Thomas C. Beach III

Thomas C. Beach III

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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.


  • 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)

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


Basics of Condemnation

Condemnation, or eminent domain, involves the governmental taking of private property for a "public use" within the meaning of the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The power of eminent domain vests at all levels of government, both state and federal, but the procedures vary depending on the ultimate purpose for which the property is being taken.


Thomas Beach Appointed Court Auditor

Whiteford Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that our colleague, Thomas C. Beach III, has been appointed to a five-year term as Court Auditor for the Circuit Court of Howard County. Mr. Beach is an experienced litigator who has taken a significant number of jury trials to verdict over 40 years and has a particular focus on all aspects of the real estate development process.

WTP Attorney, Tom Beach, Serving in Louisiana

Thomas C. Beach, III, a partner in the firm's Construction and Surety/Fidelity Law Group, is currently serving as part of a Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) task force in Louisiana. Tom volunteered to serve as the mission executive officer for a medical support team comprised of 100 physicians and medical personnel from Johns Hopkins and other area hospitals. In a recent report from Brigadier General (Judge) Frederic N.