Joseph M. Bellew


410.727.5460 (fax)
Joseph M. Bellew

Since 1984, Joseph M. Bellew has represented small to medium size businesses and their owners in connection with the personal, business, and professional aspects of their lives.  Because of his experience working with these clients, Mr. Bellew is able to assist them with the many and varied issues and problems they encounter.  Mr. Bellew practiced law with the firm from 1994-2007.  He rejoined the firm as counsel in July 2016.

Business, Corporate, and Tax

Mr. Bellew has assisted clients with planning and executing business, financial, and personal strategies.  He earned a Master of Law in Taxation, and he has extensive experience in a variety of tax-related matters, including: 

  • business formation (including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies);
  • buy-sell transactions and agreements;
  • income and estate tax planning; and
  • estate and business succession planning.

Real Estate

In his real estate practice, Mr. Bellew has represented clients in the transactional side of a real estate project, including:

  • acquisition;
  • sale;
  • leasing; and
  • asset management.

He is also experienced in representing landlords in their leasing and management work, including negotiating hundreds of commercial leases.  In fact, prior to joining Baltimore Gas & Electric Company as assistant general counsel for real estate matters, he represented a Fortune 100, New York-based pension fund with respect to the drafting and negotiating of commercial leases for properties in the mid-Atlantic region.

While with Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, he served as the sole in-house real estate attorney, handling legal and business aspects of BGE’s real estate acquisitions and dispositions, leases, and easements, working in close collaboration with the company’s operating units and affiliates.  In that position, he collaborated with and oversaw outside counsel’s handling of the development, permitting, zoning, and approval processes related to the company’s properties.

Estates and Trusts

He has counseled clients in numerous estate matters, including:

  • traditional tax planning vehicles such as bypass trusts and marital trusts;
  • irrevocable life insurance trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, charitable trusts, personal residence trusts, trusts to receive retirement benefits, and grantor retained annuity trusts;
  • fiduciary and individual income, estate tax, gift tax, and charitable planning; and
  • estate planning.

In the area of estates and trusts administration, Mr. Bellew has experience in the regular and ongoing handling of:

  • Probate matters;
  • Preparation of federal and Maryland estate tax returns; and
  • Preparation of fiduciary income tax returns.

He has also represented estates before the Internal Revenue Service in the audit of federal estate tax returns. As part of his estates and trusts practice, he has helped clients organize and maintain non-profit organizations and charitable foundations.

Mr. Bellew is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining Tydings in 1994, Mr. Bellew was a tax manager with the Baltimore office of the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young.  Most recently, Mr. Bellew served as assistant general counsel for real estate matters at Baltimore Gas & Electric Company.

Attorney Profile


  • University of Baltimore School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation, 1990)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1984) Law Review, Journal of Law and Commerce
  • University of Pittsburgh (B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, 1980) Dean's List

Bar Admissions

  • State of Maryland, 1985
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1984

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court, 1988
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  • Maryland State Bar Association, Estates & Trusts and Business Law Sections
  • Baltimore Estate Planning Council
  • Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Elizabeth School Foundation, Inc., President and Board Member
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