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James E. Edwards Jr.

Shareholder
Baltimore
T: 410.862.1130
F: 443.263.7530

James E. Edwards Jr. is the managing shareholder of the Firm's Baltimore office and focuses his practice in the areas of construction law and civil litigation.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Edwards represents contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, and condominium and homeowner associations in all aspects of the construction process. He has significant experience in design and construction contract preparation and claim resolution in litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Mr. Edwards' experience in dispute resolution includes representing clients involved in building, power and infrastructure projects in claims arising from design defects, defective work, disputed changes, differing site conditions, delay, inefficiency, disruption, performance guarantees, and other design and construction-related matters.

In addition, Mr. Edwards handles procurement matters before various governmental agencies and boards of contract appeals, including bid protests and claims.

An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Edwards represents both individual and corporate fiduciaries and beneficiaries in fiduciary litigation arising from estate and trust administration as well as businesses and individuals in corporate, personal and employment-related litigation in federal and state courts in Maryland and in the mid-Atlantic region.

Mr. Edwards has successfully completed both the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Arbitration Training Institute and the 40-hour program, Essential Skills for the New Mediator, presented by the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Edwards serves as a neutral in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Mr. Edwards is active in many professional organizations and takes a lead role in a number of community activities. He is on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, chaired the building committee for the construction of a $1.6 million Worship Center for St. Francis de Sales Church in Abingdon, Md., served on the State of Maryland Task Force on Common Ownership Communities, and is a graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy sponsored by the Harford County Chamber of Commerce.

Professional Honors & Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Section on Litigation
    • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
    • Section on Labor and Employment Law
    • Section on Public Contract Law
  • Member – Baltimore City Bar Association
  • Member – Harford County Bar Association
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association
  • Professional Member – Community Associations Institute
  • Member – Construction Financial Management Association

Community Services

Honoraries

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, International, Commercial and Government Arbitration, Construction Law, and Litigation - Construction Categories (2011, 2014 – 2018); named Baltimore Litigation – Construction "Lawyer of the Year" (2017)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation (2007 – 2013, 2015 – 2018); Construction and Real Estate (2014); listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in Baltimore (2018) 
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Publications
  • Author – "The Practical Applications of Maryland Discovery Rules," Civil Discovery Practice in Maryland [Ober|Kaler]
  • Author – "ADR Options, Employment Discrimination Litigation: Developments and Strategies," ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section [Ober|Kaler]
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker – Various seminars related to electronic discovery
  • Speaker – "Contracting Considerations for Contractors and Consultants," Build College, BLocal (2016)
  • Speaker – "Fiduciary Litigation: Contesting and Defending Wills, Trusts, and Inter Vivos Transfers," Maryland State Bar Association (2015 and 2016)
  • Speaker – "Avoiding Estate-Related Disputes," presentation for fiduciaries and Certified Public Accountants (2013)
  • Speaker – "Fiduciary Litigation: Aging Boomers and Their Parents Drive an Upswing in Disputes," Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Speaker and Co-author – "Residential Construction Disputes," MICPEL
  • Speaker and Author – "Rights and Remedies Against State Insurance Guaranty Funds," Lorman Business Center, Inc.
  • Speaker – "Appropriate Dispute Resolution: Effective Business Conflict Management," co-sponsored by Ober|Kaler and the American Arbitration Association
  • Speaker and Author – "Mechanic's Lien Law in Maryland," Lorman Business Center, Inc.
  • Instructor – Nine-Day Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers

Industries

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1982, with honor
    • Maryland Law Review, 1980 – 1982
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., 1978

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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