 12/14/2020

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