Opening Arguments

Host: Andrew Torrez and Thomas Smith
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About the Podcast

Every episode, legal expert Andrew and comic relief Thomas will tackle a popular legal topic and give you all the tools you need to understand the issue and win every argument you have on Facebook, with your Uncle Frank, or wherever someone is wrong on the Internet. It's law. It's politics. It's fun. We don't tell you what to think, we just set up the Opening Arguments.

About the Host

Andrew Torrez and Thomas Smith

P. Andrew Torrez founded his own firm in 2015 after nearly twenty years of experience in “big firms” in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. Today, Mr. Torrez focuses his practice on business litigation in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He represents individuals and businesses in complex civil disputes, including breach of contract and business torts, intellectual property, employment law, insurance coverage, and appeals before various state and federal appellate courts. He has also worked very closely with individuals, startups, and established businesses to provide counseling, advice, and other services with an eye towards minimizing future potential liabilities. In addition to his trial experience in state and federal courts, Mr. Torrez has also represented his clients in administrative proceedings, before state agencies such as the Maryland Board of Physicians and the Maryland Board of Education, in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including court-ordered mediation, and in AAA arbitration disputes with eight- and nine-figure sums at stake. Mr. Torrez has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, on certiorari to the Maryland Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, as well as in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First, Fourth, and District of Columbia Circuits. A 1997 graduate of Harvard Law School with honors, Mr. Torrez has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for the State of Maryland by Benchmark Litigation since 2011, and was previously acknowledged as a “Rising Star” in the region. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and belongs to the Serjant’s Inn and Wranglers law clubs in Baltimore. He was a law clerk to the Hon. Lawrence F. Rodowsky of Maryland’s Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State of Maryland. Mr. Torrez is the author of Off Base: New Insights Into an Old Game, a 1998 book on baseball that anticipated the “statistical revolution” that has changed the game of baseball. Mr. Torrez has gone on to represent and advise professional baseball players and agents in connection with various legal disputes. Thomas Smith hosts multiple podcasts, including Opening Arguments, Serious Inquiries Only, and Comedy Shoeshine.

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