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Herbert J. Belgrad

Tydings & Rosenberg LLP

Herbert J. BelgradFans of both the Orioles and Ravens might not know it, but they owe a lot to Herbert J. Belgrad.

In 1986, then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer appointed Belgrad to head a new state entity, the Maryland Stadium Authority. In his nine years in that role, Belgrad amassed a dizzying list of achievements that include overseeing the construction of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which helped keep the Orioles in the city, and representing the city at NFL expansion meetings, which led to pro football returning to Baltimore and construction of a new football stadium.

In the stadium wall on the south side of Camden Yards is a plaque honoring Belgrad’s work.

“Every time I walk into Camden Yards, I appreciate the opportunity I had to be a part of this field of dreams,” Belgrad said.

His work with the stadium authority is only a part of Belgrad’s more than a half-century of involvement in Baltimore legal circles.

He has maintained a busy family law practice for nearly 60 years and been active in organized bar associations at the local, state and national levels, including terms as president of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Maryland Bar Foundation.

He helped lobby the state legislature on bills that created the Maryland Legal Services Corporation and established the Legal Mutual Insurance Society, which helps lawyers in need of legal malpractice insurance.

“These legislative successes have, and will continue to have, long-term benefits for the community and the bar,” Belgrad said.

He also was the first chairman of the Maryland State Ethics Commission and has served on the boards of numerous nonprofits, including Associated Jewish Charities, Sinai Hospital and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

“Herb Belgrad’s resume is loaded with educational, professional and civic accomplishments which would be the envy of any giant in the legal or any other profession,” wrote James P. Nolan, past president of the Maryland State Bar Association. “It is clear that he has dedicated his life to his family, legal profession and his community.”

What piece of advice would you give a young attorney today?
Become active in bar associations. Get to know your colleagues and your adversaries outside of the office and courtroom. You can do a better and more effective job for your client if you know and can trust the other attorney based on your personal interactions. There is no better way to achieve that objective than meeting and working with other attorneys through activity in a bar association.

Every time I walk into Camden Yards, I appreciate the opportunity I had to be a part of this field of dreams.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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  1. For over thirty years, the Maryland Stadium Authority has operated, maintained and welcomed fans to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. We congratulate Herbert J. Belgrad, the Stadium Authority’s first Chairman, for receiving the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Lifetime Achievement Award that honors his career and many contributions to the community. His oversight in the construction of Baltimore’s beloved ballpark and successes in the retention and attraction of the teams is celebrated each time fans and friends gather to enjoy a game. The Stadium Authority applauds this well-deserved recognition of Herbert J. Belgrad by the Daily Record.