T. Christine Pham - Partner

About Christine

T. Christine Pham is a partner at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg. Christine practices complex civil litigation. She represents individuals and companies in business, employment, real estate, insurance and professional liability matters. Christine has a strong trial background having begun her career as a plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorney, and handles bench and jury trials in Maryland state and federal courts.  In her employment work, she regularly advises management and has successfully represented management in numerous matters.  Christine obtained a substantial punitive damages award in Howard County in the matter of Flurry v. Flurry.  Representing an affiliate of Greenebaum Enterprises, she successfully defended a $1.8 million real estate development action in Star Hotels, Inc. v. G&R/Maple Lawn K, LLC.  Christine has secured summary judgment on behalf of land-owners on leasing, development and purchase transactions.  She obtained partial summary judgment in a federal matter resulting in the reduction of available damages from $4+ Million claim to a small fraction of that amount.  Christine successfully tried a plaintiff’s malpractice claim in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, securing a jury verdict for her client of $750,000 for non-economic damages.   Since 2010, Ms. Pham has named one of the top attorneys in Maryland in Best Lawyers of America.

Christine is active and has held leadership positions in numerous legal organizations, including the Maryland State, Baltimore City, Asian Pacific American and Anne Arundel County Bar Associations. She proudly served on the Board of PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting and supporting medically fragile and developmentally challenged children and their families from 2011 to 2017.  In 2016, Christine was appointed by Governor Hogan to the Board of Trustees for the Office of the Public Defender.

Representative Matters

  • A commercial Tenant, represented by T. Christine Pham and Gerard P. Martin, successfully defended a multimillion dollar claim for structural repairs, holdover rent and lost rent damages.  Tenant argued that it was not required to make the disputed repairs or pay for their entire costs as the lease included cost-sharing provisions, and the conditions giving rise to its duty to pay had not occurred by the time it vacated the premises at the expiration of the lease term.  On April 16, 2020, in a reported opinion titled Expo Properties, LLC v. Experient, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in Tenant’s favor  and rejected Landlord’s argument that an estoppel certificate, signed only the Tenant, had eliminated the cost-sharing provisions and required the Tenant to pay for all structural repairs Landlord made after the lease term ended.  The Fourth Circuit held that, in the absence of mutual assent, the estoppel certificate did not amend a lease, leaving the cost-sharing provisions of the lease intact.  Further, where the lease provided that Landlord could make repairs and charge the costs to the Tenant as additional rent, Landlord was precluded from seeking costs of structural repairs it made after the lease had expired.

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude) (1996)
  • University of Maryland, B.S. (1992)

Bar Admissions

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