Peter Angelos is one of Baltimore’s household names and is as much a staple as Natty Boh, the Orioles or the Utz icons. Born and raised in Highlandtown, Angelos is one of the most well-known trial attorneys in Maryland and the nation.
After receiving his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1961, Angelos started his own firm and took on and won some of the nation’s most high-profile cases, including an asbestos class-action suit on behalf of steel, shipyard and manufacturing facility workers. He also successfully brought a lawsuit on behalf of the state of Maryland against tobacco giant, Philip Morris. As a result, Angelos and his team successfully secured a $4.5 billion settlement.
Angelos expanded his firm, adding six other office locations on the Eastern seaboard.
Angelos was the first Greek-American to be elected to the Baltimore City Council, serving from 1959 to 1963. In 1993, he became the majority owner of the Baltimore Orioles and is hailed by some as the champion of the worker after he took the side of players during a salary strike, to the dismay of other team owners.
He provided the largest individual donation – $5 million – to the University of Baltimore, and is credited with doubling that figure in 2010. Angelos also reportedly anonymously donated $300,000 to keep Baltimore city pools open during a hot summer in 2010.
He sits on the boards of the University of Baltimore Law Advisory Committee, the University of Maryland Foundation, the Loyola College Board of Trustees, Johns Hopkins University, and the Grant-A-Wish Foundation, among others.
In addition to his Juris Doctor, Angelos received an honorary doctorate in literature from Mt. St. Mary’s College and a doctorate in Humane Letters from Loyola University Maryland.