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David E. Manoogian
July 2, 1944 – September 4, 2004 

On Saturday, September 4, 2004, David E. Manoogian, of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away suddenly. David leaves behind his beloved wife of twenty-eight years, Mary K. Manoogian, his son, David Charles Manoogian, his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Manoogian, married to Tim Chewning and their grandson, Griffith Chewning. David is also survived by his brother, Vincent Manoogian and his sister, Phyllis Manoogian.

David was born on July 2, 1944, in Arlington, Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966 from Dickinson College and was a third generation graduate from the George Washington University Law School in 1969. Upon graduation, David served as law clerk to the Honorable Charles Awdry Thompson of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. David's bar admissions include the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Federal Circuits, U.S. Districts of Maryland, D.C., Eastern District of Michigan, Nevada, Utah, Middle District of Pennsylvania, and Southern District of Texas.

Upon completing his clerkship in 1971, David entered private practice in Montgomery County where he was very active in the Bar Association of Montgomery County. David served as Treasurer from 1979 to 1982, was a member of the Bar Leaders of Montgomery County was instrumental in the Bar Association's purchase of the Bar building on West Jefferson Street, and frequently participated in the annual Bar Revue. More recently, David was a partner in the law firm of Bonner, Kiernan, Trebach & Crociata in Washington, DC, where he specialized almost exclusively in litigating health related issues, including the defense of medical malpractice cases. In addition to his extensive experience in state courts, he has also litigated a full gamut of issues in federal court, including issues involving ERISA, EMTALA, RICO, the ADA, COBRA, HCQIA, HIPAA and other federal statutes. 

A zealous advocate and fierce litigator, David was passionate about all his cases and clients and earned the respect and regard of colleagues and competitors alike. David was also a widely published author and frequent lecturer. His published works include two books (including The Medical Malpractice Law of Maryland, Second Edition and The Medical Malpractice and Managed Care Law of Maryland, Third Edition), as well as numerous book chapters in a variety of health care treatises. He also lectured nationally on a wide spectrum of legal issues regarding health care, liability, risk management, and litigation strategies.

Professional memberships include the Maryland Society for Healthcare Risk Managers; American Health Lawyers Association; the American Association of Health Plans; Maryland Defense Counsel; as well as other specialty organizations.

An avid Baltimore Orioles fan, David had great pride in his friendship with Cal Ripken, He enjoyed restoring classic Ford Mustangs and loved riding motorcycles. David served on the vestry of St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Old Columbia Pike in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he was a lay reader and administered communion on Sundays to home bound parishoners.

Sharon Johnson, Esquire


David gave much to many in the Bar Association of Montgomery County, where he was active for for more than 15 years. I remember him as a person of passion and dedication about everything he did from being Chairman of the Membership Committee for three years before he became Treasurer of the Bar Association. In l979, all new admittees were interviewed by the Membership Committee. David thought this gave the new members a sense of belonging immediately. He did not want them to feel invisible at any Bar gathering. “That is who David was.”

When he became Treasurer in 1979, he was very conscientious, diligent and visionary. David is the person, who thought we should have a Treasurer-elect to transition easily into the Treasurer's position. We carried this even further and included this same person into the Bar Foundation for two years and finally Chair of the Budget Committee. This gave us five years of continuity. To my knowledge, we are the only Bar Association in the country that has this structure.

During the term of James J. Cromwell, as President-elect and then President, David was there as his right-hand man to assist President Cromwell on a day-to-day basis for those two years. This is also the time when we incorporated the Bar Foundation and bought the building. David was right there for everyone.

David was a colleague, he was hard working, was a visionary and if he was your friend, you were indeed fortunate. He would always be there for you. David was my friend.

On behalf of the many friends and colleagues of David, we send our deepest sympathy and prayers to Mary, his wife of 28 years, and his entire family.

Beverly C. Mondin, Executive Director


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