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John F. Morkan III

T: 410.862.1155
F: 443.263.7555

Jack Morkan concentrates his practice in construction contract disputes and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Professional Biography


Jack Morkan concentrates his practice in construction contract disputes and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

He has litigated matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has participated in arbitration proceedings involving application of U.S., international and foreign law in the United States, France, Switzerland, Egypt and Ireland.

Mr. Morkan represents owners, engineers, contractors and OEMs in litigation, International Chamber of Commerce and American Arbitration Association proceedings, and ADR tribunals involving claims of delay, abandonment, wrongful termination, substandard workmanship, defective design and related matters.

As a general civil litigator, Mr. Morkan also represents health care providers, telecommunications companies, banks, leasing companies, manufacturers, insurers and other businesses and individuals. In commercial contract disputes, he handles matters involving claims against trustees, recovery on secured transactions, claims against insurers for wrongful failure to pay and coverage disputes. He has also litigated complex disputes concerning rights arising from complex wills and trust.

Active in the community, Mr. Morkan is an active supporter of the Chesapeake Bay and the sailing community. He serves on the board of the Box of Rain Foundation, an organization dedicated to educational, mentoring and self-realization programs grounded in the diversity of maritime culture, and on the board and as treasurer of the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, a non-profit organization created to provide financial assistance to musicians who are unable to work due to sickness, injury or other circumstances or who have suffered a catastrophic loss.

Professional Honors & Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Forum Committee on Construction Industry
  • Member – Baltimore City Bar Association
    • Judicial Administration Committee
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2011 in International Arbitration - Commercial and International Arbitration - Governmental
  • Listed as a Top rated Construction Litigation attorney by Super Lawyers (2007 – 2013, 2015 – 2019)

Community Service

  • Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians
    • Director and Treasurer (2010 – present)
  • Box of Rain Foundation
    • Director (2005 – present)
  • Eastport Yacht Club, Ltd.
    • Commodore (2004 – 2005)
  • Maryland Public Justice Center
    • Director (1989 – 1991)
Professional Background
  • Staff Attorney, United States District Court for the District of Maryland


  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1983, with honors
    • Notes and Comments Editor – Maryland Law Review,
    • Order of the Coif
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1977


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

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