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Peter W. Sheehan, Jr.
Partner
7 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
Phone: 443.263.8274
Fax: 410.223.4328
psheehan@wtplaw.com

Peter Sheehan is an experienced litigator, focusing primarily on administrative law, products liability defense, business litigation, and appellate practice.  Peter has successfully represented clients of all sizes through every phase of the litigation process.  He has tried cases to verdict (bench and jury trials) and prosecuted and defended appeals in state and federal appellate courts.  Peter is co-chair of the firm’s Administrative Law practice, in which he counsels individuals and businesses on strategies for resolving regulatory and licensing disputes in a variety of fields, informally and, when necessary, through recourse to litigation.  Before joining the firm as an associate in 2009, Peter clerked for the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell on the Court of Appeals of Maryland.  Peter currently serves as Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section.

Administrative Law

  • Co-Chair of the firm's Administrative Law practice
  • Successful defense of physician against charges filed by Maryland Board of Physicians
  • Successful representation of international company in FOIA Appeal, preventing the disclosure of confidential information that the company had submitted to a U.S. government agency as part of its business operations
  • Successful representation of pharmacy on appeal of decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to terminate the pharmacy’s billing rights
  • Successful representation of skilled nursing facility (SNF) against Denial of Payment for New Admissions (DPNA) by CMS for alleged Life Safety Code violations
  • Successfully represented municipality in obtaining dismissal of appeal (and in opposing certiorari petition), by arguing that the appellate court lacked jurisdiction over the petitioner's appeal from an adverse decision in an administrative mandamus and judicial review action

Products Liability, Toxic Exposure & Environmental Litigation

  • Currently representing chemical company in asbestos products liability cases pending in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of raw material supplier on failure to warn claims, successfully arguing that different or additional warnings from the raw material supplier would not have prevented the plaintiff’s injuries

Business Litigation

  • Successful defense of publicly traded corporation and its directors against action by the shareholders to enjoin the corporation from being acquired in a stock-for-stock merger
  • Successfully defended (from trial court level through the end of the appeals process) an LLC member against derivative and direct claims arising out of the company's dissolution and transfer of assets 
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims in a defamation action filed by terminated employee against his former employer
  • Obtained summary judgment for a temporary staffing company on negligent hiring/retention claims arising out of criminal fraud committed by one of its placements
  • Successfully defended attorney in investigation by Attorney Grievance Commission
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of condominium association president on Fair Housing Act (FHA) claims

Appellate Practice

  • Has written appellate briefs and certiorari petitions and oppositions in a variety of state and federal appeals, including products liability cases, estates and trusts cases, business disputes, employment matters, administrative law matters, and criminal cases
  • Successful representation of developer in the Court of Appeals of Maryland, on appeal of petitioners’ challenge to a legislative resolution approving a planned unit development’s eligibility for county review: Kenwood Gardens v. Whalen Properties, 449 Md. 313, 144 A.3d 647 (2016)
  • Drafted Amicus Brief on behalf of Maryland Defense Counsel on the need for Maryland courts to act as a gatekeeper against punitive damages claims and dismiss such claims in the absence of clear and convincing evidence of actual malice: Beall v. Holloway-Johnson, 446 Md. 48, 130 A.3d 406 (2016) 
  • In a case of first impression, successfully argued in the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland that the books and records provision of the Maryland Condominium Act (MCA) does not override the attorney-client privilege or the work product doctrine: 100 Harborview Drive Council of Unit Owners v. Clark, 224 Md. App. 13, 119 A.3d 87 (2015) 
  • Member of appellate team that obtained reversal of death sentence and secured new trial for a defendant convicted or capital murder, based on the trial court’s erroneous denial of the defendant’s request to strike a potentially biased juror
  • Drafted Amicus Brief on behalf of Maryland Defense Counsel on the significant public policy issue of whether Maryland should retain the complete defense of contributory negligence: Coleman v. Columbia Soccer Association, 432 Md. 679, 69 A.3d 1149 (2013)
  • Successful defense of employer on appeal to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, following the trial court's denial of plaintiff/employee's motion to certify a class consisting of other allegedly over-garnished employees; Marshall v. Safeway, 210 Md. App. 545, 63 A. 3d 672 (2013)

Estates and Trusts Litigation

  • Representation of individuals in removing personal representatives and/or trustees    
  • Representation and counseling of individuals in disputes over spousal shares and "fraud on marital rights"
  • Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against estate, on behalf of surviving spouse seeking return of alleged entireties property

Product Design, Manufacturing & Distribution

  • Experience counseling product distribution businesses on a variety of legal issues, including business entity formation and corporate governance, contractual allocation of risk, regulatory concerns, secured transactions, collecting unpaid invoices, and tort liability

Pro Bono

  • Member of appellate team that obtained reversal of death sentence and secured new trial for a defendant convicted of capital murder, based on the trial court's erroneous denial of the defendant's request to strike a potentially biased juror
  • Obtained reversal of 20 year mandatory prison sentence illegally imposed on indigent criminal defendant
  • Successfully defended recent immigrant, who did not have the financial means to hire counsel, against auto-tort claims
  • Board Member: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (2015-2017)

Recognitions

Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star," 2014 - present

Publications & Presentations

Author: Ninth Circuit Preemption Case Raises Questions about the Authority of State and Local Governments to Regulate Energy Efficiency through Building Codes, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW NEWS, Vol. 2, Issue 1 (January 2013)

Author: Whose Money Is It Anyway? A (Short) Discussion of What Happens to an Asset Following a Successful Challenge by a Surviving Spouse for Violation of the Spouse's Marital Right, MSBA Section of Estate and Trust Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Winter 2012)

Author: Montgomery Preservation, Inc. v. Montgomery County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 424 Md. 367 (2012): Court of Appeals Holds that Subordinate Agency's Recommendation Is Not a Final, Judicially-Reviewable Decision, Even Though No Further Action Was Taken, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW NEWS, Vol. I, Issue 1 (June 2012)

Author: Extending Workers’ Compensation Liens: Recoveries in Legal Malpractice Actions, MD. BAR JOURNAL, Vol. XLIV, Issue 4 (July/August 2011)

Author: Finding Bad Faith in the Exercise of a Contractual "Termination for Convenience" Provision: Your Right to Terminate Might Not Be as Broad as You Think, The Business Suit, Vol. 13, Issue 12 (December 29, 2010)

Speaker: "'Benefit Corporations': What's that all about?" (September 13, 2010)

Memberships & Activities

Chair: Administrative Law Section Council, Maryland State Bar Association

Board Member: Maryland Defense Counsel

Co-Chair: Appellate Practice Committee, Maryland Defense Counsel

Member: American Bar Association

Member: Defense Research Institute

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D. 2008) summa cum laude
    • Production Editor: University of Baltimore Law Review
    • Law Achievement Scholar: Torts, Constitutional Law, & Criminal Law
    • Vice President: Student Bar Association (2005-06)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (B.A. 2003)