One of the realities of today’s world is that large-scale lawsuits often don’t end with a simple verdict from a court disposing of the issues with finality. If the amounts involved are significant enough, a party that loses at trial generally has every incentive to file as many appeals as are permitted by law to try and reverse that verdict.
The skills that make one lawyer a successful trial lawyer may not translate well to the world of appellate courts, where rhetoric generally takes a back seat to thorough, comprehensive, sophisticated intellectual analysis. A former clerk to the state’s highest court, Mr. Torrez is one of the most well-known appellate lawyers in the State of Maryland, having argued cases before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Maryland Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (which includes Maryland’s bankruptcy and district court).
If you’ve driven by the Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, you can see Mr. Torrez’s appellate litigation skills in action. Beginning in 2003, Mr. Torrez represented the private parties seeking a way to keep the Baltimore Blast professional indoor soccer team here in Baltimore. The solution involved the placement of the Times Square-style exterior billboards that adorn the Arena to this day – but the road to that solution was not always smooth.
For more than eight years, various interest groups opposed three bills passed by the Maryland legislature in 2003 which collectively had the effect of permitting the billboards to go up, despite Baltimore City’s otherwise near-total ban on outdoor billboards within the City limits. Specifically, the bills created a new conditional use for publicly-owned stadiums and arenas within a particular (B-5) zoning district, and then simultaneously approved the Arena for that conditional use.
Mr. Torrez worked on behalf of his clients at every level, successfully opposing an injunction seeking to block the implementation of the ordinances, and then prevailing in three separate lawsuits seeking to overturn the ordinances, procure injunctive relief, and for damages: one administrative proceeding in state court, one lawsuit in state court, and a parallel lawsuit in federal court, all of which went up on various appeals. Ultimately, Mr. Torrez won on summary judgment, which was upheld by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in MBC Realty v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, 993 A.2d 1190 (Md. App. 2010) and left standing by the Court of Appeals (which denied certiorari). Along the way, Mr. Torrez litigated one of the landmark zoning cases to be decided by the Maryland Court of Appeals, MBC Realty v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, 941 A.2d 1052 (Md. 2008).
If you have a complex litigation matter either on appeal or in which you anticipate that appeals may be necessary and you want the kind of intellectual firepower that Mr. Torrez brings to bear in these kinds of cases, please contact the Law Offices of P. Andrew Torrez at (240) 230-7309 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.