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Kenneth B. Abel


Kenneth B. Abel focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities law matters, Maryland corporation law matters, private fund and investment adviser representation, and general business representation.

Professional Biography


Mr. Abel's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities law matters, Maryland corporation law matters, private fund and investment adviser representation, and general business representation. He has earned respect among colleagues and recognition from premier legal publications.

He regularly advises Maryland corporations, including open and closed-end investment companies and real estate investment trusts incorporated in Maryland, and acquirers of these corporations, including activist investors, on matters of Maryland corporation law, including corporate governance matters and matters related to hostile takeovers and takeover defenses. He advises private funds and investment advisers on formation and compliance matters. He serves as "outside" general counsel to numerous emerging growth and mature companies, where he has extensive experience negotiating and/or drafting private offering documents, limited liability and limited partnership agreements, stockholder agreements, venture capital financing agreements, employment arrangements (including equity compensation for employees) and business contracts.

Mr. Abel is the former chair of the Maryland State Bar Association's Business Law Section as well as the former chair of its Securities Law Committee. He is currently active on several Business Law Section committees, and has testified extensively before the Maryland General Assembly on legislation affecting business in Maryland. He is the author of two Bloomberg BNA publications on Maryland corporation law.

Mr. Abel served as a member of the Special Joint Committee of the Section of Business Law and the section of Real Property, Planning and Zoning of the Maryland State Bar Association which prepared the Maryland Report on Lawyers' Opinions in Business Transactions. He also serves as a resource within the Firm on legal opinion matters.

Mr. Abel enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Professional Honors & Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Section on Business Law
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association
    • Section of Business Law (Chair, 2011; Vice Chair, 2010 – 2011; Secretary, 2009 – 2010)
      • Committee on Securities Law (Chair, 2005 – 2009)
      • Committee on Corporation Law
      • Committee on Unincorporated Business Associations


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law Categories (2008 – 2020)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Business and Transactions (2014); Mergers & Acquisitions (2013, 2015 – 2020) 
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers – Corporate/M&A, Maryland (2005 – 2020)
  • Listed in Smart CEO's Legal Elite (2010)
Professional Background
  • Clerk to the Honorable Lawrence F. Rodowsky, Court of Appeals of Maryland (1992 – 1993)
  • Passed CPA Exam (Virginia, 1989)*

*Baker Donelson is not a CPA firm. 

  • Author – "Doing Business in States Other than the State of Incorporation," Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. [Ober|Kaler]
  • Author – "The Maryland Corporation: Legal Aspects of Organization and Operation," Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. [Ober|Kaler]
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker – "Kick-Start your Start-Up: Private Equity Financing in Today's Economy," Business Law Institute, Maryland State Bar Association (2013)
  • Speaker – "The New Maryland Power of Attorney Act and its Impact Across Practice Areas: What Estate and Trust, Elder Law, Business Law, and Real Estate Practitioners Need to Know," Maryland State Bar Association (2011)


  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D.,1992
    • Order of the Coif
    • Student Editor in Chief – The Business Lawyer
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., 1988, magna cum laude


  • Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland

Kenneth Abel possesses a 'generally excellent reputation' in the corporate sphere, with a number of peers pointing to his expertise in shareholder rights. He acts for an array of clients, including private equity funds, on M&A, investments and securities matters.

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