Baltimore Banking & Finance Law Lawyer
Thomas O'Toole graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1982. In 1986, he graduated from the Catholic University School of Law. Later that year, he joined the New York firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon's in the corporate department. As a corporate associate, he participated in various sophisticated corporate transactions, including structured and project financings. He obtained substantial experience in drafting contracts and other documents involving corporate financial transactions. In 1989, he joined the Baltimore firm of Venable, Baetjer and Howard in the business/tax department, where he continued to represent clients in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. Since forming his own firm in 1993, Mr. O'Toole has continued to represent clients in various corporate and business transactions while expanding his practice to include litigation. Mr. O'Toole has successfully represented corporate and individual clients at trial, judge and jury, and on appeals at the State and Federal level. He and his partner, Neal C. Baroody, have obtained substantial recoveries for their business and individual clients.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.