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Zachary S. Gilreath


Zachary "Zach" Gilreath is an associate in Baker Donelson's Baltimore office and a member of the Construction Group.

Professional Biography

Zach Gilreath handles a wide variety of litigation, particularly with respect to business and construction matters.

As a member of the Construction Group, Zach assists clients in disputes arising throughout the construction process, including matters involving contract interpretation and breach, as well as project delays and disruption. He has assisted clients through all stages of dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and litigation before trial courts and administrative agencies.

Zach has also represented a broad range of businesses in complex civil litigation matters, including commercial disputes pertaining to corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and non-profit entities. In this area, he has developed a track record of resolving cases early and favorably through the dispositive motions process and resolution discussions.

Zach has defended and advocated for his clients in depositions, motions hearings, and trials in numerous state and federal courts. He also has experience handling appellate matters stemming from both trial court and administrative agency decisions, and he has briefed issues before the Appellate Court of Maryland and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

He has been recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for Litigation - Construction; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. Additionally, Zach has been selected to Maryland Rising Stars in Insurance Coverage.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Zach served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Michael W. Reed at the Appellate Court of Maryland. He was later an associate at a midsized civil litigation defense firm in Baltimore.

  • Represented a national construction contractor in effectively mediating and resolving a multimillion-dollar claim for contract damages brought by a property owner.

  • Successfully defended a breach of lease claim brought against a tenant by asserting defenses relating to the landlord's wrongful termination and failure to provide proper notice.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for Litigation - Construction; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2024)
  • Selected to Maryland Rising Stars in Insurance Coverage (2024)
  • Member – Bar Association of Baltimore City
    • Co-Chair – YLD Mentorship Committee (2021 – 2023)
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association



  • Baylor University School of Law, LL.M. – Litigation Management, 2022
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D., 2018
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2015


  • Maryland, 2018
  • District of Columbia, 2022
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2021
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2021

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