Memberships and Affiliations
  • Federal Bar Association - Maryland Chapter, Past President and former Chair of the Board of Governors
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Bar Association of Baltimore County
  • Towson University Alumni Association, President Emeritus
  • Lawyers’ Campaign Against Hunger, Advisory Committee
  • Emory University Law School Council, Former Member
  • Counsel to National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement – the Commission was created by Congress to investigate the national savings and loan crisis of the 1980’s and to recommend reforms to Congress and the President. The Commission issued its report, Origins and Causes of the S&L Debacle: A Blueprint for Reform, to President Clinton and Congress in July of 1993 (1992-1993)
  • Co-Chair, Towson University 150th Anniversary Celebration
  • Member, Towson University Board of Visitors
Awards and Honors
  • Order of the Coif, Emory University School of Law
  • Woodruff Fellowship in Law, Emory University School of Law
  • Most Outstanding Student Award, Emory University School of Law (1984)
  • Towson University Alumni Association Spirit of the University Award (2000)
  • Towson University 2007 Dean's Recognition Award for the College of Liberal Arts
  • Towson University Alumni Association Volunteer Service Award (2014)
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers (2008-2017) - Business Litigation
  • Listed as a 'local litigation star' in the 2008-2016 editions of Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Towson University 2014 Alumni Service Award
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2011-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America, an affiliate of U.S. News & World Report.
  • Best Lawyers in America 2016 Baltimore 'Lawyer of the Year' in Litigation - Banking & Finance
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated - AV® Preeminent™
  • The Daily Record's Leadership in Law Award Winner (2016)

Gerard J. Gaeng - Partner

About Gerry

The Chair of the firm's Litigation Group and member of the Financial Services Group, Gerry Gaeng has handled successfully some of the region's largest and most complex litigation matters, in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He concentrates in complex business and government litigation, including class-action defense, financial services litigation, administrative law, higher education law, and real estate and construction litigation. A former federal judicial law clerk, Maryland Assistant Attorney General, and counsel to a congressionally created commission that investigated the nation's savings and loan crisis of the 1980's, Gerry has been recognized in a short list of Maryland's "local litigation stars" in every annual edition of Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, where clients have praised him for "astounding results" and described him as "simply the best." Similarly, he has been listed in every edition of Maryland Super Lawyers and in the 2011-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America, which named him Baltimore's 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Banking and Finance.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended federal-court consumer class action against large automotive dealership group alleging violation of state law governing automobile financing.
  • Tried arbitration case for Fortune 500 company seeking damages against coal producer under a commodity supply contract; resulted in mid-trial favorable settlement.
  • Obtained an order compelling individual arbitration of a claim of a named plaintiff in a putative class action against a financial services company.
  • Recovered substantial funds for a vendor of commercial real estate when a developer defaulted on the purchase agreement.
  • Was lead counsel on amici curiae brief filed on behalf of financial services companies before Maryland's highest court; resulted in affirmance of judgment that defendant mortgage assignee was not liable for statutory lending violation committed by loan originator.
  • Successfully defended before a jury claims brought against a developer and home builder by residents of a community alleging underground water problems.
  • Successfully defended in federal trial and appellate courts consolidated class-action cases brought against purchasers of mortgage loans under state and federal mortgage lending statutes.
  • Drafted complex legislation for professional association and for a governmental entity; both bills were enacted into law.
  • Recovered substantial liquidated damages for a totalizator company in federal trial court for breach of contract by the operator of a racetrack in West Virginia.
  • Successfully defended claims asserted under a host of state and federal statutes, including:
    • The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
    • The Truth in Lending Act (TILA)
    • THe Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA)
    • The Maryland Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
    • The Maryland Consumer Protection Act (MCPA)
    • The Maryland Secondary Mortgage Loan Law (SMLL)
    • The Maryland Retail Installment Sales Act (RISA)
    • The Maryland Credit Grantor Closed End Credit Provisions (CLEC)
    • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
    • The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
    • The Maryland Telephone Consumer Protection Act (MTCPA)
    • The Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act (MCDCA)

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, J.D. (with honors) (1984)
  • Towson University, B.S. (summa cum laude) (1981)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court