Mr. Ceppos is a 1975 honors graduate of the National Law Center at George Washington University. He began his legal career in 1975 as a law clerk to the Honorable John F. McAuliffe, in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Mr. Ceppos next served under Montgomery County State’s Attorney Andrew Sonner as an assistant state’s attorney. He rose to the position Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, heading up a felony trial team. In 1982, Mr. Ceppos was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland. During his federal service in that office, Mr. Ceppos served as deputy chief of criminal cases, deputy chief of civil cases, and lead counsel in medical negligence cases. While serving in that office, he handled a number of complex cases at trial and on appeal before the Fourth Circuit, including Federal Tort Claim matters, as well as white collar prosecutions in public corruption and tax evasion cases. Mr. Ceppos is admitted to practice law in Maryland and various federal courts.
In 1987, Mr. Ceppos joined with Ken Armstrong, Pat Donohue, and Ben Vaughan to found their current firm. Since that time, Mr. Ceppos and his partners have represented health care institutions and individual health care professionals in professional liability cases in District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia for over thirty five years. He has defended numerous cases in state and federal courts, and has handled matters before provider licensing boards in Maryland and the District of Columbia. In 2019, Mr. Ceppos retired from full time practice, but maintains an of counsel status with the firm.
Mr. Ceppos is honored to be a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only national organization of the top 1% trial lawyers in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Ceppos is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers®, a peer based pole, annually in Washingtonian magazine and in Baltimore magazine as a “Top Lawyer.” Mr. Ceppos has been rated as one of the Top 100 lawyers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America. He has lectured locally and nationally on a host of issues concerning medical malpractice litigation, including documentation and witness preparation for deposition and trial. Mr. Ceppos has also served the Bar Association of Montgomery County as a member of the Executive Committee, Ethics Committee, and two terms as chairman of the Judicial Selections panel.
- University of Maryland, B.A., with high honors, 1971
- National Law Center, George Washington University, J.D., with honors, 1975
- Medical Malpractice Law
- Commercial Law
- Professional Licensing and Credentialing
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- American Board of Trial Advocates, A-V Rated
- Bar Association of Montgomery Count
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