Meet Kenneth Trombly

Kenneth M. Trombly, Partner

  • 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • Ranked “AV Preeminent” (the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale Hubbell
  • 10/10 rating with AVVO
  • Included in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White Publishing Co., 2006 – Present)
  • Designated as one of D.C.’s  “Super-lawyers” (Law & Politics Magazine, 2007-Present)
  • Past President, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Practice Focus and Memberships

Kenneth Trombly is a civil trial attorney whose practice is limited to catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation in state and federal courts. Licensed in the District of Columbia and in Maryland, he has handled numerous significant cases on behalf of seriously injured persons, from seven figure settlements to noteworthy cases that have resulted in local or national publicity. For a number of years, he has been one of a select group of D.C. catastrophic injury attorneys who are included in both The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White Publishing Co.) and “Super Lawyers” (Law & Politics magazine). A 1973 graduate of Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America, where he was both a staff member of the Law Review and a student coordinator of the school’s legal services clinic, Mr. Trombly earned his undergraduate degree at The George Washington University (B.A., 1970).  As a young lawyer, before his legal practice took on its present focus, he was an active criminal defense attorney, regularly accepting court appointments to represent indigent defendants in the District of Columbia Courts.  During this period, he attended the National College of Criminal Defense at the Bates College of Law, at the University of Houston, and was the recipient of a U.S. Department of Justice grant on account of his work representing indigent defendants in the criminal courts.  In the early 1980’s, when he began representing people who were injured in accidents, he found this work to be both emotionally and intellectually rewarding – and within a few years, his law practice was focused on representing catastrophically injured persons and their families.


Maryland Bar, 1973; District of Columbia Bar, 1975; United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1974; United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 1975; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1975; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1977; United States Supreme Court, 1978.

Teaching and Lecturing

Speaker, “Economics of Contingent Fee Cases,” Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education Program, 1982; Speaker, “Motor Vehicle Torts in the District of Columbia,” D.C. Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar, 1992; Speaker, “Communication, The Key to Litigation in the 90s- Settlement of Injury Cases,” D.C. Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar, 1994; Moderator, Panel on Expert Witnesses, D.C. Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar, 1995; Presenter and co-author of CLE materials, “The Pit Bull Deposition,” Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “Winning Discovery and Trial Techniques from Winning Lawyers”, 1995; Moderator and Presenter, “Plaintiff’s Tort Practice in the 90’s”, Federal Bar Association; “25 Tips for Settling Your Next Personal Injury Case”, D.C. Injury to Persons and Property Section, 1996; “Uncivil Depositions, Adding Insult to (Personal) Injury”, Presentation, D.C. Bar Annual Convention, 1997; Speaker, “Nuts and Bolts of Automobile Negligence Claims”, Washington College of Law, American University, 1997; Participant, Mock Trial of a Traumatic Brain Injury Case, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America National Convention, Washington, D.C.,1998; Moderator, American Board of Trial Advocates, Masters in Trial Program, New Orleans, LA, 1998; Speaker, “Arguing Damages in Tough Cases”, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association. 1998; Speaker, American University Law School/D.C. TLA Annual Nuts & Bolts Auto Seminar, 1999; Speaker, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, Demonstrative Evidence Seminar, American University Law School, 2001; Speaker, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, “Hired Guns Seminar on Defense Experts”, Baltimore, MD, 2001; Speaker, D.C. Bar Program, “Preparing for Trial in the Serious Personal Injury Case”, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003; Speaker, “Creative use of Demonstrative Evidence”, D.C. Trial Lawyers Seminar, American University Law School, 2003; Speaker, D.C. Bar/ D.C. TLA joint seminar “Case Selection in Automobile Tort Cases”, 2004; Speaker, “Advanced Personal Injury Procedures for the Experienced Litigation Paralegal”, Institute for Paralegal Studies, Washington, DC., 2004; Speaker, D.C. TLA Annual Seminar, George Washington University National Law Center, “Settlement Techniques in Automobile Cases”, 2008; Speaker, D.C. T.L.A. Presentation on Dealing with Difficult Clients, 2010; Speaker, D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project, “Tips and Strategies for Successful Direct Examinations of Key Witnesses”, 2011. Guest Lecturer, Joel Bennett’s Law Office Management Class, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia, 2013.  Speaker, on the topics of Legal Ethics and Handling Bad Faith Litigation, at the National Business Institute Seminar, “Auto Injury Litigation from Start to Finish,” Rockville, MD 2015.

Bar Association Activities

Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2010; Special Recognition Award, 1990; Member, Board of Governors, 1986-1990; Treasurer, 1990-91; Secretary, 1991-92; Vice President 1992-93; President-Elect 1993-94; President 1994-95; President, Trial Lawyers Foundation, 1995-1996; Co-chair, Anti-Solicitation Committee, 2001- present; Co-Chair, Ethics Committee, 2009-2014; Member, Legislative Committee, 2006- present; Member, Public Education Committee, 2006-2008; Trustee, D.C. Legal Political Action Committee, 2008-present.

District of Columbia Bar, Bread for the City Legal Clinic, D.C. Bar Pro-bono Project Mentor Attorney, 2001-present. Elected to Steering Committee of Section on Injury to Persons and Property, 1995; Co Chair, 1996-1997; Section on Litigation; elected to Steering Committee of Law Office Management Section; Co-author of 1996 revisions to the chapter on Handling Personal Injury Cases, D.C. Practice Manual (D.C. Bar Publications); Digested Opinions of the Honorable Charles R. Richey for The District Court Digest; Delegate, District of Columbia Judicial Conference, 1995, 1998, 1999; Moderator, District of Columbia Superior Court Annual Bench & Bar Meeting, 1998; Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Member of Review Panel for 1998 and 2002 Revisions of Standardized Civil Jury Instructions for the District of Columbia.

American Association for Justice (formerly known as The Association of Trial Lawyers of America); Sustaining Member; Article Peer Reviewer, TRIAL Magazine; Member, Standing Committee on Public Education, 1993-1996; Sections: Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Motor Vehicles and Premises Liability; Member, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group; Member, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group; Fellow, National College of Advocacy.

American Bar Association; Section on Litigation; Member, Committee on Trial Evidence; Member, Committee on Product Liability; Guest reviewer April/May 2007 issue of Law Practice Magazine, “How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice, 2nd Ed”.

American Board of Trial Advocates; Charter Member, District of Columbia Chapter; Treasurer, 2004-2005; President 2006-2010; Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation; Master, George Washington American Inn of Court (1993-2000); Member and Panel Attorney, National Crime Victim Bar Association; Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists; Maryland Association for Justice;

Volunteer Mediator, District of Columbia Superior Court Multi-Door Mediation Program, mediating cases in the Superior Court’s Civil Division (2013-present); Volunteer Arbitrator, District of Columbia Superior Court, (1993-present), and Circuit Court for Prince Georges County, Maryland, (1996-present).



Appointed in 2003 as a Special Master by the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, in the cases of Boulos v. Islamic Republic of Iran, and Peterson v. Islamic Republic of Iran (Beirut, Lebanon Marine barracks bombing cases).

Testified on behalf of the D.C. Trial Lawyers Association before the District of Columbia Council in support of The District of Columbia Vehicle Enforcement act of 2006 (auto insurance requirements for D.C. motor vehicles); in support of The White Collar Insurance Fraud Prosecution Enhancement Amendment Act of 2006 (advocating pro-consumer and pro-privacy legislation by creating a new law that makes it unlawful to solicit auto accident victims or to improperly disseminate police accident reports in the District of Columbia), testimony which was cited at length by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, in Bergman v District of Columbia, et al, 986 A.2d 1208 (D.C. 2010), in which a decision of the Superior Court holding the statute to be constitutional was affirmed by the Court of Appeals; in opposition to The Jury Trial Improvement Act of 2006 (testifying against the reduction of peremptory challenges in criminal jury trials in the District of Columbia); and in support of the 1996 proposed budget for the District of Columbia Courts.

Author of “Conjuring and the Courtroom; All I needed to know about trying cases I learned by doing magic shows”, published in Law and Magic, A Collection of Essays (Carolina Academic Press, 2010; Professor Christine Corcos, ed.).

Author of “Curb Their Enthusiasm,” an article about addressing client expectations in the current civil justice environment, published in TRIAL, June, 2009.

Mr. Trombly is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Volunteer Attorney, Kerry/Edwards Campaign, Adams County Democratic Party- Election Day, 2004, Gettysburg, PA. Volunteer, Obama/Biden Get Out the Vote Effort, Sterling, VA, Election Day, 2008.

Volunteer Producer, “A-Barack-Cadabra” fundraising events for the Obama for President Campaign, 2008 and 2012

In addition to his own private practice, Mr. Trombly has been privately retained to serve as an arbitrator and mediator of civil disputes.