Biographical Information

Paul D. Bekman enters his fourth decade of practice as one of the most respected trial attorneys in the state of Maryland. Mr. Bekman is a tenacious and successful advocate for his clients’ interests, as demonstrated by the significant number of multi-million dollar awards he has won. The effectiveness of his practice is confirmed year after year by peer professionals. Best Lawyers in America has recognized him as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the country since 1989, and locally, Baltimore Magazine has recognized him similarly on multiple occasions. Along with two of his partners, Mr. Bekman is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a distinguished honor achieved by less than 1% of the nation’s lawyers. In 1997-98, he served as President of the Maryland State Bar Association, the first plaintiff’s attorney ever to hold that position for the 19,000-member organization. He has been recognized as a Top Ten vote-getter in every edition of SuperLawyers since 2007.

Mr. Bekman enthusiastically shares his expertise with other lawyers and students of the law through bar leadership positions, as a longstanding member of the MICPEL faculty, and most recently, as Chair of the University of Maryland School of Law Board of Visitors.  He received the distinguished graduate award in 2010.


  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1971
  • B.A., University of Maryland, 1968

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, and Admiralty (1989 – Present)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year (2009 – 2014)

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, Regent (2006 – 2010) (Secretary, 2011-2012)
  • Advocate & Maryland Chapter President, American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) (1992 – Present)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2003)
  • Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers (2001)
  • Past President, Maryland State Bar Association (1997 – 1998)
  • Past President, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association (1986 – 1987)
  • Past President, Bar Association of Baltimore City (1993 – 1994)
  • Past President, Maryland Bar Foundation


  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy (1980)
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (2002)
  • Proctor in Admiralty (1974)