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Thurman W. Zollicoffer, Jr.
Partner
7 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
Phone: 410.347.9453
Fax: 410.223.4353
tzollicoffer@wtplaw.com
Awards

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

Publications & Presentations

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

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)

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1988)
  • Towson University (B.A. 1984)