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Michael Severino

Your goal should be to break the other side without fighting.

Mike is a litigator and trial attorney with substantial experience representing businesses and individuals in a wide range of civil and business disputes.  He has represented clients in mediations, tried numerous cases to verdict and argued several appeals.

Mike’s business litigation practice includes typical claims for breach of contract, fraud, and business torts, and also includes bankruptcy and creditor rights litigation, estate disputes and construction claims.  He has represented many contractors and subcontractors in claims against owners, in defense of claims brought by lower tiered subcontractors and suppliers, and in bid protests.

Mike approaches each client’s cause from the perspective of what strategy would work best given his client’s unique situation.  Sometimes a simple letter and discussion with opposing counsel works; sometime aggressive litigation is necessary.  Whatever the strategy, Mike recognizes that a client’s business is rarely litigation.

Mike lives in Howard County with his wife and two sons.

Prior Representative Matters and Publications

  • Obtained verdict after trial for sales agent in her claim for unpaid commissions.  After trial, the court awarded the sales agent her commissions and attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented commercial landlord in the collection of unpaid rent.  After four days of trial, obtained a verdict in favor of the landlord (including a partial award for its attorneys’ fees).  Successfully collected entire amount of judgment.
  • Represented personal representative of a decedent’s estate in defense of an action challenging the will filed by daughter of the decedent.  After an unfavorable ruling by the trial court, appealed the issue to the Court of Special Appeals, which reversed the trial court and ruled in favor of our client.
  • Successfully argued issue concerning lien rights in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which reversed the trial court and ruled in favor of our client.
  • File bid protest (within extremely tight deadlines) on behalf of contractor which was denied award of contract by state agency.  The procurement officer sustained the protest and awarded the client/contractor the contract as submitted, which was valued at over $1,500,000.
  • Represented commercial property owner in trial in Baltimore City.  Obtained favorable verdict after opposing party sought approximately $250,000.
  • Assisted business owners in obtaining and enforcing judgment of over $600,000 after opposing party failed to pay remaining money owed for the purchase of clients’ business.
  • Assisted several small businesses in the assignment of the businesses’ assets to a trustee for distribution to creditors.
  • Assisted several commercial landlords in landlord-tenant disputes and obtaining judgments for unpaid rent.
  • Authored Due Process Claims in the Fourth Circuit, MSBA, Labor & Employment Section Newsletter.

Professional Affiliations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Litigation Section
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Justinian Society

Place of Birth

  • Newton, Massachusetts