Andrew Jay Graham is one of the most highly regarded trial attorneys in Maryland. Since co-founding Kramon & Graham in 1975, Andy has been involved in many of the most high-profile cases and jury trials in the state and in the nation. With a versatile litigation practice, Andy handles matters involving complex business disputes, securities litigation, general civil litigation, professional liability, white-collar crime, trade secrets, and executive employment disputes. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for Maryland with more than five decades of litigation experience, Andy is distinguished for his integrity, analytical thinking, and courtroom achievements. He is regularly retained by other lawyers and law firms in malpractice actions and grievance proceedings as well as by judges in judicial disciplinary matters.
Andy is an experienced mediator and a founding member and former president of ADR Maryland.
Given his national reputation for handling high-stakes litigation, clients frequently call upon Andy to handle matters involving bet-the-company disputes, allegations of serious professional misconduct or negligence, and white-collar criminal charges. Chambers USA, describes him as "a tremendous trial lawyer and one of the most widely respected attorneys in the state." His accolades include:
- Chambers USA, "Leaders in their Field," since 2004
- Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, since 2013
- The Best Lawyers in America, since 1993; named Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2019; Litigation - Securities, 2017; Arbitration, 2014; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2013; Intellectual Property, 2013; Arbitration, 2012; Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2010; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2010
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Maryland Super Lawyers, ranked "Top Ten Lawyers" for more than 10 consecutive years
- Maryland Legal Services Corporation, Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award, 2018
- Maryland State Bar Association, recipient, Litigator of the Year Award, 2011 - 2012
- The Daily Record, recipient, Leadership in Law Award
Andy chaired the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers from 1996 to 1998 and has been a Fellow in the College since 1989. He served as President of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and has held many board and committee positions with various bar associations, including the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Baltimore City. He maintains an active membership in four of Baltimore's six historic law clubs, and he is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.
From 2001 to 2003, Andy chaired the Maryland State Bar Association's Ethics 2000 Committee. He also served as a member of the commission appointed by the Court of Appeals of Maryland to study and recommend changes to the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct. In 2012, Andy was asked by the Chief Judge of the District of Maryland to lead a committee that was formed to study and recommend changes to the court's rules on attorneys' fees. He has served on several Maryland judicial selection committees for the Maryland State Bar and Federal Bar associations, and he currently serves by appointment as a member of the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.
Andy has devoted his professional life to raising the ethical standards of the legal profession and improving the administration of justice. He believes deeply that community service is a fundamental responsibility of all lawyers and supports cultural, charitable, educational, and philanthropic organizations, including Everyman Theater, Center Stage, Baltimore School for the Arts, CollegeBound Foundation, and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. He is a former President of the Baltimore Courthouse of Law Museum Foundation.
Andy co-chaired and chaired the Maryland Legal Aid's Equal Justice Council for 13 years. In recognition of his service, he was honored with the Council's Executive Director Award in 2011 and Exemplar of Equal Justice Award in 2015.
American Bar Association -- Vice-Chairman, Committee on Class Actions, 1976 - 1977; Member, Committee on Advocacy, 1978 - 1979, 1982 - 1983; Member, Committee on Commercial Law, 1982 - 1983
American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
American College of Trial Lawyers, Former Maryland Chapter Chair, Fellow
Baltimore Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow
Bar Association of Baltimore City -- Treasurer, 1981 - 1982; Secretary, 1982 - 1983; Program Chairman, 1984 - 1985; Member, Executive Council, 1979 - 1985; Board of Trustees, 2003 - 2004
Federal Bar Association -- Maryland Chapter President, 1980 - 1981; Chairman, Judicial Selection Committee, 1978 - 1984
Federal Court Advisory Committee, 1991 - 1994
Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
Magistrate Judges' Merit Selection Panel 2010 - 2016
Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow
Maryland State Bar Association -- Judicial Selection Committee, 1977 - 1980; Board of Governors, 1980, 1983 - 1985; Executive Committee, 1984 - 1985; Commercial Transactions Litigation Committee, 1979 - 1980; Chairman, Ethics 2000 Committee, 2001 - 2004
The Lawyers' Round Table, Wednesday Law Club, The Barristers' Club, and The Rule Day Club
Panelist, “You Have Been Hacked! Cyber Security Pitfalls and Liability,” Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, 22nd Annual Spring Break, 2018
Panelist, "Tips & Advice for Responding to the Commission on Judicial Disabilities," Maryland Circuit Judges Association, 2017
Co-author, "Compelling and Staying Arbitration in Maryland," Thomson Reuters Practical Law, 2017
Co-author, "Enforcing Arbitration Awards in Maryland," Thomson Reuters Practical Law, 2016
Author and Lecturer, MICPEL -- Federal Procedure, Civil Discovery, Trial Practice and Employment Law, 1980, Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Court, 2004
Successfully obtained a dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit alleging, among other counts, fraud, RICO violations, and negligent misrepresentation, on behalf of a medical professional. The case was covered in the Law360 article, “Miners Can't Sue Johns Hopkins Over Black Lung Benefits,” August 29, 2017.
In a dispute over a 93-acre real estate development project, Kramon & Graham successfully secured a jury trial victory for its client. Following a six-day trial, firm attorneys Andrew Jay Graham and Ryan A. Mitchell prevailed in obtaining a $2.84 million judgment. After one and one-half days of deliberation in the Circuit Court for Frederick County, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Kramon & Graham’s client on claims of negligent misrepresentation, tortious interference with contractual and/or economic relations, and breach of contract. The development project is located near Ft. Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.
Served as a member of the defense team that successfully represented one of six Baltimore police officers who were charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. The firm’s client faced the most serious charges among the six officers charged. Following extensive discovery, motions, and a two-week bench trial, the defense team secured acquittals on all seven counts of the indictment, including second-degree murder, three manslaughter counts, assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. In this highly publicized trial, the defense team relied on the depth of its criminal defense experience, exceptional facility with complex medical issues, and extensive trial practice. By obtaining key pre-trial evidentiary rulings combined with the team’s presentation at trial, the firm succeeded in acquiring a not-guilty verdict as to all charges.
Successfully defended a national financial institution in a four-week class action jury trial. The federal court case was instituted by plaintiffs who alleged that the financial institution and others were liable to them for alleged irregularities in home mortgage transactions over a 20-year period. Plaintiffs sought hundreds of millions of dollars in compensatory damages. The jury decisively rejected the plaintiffs’ claims and returned a verdict in the financial institution’s and the other defendants’ behalf.
Successfully obtained judgment in favor of a national lender, on the eve of a class action trial, after demonstrating that plaintiffs were unable to prove their claims. The federal court case was instituted by plaintiffs who alleged that the lender and others were liable to them for purported violations of Maryland’s finders fee law over a 20-year period. Plaintiffs sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
Thomson Reuters Practical Law has just released the latest Maryland arbitration Practice Note, Compelling and Staying Arbitration in Maryland. Authored by Kramon & Graham principals Andrew Jay Graham, Jean Lewis, and Louis Malick, the guide provides practical, state-specific information to lawyers seeking judicial assistance to compel or stay arbitration in Maryland state court.
Kramon & Graham attorneys author Thomson Reuters Practical Law arbitration guideAndrew Jay Graham and Jean Lewis co-author Enforcing Arbitration Awards in Maryland12/12/2016
For companies that have learned to use arbitration effectively, the promised benefits of lower costs, expedited dispute resolutions, and outcomes that preserve relationships is a reality. But what happens when the losing party refuses to pay or voluntarily comply with the decision?
Law360 quotes Andrew Jay Graham in article profiling the Federal Judge who will rule on ACA and AG appointment11/21/2018
Founding principal Andrew Jay Graham, who has spent his career trying cases in the federal courthouse and has served in various leadership positions in the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, was interviewed by Law360 for its article, Meet The Judge Who Controls Fate Of ACA, Trump's AG (November 16, 2018).
Daily Record quotes Andrew Jay Graham and Louis Malick in article about proposed Maryland judicial discipline rules11/08/2018
On order by the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has proposed an update to Maryland's rules governing judicial ethics as reported in the Daily Record article Proposed Md. judicial discipline rules redefine reprimand, add discovery requirements (October 25, 2018).
Congressman Greg Gianforte, a Montana politician, assaulted Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs in May 2017 after Mr. Jacobs tried to ask the then-candidate a question about his views on a health care bill.
In the Daily Record article After high court decision, rules committee ready to act on judicial discipline changes, July 31, 2018, Andrew Jay Graham comments on the Court of Appeals dismissal of Judge Mary C. Reese’s judicial discipline case.
Andrew Jay Graham was quoted by the Daily Record in Rules committee to revisit judicial discipline amendments, May 13, 2018, about an order from the Court of Appeals of Maryland to the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure to review recommended revisions to the judicial discipline rules.
Daily Record quotes Andrew Jay Graham regarding judicial grievance case.
New York Times quotes Geoff Genth in article about Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte11/28/2017
On behalf of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, Kramon & Graham sent a cease-and-desist letter to Congressman Greg Gianforte and his staff demanding that they stop making "false and defamatory statements" about an assault that occurred in May.
In an international contract dispute, Andrew Jay Graham, John Bourgeois, and Louis Malick represented the Swiss manufacturer of a line of luxury goods before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
The Baltimore Sun quoted Andrew Jay Graham in an article about the state Commission on Judicial Disabilities’ recommendation to remove Baltimore Circuit Judge Alfred Nance from the bench.
Washington Post quotes Andrew Jay Graham on Justice Department recusal possibilities and consequences06/21/2017
Kramon & Graham principal Andrew Jay Graham was quoted in a June 16, 2017 Washington Post article amid questions over whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Greg Gianforte, the Montana politician who assaulted Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs, has issued a full and unequivocal apology to the reporter and agreed to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
In a dispute over a 93-acre real estate development project, Kramon & Graham successfully secured a jury trial victory for its client.
Kramon & Graham co-founder Andy Graham was quoted in "In Dewey case, an argument for good judgment" (subscription required), an October 20, 2015 Daily Record article discussing takeaways from the trial and the organization’s demise.
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Kramon & Graham principals Andy Graham and Natalie McSherry were interviewed for the August 24, 2015 Daily Record feature story “Neutrals’ in high gear.”
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed two wins obtained by Andrew Jay Graham and John A. Bourgeois in two published opinions.
Founding principal Andrew Jay Graham was retained by the Maryland Department of Human Resources to testify as an expert witness in opposition to a fee award sought by a party who successfully sued the Department for failing to process assistance benefits in a timely fashion.
At the recent 2018 New Trial Judge Orientation, firm co-founder Andrew Jay Graham presented "Grievance Hearings" with Lydia Lawless, Maryland Bar Counsel.
Andrew Jay Graham was a panelist at the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association’s 22nd Annual Spring Break Weekend workshop.
Firm principal Andrew Jay Graham recently participated in "Tips & Advice for Responding to the Commission on Judicial Disabilities," a panel discussion sponsored by the Maryland Circuit Judges Association.
Kramon & Graham announced today that twenty-two of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, has earned top marks in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading business litigation firms and attorneys.
Kramon & Graham co-founder Andrew Jay Graham has been selected for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation's 2018 Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award. The award recognizes Andy's extraordinary efforts to improve the access of justice for low-income Marylanders.
Kramon & Graham announced today that five firm principals have been named "Lawyer of the Year" Baltimore in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, sixteen firm attorneys were selected for inclusion in the ranking guide. The attorneys represent Kramon & Graham's full range of practices from litigation to transactional services.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, announced today that nine firm attorneys have been recognized for legal excellence and client service by the 2018 Chambers USA legal ranking guide.
Kramon & Graham announced today that twenty-two of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
In the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading business litigation firms and attorneys, Kramon & Graham earns top marks as one of Maryland's leading law firms.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, is pleased to announce that thirteen firm attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Kramon & Graham, one of Maryland's leading law firms, has been selected to appear in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm received top-tier status for its Commercial Litigation practice. Kramon & Graham has held the top position in this area for more than ten consecutive years.
Kramon & Graham principals Andrew Jay Graham, Natalie McSherry named to Top 10: 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers list for eighth consecutive year12/12/2016
Kramon & Graham, a nationally recognized full service law firm with 35 attorneys, announced today that twenty-one of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
Six Kramon & Graham principals have been recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2017, a leading legal guide that provides analysis of commercial and financial litigators in the United States.
Andrew Jay Graham named "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Securities by Best Lawyers; Natalie McSherry named "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice Defense08/15/2016
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce that firm co-founder Andrew Jay Graham has been named the 2017 Litigation - Securities "Lawyer of the Year" and that Natalie McSherry has been named Medical Malpractice Defense "Lawyer if the Year" for Baltimore by The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S. The "Lawyer of the Year" distinction is presented to individuals who have received outstanding ratings from their peers in Best Lawyers surveys.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition with Kramon & Graham receiving top-tier status in Band 1 for Commercial Litigation -- a position it has been honored to receive for more than ten consecutive years.
Kramon & Graham, a nationally recognized full service law firm with 34 attorneys, announced today that seventeen of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers legal ranking guide, including four up-and-coming attorneys who are recognized as "Rising Stars."
Benchmark Litigation, a leading legal guide that identifies U.S. trial attorneys and law firms, has selected five of the firm's principals as local "Litigation Stars."
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce the recognition of several of its attorneys in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Andrew Jay Graham and co-honoree Benjamin Rosenberg received the Exemplar of Equal Justice Award from the Maryland Legal Aid’s Equal Justice Council at the organization’s annual breakfast on June 2, 2015.
Kramon & Graham, P.A. is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys are ranked in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, a highly respected annual guide of America’s leading lawyers. The Firm, along with only two other law firms in Maryland, is again ranked in Band 1 – the highest ranking – for Litigation.
Benchmark Litigation has announced that Kramon & Graham, P.A. is the winner of Benchmark’s award for the Maryland Law Firm of the Year for 2015.
Kramon & Graham congratulates nineteen lawyers named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2015.
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce that eight of its Principals have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Kramon & Graham, P.A. is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA, a prestigious annual guide of America’s leading lawyers. The Firm, along with only two other law firms in Maryland, is again ranked in Band 1 – the highest ranking – for Litigation.
The 2014 edition of Benchmark Litigation has ranked Kramon & Graham, P.A. in the top tier of litigation firms in Maryland.
Kramon & Graham congratulates eighteen lawyers named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2014
Kramon & Graham is proud to announce that eight firm principals are listed in the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Kramon & Graham is recognized in the top band of Maryland law firms for Commercial Litigation, according to Chambers USA.
Kramon & Graham is listed in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the “definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms & attorneys.”
Kramon & Graham is proud to announce that eight firm principals have been listed in the Nineteenth Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Andrew Jay Graham and Lee Ogburn are listed as Lawyers of the Year in the Nineteenth Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Chambers quotes a source as saying Kramon & Graham is “a fine firm full of high-quality lawyers.”
Andrew Jay Graham has been named Maryland Litigator of the Year by the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Kramon & Graham attorneys named to Maryland Super Lawyers Top 10, Top 50 Women, and Top 100 lists; Super Lawyers; and Maryland Rising Stars.
The Daily Record recognized Andy Graham as "Top Winner."