Thomas C. Costello
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Thomas C. Costello
Firm: Costello Law Group
Address: 409 Washington Avenue
Suite 410
Towson, MD 21204-4919
Office Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: 866-547-9857
Fax: 410-832-8807
E-mail: Contact Us
Web site: http://www.costellolawgroup.com
Offers Free Initial Consultation

Position Areas of Practice Bar Admissions
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Representative Cases
Lawyer Profile:

Admitted to practice in 1994, Mr. Costello, an AV rated litigator, began his legal career by representing securities broker-dealers in connection with their employment disputes, customer disputes and regulatory inquiries. Based upon that experience, Tom shifted the focus of his practice to the representation of customers in connection with their claims against investment professionals. He has successfully represented hundreds of individual investors across the United States to resolve their claims. Tom has represented individual investors against firms like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, Sun Trust, CIBC Oppenheimer, Metropolitan Life, John Hancock, Charles Schwab, Linsco Private Ledger, Smith Barney/Citigroup and Prudential in addition to many other investment advisory firms, both large and small. He has also litigated claims against insurance, legal and tax professionals. Tom's efforts have resulted in client recoveries well in excess of $15 million.

Tom earned a Legal Master’s Degree in Taxation (LLM) with a Certification in Estate Planning from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Tom has drafted and implemented tax efficient estate plans for high net worth individuals (assets in excess of $15 million) as well as for those individuals with more modest assets who simply want to make sure their family is provided for in the event of a tragedy. Tom is also experienced in representing estates, trusts (both trustees and trust beneficiaries) and heirs in the probate administration process as well as in estate disputes resolved through the court system.

Tom has represented hundreds of sales, medical and accounting professionals in disputes with former employees regarding the application and effect of contractual provisions regarding post-employment activities such as covenants not to compete or solicit and agreements which relate to the use and removal of customer information. Tom has litigated employment disputes in state and federal courts throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as well in arbitration forums such as FINRA, NASD, NYSE, JAMS and AAA. Tom is also experienced in resolving numerous other types of employee disputes and employment severance issues.

Current Employment Position(s):
Managing Partner

Areas of Practice:
Securities Litigation
Estate Planning and Administration
Employment
Legal Malpractice
Personal Injury
Bar Admissions:
Maryland, 1994
District of Columbia, 2000
U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1995
U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2008
U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
Education:
University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009
L.L.M. (Taxation)

University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, 1994
J.D.
Honors: cum laude

Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, 1991
B.A.
Major: American History

Representative Cases:
Barbour v. International Union, 640 F.3d 599 (4th Circuit 2011)
Commonwealth Equity v. Messick, 152 Md. App. 381 (Md. Court of Special Appeals 2003)
Bollman v. Splash & Dash, LLC, Sept. Term 2010, No. 1179 (Md. Court of Special Appeals 2012)
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Liability Issues for Financial Planners, Financial Planners Assoc. of Md., 2012

Honors and Awards:
University of Baltimore National Appellate Advocacy Team, 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, 2008 - Present
Member

Maryland State Bar Association, 1994 - Present
Member

Baltimore County Bar Association
Member

Past Employment Positions:
West & Costello, Partner, 2003 - 2010

West & Moore, LLC, Associate/Partner, 1999 - 2003

Birth Information:
1969, Oceanside, New York, United States of America
West Practice Categories:
Estate Planning, Legal Malpractice, Probate & Estate Administration, Securities, Trusts, Wills

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