Pamela A. Bresnahan
Our partner, Pam Bresnahan, passed away peacefully after a return of the cancer that she so courageously battled and defeated on two prior occasions. While we grieve her loss, we wanted to reflect upon and celebrate her accomplishments and the legacy she leaves behind after a remarkable legal career.
Pam was born in Washington, D.C., and was a proud University of Maryland alumna and supporter. She obtained both her undergraduate and legal degrees with honors from the university. In a legal career that spanned over four decades, Pam was widely known and respected as a preeminent legal expert in both the Washington, D.C. legal community and nationally. She was a trusted advisor to some of the largest law firms in the world and she was the go-to counsel for numerous insurance carriers, law firms and other businesses to handle their most challenging and complex cases. She was a fierce advocate and a skilled trial lawyer and was known for her pragmatism and for getting results. We were fortunate to have Pam as a valuable member of our firm for the past 25 years and deeply appreciate her many contributions.
Pam’s achievements and her commitment to excellence were repeatedly recognized throughout her career, some of which include the following:
- She was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers;
- She was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America;
- She was named as one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America by the National Law Journal;
- She was named to The Best Lawyers in America in four categories: Legal Malpractice; Commercial Litigation; Bet-the-Company Litigation; and, Ethics and Professional Responsibility; and
- She has been recognized as one of Washington's top lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine and The Washington Post.
In addition to her substantial legal practice, Pam devoted countless hours and served as a leader in the American Bar Association, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the National Judicial College Board of Trustees and a number of other professional organizations. Her high visibility leadership roles in these national organizations included the following:
- National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Chair of the Board of Trustees);
- National Judicial College (member of the Board of Trustees);
- American Bar Association (Chair of Rules and Calendar; Delegate-at-Large and YLD Delegate; Chair, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary);
- American Bar Endowment (Board Member); and
- American College of Trial Lawyers (D.C. State Committee and Commercial Litigation Committee).
Pam was a long time resident of Annapolis, Maryland and spent her entire career in the Washington, D.C. area. Pam was fond of reminding people that she was a D.C. local in a community where that is uncommon.
Pam’s contributions to the firm, our Washington office, and the national legal community cannot be overstated. We are deeply saddened by her death, but we are glad to have had her as our partner, our colleague and our friend for as long as we did.
Our thoughts are and will remain with Pam’s family and friends. We know that she will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Donations in Pam’s memory can be made to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County at 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403.