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Thomas E. Lynch, III

Thomas E. Lynch, III

Thomas ("Tom") E. Lynch, III is a member of the Real Estate Litigation Practice, Environmental Practice and has been a partner and then a principal of Miles & Stockbridge for more than 30 years. Tom has a very diversified litigation and alternative dispute resolution background. Since the mid-1980s, Tom has represented industry, large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals on environmental matters, including environmental litigation, compliance counseling, transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiation. Tom also has handled a very broad range of complex litigation matters, including emergency injunctive practice, employment and employment-related litigation, general corporate and civil business litigation, land use and real estate litigation. Tom also is one of our most experienced alternative dispute resolution practitioners.

Tom also is known for his very broad knowledge and experience on ethics issues. He has participated as a member of the Maryland State Bar Ethics Committee since 1989. Tom was selected by the Maryland Court of Appeals to participate on a committee, chaired by Judge Rodowsky, retired Judge of the Court of Appeals, which rewrote the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct in 2003. He was also selected by the Judges of the Circuit Court for Frederick County to serve as Frederick County’s representative on the Professionalism Task Force headed by a Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. He was thereafter appointed by the Court of Appeals to serve on the Professionalism Commission as the representative from Frederick County and chaired the Professionalism Subcommittee of that body, which drafted the Ideals of Professionalism approved by the Commission and adopted by the Maryland Court of Appeals. Tom now serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Maryland Professionalism Center, Inc.  

Currently, Tom also serves on the Board of Directors of the Frederick County YMCA.

Tom also is well recognized for his contributions to his community and to the Maryland and Frederick County Bar Associations. Tom served as the President of the Frederick County Bar Association in 2000. He also was responsible for the creation of a non-profit consensus building organization called the Committee for Frederick County, which he chaired from 1998 until July of 2003. He served as the Vice Chair and then Chair of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee for Frederick County.

As a result of his contributions to his community and to the Bar, Tom was selected by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s "Leaders in the Law" and, was given a Vision of Character Award by the Character Counts Council of Frederick County.

Affiliations & Recognition

Community Activities

  • Frederick Church of the Brethren Learning Center: Board of Directors (2003-2007)

  • Frederick County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission: Community Representative

  • Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County

Professional Involvement

  • ADR Maryland, Inc.: Secretary/Treasurer

  • American Bar Association: Environment, Energy, and Resources, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections Member

  • Chamber of Commerce of Frederick County: Chairman of the Board (2011-2013); Board Member (2010-2014); Environmental Committee Chairman (1994-1996); Economic Vitality Committee Chairman (1997-1998); Legislative Council Member (2000-2001); Public Policy Committee Member (2014-present); Leadership Frederick County (2001)

  • Committee for Frederick County, Inc.: Founder; Chairman (1998-2003 and 2005-2007)

  • Daybreak Adult Day Services: Board of Directors (2001-2005)

  • Frederick County Bar Association: Member (1988-present); President (1999-2000)

  • Frederick County Board of Education Ethics Panel: Member (1992-1998); Chair (1994-1997)

  • Frederick County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (1997-2004)

  • Frederick County YMCA: Board of Directors Member (2011-present)

  • Harvard University: Interviewer for Western Maryland Applicants (1993-2008)

  • Maryland Bar Foundation: Board of Directors (1992-present)

  • Maryland Chamber of Commerce: Board Member (2007-2009)

  • Maryland Court of Appeals: Committee to Study the Ethics 2000 Amendments to ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct Member (2002-2003); Professionalism Task Force Member (2002-2003); Professionalism Commission Member; Professionalism Subcommittee Chair (2004-2009)

  • Maryland Office of Planning and Growth Commission Infrastructure Financing Issues Study: Chairman; Environment and Economic Development Subcommittee (1999-2000)

  • Maryland Professionalism Center: Vice Chair; Aging Subcommittee Chair

  • Maryland State Bar Association: Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Member; Ethics Committee Member (1990-2017); Ethics Committee Chair (1999-2000); Judicial Appointments Committee Member; Immediate Response Committee Member; Long Range Planning Committee Member

  • Rotary Club of Frederick


  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Environmental (2018-2019)

  • CALM (Community Alternative Mediation): Community Peacebuilding Award (2001)

  • Character Counts Council, Frederick Chapter: Vision of Character Award (2005)

  • City of Frederick: Helping Hands Award (2010)

  • Frederick County Bar Association: W. Jerome Offutt Award (2011)

  • Frederick County Human Relations Commission: Lord D. Nickens Community Service Award (2003)

  • Frederick County Office of Economic Development: Frederick County Volunteer of the Year (1998)

  • Leadership Frederick County: Distinguished Community Leader Award (May 2000)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent® Rated

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental (2007-2012); Business Litigation (2013-2019)

  • The Daily Record Leadership in Law: Maryland Leadership in Law Award (2003); Lifetime Achievement Award (2017)




Press Coverage


"NAAA Safety Committee Recommends Establishing a Safety Standard," On The Block (Co-Author) (September 2017).
"Understand Arbitration or Prepare for Litigation," On The Block (Co-Author) (July 2017).
"When First Place Matters Most...," On The Block (Co-Author) (May 2017).
"Safety: Know, Share, Do," On The Block (Co-Author) (November 2016).
"Stop-Sale Orders and Safety Recalls," On The Block (May 2016).
"Distracted Driving: Be Proactive," On The Block (Co-Author) (November 2015).
"Why It Is Important to Read (Or Have Your Lawyer Read) Form Documents," On The Block (Co-Author) (September 2015).
"Know NAAA’s Bylaws to Protect Yourself and Preserve the Association," On The Block (Co-Author) (July 2015).

Speaking Engagements