Thomas K. Prevas
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. He continues to handle Maryland criminal cases at the appellate level.
At graduation, the University of Maryland Law School honored Tom with the Roger Howell Award, which is given to a student “whose leadership, scholarship and moral character are representative of the high ideals of the legal profession.”
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.
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.
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