Partner, Managing Partner
Paul Tiburzi focuses his practice on public law, sports law and administrative litigation matters. Paul has appeared before most of Maryland’s administrative agencies and has handled appellate litigation arising from administrative decisions. He has counseled clients, including professional sports teams, on political and financing issues related to the development and use of stadiums and sports venues. Paul has served as Maryland legislative counsel to many Fortune 500 companies. Since 1992, Paul has taken the lead in representing the Maryland Tort Reform Coalition, a group of Maryland employers seeking to support Maryland’s positive tort laws. The coalition includes Wells Fargo, McCormick, M&T Bank, MedStar Health, T. Rowe Price, Legg Mason, TransAmerica and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Paul is managing partner of DLA Piper’s Baltimore office and chair of the firm’s State Legislative and Public Policy practice.
Harrison L. Winter, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Paul has been included in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006. He was recently named the Best Lawyers 2014 Baltimore
Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year. This accolade is only granted to a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area.
Paul has repeatedly been honored by the Maryland Daily Record. In 2013, he received the Maryland Daily Record’s award for Most Admired CEO for his leadership of the firm’s Baltimore office. In 2008, the Maryland Daily Record named him one of its 2008 Influential Marylanders, chosen for that list on the basis of influence, prominence, achievement and community involvement. In 2005, Paul received the Maryland Daily Record‘s Leadership in the Law honor, acknowledging the outstanding nature of his practice and his leadership in the Maryland legal community. He was then selected by the other 2005 Leaders in Law to receive the Top Leadership in Law Award for 2005. Paul has been named among Baltimore’s Legal Elite by Baltimore SmartCEO magazine and named a Maryland Super Lawyer.
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law 1980 with honors
Order of the Coif, Editor in Chief, Maryland Law Review, second in class
B.A., Loyola University Maryland 1977
Civic and Charitable
Paul’s public service experience is highlighted by his having served as chairman of the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Commission, on the Maryland Attorney General’s Transition Committee and as chairman of the Commission to Revise Maryland’s Administrative Procedure Act. He also served as chairman of the State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings (which oversees Maryland’s Office of Administrative Hearings). In 1986, he served on Governor William Donald Schaefer’s transition team, where he handled all insurance issues for the governor and drafted several bills that were included in the governor’s first legislative package and enacted into law in 1987. He also served as a member of the governor’s Task Force on Regulatory Reform (2000 – 2001), the governor’s Task Force on Procurement Law (1995 – 1996) and the governor’s Task Force on Self-Insurance (1987), and as chairman of the governor’s Task Force on Animal Testing (1989). Paul served on the General Assembly’s Code Revision Committees which revised and updated Maryland’s Public Ethics Law and the Public Service Commission Law.
Paul currently serves on the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Baltimore region’s most important business advocacy group. He also is serving as Chairman of the Baltimore Police Commissioner’s Business Executive Advisory Council, a group of business leaders who will support and advise the Commissioner and the Baltimore Police Department on business practices to improve the Department’s efficiencies and effectiveness, and on the Boards of Trustees of Loyola Blakefield School and Maryvale Preparatory School.
Paul has had articles on public law issues published in the Maryland Law Review, the University of Baltimore Law Review, the Maryland Bar Journal, The Daily Record, as well as in continuing legal education materials.
Paul lectures on public law issues and has spoken before the American Planning Association, the Maryland Association of Counties, the Maryland Municipal League, MICPEL and other organizations.