The Start of Something Wonderful
Suraj A. Vyas, Esq. has been selected to Super Lawyers Rising Star list for 2019 and is a recipient of Avvo's Client Choice Award for 2018. However, we know there is more to choosing an attorney than awards. It's important to work with an attorney you connect with and to work with an attorney who connects to the subject matter of the case. Before the awards and the clients, this page tells the origin story behind The Law Offices of Suraj A. Vyas and why Mr. Vyas is uniquely positioned to serve as your attorney in construction law and contract law matters.
While working as in-house counsel at Rising Sun Engineering & Consulting, I was approached by a friend of mine who was in need of urgent legal help. Because I served as in-house counsel, I was unable to be his attorney. After speaking with him some more about his issue, I realized I knew exactly how to help. I told him to give me until the end of the week and I would work something out. I could make a difference in this man's life by taking a leap. So, I put together my firm and The Law Offices of Suraj A. Vyas, LLC was formed. This is my chance to help people.
Born and raised in Howard County, Maryland, I took an interest in construction work at an early age. Like many kids, I fell in love with the bucket of Lego and Duplo pieces I had at my disposal. My interest in building expanded and became even more of an obsession as I grew older. After a high school internship experience with W. M. Schlosser, a construction and consulting firm, I realized there was more to building than just...building. Civil engineering alone would not cut it. The law was considered during every meeting and calculation. As soon as my time with Glenelg Country School was over, college began.
During my time at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, I realized that a standard university education in programs with a specific focus that culminate in a major defined by a single department holding the prescribed knowledge of a single discipline was not for me. Although there is definitely a value in studying a subject deeply, I hoped to get the most out of my undergraduate learning where, for once in my lifetime, I was free to learn what fascinates me most and what I hope to do for the rest of my life. I believe that life is interdisciplinary. It does not have departments. It does not have majors with a pre-formatted program to follow. Life is messy, interesting, complex, exhilarating, excruciating, surprising—and above all else, interdisciplinary.
So, I applied and was accepted into UMBC's Interdisciplinary Studies program. I went one step further and became the Chief Executive Officer of the Interdisciplinary Studies Council of Majors. After four years at UMBC, I graduated with a B.S. in Water Resources Management & Policy and a minor in Psychology. My interest in water resources management and policy first developed from my grandfather, who is a lawyer and Professional Engineer in India. He is the role model I admire and will attempt to emulate throughout my life. He created the first techno-legal law firm in India, earning a legal degree at the age of 60, after a successful career as a Professional Engineer.
I went straight from my undergraduate studies to the University of Baltimore School of Law. During my time there, I was selected to represent UB Law as a competitor in the National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition and acted as the team liaison. I was also chosen to be a Staff Editor and, later, the Symposium Editor of The University of Baltimore Journal of Land and Development with my article, Baltimore’s Port Covington Redevelopment Project, published in the journal. I was also an active Executive Board Member in the International Law Society and Latin American Law Student Association.
In the realm of practical experience, I was allowed the opportunity to intern at the Howard County District Court under Judge Pamila J. Brown. Judge Brown is a truly wonderful mentor who allowed me to draft legal memoranda and used them as teaching moments on how to write for judges. My proudest accomplishment of my time there was that I was able to contribute to an index of criminal and civil law decisions in Maryland that judges in the Maryland District Courts use daily. Angela Vallario also selected me to be a part of her debut project with the Kennedy Krieger Institute in which I would be allowed to draft Powers of Attorneys, Advanced Medical Directives, and Wills for families. I was also afforded the unique opportunity to teach a class on bioethics as a part of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Medicolegal course.