Portner & Shure has recovered over $400 million on behalf of our clients. Ready to explore your case? Click HERE for a Free Case Evaluation.

What Makes Us Better

What Makes Us Better than Other Accident Attorneys in the Area?

1. Familiarity with Columbia and the surrounding area. We opened in Ellicott City over 30 years ago, and now have our main office in Columbia.

Since that time, we have settled or tried over 20,000 personal injury cases and know how to best handle a Howard County accident case just by sheer experience. Our verdicts and settlements reveal that we can recover fair compensation from every insurance carrier, including Allstate, MAIF, and GEICO. Further, the criminal defense attorneys on staff here at Portner & Shure have been to court with thousands of criminal defendants and have obtained excellent results.

Furthermore, Mr. Portner has lived in Ellicott City for many years and is very active in the community. In addition, half of our staff resides here. We know the tendencies of the citizens who make up juries in Columbia and we know the tendencies of most of the Howard County District Court and Circuit Court Judges. This knowledge is a great asset.

2. Does Portner & Shure, P.A. do anything special to help represent the diverse makeup of the residents in the county?

Ellicott City has an extremely large and active Korean community. Our Korean Department, including Esther, works closely with local Korean residents.

In order to assist the growing Spanish community, we have a Spanish department—which includes Elizabeth, Norma, Claudia, and Will—to help with Spanish-speaking automobile accident victims and residents charged with DWI or other criminal offenses.

Lastly, we have a Chinese department, consisting of Rosanna, Christine, and Toni, to help area Chinese-speaking automobile accident victims and criminal defendants.

Why Portner & Shure?

  • Our foreign departments allow our law firm to help the diverse population
  • Our attorneys are always available
  • We have a convenient main office
  • Our attorneys have experience in this area from working and living here for approximately 30 years
  • Our track record of great results; we have recovered over $400 million for our clients
  • We are highly respected by every insurance company
Contact us online or call (410) 995-1515 for a free, confidential consultation with one of our attorneys in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. today.


  • “I had an accident in March of this year 2024, I called the lawyers at Portner & Shure and they took care of my case. I especially thank Audrey for her work, who helped me with the entire legal ...”

    - Former Client
  • “From day one, the phone call to this law firm was very attentive, and the handling of my motor vehicle case was executed completely. Michelle was my point of contact and handled my case with ...”

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  • We offer legal representation in English, Spanish, Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese, & Chinese languages.
  • We have aggressive litigation tactics, skill, and passion.
  • We have offices in Maryland, Virginia & Washington, D.C.
  • Over 30 Years of Experience Serving Clients
  • We have received countless 5-star Google & Facebook reviews.
  • We have recovered over $400 million on behalf of our clients.

Awards & associations

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • Best Attorneys of America
    Best Attorneys of America
  • The National Trial Lawyers
    The National Trial Lawyers
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • 5-Star Google Reviews
    5-Star Google Reviews
  • Lead Counsel Rated
    Lead Counsel Rated
  • Maryland Association for Justice
    Maryland Association for Justice
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
    10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
    10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice
  • Avvo Rating Top Attorney
    Avvo Rating Top Attorney
  • Avvo Superb Rating Top Attorney
    Avvo Superb Rating Top Attorney
  • US News & World Report Best Law Firms 2019
    US News & World Report Best Law Firms 2019
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Jonathan Portner
    Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Jonathan Portner
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