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Thomas J. Whiteford
Partner
7 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
Phone: 410.347.8705
Fax: 410.234.2361
twhiteford@wtplaw.com
Awards

Tom focuses on real estate, business, commercial, employment and insurance related litigation matters.  He represents national and local clients in negotiations and litigation involving land use disputes, real estate, riparian rights and construction defects.  He also handles litigation involving cemeteries and funeral homes.  A large portion of his practice is devoted to providing business advice to a range of companies, particularly real estate developers, commercial lessors, cemeteries and providers of funeral services with regard to potential litigation and other business-related decisions.

Cemeteries and Funeral Homes

  • Counseling, advising and representation of cemetery and funeral home owners throughout the State of Maryland. 
  • Representation includes risk management solutions, real estate development issues, resolution of customer complaints, advice and direct representation before the Maryland Board of Morticians, and the Office of Cemetery Oversight.

Real Estate Litigation

Representation of national and local clients in negotiations and litigation involving land use disputes, boundary disputes, zoning issues, condemnation, riparian rights, landlord/tenant disputes and construction defects in the various State and Federal courts in Maryland.

Business Litigation

Representation of national and local clients with regard to contract negotiation and enforcement, non-compete clauses, liability defense and employment related matters.

Products Liability, Toxic Exposure & Environmental Litigation

  • Representation of individuals, companies and governmental agencies in the defense of environmental claims impacting upon real estate in the various State and Federal courts of Maryland.
  • Includes matters related to governmental takings as a result of environmental contamination and the valuation of and clean-up costs associated with environmental contamination of real property.

Lead Paint Litigation

  • Representation of individual owners and corporate property owners in the defense of lead paint litigation throughout the State of Maryland
  • Includes the defense of uninsured claims, as well as claims handled through all the major insurance companies defending such claims.

Real Estate Development, Leasing and Land Use

Working closely with our Land Use attorneys handling the development process, assist national and local clients in negotiations and litigation involving land use disputes, boundary disputes, zoning issues, condemnation, riparian rights, landlord/tenant disputes and construction defects in the various State and Federal courts in Maryland.

Condemnation/Eminent Domain

Representation of property owners, including State entities in eminent domain and condemnation proceedings before Circuit Courts throughout Maryland.

Labor & Employment Litigation

Represent employers against wrongful termination, discrimination and employment-related lawsuits in federal and state courts as well as local administrative agencies

Recognitions

AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - present

Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007 - present

Memberships & Activities

Section Head: Real Estate Litigation (2009 - present)

Member: Federal Bar Association; Board Member (2012)

Member: Baltimore County Bar Association

Member: ICCFA (International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association)

Law Clerk for the Honorable James T. Smith, Circuit Court for Baltimore County

Staff Attorney: Legal Aid Bureau, Child in Need and Assistance Division

President: Board of Alumni Association Friends School (2002-2004)

Former Trustee: Maryland Science Center

Former Board Member: The Wesley, Retirement Community and Nursing Home in Mt. Washington

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D. 1992)
  • Bucknell University (B.A. 1989)