Thomas “Tj” Keilty
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker
If there was one word to describe Thomas “Tj” Keilty, it would be persistent. Without persistence, he believes, he wouldn’t be as successful.
“Both through my professional development and in my community, I strive to take action that results in improving the world around me. Persistence is what motivates me and persistence is what inspires my success,” Keilty said.
It is that persistence and drive that helped Keilty bring justice to families impacted by groundwater contamination from a gasoline leak. His work as a law clerk on the trial team, helped secure a $1.5 billion verdict for the families impacted, and he did this while attending University of Baltimore School of Law in the evening.
As a plaintiff medical malpractice litigator, Keilty strives to bring a calm demeanor during a time of chaos and trauma. This same poise helped his family when his mother passed suddenly from a rare autoimmune disease, scleroderma. He and his family’s efforts raised close to $1 million to fund research at the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center.
“The funds that Tj raised have had a major impact on fueling our Center to be able to accomplish its missions and to network with other researchers at Hopkins and many other institutions,” Dr. Frederick Wigley, Director of the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center wrote. “In fact, now these funds support research and allow our investigators to initiate novel projects working toward new therapy for this now incurable disease,”
Wigley says that Keilty’s fundraising efforts have enabled the Center to see more than 60 patients weekly, and conduct 20 research projects that are currently underway.