Remembering the Work and Legacy of Thomas M. Meachum

It is with great sadness that the CarneyKelehan family announces that Thomas M. Meachum, our partner, colleague and friend for more than 26 years, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Over the years, Tom provided a balanced, measured, compassionate and highly intellectual approach to our firm.… READ MORE

CarneyKelehan partner Tom Meachum dies

Thomas M. Meachum, managing partner of the Westminster office of Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, died March 12 at his home in Westminster. His real estate and business law practice with CarneyKelehan spanned 26 years.

“Over the years, Tom provided balance and a measured, compassionate and highly intellectual approach to our firm. He applied those same skills to serve his clients and our community. Using his unique behind-the-scenes approach, Tom’s primary goal was always to achieve problem resolution and never for personal recognition,” said Kevin Kelehan, a partner with CarneyKelehan.

Meachum began his career in the Maryland attorney general’s office, then the Howard County Office of Law. He held other positions in private practice before joining Reese and Carney in 1996, where he practiced for the remainder of his legal career. He specialized in zoning and development law, general real estate, business law, employment law, estate administration and litigation and alcohol beverage licensing.

The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, consistently recognized Meachum for business law, and The Daily Record named him a Leadership in Law honoree in 2014.

“Perhaps his greatest gift was his unique ability to connect with every client, no matter what their situation,” Kelehan said. “In an era of in-and-out convenience for almost everything, Tom believed in establishing and maintaining long-term client relationships. Tom genuinely cared about each client, and the standard of excellence he set for client service is one our firm is proud to uphold.”

Meachum served on the Maryland State Bar Association’s board of governors, led the association’s Special Committee on Assignments and served on many other committees. He was a career-long member and past president of the Howard County Bar Association. He was a board member of the Pro Bono Resource Center, Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service and the Frederick County Legal Aid Bureau, which provide legal assistance to those in need. He was a member of the Carroll and Frederick County bar associations

In addition, Meachum served on boards and committees for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Association of Community Services of Howard County, Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, Carroll Lutheran School and The Arc of Howard County, which named him Volunteer of the Year. He also volunteered with Neighbor Ride in Howard County.

“We will miss Tom’s energy, selflessness and dedication to the legal profession and to our firm. But perhaps even more, we will miss the loyalty and commitment we all observed and admired in his unwavering love and support for his family, friends and community,” Kelehan said.

A celebration of life for Meachum will be held on Saturday, March 26, at Crosswind Church at 640 Lucabaugh Mill Road in Westminster beginning with a visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 12:30 p.m. followed by a public reception.

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