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Hon. Lawrence F. Rodowsky, Court of Appeals of Maryland

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1997

George Washington University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1994

  • Phi Beta Kappa
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P. Andrew Torrez

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Recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, P. Andrew Torrez represents individuals and corporations in all aspects of complex civil litigation, including commercial litigation, insurance coverage, appellate, intellectual property, and sports law matters. Mr. Torrez represents clients big and small, from local businesses in Maryland to national and multinational corporations, in a wide variety of business disputes. Mr. Torrez represents his clients in administrative proceedings; before state agencies such as the Maryland Board of Physicians and Board of Education; in federal and state alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration; and, of course, at trial. He has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, on certiorari to the Maryland Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, as well as in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First, Fourth, and District of Columbia Circuits. Mr. Torrez also works closely with his clients with an eye towards preventing future litigation and maximizing their ability to serve their customers.

Since 2003, Mr. Torrez has represented insurers and insureds in coverage litigation, often in matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars or more in potential exposure due to claims arising out of asbestos, silica, lead paint, and other potential health hazards. He has litigated numerous trademark infringement and copyright claims on behalf of intellectual property holders both in court and in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Professional Highlights

  • Recently, Mr. Torrez successfully argued MBC Realty et. al v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore on the merits and on appeal to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland; that victory authorized the construction and placement of general advertising signs on the 1st Mariner Arena, home of the Baltimore Blast.
  • In an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, Mr. Torrez successfully argued for an interpretation of a contract provision that saved his client nearly $250 million in future costs.
  • After writing Off Base: New Insights Into an Old Game, a look at the changing nature of the game of baseball, Mr. Torrez has represented and advised Major League Baseball (MLB) players and agents in connection with various legal disputes.
  • Represented the owner of Baltimore’s major league indoor soccer team in a case involving a challenge to zoning legislation allowing the placement of general advertising signs on the façade of the city-owned 1st Mariner Arena to provide advertising revenue to the owner of the team comparable to advertising revenue provided to other major league teams in Baltimore. The case was litigated for more than seven years, including multiple appeals to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals, and resulted in the approval of the zoning legislation enacted by Baltimore’s mayor and city council for the benefit of the owner of the soccer team.
  • In a matter concerning an insurance company’s obligation to advance legal fees under a professional liability policy it issues, Zuckerman Spaeder represented the hedge fund Level Global Investors LP (Level Global). The insurance firm, XL Specialty Insurance Company, sought to stop payments to Level Global and various of its employees after a former Level Global employee pleaded guilty to insider trading. We filed a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to require the insurance firm to continue to advance legal costs for Level Global and the individuals under the policy. The court granted the motion after finding that allowing the insurance carrier to stop advancing costs presented an overwhelming risk of irreparable harm to the Level Global employees covered by the policy.
  • In an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, successfully argued for an interpretation of a contract provision that saved an insurance carrier client nearly $250 million in future costs.
  • Represented a confidential defendant in connection with the U.S. congressional investigation of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in Major League Baseball (MLB). Our client did not become a target of the investigation.
  • Defended an online retailer in multiple lawsuits alleging copyright infringement in the distribution and sale of various jewelry and other catalog gift items. The case ultimately settled on terms favorable to our client.
  • Defended a media company’s registered and unregistered trademarks in connection with its commercial website and online international video-on-demand and streaming video services.
  • Aggressively moved to protect a client’s registered and unregistered trademarks against an infringing global competitor by monitoring the marketplace and issuing cease-and-desist letters. Ultimately, we negotiated a business solution on terms favorable to the client.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Vice President, Public Justice Center
  • Executive Board, Federal Bar Association, Maryland Chapter
  • Member, Baltimore Serjant’s Inn
  • Co-Founder and Contributing Editor, Suits by Suits Blog

Community Involvement

  • Former High School Debate Instructor and Coach

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