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Geoffrey S. Tobias

Senior Counsel

Geoffrey S. Tobias is senior counsel in Baker Donelson's Baltimore office.

Professional Biography

Mr. Tobias focuses his practice in the areas of general admiralty and maritime law, immigration and nationality law, and products liability.

Over the course of his 40-year legal career, Mr. Tobias has participated in litigation in virtually every state, handling products liability matters and representing a wide range of individual and commercial clients in cases involving maritime, trucking and immigration issues.

Mr. Tobias, who served on the Governor's Advisory Committee for the Port of Baltimore, has represented virtually every shipowner whose vessels call at the Port, as well as utilities, marine suppliers, and domestic towing and dredging companies. His representations include matters related to collision, personal injury, charter party disputes, pollution claims, cargo damage, dock damage, immigration, legislation and waterfront development. In addition, he has represented products manufacturers in bodily injury, property damage and class action matters.

His immigration practice includes the representation of United States employers of foreign workers; professionals and foreign investors in the United States; and individuals seeking permanent residence and American citizenship. He is experienced in representing clients in all of the CIS (INS) regions, as well as before the Administrative Appeals Unit and Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington.

Mr. Tobias is one of the nation’s most prominent admiralty lawyers. He has been listed since 2005 in The Best Lawyers in America® and is among those listed in the 2009 edition of The International Who's Who of Shipping and Maritime Lawyers.

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member – Baltimore Port Alliance
  • Member – Maritime Law Association
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association
    • Section of International Commercial Law (Chair, 1988 – 1990)

Community Service

  • Georgetown University Alumni Interviewer
  • Governor's Advisory Committee for the Port of Baltimore
  • Governor's Task Force to Study Driver Licensing Documentation, Chair
  • Sail Baltimore
    • Board of Directors
    • Executive Committee
  • Tupenny Club of Baltimore


  • Listed since 2005 in The Best Lawyers in America®, Admiralty and Maritime and Immigration Law Categories; named Best Lawyers' Baltimore Admiralty and Maritime Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2014)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Transportation/Maritime (2008 – 2023); Immigration (2014)
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal in Transport (2020)
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Shipping and Maritime Lawyers (2009)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leader of National Counsel Team in major products liability action
  • Licensed by United States Coast Guard as Second Mate and Third Engineer
  • Adjunct Professor, Admiralty Law, University of Virginia and University of Maryland Schools of Law


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1974
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., 1969


  • Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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