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Thomas C. Beach III
Senior Counsel
8830 Stanford Boulevard
Suite 400
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410.347.8722
Fax: 410.223.3722
tbeach@wtplaw.com

Mr. Beach is an experienced litigator who has taken a significant number of jury trials to verdict over 40 years.  In addition, he has a particular focus on all aspects of the real estate development process, from contract negotiation to construction disputes and condemnation disputes.

Construction Litigation and ADR

Construction related litigation/arbitration matters on behalf of contractors and owners, including construction disputes between trades, mechanics' lien claims, defective construction claims, bid claims, contract claims, and all other such matters, in the various State and Federal courts in Maryland

Condemnation/Eminent Domain

Representation of property owners and trial of numerous County and State Eminent Domain/Condemnation cases before juries in Circuit Courts for Baltimore City, Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties

Construction Law

Representation of clients in commercial and residential projects during all phases of construction including advice on project bonding, mechanics' liens, Trusts and the Construction Industry, Custom Home Protection Act, and Warranties

Contract Preparation and Negotiation

Preparation/review of complex construction contracts relating to land development and/or building construction, including review and interpretation of construction drawings and specifications for residential and commercial projects

Surety Bond Claims

Representation of Contractors, Owners and/or Surety Companies in construction related surety bond claims

Appellate Practice

Numerous appeals to U.S. and State Courts of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court over the years since 1969

Has obtained numerous victories in defense of lower court judgments in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Has successfully opposed Petitions for Writs of Certiorari in the Court of Appeals (Rogers v. Eastport Yachting Co. and Hollander v. Rawson)

Real Estate Development and Land Use

Representation of property owners in development process.

Real Estate Litigation

Trial of numerous jury/court real estate cases involving adverse possession claims and prescriptive easement claims asserted by adjoining property owners

Successfully defended adverse possession cases in waterfront properties, in extended jury trials

Liquor Board Experience

Representation of applicants for and holders of liquor licenses in Howard County before the Liquor Board

Representation of liquor license holders in opposition to applications for new or modified liquor licenses by others

Healthcare and Medical Malpractice Litigation

Representation of doctors and other medical personnel before Med-Chi, State Board of Physician Quality Assurance, before Hospital Review Boards on privileges hearings; and in trial level courts on privileges disputes & in administrative tribunals

Available to serve as a mediator in complex construction disputes

Defense of Asbestos manufacturers in Product Liability claims

Green Building and Sustainability

Member of the Green Building and Sustainability Industry Group and regular attendee of Associated Builders and Contractors Association functions which address these issues from a contract and litigation standpoint

Cyber Security and Information Privacy

Member of the Cyber Security Industry Group which studies the continual evolution of cyber security from both business and military perspectives

Recognitions

Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America

AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships & Activities

Member:  Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland Inquiry Panel Committee since 1988

Member:  Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Member:  Maryland State Bar Association

Member:  Bar Association of Baltimore City

Member:  Baltimore County Bar Association

Member:  Howard County Bar Association

Member:  Federal Bar Association

Member:  American Bar Association

Court Auditor: Circuit Court for Howard County (2014 - 2019)

Permanent Member:  U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference since 1987

Colonel:  Maryland Defense Force, Commander, Military Support Directorate, JAG Corps (current)

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (L.L.B. 1968)
  • University of Maryland (B.S. 1965)