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

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Tom Meachum

Tom Meachum has vast Maryland government legal experience, having previously served in both the Office of the Attorney General and the Howard County Office of Law. His current practice emphasizes zoning and development law, general real estate law, employment law, estate administration and probate work as well as alcohol beverage licensing.

Mr. Meachum advises his real estate clients in matters that include rezoning, special exceptions, conditional uses, waiver applications, development, variances, real estate contracts, title issues and covenants. He assists restaurants, stores and taverns in obtaining licenses for the sale of alcohol as well as provides general counsel to companies and individual employees on employment matters. Mr. Meachum is experienced in litigation concerning each of these matters.

He practices throughout central Maryland, including Howard County and Carroll County, where he is the managing partner of the Westminster office.

Mr. Meachum was twice appointed to the Howard County Charter Review Commission by the Howard County Council.

He is a receipient of the “Leadership in Law” award by The Daily Record, an award created in 2001 to draw attention to the many Maryland legal professionals – lawyers and judges – whose dedication to their occupation and to their communities deserves particular recognition.

Awards and Honors:

  • The Arc of Howard County Volunteer of the Year Award
  • The Arc of Maryland Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Leadership Howard County graduate
  • Included in “The Best Lawyers in America®,” 2016
  • Daily Record Leader in Law Recipient


Practice Areas:

  • Zoning Law
  • Liquor Licenses
  • Real Estate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Law
  • Estate Administration & Probate Work
  • Business Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Maryland, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1978


  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.
  • Gettysburg College, B.A.

Professional Associations:

  • Maryland State Bar Association Board of governors (1993–1995)
  • Maryland Court of Appeals Teacher of civil litigation for new admittees' professionalism course
  • Howard County Bar Association Past president (1992–1993)
  • Carroll County Bar Association
  • Frederick County Bar Association

Community Involvement:

  • Howard County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Association of Community Services Past President
  • Neighbor Ride
  • The Arc of Howard County Past Chairperson of the Leadership Development Committee and Past President
  • Howard County Charter Review Commission Twice appointed by the Howard County Council
  • Boys & Girls Club of Westminster Board of Directors
  • Carroll Lutheran School Board of Trustees