Timothy M. Gunning


For nearly 30 years clients have trusted Timothy Gunning to resolve the biggest legal problems in their lives. Mr. Gunning has represented people and businesses from all walks of life against all manner of adversaries, including the federal, state and local governments, regulators, bureaucracies, big businesses, small businesses, insurance companies, lawyers and law firms, and the rich and powerful. 

Although his typical case is a criminal defense, personal injury or professional malpractice matter, Mr. Gunning is frequently asked to engage in other high-profile, complex and contentious matters, and has brought his talents to bear with great effect in a wide variety of cases, including professional license matters, corporate and administrative investigations, business litigation, fiduciary litigation, and a variety of tort litigation such as automobile and trucking accidents, sexual abuse and assault, elder abuse, fraud, invasion of privacy, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, wrongful employment discharge, assault and battery, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and wrongful death.  Mr. Gunning is also frequently engaged by clients mired in difficult disputes with their business partners, family members or neighbors, where the stakes and emotions are high.

Mr. Gunning is well known for his ability to assess a given situation, identify strengths and weaknesses and devise and implement highly effective solutions to litigation and investigation matters. While always preparing for a successful trial outcome, and highly regarded for his courtroom skills and many successes there, Mr. Gunning is also very adept at brokering satisfying resolutions to seemingly intractable disputes and controversies.

When not working, Mr. Gunning enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, enjoying the Ravens, the Orioles and all things Boston College.

Bar Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1990 to present
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1991 to present




  • Maryland SuperLawyers, 2008 to present
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating, 2001 to present
  • Wallace v. Poulos, 861 F. Supp. 2d 587 (D. Md. 2012)
  • Bond v. Messerman, 391 Md. 706 (2005)
  • Bond v. Messerman, 162 Md. App. 93 (2004)
  • Frederick Rd. Ltd. Pshp. v. Brown & Sturm, 121 Md. App. 384 (1997), rev’d on appeal, Frederick Rd. Ltd. Pshp. v. Brown & Sturm, 360 Md. 76 (2000) (on brief only)
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Law Subcommittee,  MSBA Special Committee on Voir Dire, 2011 to present
  • Member, Tort Law Subcommittee, MSBA Special Committee on Voir Dire, 2011 to present
  • President, BCBA Criminal Law Committee, 2014
  • Member, BCBA Criminal Law Committee
  • Member, BCBA Bench Bar Committee (Past)
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (past)
  • Lifetime Member, Trout Unlimited, 2000 to present 
  • Board Member, Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited, 1997 to 2000
  • Member, Ducks Unlimited
  • Member, Maryland Historical Society, 1999 to present
  • Coach, Looneys Lacrosse Club, 2014-present
  • Coach, CYO Basketball, 2013 to present
  • Coach, Kelly Post Youth Lacrosse, 2012 to 2017
  • Coach, CYO Soccer, 2011 to 2015
  • Assistant Packmaster, Boy Scout Troop 750, 2014 to 2015
  • Co-Chair, University of Maryland School of Law Class of 1990 Reunion, 2000
  • Board Member, University of Maryland School of Law – Law School Fund, 1996
  • Lecturer, BCBA Criminal Law Committee – Discovery Devices to Obtain Information for Effective Cross Examination, March, 2019
  • Lecturer, Maryland State’s Attorney Association DUI Seminar – Common Defenses in DUI Trials, May, 2014
  • Lecturer, BCBA Criminal Law Committee – Collateral Consequences of State Misdemeanor Convictions in Federal Court, January, 2014
  • Lecturer, BCBA Civics & Law Academy – Law & Justice, October, 2013