Thomas C. Cardaro was installed as President of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) on June 13, 2009, during the Association’s Annual Meeting in Ocean City, Maryland. Cardaro, a partner in the Baltimore City law firm of Cardaro & Peek, LLC, is a prominent litigator and a consummate legal professional. Hailing from a small law firm, MSBA’s new President is recognized as a skilled trial attorney and top leader in the legal community who fosters civility in the practice of law and collegiality in the profession.
THOMAS C. CARDARO
Cardaro will serve a 12-month term and will be joined by newly-elected officers: President-Elect Thomas D. Murphy, a partner with the Law Offices of Murphy & Mood, P.C., in Rockville; Treasurer John Patrick Kudel, a solo practitioner in Rockville and Of Counsel to the Rockville-based law firm of Karp, Frosh, Lapidus, Wigodsky & Norwind, P.A.; and Secretary Henry E. Dugan, Jr., a partner in the Baltimore County law firm of Dugan, Babij & Tolley, LLC. A champion of MSBA and Maryland lawyers, Cardaro wants to serve as MSBA President to give back to a profession that has been good to him.
“This is the year of the member,” proclaims MSBA’s incoming President, who assumes office during a most tumultuous time. He vows to enhance the role MSBA plays as a lawyer resource to support members during these rough economic times. “The economy has hurt everyone, including lawyers, who have been hit hard by unemployment and under-employment.” Cardaro is encouraging all MSBA members to turn to their Association for help.
“You have always been there for us,” Cardaro announces to MSBA’s membership. “Time and again, MSBA has called on you to serve the needs of others, and you have stepped up in a big way and volunteered. Now, many of our lawyers need help, and MSBA is there for you, responding to your needs.” This will be the thrust of Cardaro’s presidency.
Cardaro plans to focus on member service and programs that offer lawyers practical skills to support them in this tight economy. He is exploring everything from an enhanced job bank and targeted CLE programs, like the popular “Suddenly Solo” program held last month, to training and re-training opportunities for lawyers who are unemployed and under-employed. Additionally, he will promote pro bono service to fill the gap, matching unemployed lawyers with pro bono clients. “It is a great experience for lawyers,” he declares. “It is free training, and it makes you feel good.”
Cardaro received his J.D. degree from Catholic University of America in 1985 and joined the law firm Smith, Somerville & Case as an associate. In 1990, he became a partner at Klores & Cardaro, P.C. (known as Klores & Associates prior to 1992), where he remained for nine years. In 1999, he was the founding partner of Thomas C. Cardaro & Associates, which became Cardaro & Peek, LLC, in 1999. His law practice focuses on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury.
MSBA’s President has been an active member of the Association since he joined in 1985. He has belonged to various MSBA Committees over the years, served two terms on the Board of Governors, is a member of the Executive Committee, served as Secretary and, most recently, held the office of President-Elect. Cardaro was President of the Bar Association of Baltimore City in 2004 and remains active in this organization. He also served as President of the Baltimore Bar Foundation in 2002. On the national front, Cardaro is very active in the American Bar Association.
In the greater legal community, Cardaro is a frequent lecturer at trial practice/medical malpractice seminars on everything from trial tactics to the evaluation of cases. He is a Trustee and Member of the Finance Committee of the Bar Association Insurance Trust and a Board Member of the Baltimore Courthouse & Law Museum Foundation, Inc. In 2000, Cardaro chaired the Centennial Memorial Committee, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and co-chaired the Finance Committee for the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr., Court-House Centennial Celebration.
During MSBA’s “year of the member,” Cardaro will promote MSBA as a valuable lawyer resource which caters to, and serves, the special needs of lawyers in today’s economy. “Right now, I see lawyers in need of our assistance, and we will be there for them,” he pledges, “just as they have been there for us. I intend to do everything in my power to give the assistance they need.”