Thurman W. Zollicoffer, Jr.

Thurman W. Zollicoffer, Jr.

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tzollicoffer@wtplaw.com
BALTIMORE
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Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. is a graduate of University of Maryland School of Law who currently serves as Chair, EBDI (East Baltimore Development, Inc.). Mr. Zollicoffer is a former City Solicitor and counsel for the Mayor & City Council for the City of Baltimore, managing a staff of 110 and a budget of $14 million. Mr. Zollicoffer oversaw and directed the City of Baltimore’s legal work, including legislative counsel, litigation, and giving legal advice and counsel to City departments, agencies, boards and commissions. He served as member and counsel to the Board of Estimates, the body that deliberates all contracts and financial operations for the City.  Mr. Zollicoffer has also had significant accomplishments as City Solicitor includes drafting/negotiating: conduit franchise agreements, the City’s first Charitable Institutions Payment in Lieu of Taxes, the Minority Enterprise Ordinance for the City of Baltimore and the Mayor’s Executive Order, and the successful defense of the Ordinance in federal court.

  • Former City Solicitor and counsel for the Mayor & City Council for the City of Baltimore, managing a staff of 110 and a budget of $14 million. Responsible for overseeing and directing the City of Baltimore’s legal work, including legislative counsel, litigation, and giving legal advice and counsel to City departments, agencies, boards and commissions. Served as member and counsel to the Board of Estimates, the body that deliberates all contracts and financial operations for the City.
  • Significant accomplishments as City Solicitor included drafting/negotiating: conduit franchise agreements, the City’s first Charitable Institutions Payment in Lieu of Taxes, the Minority Enterprise Ordinance for the City of Baltimore and the Mayor’s Executive Order, and the successful defense of the Ordinance in federal court
  • Currently serves as trial and local  counsel for Fortune 50 corporation. In that capacity, Mr. Zollicoffer has tried and handled multiple cases across the United States, as well as serving as chief counsel for the hundreds of cases arising in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Successful representation of corporate health care clients in white collar criminal fraud
  • Significant trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts
  • Depth of experience in real estate issues, including development and financing
  • Broad range of labor and employment experience, including employee claim prevention, union negotiations, and government sector employment
 

Recognitions

  • BV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - present
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007 - present
 

Memberships & Activities

  • Member: Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (2014 - present)
  • Member: Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member:  National Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair:  Boy Scouts of America, Scout Reach Committee for the Baltimore Area Council
  • Trustee:  Employee Retirement System - $1.6 Billion Under Management (2004 - present)
  • Chair, EBDI (East Baltimore Development, Inc.) (2013 - 2017)
  • Chair, Total Health Care, Inc. (2014 - 2017)
  • Trustee:  Deferred Compensation Board 250 Assets Under Management (2000 - 2004)
  • Member: Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health Care Options
  • Member:  International Municipal Lawyer Association (2000 - present)
  • Member:  Alumni Association Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Law School (2000 - 2007)
  • Member:  Marian House Board of Directors (2000 - 2007)
  • Member:  Board of Governors of the National Aquarium in Baltimore (2000 - 2004)
  • Chairman:  Baltimore City 2000 Combined Charity Campaign Committee (2000 - 2001)
  • Member:  Monumental City Bar (1995 - NBA Baltimore Convention Planning Committee)
  • Member:  National Black Prosecutors Association (1993 - served on annual convention committee)
  • Best Lawyers Designation
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Author and Presenter: To Provide for the Common Defense - A Local Analysis, IMLA 2003 Mid-Year Seminar

ARTICLES

Zollicoffer to Chair EBDI Board

Former Baltimore City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of East Baltimore Development Inc., the 11-year-old nonprofit in charge of the $1.8 billion redevelopment located north of Johns Hopkins University Hospital in the area known as Middle East.

Zollicoffer takes over for Douglas Nelson, the retired chairman of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has invested nearly $100 million in the project as a partner with EBDI. Other partners include the city and Hopkins.

NEWS

57 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019, Four Named "Lawyer of the Year"

57 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site.

59 WTP Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2018, Two Named "Lawyer of the Year"

59 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site, at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

In addition, two lawyers were selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for their particular areas of practice.


59 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Eight Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Fifty-nine lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, eight lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for their particular areas of practice. 


63 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Four Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-three lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, four lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in the Baltimore region for their particular areas of practice.


Fifty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 54 of its Maryland-based attorneys are listed among the 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars” and the three partners who received special recognition -- Edward Buxbaum and Dwight Stone in the Top 100, and Mary Claire Chesshire in the Top 50 Women.


61 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America; Nine Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty-one lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices, including the firm's new Roanoke office.

In addition, nine lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Sixty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 64 of its attorneys are listed among the 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in three states.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars”; the four partners who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone; and the 16 who are named for the first time this year.


60 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America Five Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

Sixty lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.).

This represents an increase of seven over last year.  The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, five lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


Forty-Six Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland; Five in Maryland Listed in “Top 100”

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 46 of its attorneys are listed among the 2012 Maryland Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

The firm is particularly proud of the five who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, Paul Nussbaum, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone. Selection of the Top 100 lawyers in a jurisdiction is strictly based on the highest scores in the Super Lawyer judging process, and Whiteford is one of the two firms with the most names on the list.

36 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Named Maryland Super Lawyers

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is pleased to announce that 36 WTP attorneys have been named in Maryland Super Lawyers publication. Maryland Super Lawyers will appear in a special advertising section in the January 2007 issue of Baltimore Magazine and in the Maryland Super Lawyers magazine.


Whiteford Wins Nationally Significant Housing Case for the City of Baltimore and Its Citizens

After a decade of protracted litigation culminating in a month-long federal court trial, the United States District Court yesterday ruled completely in favor of the City of Baltimore and its housing authority. In rejecting the class action claims brought by the ACLU, the Court found that "the Baltimore City leadership of the post-Brown era deserves accolades, not criticism."