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Catherine D. Bertram

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Washington, DC

Bertram Law Group, PLLC
700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-900-9562
Fax: 202-803-6814
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022
Licensed in Washington DC Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, General Litigation
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Attorney Profile

Catherine D. Bertram is the founding attorney at Bertram Law Group, PLLC, in Washington, D.C. With over 30 years of legal experience, she focuses her practice exclusively on personal injury matters, with a special focus on medical malpractice matters such as the following:

  • Wrongful death
  • Birth trauma
  • Emergency room malpractice
  • Defective medical devices
  • Nursing home litigation
  • Drug and medication error cases
  • Class actions

Professional and diligent, Ms. Bertram provides personal attention and customized approaches to all her clients. She has a long record of obtaining numerous million-dollar verdicts and settlements for her clients. Empathetic and compassionate, Ms. Bertram is aware of the negative impacts of injuries caused by another party’s negligence and carelessness, and she fights zealously for her clients.

A part of the Varsity crew team in college, Ms. Bertram has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the The Catholic University of America – Columbus School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Bertram was selected as “Woman Law Student of the Year.”

Ms. Bertram was co-editor-in-chief in law school and served on the Columbus Legal Services Clinic. Actively affiliated with the legal community, she is a member of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Alumni Association and the DC Trial Lawyers Association. She is the founding member of Power 100 in Washington, D.C., and is an active supporter of Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization working toward consumer advocacy.

Honored for her remarkable legal services, Ms. Bertram has an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has a “Superb” rating on Avvo. She is named to the Washingtonian’s Top Lawyers in Medical Malpractice list. Ms. Bertram has written extensively in prominent publications and has lectured at several seminars. She is CNN’s Burden of Proof’s legal commentator.

*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
  • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Class Actions, Litigation

Selections

13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Catherine D. Bertram

First Admitted: 1989, Maryland

Professional Webpage: https://www.blg-dc.com/attorneys/catherine-bertram/

Newsletters

  • Article about medical errors in local hospitals includes one of my cases, Washingtonian Magazine Article
  • Article regarding the DC Bar CLE program that I Chair, Washington Lawyer Magazine

Verdicts/Settlements

  • The following are some of Ms. Bertram’s settlements and verdicts:  Jury award of $8M in DC Superior Court in September 2017 in a medical malpractice case. There was no offer before trial. Highest jury award in a medical malpractice case in DC Superior Court in 10 years. A recent settlement against the District of Columbia for allowing a high school student at Wilson to be assaulted by another student who had already assaulted another student and threatened a teacher, yet they left him in the school unsupervised.  A $4.3 million confidential settlement for a child who suffered severe brain damage, seizures and cerebral palsy following his delivery at a hospital in the Maryland suburbs. This settlement is very significant in light of Maryland’s arbitrary and wholly insufficient cap on pain and suffering.  A $4 million settlement for patient who suffered a stroke due to improper technique during a surgery. Another local case with a confidential settlement of $2.8 million for mother who was brain damaged after childbirth. Two tragic cases involved large confidential settlements for the wrongful death of infants in the DC area due to an unsafe medical product. A $2.7 million confidential settlement for a patient and his family against a local hospital after it was determined that the hospital did not have defibrillator paddles in their operating room when the patient was taken to the operating room for an exploratory procedure after his open-heart surgery. As a result, the patient’s heart stopped beating and his brain was deprived of oxygen for an extended period.  He sustained significant brain damage and remained in a coma, never able to communicate again with his wife and six year old daughter. A $2.8 million confidential settlement for a wife and her children after their father died when the hospital failed to diagnose his stroke symptoms in the emergency department. A $750,000 confidential settlement for a local man who suffered a stroke during a simple cervical surgery at a local area hospital. Another confidential $750,000 settlement for a local man who was subjected to unnecessary radiation to his bladder due to the negligence of his physicians. A confidential settlement against a local hospital who allowed a surgeon to operate at their hospital who was no longer safe to operate. A confidential settlement for the parents of a newly born infant who died in the hospital right after birth when he was given a deadly dose of medication that was mixed improperly by the pharmacy and the error was not caught by the hospital staff. A confidential settlement for a cancer patient against a local hospital when they punctured his bowel while inserting a medical device and then failed to detect the error resulting in severe pain and suffering for the patient during these final months of life

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Charity Quilts for QUILTS OF VALOR - for injured veterans

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Birth Trauma Litigation Group, AAJ
  • Chair, D.C. Bar Communities Committee, 2017
  • Medical Malpractice Mediator, D.C. Superior Court, 2000
  • Chair, DC Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2014
  • Tort Law Steering Committee Member (elected position), D.C. Bar
  • Co-Chair, Medical Negligence Section, Maryland Association for Justice, 2012

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy
  • AV Rating By Martindale Hubbell 5.0 out of 5.0, 2012

Educational Background

  • B.A., B.S.W., University of Wisconsin- Madison, 1986

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • National Champion, Varsity 8, Rowing Team, University of Wisconsin, 1986

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • This book provides a unique visual and comprehensive approach to intra-operative technical errors and covers identification, consequences, repair and prevention of those errors. Detailed analyses of all reported complications for more than 80 major operations help you minimize the risk of errors in surgical procedures ranging from general, thoracic, vascular, and pediatric...to colorectal, endocrine, breast and trauma. A practical approach provides you with the essential guidance you need to make the best clinical decisions, Co-Author of Chapter on Legal Issues in Medical Textbook, Surgical Pitfalls, Stephen R.T. Evans, M.D., Editor, Medical, Risk Management, 2008

Honors/Awards

  • Top Lawyers in DC, Washingtonian Magazine, 2014
  • Legal Commentator, CNN, Burden of Proof
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Medical Malpractice, Best Lawyers Washington DC, 2012

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • DC Bar
  • DCTLA
  • MAJ
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Office Location for Catherine D. Bertram

700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Suite 450
Washington, DC 20003

Phone: 202-900-9562

Fax: 202-803-6814

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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