Wayne T. Kosmerl and N. Tucker Meneely Secure Victory for Clients in Supreme Court of Maryland

April 25, 2024

On April 19, 2022, the Supreme Court of Maryland issued a 5-2 decision in Charles Riley, Jr. Revocable Trust, et al. v. Venice Beach Citizens Association, Inc., ruling in favor of Council Baradel clients, the Charles Riley, Jr. Revocable Trust and Bay Pride, LLC, and reversing the decisions of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and the Appellate Court of Maryland. Wayne T. Kosmerl handled the briefing along with Tucker Meneely, who argued the case before the Supreme Court. 

The Supreme Court held that the circuit court abused its discretion at trial by vacating a pretrial partial summary judgment order that awarded the Riley Trust ownership of a land parcel and then entering judgment against Riley Trust on that claim at the conclusion of trial. The Court also held that the lower appellate court erred in conditionally reinstating Venice Beach Citizens Association, Inc.’s counterclaim for a prescriptive easement, which had been dismissed before trial, because no cross-appeal had been filed. To read the opinion, click here. To read the Daily Record article about the case, click here.

Wayne T. Kosmerl is a founding partner of Council Baradel and has extensive experience in business law, real estate law and civil litigation.

Tucker Meneely is a leader in Council Baradel’s Appellate Practice and is routinely recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in Appellate Law, most recently for the 2024 Editions of What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine’s Leading Lawyers and Maryland Super Lawyers.