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Tim Bass is an accomplished trial attorney who focuses his practice on business disputes and financial institution litigation. He has substantial experience in commercial leases, real estate matters, employment claims, executive liability, business frauds, bonds, investments disputes, insurance coverage contests, construction defect claims, and personal injury/product liability lawsuits. Tim routinely serves as lead counsel on jury trials and arbitrations, and has wide-ranging courtroom experience in multiple jurisdictions across the country. He clerked in the Virginia courts after law school, and regularly appears before those judges, but also frequently litigates in Maryland and the District of Columbia on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. He is also a founding member of the firm's eDiscovery & eRetention Practice, which concentrates on the preservation, management, and retrieval of electronically stored information.


  • Business frauds and breaches of contract
  • Commercial lease agreements and service delivery contracts
  • Investment suitability determinations
  • Payments owed on bonds and other instruments
  • Defamation claims
  • Real estate purchase agreements
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Construction defects and subcontractor claims
  • Executive liability and employer liability
  • Product defects
  • D&O, E&O and CGL coverage matters



  • Conducted a three-month jury trial litigating a variety of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, and conversion claims associated with a former executive who attempted to usurp ownership of the company.
  • Obtained dismissal of RICO and tortious interference case filed against importer of silicon.
  • Prosecuted claims in arbitration on behalf of a software developer who was owed a significant amount of money based on rewriting of code for health care management system.
  • Obtained significant compensation for a national residential developer who had been defrauded in real estate transactions.
  • Defended national residential home developer in breach of contract claims arising from cancelled purchase agreements.
  • Advised developer in claims associated with delayed construction of a casino.
  • Obtained eight figure recovery for breach of restrictive covenants in an anchor tenant mall lease agreement.
  • Obtained recovery for owner of apartment complex against contractors who installed faulty HVAC system.
  • Defended contractor accused of EIFS defects in construction of condominium complex in Las Vegas.
  • Represented builder in suit filed by homeowners association for negligent installation of windows in ski resort.
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of a national bank and bond insurer for defaults on construction bonds issued to municipal authorities.
  • Defended national bank in claims designed to circumvent payments of special assessments used to fund bond payments.
  • Absolved one of the largest brokerage firms from liability for various securities fraud and suitability claims in multiple cases brought before FINRA, NASD and NYSE Arbitration Panels.
  • Defended major financial services advisor in claims arising from alleged mismanagement of investment account and life insurance policies.
  • Defended former CFO of a public hospital in claims brought in the context of bankruptcy litigation.
  • Defended former Executive VP of a medical service provider who was sued for negligent oversight of company’s regulatory compliance activities.
  • Obtained multimillion-dollar recovery for C-Suite executive who assisted in developing a unique software program for his former employer.
  • Defended employer in defamation, discrimination and wrongful discharge matters brought by a former executive.
  • Defended police department in discrimination claims brought by a former officer.
  • Represented large-scale employer in multiple discrimination claims.
  • Successfully sued to enforce restrictive covenants associated with employment contracts.
  • Litigated several construction defect coverage claims involving condominium complexes and spas built in Las Vegas.
  • Defended multiple CGL coverage claims arising from aviation related personal injury and property damage claims.
  • Investigated and defended various coverage claims and liability lawsuits arising out of an employee's theft of $180 million in surety bonds.
  • Litigated property damage claims and insurance coverage claims arising out of 9/11.
  • Defended against E&O coverage claim brought by a North Carolina accounting firm.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, a Law360 "Construction Practice Group of the Year," 2020, 2022
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Real Estate - Litigation, 2017 and 2022
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association, 1996 to Present
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association, 1996 to Present
  • Volunteer for multiple fundraisers benefiting cancer research
  • Volunteer for Pro Bono Clinics to Assist Immigrants
  • Coach, Local Youth Basketball and Soccer Teams


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
    • Dean's List
    • Honors in Legal Research and Writing
    • Semifinalist in Barrister's Council Trial Competition
    • Member in ATLA Trial Team
    • Participant in Federal Legislation Clinic
  • B.A., Public Policy Studies, Duke University
    • Dean's List
    • Member, Duke University Undergraduate Judicial Board
  • Hon. Arthur B. Vieregg, Jr., Fairfax County Circuit Court
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia