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Michael L. Dailey


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Practice Areas:

  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Commercial Liability
  • Employer Liability


Co founding attorney Michael L. Dailey represents clients in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Michael's defense practice began in 1989 for the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1992, he joined Jo Anna in CIGNA's house counsel office in Baltimore, where he spent two years representing clients in commercial liability, and workers' compensation matters as well as insurance coverage disputes. Michael's appellate work includes the seminal case of Anne Arundel County v. McCormick in which Maryland's Court of Special Appeals established the statute of limitation rule for subrogation claims involving payment of workers' compensation benefits. In the commercial liability arena, Michael represented Giant Food Inc. in the reported case of May v. Giant Food Inc., in which Maryland's Court of Special Appeals addressed superseding/intervening cause applicability in an unattended vehicle tort action. Before forming Schmidt, Dailey & O'Neill, L.L.C., Michael was a shareholder in the Calverton law firm of O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore. Michael's practice areas include commercial liability, workers' compensation defense, and insurance coverage. Michael is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars, and the Defense Research Institute. He is currently the Chair of Workers' Compensation Section of the Maryland Defense Counsel.


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1989
    • Honors: Top 7%
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1986

Bar Admission

  • Maryland, 1989
  • District of Columbia, 1990
  • Florida, 1994
  • Virginia, 2018
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1990

Published Works

  • Euthanasia in Maryland: The Right to Die With Dignity? 5 Journal Contemporary Health Law & Policy, Vol. 5, 1989

Current Employment Position

  • Member