Mark Gilday has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in complex civil litigation and transactional matters, with a focus on real estate. He is the chair of the firm’s litigation practice group.
Mr. Gilday serves as lead counsel in many of the firm’s most challenging cases, particularly those involving real estate disputes. In his litigation practice, he has represented Fortune 500 and other large companies, commercial real estate developers, commercial property owners, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, real estate investment trusts, energy companies, financial institutions, and a variety of other businesses and individuals. His representative experience includes disputes over commercial real estate, development rights, eminent domain and condemnation, the valuation of real property and real estate assets, construction, leasing, brokerage services, corporate control, contracts, fraud, tortious interference, conversion, defamation, fiduciary duties, and corporate director and shareholder obligations. He has earned numerous dismissals of claims at the initial pleadings and summary judgment stages of litigation in addition to securing judgments in his clients’ favor at trial, on appeal, and in private arbitration.
Mr. Gilday’s transactional practice focuses on commercial real estate matters. He routinely drafts and negotiates construction contracts, commercial real estate broker listing agreements, and property management agreements. He also provides clients with general business advice, and advises with respect to property rights, mechanics’ liens, leasing rights, employment contracts, and day-to-day legal issues.
Mr. Gilday serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches trial advocacy. He has also been an instructor of law in the subjects of legal ethics, torts, and litigation at the University of Maryland, University College. He also previously taught construction contract drafting at TW Perry Contractor College.
Mr. Gilday served as a moderator on the television show Law School for the Public, which was a program that aired pre-pandemic throughout the year and was designed to help residents of Montgomery County become familiar with laws and the court system.
Mr. Gilday graduated from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and law degree from the Catholic University of America. After graduating from law school, Mr. Gilday served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.