Art Caltrider


Art Caltrider


Phone: 410-823-1250

Areas of Practice:

  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial/Business


  • Washington and Lee University
    • B.A. 1980 cum laude
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
    • J.D., 1983

Dates of Admission:

  • Maryland Bar - 1983


Mr. Caltrider began his practice in 1984 with a Baltimore firm where he was a partner and by 1999 had tried to verdict over 100 jury trials.  Mr. Caltrider practiced in the areas of construction, transportation, toxic tort, defamation and 1983 actions.

In 1999, Mr. Caltrider was recruited by St. Paul Insurance Company to manage their high exposure litigation in the Northeast.  In 2004, there was a merger with Travelers Insurance Company and in 2005, Mr. Caltrider was promoted to Vice President – Associate Group General Counsel responsible for managing significant litigation across all 50 states in 16 different business lines.

In 2009, Mr. Caltrider decided to leave Travelers Insurance Company and return to the courtroom joining the law firm of Bodie Dolina Hobbs Friddell & Grenzer, PC. and in 2012, was named director.

In September 2012 Mr. Caltrider was named a TOP RATED LAWYER in the Baltimore Washington area as identified in Legal Leaders in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and New York Times.

In November 2012 Mr. Caltrider was named a TOP RATED LAWYER in CONSTRUCTION in the Baltimore Washington area in Corporate Counsel.

In December 2012 Mr. Caltrider was named a SUPER LAWYER for 2013.

Mr. Caltrider serves as National Coordinating Counsel, Monitoring Counsel, Defense Counsel or Coverage Counsel in the practice areas: Construction, Insurance Defense, Commercial / Business and Religious Organizations…

Insurance Defense

Mr. Caltrider’s experience includes matters in the following areas: Product liability, GL (General Liability, wrongful death, 1st party property loss, excess and surplus, employment litigation, maritime, premises liability, clergy abuse, aviation, public sector, oil and gas, riparian rights, entertainment, transportation, mining, defamation, non-profit liability and medical malpractice. Mr. Caltrider handles matters for major commercial and regional carriers as well as the Lloyds’ market.


Mr. Caltrider represents owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors and insurance companies as well as individuals in a variety of settings. Mr. Caltrider represents clients in both Commercial and Residential matters and is experienced in handling matters involving fire loss, bridges, tunnels, highways, land fills, utilities, office buildings, crane collapse, custom homes, condominiums (both suburban and beach front), other residential construction and soil conditions. Mr. Caltrider is experienced in handling. property line disputes, construction defect, construction bodily injury (wrongful death / catastrophic injury), breach of contract, Md. Construction Trust Act, :Quick Pay Act, Consumer Protection Act, 1st Party Property (defense / coverage – wind / flood), mechanics lien, environmental, warranty, misrepresentation, risk transfer (contractual indemnity) and coverage.


Mr. Caltrider has a growing commercial business practice involving business formation, tax consideration, business advise, business dissolution , bankruptcy, covenant not to compete litigation, employee matters, shareholder agreements and general employment litigation.

Religious Organizations

Mr. Caltrider has experience representing institutions and clergy from different faiths in a variety of matters, including contract disputes, premises liability, property line disputes, clergy sexual abuse, employment disputes and institutional department disputes.

Professional Organizations

Mr. Caltrider is a member of the American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section), Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Forum on the Construction Industry, Federal Trial Bar Association, the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States He was appointed in 2008 by Chief Judge Robert Bell to serve on the Accommodations Review Committee (ARC).  The ARC hears appeals of bar applicants denied accommodations under theADA.  He was nominated and selected as a member of the Counsel on Litigation Management in 2010.and is currently an active member.


1997 – AV Rating – Martindale Hubbell

2012 – TOP LAWYER, New York Times, Washington Post and Baltimore Sun

2012 – TOP LAWYER in CONSTRUCTION, Corporate Counsel

Community Service

Mr. Caltrider heads the Baltimore Chapter of Washington & Lee (W&L) University Elrod Fellowship; an alumni based group that  connects recent W&L graduates that seek a 1 year post graduate position  with a non- profit that focuses on fighting poverty in our community.  Mr. Caltrider serves on the Board of the Sheppard Program.  Mr. Caltrider is a member of the Board and legal counsel to

Pastoral Counseling Services of Maryland.


Mr. Caltrider graduated from Washington and Lee University (B.A. 1980 cum laude) and the University of Baltimore School of Law (1983).


Summaries of Noteworthy cases handled

Summaries of Construction cases handled

Client Comments from 2010 to present

Towson Office

305 Washington Avenue, Suite 300
Towson, MD 21204


Hagerstown Office

82 W Washington St., Suite 300
Hagerstown, MD 21740

 301.739.1013 | 877.739.1013
fax 301.739.6432