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Attorney with a concentration in construction, surety, and fidelity bond litigation, as well as commercial litigation and regulatory actions. My focus is on efficient claims resolution. My clients include leaders in the surety bond and construction industries. I also represent business owners in commercial litigation, and insurers and businesses involved in regulatory matters.


Avid hiker -- enjoy reading American history. 


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 70%
    50 cases
  2. Litigation: 30%
    31 years, 50 cases

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  • Thomas C Valkenet

    I endorse Mr. Giliss. As a fellow lawyer practicing in similar areas of law, I have long recognized Mr. Gilliss as one of the best.


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Pike & Gilliss, LLC

9475 Deereco Road
Suite 300
Timonium, MD, 21093


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers -- Construction LitigationAmerica's Best Lawyers2015
Super Lawyer-Construction/SuretyMaryland Super Lawyers2015
AV Rated Attorney, 2013. Rating: AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell -- awarded by peer review, for the highest standards of professional skill and ethics.2015
AV Rated Attorney, 2011. Rating: AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell -- awarded by peer review, for the highest standards of professional skill and ethics.2011
Super Lawyer-Construction/SuretyMaryland Super Lawyers2011
Super Lawyer -- Construction/SuretyMaryland Super Lawyers2010
Super Lawyer -- Construction/SuretyMaryland Super Lawyers2009
Super Lawyer -- Construction/SuretyMaryland Super Lawyers2008
Distinguished Service AwardMaryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section1991
Assistant Editor -- Law ReviewUniversity of Maryland School of Law1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerPike & Gilliss, LLC2010 - Present
PartnerNiles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP1991 - 2009
Associate AttorneyJordan Coyne Savits & Lopata1987 - 1991
Judicial Law ClerkMaryland Court of Special Appeals1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Defense Research InstituteSteering Committee Member of Fidelity and Surety Committee2008 - Present
College of Wooster Alumni AssociationPresident2012 - 2014
Maryland State Bar AssociationConstruction Law Section -- Section Council Member2011 - 2014
Maryland State Bar Association, Construction Law SectionSection Council2011 - 2014
Eagles Mere Conservancy, Inc.Board Member2009 - 2012
ABA Construction Law ForumDivision 7 Steering Committee2008 - 2011
Calvert Hall College High SchoolBoard of Trustees; Vice-Chair2007 - 2013
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember -- Program Committee2000 - 2010
Maryland State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors1992 - 1994
Maryland State Bar Association, Fidelity and Surety SubcommitteeMember1988 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
BEKA Industries, Inc.v. Worcester County Board of EducationJudgment for my client - $1.1 million
Board of Education for Worcester County vs. BEKA Industries, Inc.Motion to Dismiss-- granted with prejudice.
Atlantic Builders Group, Inc. v. Baisch, Inc, et al., Baltimore County Circuit CourtJudgment on all counts for the General Contractor plus an award of attorneys' fees.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defense Research InstituteTime (and Time Again?): Contractual Limitations and Waiting Periods2008
Surety Claims Institute NewsletterERISA Bonds and Employee Dishonesty: When is an Employee of the Sponsor Considered an Employee of the Plan?2008
Fidelity Law JournalCo-Chair -- 2008 FLA Annual Meeting2008
National Business Institute SeminarConstruction Project Management2007
Maryland Continuing Legal Education (MICPEL)Bricks and BRAC2007
American Bar Association -- Mid-Winter MeetingFractures to the Triangle-Developments that Undermine the Tripartite Surety Relationship2006
NBIMaryland Construction Law: What Do You Do When....?2005
Lorman Education Services publicationConstruction Defect Claims in Maryland2004
National Business Institute SeminarMaryland Construction Law: What Do You Do When...?2003
Maryland Continuing Legal EducationSurety Bonds and Insurance in the Construction Industry1995
Maryland Continuing Legal EducationArbitration of Construction and Commercial Cases1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
College of WoosterPolitical Science, with Departmental HonorsBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Calvert Hall College High SchoolN/AN/A1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigating Contract Surety Bond & Fidelity Insurance ClaimsDrafting Effective Tender and Completion Agrements2012
Construction Law Section's Breakfast SeriesMOSH/OSHA Inspections of Job Sites and Administrative Hearings2012
ABA Mid-Winter Surety and Fidelity MeetingsThird Party Fidelity Claims2011
HCC Surety ConferenceSBA 8(a) Contractors2010
Construction Financial Management Association Central PennsylvaniaConstruction Contract Clauses2010
ABA Fidelity and Surety Committee -- Mid-WinterFidelity Bonds2010
ABA Fall Meeting, Boston, MAProfiles in Greed -- Warehouse Lending2010
Mid-Atlantic Surety Association -- Panel DiscussionConstruction Contract Terms and Conditions -- Program Moderator2009
DRI Fidelity and Surety Roundtable -- Annual MeetingFidelity and Surety Claims -- Program Co-Chair2009
College of Wooster Distinguished Alumni AwardsAwards to Distinguished Alumni at Annual Alumni Weekend --Emcee of Ceremony2009
Fidelity Law Association Annual MeetingFidelity Law -- Commercial Crime -- Program Co-Chair2008
ABA Fidelity and Surety Committee/ Mid-Winter Meeting/ NYCSurety Bond Claims2006