• District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • University of Maryland School of Law, LLB
  • University of Maryland, BA
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Joseph D. Tydings

Senior Counsel

Washington, DC v. +1.202.420.2231 f. +1.202.420.2201

Senator Joseph Tydings is counsel to national and international clients, representing numerous Maryland businesses and private entities.

Today, his practice focuses on counseling and governmental representation, particularly in Maryland and Washington, D.C. In the domestic arena, he has worked as outside counsel for a national supermarket chain in Maryland on projects ranging from lobbying to persuade the Maryland legislature to reform Maryland’s “blue laws,” to avoiding the shoals of antitrust litigation in the food and grocery industry.

Senator Tydings has been an active and successful trial lawyer since his service as U.S. Attorney for Maryland.

Domestic and International Counseling

Senator Tydings left the U.S. Senate and returned to the private practice of law in 1971. Since then, he has represented a wide array of clients with special legal and governmental problems.

Senator Tydings also has represented several communications companies that acquired network television stations and radio properties. He was general counsel for the nonprofit corporation that ran the state of Louisiana’s family planning clinics, the largest such operation in the nation at the time.

In the international arena, Senator Tydings has represented various U.S. endeavors seeking to organize business ventures and secure government approvals in Haiti, Venezuela, Antigua, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has organized parliamentary conferences for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities in Beijing, Tokyo, Sri Lanka, Brasilia, Mexico City, Bonn, and Washington, D.C. He has also assisted and represented U.S. clients in securing financing and investments in Japan.

In addition, Senator Tydings has raised funds for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities from the governments of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Italy, and the Netherlands.


Since 1988, Senator Tydings has been involved principally in litigation representing policyholders in major claims against insurance companies involving environmental, products liability, and directors and officers liability claims. In March 1996, he was lead counsel for plaintiffs in a libel and slander case before a jury in Pecos, Texas. He represented the largest ranch in Hudspeth County, Texas. He was successful in having the jury return a major libel and slander verdict against a major TV network program.

Public Service

  • Member of the Maryland House of Delegates, 1955-1961
  • U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, 1961-1963
  • U.S. Senator for Maryland, 1965-1971
  • Member, Board of Regents, University of Maryland, 1973-1984*
  • Chairman, Board of Regents, University of Maryland, 1982-1984*
  • Member, Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 2000-2005*
  • Member, Board of Directors, University of Maryland Medical System, 2008-present*
  • Appointed by the governors of Maryland to serve on numerous commissions, including as Chairman of the Commission to revise the Maryland Insurance Code (1957-1958) and Chairman of the Commission to Study Casino Gambling (1995-1995)*
  • Appointed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter to chair the Judicial Nomination Commission for Federal Judges for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • Director, University of Maryland Foundation, 2005-present
  • Director, University System of Maryland Foundation, 2005-2010

*Appointed by the Governor of Maryland and confirmed by the Senate of Maryland



Senator Tydings has served on the boards of the Charter Company, GAF Corporation, the First National Bank of Northeast Maryland, and Capital Bank of Washington, D.C. He was senior financial consultant for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities from 1971 to 1990. He served as co-chairman of Population Action International in Washington, D.C., and was one of the founding trustees of the United States-Japan Foundation. He has served on the board of directors of a number of Maryland and District of Columbia charitable and civic organizations as well as schools and colleges, including the Baltimore YMCA, the McDonogh School in Baltimore, and Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC.


  • 2015 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll

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