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Neil E. Duke


Neil E. Duke is an experienced commercial litigation and trial lawyer who handles a wide range of civil matters in complex commercial and labor and employment disputes.

Professional Biography


Mr. Duke handles a wide variety of labor and employment-related litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Duke's trial practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on employment law, civil rights matters and defense of municipalities with respect to tort-based and constitutional claims.

Mr. Duke routinely provides counsel to employers on a variety of workplace issues affected by federal and state legislation. He represents employers in disputes involving FLSA wage/hour and compensation, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, OSHA, FMLA, as well as standard wrongful discharge and discrimination claims and employment contracts.

Active in numerous civic and professional organizations, Mr. Duke is former chair of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. He is the author of several articles and is frequently called upon to speak at educational and professional seminars.

Professional Honors & Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Baltimore City Bar Association
  • Member – Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Member – Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member – Maryland (Civil) Practice Jury Instructions Committee
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association
    • Leadership Academy Graduate
  • Member – Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Past President – Monumental City Bar Association
  • Member – National Bar Association
  • Member – Rule Day Club

Community Services


  • Fellow – Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Leadership in Law Award, The Daily Record, 2007
  • 40 Under 40, Baltimore Business Journal
Speaking Engagements
  • "Section 1983: Trial Practice Tips," International Municipal Lawyers' Association, Washington, D.C. (March 2019)


  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1998, cum laude
    • Executive Editor – Law Review
    • Captain – National Moot Court Team
    • Captain – Student Trial Lawyers' Association Trial Team
  • The Citadel, B.A., 1986


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

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