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Thomas C Valkenet

Litigation Attorney at Baltimore, MD

4.9   67 reviews

also known as Young & Valkenet

Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 35 years
    Maryland - MD 36 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    60%
    We concentrate on business and real estate matters that require court action to prosecute or protect your rights.

    37 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    15%
    We draft and review written agreements in all areas of commercial, real estate, construction and other matters.

    37 years

  3. Real estate
    13%
    We can walk you through your purchase or sale transaction, from contract prep to settlement.

    37 years

  4. Construction and development
    10%
    Litigation and arbitration before the American Arbitration Association.

    37 years

  5. White collar crime
    1%
    We can investigate and defend criminal claims against persons accused of misappropriation or defalcation.

    37 years

  6. Wills and living wills
    1%
    We work with you, your accountant and financial professionals to craft an estate plan that fits your intentions.

    37 years

I WORK IN THE STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS IN MARYLAND AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. WE SOLVE PROBLEMS.

I have been a trial lawyer and advocate since 1987. I regularly represent my clients in the State and Federal trial courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia. I also work for my clients in the probate and tax courts, and before administrative law judges. I work for you  or your business in the following courts:

 

  • The District Courts of Maryland
  • The Circuit Courts of Maryland
  • The Superior Court for the District of Columbia
  • The District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • The Maryland Court of Special Appeals
  • The Maryland Court of Appeals
  • The United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • The United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • The United States Supreme Court

 

I can also be specially admitted for your particular matter in other state and federal locations, around the Country.

 

Our firm concentrates in several areas of law, including:

  • Land disputes, including purchase, sale and ownership, the use of land, and title insurance issues.

  • Construction disputes arising from home or commercial projects, including payment and surety disputes, claims about the quality and completeness of work, and unlicensed contractors.

 

  • Contract disputes arising from any area of commercial dealing, such as the sale of goods and services, and the relationships we form to get things done.

 

  • Corporate issues that arise with owners, shareholders, officers and employees cannot agree.

 

  • Personal injury claims for injuries and death caused to you or a loved one.

  • Probate disputes that arise when a loved one dies, but there are questions about the will, an inheritance, or how the Personal Representative is doing the job.

  • Criminal matters where the State of Federal authorities have accused you or a loved one of a crime. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2017,2016,2015,2014,2012
Client's Choice
2019 2017 2016 + 3 ...
Top Contributor 2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2018 2017 2016 + 4 ...

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Location

Young & Valkenet
600 Wyndhurst Avenue, STE 230
Baltimore, MD, 21210-9998
Thomas C Valkenet
Ste 230
600 Wyndhurst Ave
Baltimore, MD, 21210
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  67 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2013
Fantastic consultation!! Very professional and informative.
Met Mr. Valkenet today in reference to a dispute with a former employer threatening suit. Mr. Valkenet was very welcoming and reassuring. I left the consultation feeling relieved and worry free. Should I need his assistance in the future with this matter or any other, I am confident he would be a tremendous asset.
Posted by kirkroberts90 | July 10, 2012
Was confused and little scared.
To have an attorney write and basically "hey ,you don't need an attorney at this stage" felt not just good,but refreshing. There are good, trust worthy,moral attorney's out there folks,Thomas C .Valkenet proves it. Highly recommend.
Posted by Carol | August 14, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Tom Valkenet was helpful and knowledgeable
Tom was very helpful and knowledgeable regarding the real estate contract and related questions I had. He answered my questions specifically and succinctly and even brought up a few issues I didn't know I should be concerned about. He gave excellent guidance.
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Real Estate
I reached out to Thomas with a very time sensitive issue over the holidays and he called me back that day. I walked him through my questions, and he provided clear guidance which quickly put my mind at ease. His experience and knowledge were evident and greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
Posted by saurav | September 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Consultation
I asked Thomas about the "Stop Work Oder" Issued for my property. He was very helpful with his insights to mitigate this issue. Thank You
Posted by Amy&Paul | September 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible urgency to protect our home!
Our family just wants to say thank you for helping us to save our home. Your urgency in getting in touch with us to go over our situation (no-permits work done by a shady contractor/reinvestment company prior to our purchase on a rehab home)really impressed us, as well as your candor on our situation and how you and your son can help our family. Having to go up against the city has been very intimidating, scary and you have put our minds at ease with representing us. Thank you.
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Posted by Anthony | February 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good, staright forward advice
We consulted with Tom Valkenet after receiving a letter of legal inquiry, and we were not sure how to respond. Tom met with us and answered questions about our concerns and gave us good, straight forward advice. We left his office with peace of mind, knowing how to proceed. We highly recommend Tom, who is both personable and an expert in his knowledge of the law.
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Posted by Erik | November 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Impressed
I spoke with Mr. Valkenet by phone to explain my issue, and we covered extensive details, including ideas and key decision points. I was utterly impressed with his candor, knowledge, and the considerable amount of time that he offered, without any allusion to compensation, during just an introductory call.
Posted by Vicki | August 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Took Time to talk over the phone
I contacted Mr. Valkenet by email and was surprised when he called and spent a good deal of time talking with me about my issue - and gave me some ideas of how to proceed. I was so impressed with his professionalism and willingness to spend a few minutes without even charging me! If I do need an attorney, I'm calling him
Posted by Lydia | May 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Really Impressed
Mr. Valkenet gave me a great initial consultation over the phone and really took the time to listen to me. I had spoken with several other lawyers about my situation before finding Mr. Valkenet, but none of them really understood my problem, and told me there was nothing to be done. Mr. Valkenet understood my case immediately and discussed several promising methods to resolve it off the top of his head. I went from feeling hopeless and frustrated to totally reassured. I am looking forward to resolving my case quickly with his help.
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Posted by Cindy | April 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, excellent, knowledgeable, expert
Tom has been so kind, helpful and caring, he is very knowledgeable, patient, detail oriented and definitely the field expert! He can instantly figure out the hidden defects and lies of the opposing parties immediately and always try his best to protect his clients. His staff Magaret and partner are also very helpful, hardworking, supportive and sharp, the team deserve all aspects of clients respect, professionally or personally.
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Posted by Allison | February 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Kind, knowledgeable and helpful!
While having a problem dealing with an investment group flipping the house next to mine, I called Mr. Valkenet to get a better understanding of the situation and both parties rights. He was extremely kind and explained everything in understandable language. After speaking with Mr. Valkenet, I had z clear understanding of the situation, where to start in solving my problem and next steps. He was a great resource!!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellend knowledge of the law
Tom was extremely in explaining my options. He patiently listened to the problem of my inability to make mortgage payments and offered some solutions. He was detailed and forthcoming with advice. Thanks Tom for the consultation.
Response from Thomas Valkenet November 20, 2018
You are very kind. And we wish you continued success.
Posted by Denise | February 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Knowledgeable and Helpful
Mr. Valkenet assisted me with a right of redemption matter. He consistently went out of his way to make time for me. He patiently answered all of my questions and provided me with very helpful advice for handling a stressful situation. I felt very confident in having Mr Valkenet handle my matter as he is very knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend Mr. Valkenet.
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Posted by Jaakko | January 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real Estate Consultation
I worked with Thomas Valkenet on a condo sale in Baltimore City. I have nothing but good things to say about Mr Valkenet, as he is very professional and clearly knows what he is talking about. The deal ultimately didn't go through for the reasons beyond our control, but despite the setback I'd hire him again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Mary Ann | November 17, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Advice on Home Improvement Contract
We contacted Mr. Valkenet for advise on how to handle a dispute regarding defective workmanship on hardwood floors we had installed in our home by Floormax. He responded quickly and thoroughly with clearly articulated instructions on how to protect ourselves and proceed. We are following his advise and appreciate his interest in our case.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
thoughtful and helpful
I consulted with Mr. Valkenet about my real estate problem. At the time, I was amidst separation from my fiance and was fighting over the house. Mr. Valkenet was my saving grace shedding me some light of what my possible legal options were. He was even thoughtful to refer me to a lawyer in my area that way I can save on lawyer and travel fees. Gladly, my ex and I were able to settle on our own. But if at that time I needed to hire a lawyer, I wouldnt hesitate to hire him or one of his referrals. Thank you again!!!
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Posted by Betty | October 17, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
100% Satisfied
Mr.Valkenet was extremely helpful by clearly explaining what my situation is, and exactly what needed to be done to settle the problem. He was very kind and made me feel as if he was carefully listening to what I was saying. I came away feeling greatly relieved. Thank you.
Posted by Weston | September 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
Thomas took the time to listen to my concerns and advise me on the correct course of action. Couldn't have asked for better help!
Posted by Jon | September 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Easement assistance
Mr. Valkenet called me about a question I had about an eastment. He explained how the laws work and provided me with about 15 min of consulting for no payment. He confirmed what I thought to be true saving me a lot of money in the long run. If the day comes where I need his services, I won't hesitate to hire him.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Young & Valkenet
  • 1994 - Present
  • Associate
  • Venable Baetjer & Howard
  • 1988 - 1993
  • Associate
  • Lord & Whip
  • 1987 - 1988

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • St. Anselm College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Joseph ** v. ***** Schools
  • Settled
  • Mao v. BHPI
  • Mixed- defense verdict on most counts, modest award to plaintiffs on two counts.
  • Kim v. Anatevka
  • $30,000 judgment for our client
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Associations

  • St. Gerard's Young Men's Christian Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Wranglers Law Club
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Baltimore City Bar Library
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • World Combat Arts Federation
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Gaijin Ryu Dojo
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Attorney Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Attorney Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Attorney Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Attorney Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • National Forensic Honor Society (Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha)
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Cathedral School Parent's Association
  • President
  • N/A
  • Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, School Board
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of Baltimore County
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland Land Title Association
  • Associate memb
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Friends School of Baltimore
  • Head Junior Varsity Boy's Soccer Coach
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Keswick Improvement Association
  • President
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Chair, Products Liability Substantive Law Committee
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Co-Editor, "Defenseline"
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Maryland State Bar Association Committee on Delivery of Legal Services to Hearing Impaired People
  • Attorney Member
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Executive Committee
  • 1988 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Presenter- Professionalism in law practice for new bar admittees
  • Maryland Professionalism Center
  • 2015
  • Presenter- Professionalism in General Practice for New Admittees
  • Maryland Professionalism Center
  • 2014
  • Presenter- Professionalism in Civil Litigation for New Admittees
  • Maryland Professionalism Center
  • 2013
  • Guest Judge
  • University of Baltimore School of Law Lincoln-Douglass Moot Court Team
  • 2013
  • Employer's Certificate
  • Towson High School Office of School to Career Transition
  • 2010
  • Martindale- Hubbell "AV" rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Investors Title Continuing Legal Education
  • Real Property issues in Maryland Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • In-house claim counsel education
  • Maryland ground rents- anachronism and clouds on title
  • 2010
  • Seminar on Maryland real property law
  • Unique issues and changes in real property law.
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (34)
Endorse Thomas
Litigation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have long been very impressed with the extensive depth of knowledge and experience of Attorney Valkenet whenever he gives advice on legal issues. I am thoroughly convinced he will be of tremendous help to any client seeking his legal services. You will be glad you hired him, if you choose to do so."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Valkenet brings with him a wealth of litigation experience to each matter he is handling, and consistently acts with the utmost professionalism."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I'd recommend that anybody looking for legal advice within Thomas Valkenet's area look no further than Thomas. He is always extremely thorough when explaining important legal information to those who seek it. He is a go-to attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is an excellent, fair and honest lawyer who always does well for his clients. I recommend with without any reservations at all. Bill"
Litigation Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Valkenet is a great asset to the legal community and to his clients. He is quite knowledgeable and provides excellent representation and advice."
Construction and development Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Construction and development Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Valkenet. From seeing the time and effort he spends on AVVO, providing answers, for free, to the public, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Valkenet is a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer that always provides the best advice and zealously advocates for each and every client. As a friend, mentor, and colleague, I can enthusiastically recommend Mr. Valkenet for any legal need."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Construction and development Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many of Mr. Valkenet's answers here at Avvo. He is very careful in his analysis, making sure he understands the facts and his opinions are well considered. These are the characteristics of a fine lawyer. I strongly endorse this lawyer and would not hesitate to refer legal matters to him in his area of expertise."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Family member
"Thomas is one of the smartest men I know. He is an excellent lawyer, a tireless advocate, and a wonderful father."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Construction and development Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is highly respected by his fellow attorneys."
Business Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He gives advice here in Avvo that is bot well thought out technically and well written to be understandable by non-lawyers."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Valkenet is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. He is one of the finest litigation attorneys in his state and I highly recommend his legal services."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Valkenet provides good legal information and shows that he cares."
Probate Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and commend his pro bono efforts to educate the public with his detailed and helpful answers on avvo.com"
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Baltimore Litigation Lawyer Thomas C Valkenet
Thomas C Valkenet
Litigation Attorney
Baltimore, MD
Licensed for 36 years
Free Consultation
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