John G. Prendergast Jr, 50, trial lawyer


John G. Prendergast Jr., 50, a senior partner in the law firm of Smith, Somerville and Case who was a trial lawyer and an expert on health-care law, died Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from cancer.

A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Texas.

Mr. Prendergast, who lived on Foxley Road in Timonium, had been with the law firm since his graduation from the University of Maryland Law School in 1967. His father, Judge J. Gilbert Prendergast, who died in 1973, also had been a senior partner in the firm before becoming a Supreme Bench judge in 1959.

Mr. Prendergast, named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers last fall, headed the firm's health-care law and litigation section.

He served on the board of governors of the Maryland State Bar Association and chaired a special committee on health claims arbitration.

Also, he served on the executive committee of the Baltimore City Bar Association from 1985 until 1986.

MA A frequent lecturer in the health-care field, he was a member

of the board of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and had received a transplanted kidney himself more than 10 years ago.

Born in Baltimore, he was educated at Loyola High School and the University of Notre Dame before entering law school.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Louise Jackson; three daughters, Shawn Marie, Kathleen Anne and Karen Louise Prendergast, all of Timonium; two brothers, Dr. Neal Joseph Prendergast of Las Vegas, Nev., and Peter Francis Prendergast of Baltimore, and a sister, Mary P. Mayer of Baltimore.

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