Special to The Daily Record//May 14, 2018
By Special to The Daily Record
//May 14, 2018
Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, P.C.
Thomas Minkin was among the first lawyers in the country to practice asbestos/mesothelioma law, and helped shape that practice area of law in Maryland and across the country. He was also the first lawyer hired to join the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos P.C., in 1966, where he continues to practice law. He has been a lawyer for more than 52 years.
He said his role in two consolidated mass tort asbestos trials, Abate vs. AC&S Inc., in Baltimore City in 1979 and 1994-1995 were his most significant professional accomplishments. “I was charged with the responsibility of identifying for trial purposes specific asbestos-containing products that poisoned more than 9,000 victims.”
Minkin’s work has made a big impact on families throughout the Baltimore area.
“As a consequence of the successful asbestos litigation, tens of thousands of victims have attained a measure of justice from the asbestos companies who were instrumental in causing them life-threatening, and in some cases, life-ending injuries,” Minkin said.
Minkin has been at the forefront of asbestos litigation since it started, said Bruce C. Hill of the Angelos law firm.
“From being the chief settlement negotiator to the head of the Asbestos Product Information Department, he has always had the best interests of the firm’s clients in mind,” Hill said. “His department was responsible for interviewing thousands of potential witnesses while categorizing and collecting their testimony to identify the substantial number of asbestos-containing products used in this jurisdiction.”
Minkin’s community service has also had a big impact in the community. “I have provided usually pro bono legal advice, counseling, and occasionally court appearances to probably thousands of our clients, mostly union members and their families,” Minkin said.
Minkin has also been a leader in the Maryland legal community, said Christopher Kennedy of the Kennedy Law Team LLC in Owings Mills.
“Mr. Minkin has spent more than half a century teaching and mentoring young lawyers, and he has been a devoted leader in the Maryland Bar in helping new lawyers grow their legal skills both in and out of the courtroom,” Kennedy said.