Herbert J. Belgrad

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Herbert J. Belgrad

Family Law

Mr. Belgrad is an experienced negotiator who represents clients in Maryland family law matters. He concentrates his practice in high-asset and high-income cases involving the valuation and division of assets such as businesses, partnerships, professional practices, investments, and retirement plans. Chair of the firm’s family law practice, he also negotiates pre-nuptial agreements and ante-nuptial agreements and serves as a mediator and arbitrator in family law cases. Mr. Belgrad emphasizes the use of negotiations to resolve most family law disputes in order to avoid protracted and expensive litigation. His family law clients have access to the experience of firm attorneys who concentrate in business law, tax law and estates and trusts as related to their cases.

In addition to his role as an advocate on behalf of his clients, Mr. Belgrad is also a skilled mediator. For the past 20 years, Mr. Belgrad has conducted mediations in family law, including divorce, life partnerships, and custody matters. He approaches mediation with the mindset that settlement is possible and confidentiality is key. Using his skills as a negotiator and counsel, he gathers facts, listens objectively, and assists the parties to craft a solution that works for them. His methodology allows both sides to find common ground and build on it. He has faced some of the most complex and emotional issues as a mediator, including division of assets, business valuation, and custody. Because Mr. Belgrad is familiar with case law as well as statutory law, he understands the possible outcomes of cases that need to go before the courts.

Administrative and Employment Law

Mr. Belgrad’s skills as a negotiator are the result, in part, of his practice in administrative law. In the public sector, as Chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority from 1986 to 1995, Mr. Belgrad was directly involved in:

  • Negotiating the long-term lease between the Maryland Stadium Authority and the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Club;
  • Developing the lease and financing package that was the prototype for the agreement with the Baltimore Ravens;
  • Representing the Maryland Stadium Authority before the Maryland General Assembly in the enactment of legislation that established the organization, duties, and authority of the Maryland Stadium Authority, the financing of the twin-stadium project, and the selection of Camden Yards as the site of the stadium complex;
  • Negotiating the contract and agreements for acquisition of the public and private property that constituted Camden Yards; and
  • Negotiating contracts with the concessionaire, architects, consultants, engineers, and contractors who worked on the project.

Mr. Belgrad continues to represent clients before government entities, including the following:

  • Bid protests before the Board of Estimates of Baltimore City;
  • Legislative hearings before committees of the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate as an advocate for the client’s position on pending legislation; and
  • Administrative hearings involving zoning cases, contractor qualification, and minority business enterprises.

Mr. Belgrad has also developed an employment law practice that concentrates on the negotiation of severance and retirement agreements for senior executives at public institutions and major corporations in the private sector.

Leadership

For more than 50 years, Mr. Belgrad has served his profession and community. He has served as President of the Junior Bar Association of Baltimore City, President of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, and President of the Maryland State Bar Association.  He served most recently as a Parliamentarian of the Family Law Section Council of the American Bar Association (2013-2014) and has served the ABA as a Maryland state delegate, a member of its House of Delegates, Board of Governors, the executive committee of the Board, and the ABA Fund for Justice and Education. He also served on numerous committees and sections and a member of the ABA Commission on Civic Education in the Nation's Schools. He also was President of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation and chaired the State Ethics Commission for seven years preceding his appointment by Governors Harry Hughes and William Donald Schaefer to chair the Maryland Stadium Authority. Mr. Belgrad is a member and has been an officer of the Board of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center from 1997 to present.

Mr. Belgrad is a past recipient of a Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record; the Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award from his alma mater, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; and in 2011 was named a "Human Rights and Justice Champion" by the Maryland Legal Aid Society.

Since 2005, Mr. Belgrad was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of commercial litigation and family law mediation.  For the last three years, Best Lawyers has named Mr. Belgrad "Lawyer of the Year" in the Baltimore region for his family law/mediation practice.  Since 2007, Mr. Belgrad has been named by Maryland Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in Maryland for his family law practice. Mr. Belgrad is AV® Peer Review Rated – the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

       

Prior to joining Tydings, Mr. Belgrad was a special assistant City Solicitor for Baltimore City responsible for labor and education (1964-68), and then a private practitioner for more than thirty years as a partner at Kaplan, Heyman, Greenberg, Engelman and Belgrad, which merged with Tydings in 1998.

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Education

  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (J.D., 1961) Order of the Coif; Assistant Editor, Maryland Law Review
  • University of Illinois (M.A., 1957) University Fellow
  • Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1956) Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • State of Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
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  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Council
  • Maryland State Bar Association, President, 1985-1986
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City, President, 1981-1982
  • Junior Bar Association of Baltimore City, President, 1969-1970
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  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Council 1997-2007, 2011-present, Parliamentarian, 2013-2014; Commission on Civic Education in Nation's Schools, 2011-; Fund for Justice and Education;  Board of Governors, 1997-2000, and Executive Committee of Board, 1999-2000; House of Delegates, 1982-2000; State Delegate for Maryland, 1988-1997
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Board Member, 1997-present
  • Maryland Legal Mutual Insurance Society, Chair and Board Member, 1986-2007
  • Maryland Stadium Authority, Chairman, 1986-1995
  • Maryland Bar Foundation, President, 1989-1991; Board, 1984-1994
  • Associated Jewish Charities & Welfare Fund, Board Member, 1967-1991
  • Maryland Legal Services Corporation, President, 1986-1989
  • Maryland State Bar Association, President, 1985-1986
  • Maryland State Ethics Commission, Chair, 1979-1986
  • Metropolitan Bar Leaders Conference, President, 1984-1985
  • Maryland Judicial Nominating Commission for the 8th Circuit, 1974-1979
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