Lawrence S. Greenwald, Member

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  • My guiding lights in the “arena of legal combat”: diligent preparation; candor; courage of convictions; collegiality.

    Larry was named 2018 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" for Finance Litigation.

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lgreenwald@gfrlaw.com
410-576-4264
410-576-4269 (fax)

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Larry is the senior member of the Firm's Litigation Practice group. He is semi-retired, but handles selected matters. For most of his 50 year career, the focus of this practice has been litigation in both trial and appeals courts and, arbitration.  The practice has included complex, "bet the company" litigation in numerous states and in class actions.

Larry graduated from Harvard Law School in 1964. Between 1964 and 1966, he served in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Infantry Captain. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1965 and the Maryland Bar in 1969. Between 1966 and 1969, he served as a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice.

Larry has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1982. In 2001, he was selected as one of ten "Lawyers of the Year" by Lawyers Weekly USA, which selected the attorneys from the more than a million lawyers throughout the country who had a "noticeable impact on the law and legal system in this country." He also has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, has received The Daily Record's "Leadership in Law" award, and has been named as a Maryland Super Lawyer®. Also, Best Lawyers in America© has named him as the 2012 and 2018 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Banking & Finance, the 2013 "Baltimore Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Real Estate, and the 2017 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Arbitration.

Since joining Gordon Feinblatt in 1969, Larry has served as lead counsel in a broad spectrum of cases. Many of them have involved issues of first impression and significant constitutional litigation. He has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Larry has litigated in the areas of real estate, contracts, corporations and partnerships, and torts such as fraud and misrepresentation. He has handled more specialized litigation in the areas of employment, construction, banking, financial services, environmental, antitrust, securities and health care law. He also has handled cases involving medical, legal and accounting malpractice, and has defended clients in criminal cases, including Medicaid and mail fraud, arson, vehicular manslaughter and assault on a federal officer.

In recent years, Larry has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in defending a group of financial service companies in class action lawsuits and arbitration in several states. Also, he has served as national trial and appellate counsel defending a firearms manufacturer in nationwide litigation brought by New York State and various municipalities and individuals. He has served as lead counsel in multi-state litigation defending a Roman Catholic order of priests in child abuse cases. He also has served as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of cases, and is a former member of ADR Maryland, a panel of highly-experienced and widely-respected neutral Maryland attorneys who are trained and skilled in alternative dispute resolution practices.

Representative Matters

Jones v. Dancel, 792 F.3d 395 (4th Cir.), cert. denied, 136 S. Ct. 591, 193 L. Ed. 2d 470 (2015). Lead counsel defending companies in class action arbitration for alleged violations of federal and state laws relating to financial services.

Estate of Pascal Charlot v. Bushmaster Firearms, Inc., 628 F.Supp.2d 174 (DDC 2009). Lead counsel defending firearms manufacturer in case brought by decedent's estate against manufacturer whose weapon was used by "D.C. Sniper" to kill decedent.

Craft v. North Seattle Community College Foundation, et al. Lead counsel defending company in federal class action for alleged violation of financial services law.

Associated Sulpicians of the United States -- Priest Abuse Litigation. Lead defense counsel for society of Roman Catholic priests against claims of priest abuse.

Beretta U.S.A. Corp. - Firearms Litigation. National trial and appellate counsel defending firearms manufacturer in national litigation brought by municipalities and individuals.

Hamilton v. Beretta U.S.A. Corp., 750 N.E. 2d 1055 (C.A.N.Y. 2001). Lead appellate counsel for firearms manufacturer in case of first impression as to negligent distribution and marketing.

Tates v. The Kronheim Companies, United States District Court for Maryland. Lead defense counsel in jury trial involving allegations of race and gender discrimination.

Managed Care Professionals, Inc. v. Washington Hospital Center, United States District Court for Eastern District of Virginia. Lead defense counsel for Washington Hospital Center in litigation involving claims of breach of contract, defamation and tortious interference.

Stansel v. NAACP, Superior Court of District of Columbia. Lead defense counsel for NAACP in jury trial and appeal involving breach of contract, sexual harassment and related claims.

Columbia Medical Plan, Inc. v. Roche Biomedical Laboratories, Inc., United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Lead defense counsel in jury trial involving claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

Chavis v. NAACP, Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Lead defense counsel for National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, Inc. in litigation arising from termination of former executive director.

Wassel v. Samuel, et al., United States District Court for the District of Maryland, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland. Lead defense counsel in case arising under federal and state securities laws.

Williams v. Beretta, U.S.A., Inc., United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Lead defense counsel in trial of employment discrimination claims.

Maryland National Bank v. Wilbur E. Simmons, et al., Circuit Court for Howard and Anne Arundel Counties. Lead defense counsel for bank in foreclosure and lender liability actions.

Operating Engineers Local No. 37 Pension Fund v. Maryland Circuit Boards Corporation, et al., United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Lead defense counsel for shopping center developer in environmental litigation.

State of Maryland v. Arthur M. Lebson, Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Lead defense counsel for physician accused of Medicaid fraud.

United States v. Edward M. Ashton, et al., United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Lead defense counsel in jury trial involving charges of assaulting a federal officer and other crimes.

Reisterstown Plaza Associates v. The May Department Stores Company, United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Lead counsel for shopping center owner in trial involving lease dispute.

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., et al. v. Continental Realty Corporation, United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Lead defense counsel in jury trial involving claims of housing discrimination.

John P. Brandenburg, et al. v. Julian Seidel, et al., 859 F.2d 1179 (4th Cir. 1988). Lead defense counsel for former bank official sued in connection with savings and loan crisis in Maryland.

Thomson, et al. v. Weinberger, et al., United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Lead counsel for plaintiffs at injunction hearing and on appeal in constitutional challenge against army's drug testing program.

First Federal Savings & Loan of Annapolis v. Rouse Real Estate Finance, Inc., Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Lead counsel for First Federal at jury trial and on appeal in breach of contract case involving mortgage commitments of $16,500,000.

First Maryland Leasecorp v. Riggs and related cases. Lead counsel in multi-state litigation against more than fifty obligors under notes held by client as collateral.

Fagan, et ux. v. Howard County, Maryland, et al., 304 Md. 250 (1985). Specially appointed by circuit court as counsel for plaintiffs in case testing constitutionality of state law affecting thousands of property owners in Columbia, Maryland.

Shopco Laurel Company, et al. v. Holiday Universal, Inc., et al., Circuit Court for Prince George's County. Lead defense counsel for national shopping center developer in jury trial involving claims of fraud and breach of contract.

Beneficial National Life Insurance Company v. Barbernell, United States District Court for District of Maryland. Co-counsel defending insurance company in jury trial involving claims exceeding $20,000,000 for fraud and breach of contract.

Brown v. State of Maryland, 285 Md. 469 (1979). Lead defense counsel in jury trial and appeals involving charge of arson of clubhouse at Laurel Raceway.

Gulf Oil Corporation, et al. v. Governor of the State of Maryland, et al., 437 U.S. 117 (1978). Lead counsel for Gulf Oil Corporation in litigation challenging the constitutionality of state divestiture laws.

Clagett, et al. v. Hutchison, et al., 583 F.2d 1259 (4th Cir. 1978). Lead defense counsel for majority shareholders of Laurel Raceway against various claims by minority shareholders.

Roemer, et al. v. Board of Public Works of Maryland, 426 U.S. 736 (1976). Lead counsel for plaintiffs at trial and in Supreme Court of United States in litigation challenging constitutionality of state laws authorizing public funds for church-related colleges.

Frederick Shoppers World v. The Fleming Companies, Inc., United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Co-counsel defending shopping center developer in jury trial in breach of contract action by major tenant.

Ames Department Stores v. 140 Village Shopping Center, United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Lead defense counsel for shopping center developer at trial in action by major tenant for injunctive relief.

Sheesley v. Valley Mall Associates, United States District Court for District of Maryland. Lead defense counsel for shopping center developer at trial in action brought by major subcontractor.

Mid-Atlantic Subaru, Ltd., et al. v. Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., et al., United States District Court for District of Maryland. Lead defense counsel for Japanese manufacturer challenging court’s jurisdiction.

Howard County Council v. Howard County Executive, Circuit Court for Howard County. Lead counsel for Howard County Council in action involving interpretation of county charter.

In Re British American Properties, Inc., United States Bankruptcy Court (Maryland). Lead trial counsel for British American in major bankruptcy action relating to Mercantile Bank and Trust Building.

Honors

Named to the Best Lawyers in America© for Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Real Estate, and Mediation since 2003

Named 2012 and 2018 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Banking and Finance by Best Lawyers in America©

Named 2017 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Arbitration by Best Lawyers in America©

Named 2013 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Real Estate by Best Lawyers in America©

Named to the Maryland Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation, General Litigation and Appellate since 2007

AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell®

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Professional and Civic Involvement

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Member, Federal Bar Association (Maryland), and former member of Board of Governors

Former President, Harvard Law School Association of Maryland

Founder/Former Trustee, Temple Beth Shalom of Howard County

Former Trustee, Baltimore Bar Foundation

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Maryland State Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

  • Co-Author, "Municipalities' Suits Against Gun Manufacturers - Legal Folly", Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, Vol. 4.13,2001 (Selected as a winner by the Burton Awards for Legal Writing 2001)
  • Co-Author, "Personal Liability of Corporate Officials In Ejectment Actions: Evolution Of The Tort And The Implications of Metromedia Co. v. WCBM Maryland, Inc.", University of Baltimore Law Review, Fall 1992

Contact

lgreenwald@gfrlaw.com
410-576-4264
410-576-4269 (fax)

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Education

LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1964
B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, 1961

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 1969
New York, 1965