Fred A. Balkin

Fred A. Balkin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Rockville, MD

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
 | 25 West Middle Lane, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-838-3225
Fax: 301-354-8125
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Hebrew
Attorney Profile

A welcoming, comfortable and supportive environment not only puts Fred Balkin’s clients at ease in often stressful situations, but it underlies his responsive and personal approach to successfully resolving their personal injury matters.

Fred emphasizes consistent client contact and a one-on-one approach in order to develop strategies that help provide clients with the best possible outcomes in claims involving auto accidents, industrial accidents, premises liability and medical malpractice. Additionally, his expertise in the medical aspects of injury law has helped him successfully resolve cases involving brain damage, serious injury and death claims, where complex issues of medicine and insurance coverage can arise.

Creativity is another hallmark of Fred’s practice. His innovative use of client video documentaries to help better communicate his clients’ cases to the insurance companies has led to a number of substantial settlements. Also, Fred’s videos have been repeatedly recognized by insurance claims adjustors for their effectiveness, with one of his settlement videos winning a Telly award for Best Documentary.

Fred speaks frequently on various insurance industry-related topics, and he is regularly called upon to consult with other attorneys and law firms due to his advanced knowledge of tort and insurance law. In 2011, Fred was appointed to the Peer Review Committee for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland. Additionally, Fred is certified as a mediator and expert in alternative dispute resolution.

Outside of the firm, Fred is an active member of the community. He has been recognized for his pro bono work and helps organize numerous charitable events each year.

About Fred Balkin

Admitted: 1989, Maryland

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

Honors/Awards:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer (2013-2018)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (2013, 2015-2018)
  • 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

25 West Middle Lane
Rockville, MD 20850

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Last Updated: 12/1/2019

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