Thomas K. Prevas

Thomas K. Prevas

Counsel

Contact Info

Phone: (410) 332-8683
Fax: (410) 332-8123

Primary Office

Baltimore
500 E. Pratt Street
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202-3133

Thomas K. Prevas

Counsel

Thomas K. Prevas is a commercial litigator with particularized experience in environmental law. Tom also works closely with developers, non-profits and other stakeholders on transformative real estate development projects, including projects on contaminated or blighted property. Drawing from his experience as general counsel to a significant charitable community development corporation, Tom thinks holistically about how to achieve clients' goals while minimizing costs.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Tom was an environmental attorney at DLA Piper, LLP, during which time he played a key role in the trial and appeal of one of the largest tort cases in Maryland history - a  gasoline release from a Baltimore County service station involving a major oil company. Tom also gained substantial trial experience as a special assistant state's attorney for Baltimore County. 

Currently, Tom is bringing together his understanding of business, legal, land use and political issues from his law practice to support an effort to improve Baltimore’s trash diversion rate. His work on this project includes preparing a report for Baltimore’s mayor, with the assistance of the Department of Public Works and stakeholders, to create an action plan that involves reuse, recycling, composting and similar opportunities. Through this and other work for waste-industry clients, Tom has developed an understanding of the challenges that they face in their development and operation of a wide range of facilities, services and programs, including municipal landfills, solid or hazardous waste disposal, incinerators/waste-to-energy operations, and recycling. He is also knowledgeable about wastewater treatment and associated piping issues, stormwater and associated piping issues, retention and land application of biosolids, and composting facilities.

Tom has also represented victims of revenge pornography to get images removed from the internet and testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee in favor of a bill to outlaw revenge pornography. He frequently assists House of Ruth clients in obtaining protective orders against their abusers.

 

 

Experience

Select representative matters include:

  • Represented engineering firm in negotiating with a local municipality over the construction of a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Represented large company in disputes over wastewater treatment plant waste hauling and disposal.
  • Represented clients going through Maryland's Voluntary Cleanup Program.
  • Represented clients in numerous disputes involving gas station releases.
  • Provided environmental counseling to companies relating to the purchase or sale of environmentally contaminated properties.
  • Represented large company on issues pertaining to assessment of CERCLA liability at large National Priority List site.
  • Represented large company in responding to EPA potentially responsible party inquiry under CERCLA.
  • Represented large company to prevent the taking of its property by the U.S. Department of Transportation by highlighting NEPA and Department of Transportation Section 4f compliance issues.
  • Negotiated consent decree between EPA and Local Education Agency in an enforcement action under TSCA-AHERA, relating to asbestos in schools, and counseled Local Education Agency on AHERA compliance.
  • Represented client to oppose stormwater management fine imposed by Maryland Department of Environment for construction runoff.
  • Represented large corporation on a fats, oil and grease notice of violation filed by a local wastewater treatment agency.
  • Represented power company on environmental compliance, siting and permitting of power plants.
  • Represented gas station in challenge to a zoning board decision on a special exception.
  • Represented students in cases involving significant disclosures to local private schools regarding teacher misconduct.
  • Represented coal fired power plant on water permit exceedances relating to mandated flue scrubbers.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to the Baltimore Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list, 2018

Named to The Daily Record's "VIP List," 2018

Recipient of The Daily Record's Generation J.D. Leadership in Law Award, 2018

Member of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" National Tier 1 ranked Environmental Law Practice

2014 Best Event Award, Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

2011 DLA Piper National Pro Bono Award

Selected to Rising Stars list, Maryland Super Lawyers, 2013 - present

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, Alumni Board, Gilman School, 2017-present

Baltimore City Planning Commissioner, 2017-present

Board Secretary, House of Ruth Maryland (intimate partner violence charity) 

Counsel, HCPI Development Fund (North Central Baltimore Urban Development Charity)

Board Member, Win in Life Community Development Corporation (West Baltimore urban development charity)

Board Member, Charles Street Development Corporation

Secretary and Treasurer, Seize the Days (cancer charity)

Maryland State Bar Association

  • Baltimore City Judicial Nominating Committee
  • Special Committee on Law School Graduates
  • Young Lawyers Section Council
  • 2018-2019 Chair, Environmental Law Section

Baltimore City Bar Association

  • Co-chair, Membership Committee
  • Executive Council

Wrangler's Law Club

 

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, University of Maryland School of Law, 2008

  • Associate Editor, Maryland Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Roger Howell Graduation Award
  • Chairman, Honor Board
  • Certificate of Concentration in Environmental Law
  • Captain, Softball Team

B.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 2002

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland

Firm Management Positions

Pro Bono Committee, Member

Clerkships

Judge Lynne A. Battaglia, Court of Appeals of Maryland

Thomas K. Prevas is a commercial litigator with particularized experience in environmental law. Tom also works closely with developers, non-profits and other stakeholders on transformative real estate development projects, including projects on contaminated or blighted property. Drawing from his experience as general counsel to a significant charitable community development corporation, Tom thinks holistically about how to achieve clients' goals while minimizing costs.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Tom was an environmental attorney at DLA Piper, LLP, during which time he played a key role in the trial and appeal of one of the largest tort cases in Maryland history - a  gasoline release from a Baltimore County service station involving a major oil company. Tom also gained substantial trial experience as a special assistant state's attorney for Baltimore County. 

Currently, Tom is bringing together his understanding of business, legal, land use and political issues from his law practice to support an effort to improve Baltimore’s trash diversion rate. His work on this project includes preparing a report for Baltimore’s mayor, with the assistance of the Department of Public Works and stakeholders, to create an action plan that involves reuse, recycling, composting and similar opportunities. Through this and other work for waste-industry clients, Tom has developed an understanding of the challenges that they face in their development and operation of a wide range of facilities, services and programs, including municipal landfills, solid or hazardous waste disposal, incinerators/waste-to-energy operations, and recycling. He is also knowledgeable about wastewater treatment and associated piping issues, stormwater and associated piping issues, retention and land application of biosolids, and composting facilities.

Tom has also represented victims of revenge pornography to get images removed from the internet and testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee in favor of a bill to outlaw revenge pornography. He frequently assists House of Ruth clients in obtaining protective orders against their abusers.

 

 

Experience

Select representative matters include:

  • Represented engineering firm in negotiating with a local municipality over the construction of a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Represented large company in disputes over wastewater treatment plant waste hauling and disposal.
  • Represented clients going through Maryland's Voluntary Cleanup Program.
  • Represented clients in numerous disputes involving gas station releases.
  • Provided environmental counseling to companies relating to the purchase or sale of environmentally contaminated properties.
  • Represented large company on issues pertaining to assessment of CERCLA liability at large National Priority List site.
  • Represented large company in responding to EPA potentially responsible party inquiry under CERCLA.
  • Represented large company to prevent the taking of its property by the U.S. Department of Transportation by highlighting NEPA and Department of Transportation Section 4f compliance issues.
  • Negotiated consent decree between EPA and Local Education Agency in an enforcement action under TSCA-AHERA, relating to asbestos in schools, and counseled Local Education Agency on AHERA compliance.
  • Represented client to oppose stormwater management fine imposed by Maryland Department of Environment for construction runoff.
  • Represented large corporation on a fats, oil and grease notice of violation filed by a local wastewater treatment agency.
  • Represented power company on environmental compliance, siting and permitting of power plants.
  • Represented gas station in challenge to a zoning board decision on a special exception.
  • Represented students in cases involving significant disclosures to local private schools regarding teacher misconduct.
  • Represented coal fired power plant on water permit exceedances relating to mandated flue scrubbers.