Paul Evelius is a distinguished business attorney who has a breadth of experience in very complex corporate cases, and admits to enjoying the challenges of new and complicated legal matters. Others in the firm point to his calm and collected demeanor as a strength that resonates with clients in what are often high anxiety issues.
Mr. Evelius focuses his practice on business and employment law, including litigation. His representative clients include technology companies that provide advanced software and hardware solutions to government and commercial customers, as well as businesses across numerous industries. His services include advice on the diverse legal issues that arise in the start-up and growth of successful businesses, negotiation of business acquisitions, and prosecution and defense of lawsuits.
He also prepares the full spectrum of corporate documents, including operating and stockholder agreements, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, employee manuals, deferred compensation plans, and acquisition-related agreements.
Mr. Evelius has received a number of recognitions for his legal work from professional groups and publications. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Maryland Super Lawyers, and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s Top Rated Lawyers in Baltimore for Labor and Employment.
Mr. Evelius is very active in a number of professional groups and sits on several committees. Outside of the office, he enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with his wife and children.
Businesses across numerous industries; business executives and other individuals.
- Member, Board of Trustees, Mount De Sales Academy, 1995 to present
- Member, Board of Directors, Milton Frank/Thomas Sprague Foundation, 1995 to present
- Board Chair, Resurrection-St. Paul School, Ellicott City, Maryland (2009)
Mr. Evelius has successfully defended a Maryland-based information technology firm against breach of contract and other claims brought against it in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York by another technology company in connection with a federal government contract. On March 2, 2011, the court dismissed the claims for lack of personal jurisdiction. (Zibiz Corp. v FCN Technology Solutions, _ F. Supp.2d _, 2011 WL 837757 (E.D.N.Y. 2011))
Mr. Evelius has successfully prosecuted the claim of a former Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) bus driver that MTA discharged him in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. By a special verdict rendered in July 2008, a Baltimore City jury found in the discharged driver´s favor and awarded him $200,000 in pain and suffering damages. In late 2010, a judge supplemented that verdict by awarding the driver an additional $190,219 in back pay and prejudgment interest (bringing the total monetary award to $390,219) and ordering MTA to reinstate the driver. (Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-05-011647 OC)
Mr. Evelius has successfully defended the buyer of a poultry business against a breach of contract claim brought by the business´ seller, which sought to recover from the buyer a substantial unpaid portion of the agreed purchase price. In November 2009, a Baltimore City jury determined that the seller had, as the buyer contended, induced the buyer to purchase the business at an inflated price through false representations concerning the business´ profits. The jury found that the buyer owed the seller nothing and awarded the buyer damages for the seller´s misrepresentations. The seller appealed the jury´s findings in late 2009, but abandoned that appeal in 2010. (Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-08-3484 CJ)
Mr. Evelius has successfully prosecuted the claim of a former employee of a dry cleaning business that the business and its owner wrongfully discharged her in violation of the public policy against prostitution set forth in Maryland law. In March 2008, a Howard County, Maryland jury determined that the business and its owner had in fact wrongfully discharged the former employee and awarded her $300,000 in damages. (Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland, Case N0. 13-C-06-65572)
Mr. Evelius has successfully represented a long-term government scientist in connection with the latter´s appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board from the decision of the United States Army to discharge him from his position at the Army Research Lab for alleged unsatisfactory performance. In May 2007, a federal administrative law judge ruled in the scientist´s favor and ordered the Army to reinstate him. (MSPB Docket No. PH-0432-07-0058-I-1)
Maryland High Court Ruling Will Require Employers To Pay Employees For More Pre-Shift And Post-Shift Activities – Weekly Wright Report
Another Anti-Retaliation Lesson For Employers – Weekly Wright Report
Paid Leave’s Arrival in Maryland: Time to Prepare for “Time to Care”– Weekly Wright Report
Court Finds FMLA Glitch In Employer’s No-Fault Attendance Policy – Weekly Wright Report
Fourth Circuit Reminds Employers To Treat Workplace Depression With Care – Weekly Wright Report
Fourth Circuit Confirms That Employee Medical Exams Pose ADA Liability Risk – Weekly Wright Report
No “Hellish” Standard For Workplace Harassment Claims – Weekly Wright Report
Forgotten Attorney General Opinion May Shield Maryland Employers From Treble – Damage Liability For Overtime Violations – Weekly Wright Report
- Seminars to Business Groups addressing Employment and Business Law issues