Jim Ulwick is recognized as one of Maryland's most highly-skilled trial attorneys. His wide-ranging practice includes criminal and civil litigation of many kinds. Jim has successfully tried cases throughout the country. His trial victories include high-stakes cases involving claims of legal malpractice; criminal misconduct by bank officers; breaches of complicated contracts, employment agreements, and land deals; serious personal injuries; RICO violations; securities violations; medical malpractice; and injuries from toxic torts, to name only a few. Jim has a national reputation for handling significant class-action cases in diverse industries on both the defense and class sides.
Jim spent six years as an Assistant United States Attorney – three in the District of New Jersey and three in the District of Maryland. During his years as a federal prosecutor, Jim tried numerous cases, including the prosecutions of defendants charged with labor racketeering, political corruption, and other violations of federal criminal law. Jim also served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Edward S. Northrop of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
According to the legal ranking guide Chambers USA, Jim is "a tenacious courtroom advocate and very strategic thinker, and among the most accomplished civil and criminal orators and trial attorneys."
Recognized in Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Maryland, since 2006
Recognized in Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star," for General Commercial Litigation and Health Care, since 2011
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, since 1993; named Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2019; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2016; Commercial Litigation, 2016; White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2011
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers, since 2007; regularly ranked as one of Maryland's Top 50 attorneys
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
Maryland State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Bar Association of Baltimore City
Co-presenter, "One Day Boot Camp Trial Training," Legal Services Advocates Trial Skills Program, American College of Trial Lawyers, ABA Litigation Section, MSBA Litigation Section, FBA - Maryland Chapter, and Maryland Legal Aid, 2017
Arguing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, served as local counsel and presented the damages case in Paice LLC v Hyundai Motor Co. Working with patent specialists Fish & Richardson, Kramon & Graham presented a compelling claim that Defendants Hyundai and Kia should pay between $200 and $250 per car for their infringement of the Plaintiffs’ patents. After a full day of deliberations, the jury returned a $28.9 million verdict against the automakers, which equated to $200 per car.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment obtained by Jim Ulwick and Jean Lewis on behalf of a law firm sued for legal malpractice. The plaintiff alleged 13 separate acts of malpractice and sought $17 million in damages. Jim and Jean successfully moved to have the case withdrawn from the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and obtained summary judgment on all counts in the district court.
In a major victory for Kramon & Graham client, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of changes made to the public safety unions' pension plan in 2010. According to the federal appeals court, the changes did not constitute impairments within the meaning of the Contract Clause of the United States Constitution. The Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's decision in favor of the City that changes to active employees' pensions did not constitute a federal impairment and reversed the district court's determination that the changes made to retirees' plans did [opinion]. Represented the City at trial, on appeal, and before the City Council in 2010 as the legislation at issue was enacted.
Successfully defended a law firm and its management against claims by a former partner of fraud and breach of contract. The arbitrator found no fraud and awarded the claimant less than 10% of his claimed contractual damages.
Obtained an acquittal for a former Eastern Correctional Institution correctional officer criminally charged in a case involving the largest number of individuals ever indicted in a single criminal matter filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Following a three-week trial, successfully persuaded a jury to acquit the firm’s client of racketeering, bribery, and narcotics distribution charges. In the indictment in which the firm's client was charged, federal prosecutors charged 41 people with bribery and smuggling-related crimes: 40 were convicted, the firm's client was acquitted.
Successfully defended allegations of securities fraud made by the former CEO of a public, technology company against the company’s majority shareholders and members of its board and management. The United States District Court for the District of Maryland entered summary judgment for the defendants, and that ruling was affirmed on appeal. The case was important in light of the nature of the allegations and the relief sought -- approximately $50 million.
Kramon & Graham is one of several law firms that have teamed up to file the nation’s largest class action complaint against Marriott International following a massive, long-running data breach at the company.
Kramon & Graham criminal defense attorneys Jim Ulwick and Will Harrington obtained an acquittal for a former Eastern Correctional Institution correctional officer charged in a case involving the largest number of individuals ever indicted in a case filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
USA TODAY quotes Jim Ulwick in article about Ty Cobb’s recent appointment as White House special counsel07/20/2017
Kramon & Graham criminal defense principal Jim Ulwick was quoted in USA TODAY about former fellow federal prosecutor Ty Cobb’s recent appointment as White House special counsel: Ty Cobb, Donald Trump's newest Russia lawyer, adds legal muscle as investigations widen, published July 18, 2017.
The National Law Journal’s recently released “Top 100 Verdicts” (subscription) lists Paice LLC v Hyundai Motor Co. as a recipient of one of the nation’s top jury awards in 2015.
On October 1, 2015, a Baltimore jury returned a verdict in favor of Kramon & Graham clients Paice, LLC and The Abell Foundation in a lawsuit against automakers Hyundai and Kia for patent infringement.
The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland recently affirmed the dismissal of a legal malpractice claim against one of the Firm’s clients.
Litigation principals Jim Ulwick and Natalie McSherry are featured instructors at the Legal Services Advocates Trial Skills Program, "One Day Boot Camp Trial Training," presented by The American College of Trial Lawyers, ABA Litigation Section, MSBA Litigation Section, FBA - Maryland Chapter, and Maryland Legal Aid.
Seventeen Kramon & Graham attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America legal ranking guide. In addition, firm principal Natalie McSherry has been named 2020 Baltimore Mediation "Lawyer of the Year."
Kramon & Graham announced today that ten firm attorneys are recognized for legal excellence and client service in the 2019 Chambers USA legal ranking guide. More than 40 percent of Kramon & Graham's principals are recognized in the directory.
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 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."
Kramon & Graham Receives National Tier and Top Metropolitan Rankings in 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Guide11/02/2015
In the 2016 edition of “Best Law Firms,” Kramon & Graham receives National Tier ranking for its real estate and securities litigation practices and Tier 1 Metropolitan rankings for ten of its practice areas, including real estate, litigation, criminal defense, health care, and insurance law.
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©.
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.
Chambers quotes a source as saying Kramon & Graham is “a fine firm full of high-quality lawyers.”
Kramon & Graham attorneys named to Maryland Super Lawyers Top 10, Top 50 Women, and Top 100 lists; Super Lawyers; and Maryland Rising Stars.