Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, LLC JAMES D. CARDEA PARTNER

Medical Malpractice


  • McDaniel College, B.A., 1989
  • University of Baltimore Law School, J.D., 1995


James Cardea is a partner at Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea with over 25 years of litigation and jury trial experience. He has been consistently recognized as one of Maryland’s top medical malpractice attorneys by multiple organizations. Jim is a tenacious, aggressive, and extremely effective advocate for victims of medical malpractice and has successfully served as lead counsel in hundreds of medical malpractice cases throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. He has also represented medical malpractice victims in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Over the course of his career, Jim has obtained numerous seven-figure jury verdicts and settlements which have been featured in The Baltimore Sun and The Daily Record, among other publications. Jim’s many notable verdicts include a $1.75 million verdict in a Baltimore County jury trial, which according to, was one of the top 100 medical malpractice verdicts in the country in 2019.

Jim received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College and graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he received American Jurisprudence Awards in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing (1992) and Domestic Relations (1994). He was also a Staff Editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review from 1994-1995 and was awarded membership to the Heuisler Honor Society.

Each September, in honor of his father, Jim sponsors the Dr. Don Cardea Golf Tournament benefiting the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. An avid sports fan, he has coached various youth sports. Jim is married with three daughters.

Appointments and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America™, Including 2022 Edition for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs (2011-Present)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers™ (2010-Present); Top 100 Super Lawyers for Maryland (2012 -Present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell™ – AV Rating
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys for Maryland (2018 – Present); 10 Best Personal Injury Law High Verdict Attorney (2022)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (2011-Present)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (2012-Present)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s “Top One Percent”
  • Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America (2015-Present)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Maryland
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association™, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Maryland
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers™
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals Top 5 Percent™
  • The American Biographical Association Man of the Year in Law™
  • Who’s Who in American Law™
  • Global Directory of Who’s Who™
  • Heuisler Honor Society, University of Baltimore
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Domestic Relations
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Analysis, Research & Writing
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc. Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Maryland
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

bar admissions

  • The Maryland State Bar
  • The United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • The United States District Court for the District of Columbia


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Heuisler Honor Society
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Prince George's County Bar Association
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association