Edward P. ParentPartner
Ned Parent is an experienced and versatile trial lawyer, utilizing his unique analytical skillset to offer his clients efficient and effective representation.
Notably, Mr. Parent leads the firm’s robust fiduciary litigation practice, handling matters related to estates, trusts, and guardianships. Such matters include, by way of example:
- will contests, known as caveat proceedings
- petitions for will construction or interpretation
- disputes among trust beneficiaries
- petitions seeking judicial assumption of jurisdiction over a trust
- contested guardianship proceedings
- petitions to remove a personal representative
- exceptions related to an estate’s account
Mr. Parent also regularly litigates disputes related to breaches arising out of Power of Attorney documents and similar papers. In addition, Mr. Parent represents clients in disputes over life insurance proceeds, including interpleader actions, and has recovered millions of dollars of such proceeds for his clients.
Mr. Parent argues such matters before Circuit Courts throughout Maryland, as well as before both the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals. Mr. Parent also regularly appears in Orphans’ Courts statewide on various estate issues. Frequently, these matters include a mixture of issues requiring litigation in multiple forums, resulting in highly complex disputes through which Mr. Parent deftly navigates his clients.
Mr. Parent’s practice also includes representing corporations and individuals in business disputes, as well as in administrative and regulatory matters before, for example, the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, the Baltimore City Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Maryland Insurance Administration.
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Maryland School of Law, 2006
Order of the Coif
Order of the Barristers
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 2000
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2019
Maryland State Bar Association
Bar Association of Baltimore County
- 2005: Judicial Intern, The Honorable Paul W. Grimm, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- 2006-2007: Judicial Law Clerk, The Honorable John Philip Miller, Circuit Court for Baltimore City
Mr. Parent has extensive trial, appellate, and arbitration experience, and has litigated matters in Maryland and throughout the United States, including the District of Columbia, Texas, and Nevada.
Prior to joining Silverman Thompson Slutkin White, LLC in 2011, Mr. Parent worked for more than four years as an associate at Venable LLP, where he represented corporations, individuals, and local municipalities and organizations in various complex commercial and contract matters.
- Mr. Parent is currently lead counsel representing a family who are victims of a $15 million life insurance fraud.
- Mr. Parent served as the fiduciary litigator for the successful representation and defense of Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos in litigation involving the assets of Peter G. Angelos, including the succession and control over the Baltimore Orioles;
- Successfully defended a legatee to an estate valued in excess of $10 million dollars, who was alleged to have procured her share of the estate, as well as the distribution of significant non-probate assets, through undue influence. Mr. Parent was able to disprove the most serious allegations through discovery, resulting in a resolution that allowed his client to retain all non-probate assets previously distributed to her, as well as a meaningful share of the estate;
- Represented two trust beneficiaries in a dispute involving multiple trusts in various states, including a matter that turned on an issue of first impression under Pennsylvania law. Mr. Parent obtained a successful resolution whereby his clients each secured an overall equal share of all trusts;
- Mr. Parent led the defense of one of the country’s largest health care sharing ministries before the Maryland Insurance Administration, specifically opposing an Administrative Order seeking the shut down of his client’s operations in Maryland. After a nearly three-year fight, Mr. Parent’s efforts secured the withdrawal of this Administrative Order, allowing his client to continue operations in Maryland without any admission of wrongdoing or the assessment of any penalty;
- Successfully defended the estate of a commercial property owner against a claim seeking enforcement of a purchase option agreement, resulting in a settlement favorable to the estate and its beneficiaries;
- Successfully defended the estate of a tax advisor against a claim for professional malpractice, resulting in the dismissal of the action without any liability;
- Successfully represented a widow in a matter seeking enforcement of a post-nuptial agreement against her late husband’s estate, resulting in a mid-six figure settlement;
- Obtained a six-figure settlement for the personal representative of an estate following prolonged litigation alleging breaches of fiduciary duty by the decedent’s attorney-in-fact;
- In a case alleging undue influence, successfully defended the inter vivos transfer of real property from mother to child, resulting in the dismissal of the case with his client maintaining full ownership of the real property;
- Mr. Parent has secured multiple significant life insurance settlements on behalf of his clients without the need for prolonged litigation;
- In a complex construction dispute involving the reconstruction of a commercial structure in Harford County, Maryland, obtained a mid-six figure award for his client following a four-day arbitration hearing;
- In a contract action, secured a six-figure settlement on behalf of a national diagnostic reference laboratory without the need for discovery;
- Obtained dismissal of a $1 million complaint for defamation brought against a Federal employee;
- Successfully represented owners of a complex of retirement homes in obtaining liability insurance coverage from various insurance carriers arising from an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease. Mr. Parent’s representation ensured that these insurance carriers fulfilled their defense and coverage obligations to his client throughout the duration of two lawsuits filed as a result of this outbreak;
- Participated in the defense of property-based claims brought by a consolidated group of hundreds of plaintiffs, including through a five-month trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
Mr. Parent has been recognized as a Rising Star by Maryland Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.