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Deborah E. Kane

Maryland Attorney Deborah Kane


Ms. Kane’s practice focuses on serious personal injury, malpractice, death, sexual abuse, and general litigation. She has extensive experience handling claims of medical and nursing home malpractice, sexual abuse and misconduct, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, and/or other complex matters. For decades, Ms. Kane has been involved in church law matters and/or claims against churches, their employees and individuals, including sexual misconduct or abuse.

She also supervises and/or consults on domestic/family law matters in the law firm. She has tried numerous jury trials, handled multiple appeals, participated in numerous binding and non-binding arbitrations and/or mediations, and conducted settlement negotiations in high exposure cases. She handles cases in the state and federal courts throughout Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia.


  • Washington, D.C., June 5, 1958

Practice areas

  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Sexual Abuse and Misconduct
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Malpractice
  • Prescription Errors 
  • Wrongful Death
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Incidents
  • Head and Brain Injury
  • Spine Injury
  • Divorce, Custody and Family Law
  • Church Law

Bar admissions

  • Maryland, 1991
  • Virginia and District of Columbia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia




  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association
    • Judicial Selections Committee, 2000–2002
  • Prince George's County Bar Association
    • Board of directors, 1995–1998
  • Women Lawyers Caucus
    • Vice president, 1992
  • American Inns of Court, Marlborough Chapter
    • Treasurer, 1995–2002
  • National Association of Professional Women

In the news

Recent Hartel Kane verdicts and settlements

Jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of Hartel Kane clients totaled close to two million dollars in 2015 , but depend on the individual facts of each case and are not meant to create expectations or guarantees in your individual matter.

  • Six figure jury verdict against PG Board of Education for severe arm lacerations after student pushed into glass window
  • Six figure settlement for negligence by grocery store that caused hip fracture
  • Six figure settlement for head injuries to special needs child dropped by nurse
  • Six figure settlement for ankle fracture due to fall into hole
  • Five figure settlement for sexual assault by military officer
  • Five figure settlement for sexual misconduct by school bus driver
  • Six figure settlement for sexual abuse claim of a minor by a minister 
  • Six figure settlement for a boating accident that resulted in death
  • Settlement and trial verdicts in multiple motor vehicle and other accidents totaling more than one million dollars