John Bourgeois is a versatile trial lawyer with extensive jury-trial experience in a variety of civil and criminal cases. In addition to handling high-stakes commercial litigation, John represents clients in business disputes, administrative and licensing proceedings, intellectual property disputes, civil rights litigation, and admiralty and maritime matters. John has particular experience representing individual defendants charged with serious federal and state crimes. He also represents lawyers in malpractice and professional-responsibility proceedings.
John is specially qualified, through training and experience, to mediate matters pending in Maryland’s circuit and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies and arbitration tribunals. As a leader of the firm's Criminal Defense practice, John is commended for his exceptional client service and outstanding advocacy. He has a "strong trial practice" and "remains a go-to litigator for wide-ranging commercial disputes and criminal defense proceedings," according to Chambers USA. In addition to the Chambers guide, John is recognized as a leading lawyer by Benchmark Litigation and Maryland Super Lawyers.
John is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Before becoming an attorney, John worked as a human-rights officer and assistant director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Recognized in Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Maryland, since 2007
Recognized in Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star," for Criminal, General Commercial, Personal Injury, Professional Liability, since 2015
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, since 2019
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers, since 2009
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Project (DV LEAP), Board of Directors
Historic Ships in Baltimore, Board of Directors
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Board of Directors
American Bar Association
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Maryland State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Bar Association of Baltimore City
Baltimore County Bar Association
American Association for Justice
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Co-presenter, "Arbitrating B2B Disputes: Maximizing Your Results," ACC-Baltimore Chapter, 2018
Co-presenter, "The Yates Memo: What Corporate Counsel Needs to Know," ACC-Baltimore Chapter, 2016
Co-author, "What to Do When the Feds Come Knocking," Association of Corporate Counsel - Baltimore, 2016
Prosecuted three RICO class actions in federal court against "payday lenders," achieving considerable benefits for class members.
Obtained a substantial victory for the franchisor of international sales training programs in a case alleging breach of contract and fraud, and seeking compensatory damages in excess of $85 million, punitive damages, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees. Brought by a franchisee, the case concerned the creation and sale of intellectual property rights. Following six days of trial before Judge J. Frederick Motz in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the plaintiff agreed to a settlement in a sum representing less than ½ of Plaintiff’s claimed attorneys’ fees, and less than 1% Plaintiff’s claimed compensatory damages claim. The settlement achieved the client’s principal goal -- a complete termination of the relationship and all contracts between the parties.
Lead trial counsel in three federal jury trials in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in which the firm’s client was a highly decorated Navy Commander who was injured in Pentagon on 9/11/01 and was charged with wire fraud, false claims, and theft in obtaining compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. During the course of this marathon representation, which lasted more than four years, the firm obtained acquittals on five of seven counts and was instrumental in causing the District of Columbia Circuit to recognize the “issue preclusion” arm of Double Jeopardy in criminal cases in which there has been an acquittal.
Obtained a favorable jury verdict in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on behalf of two law firms in a breach of contract action against another law firm.
Defended real estate developers in a fraud and breach of contract action brought by a home builder in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County and successfully had a $900,000 verdict reduced to $75,000.
After a week-long jury trial in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, obtained a fraud and conversion verdict on behalf of four investors against a business operator who used their investments for personal use.
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.
Represented a law enforcement officer charged with voluntary and involuntary manslaughter arising out of an altercation with a suspect. This high-profile case involved complex medical issues and allegations of excessive use of force. Throughout the trial, the case received extensive media attention. After deliberating for a few hours, the jury rendered a defense verdict on all counts.
11/30/2016 | Association of Corporate Counsel – Baltimore, Fall 2016
Most businesses won’t know that they are under investigation by federal law enforcement until agents arrive in the lobby with a search warrant.
Kramon & Graham obtained a substantial victory after six days of trial before Judge J. Frederick Motz in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
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.
At the conclusion of a trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, John A. Bourgeois and Justin A. Redd obtained a judgment for over $400,000 in compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of their client, a young man whose inheritance from his custodial grandmother was stolen by his father.
After a five-day trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Jeffrey H. Scherr and John A. Bourgeois obtained a judgment for more than $1.14 million in favor of their client, a San Francisco-based institutional investor in historic tax credits, and against a developer in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
Kramon & Graham attorneys John A. Bourgeois and William J. Harrington obtained summary judgment for a regional mortgage origination company and loan officer, both of whom had been sued by potential home-loan borrowers alleging negligence, breach of contract, detrimental reliance, and breach of fiduciary duty.
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.
Kramon & Graham, P.A. takes great pride in announcing that, on March 8, 2014, John A. Bourgeois was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers during a ceremony at the College’s Spring Meeting in La Quinta, California.
After a Baltimore County jury returned a $2.4 million dollar verdict against it, a regional title company retained Kramon & Graham to seek appropriate relief.
Join Kramon & Graham principals John Bourgeois and Geoff Genth and Under Armour Managing Counsel, Litigation Kristin Pickett Herber for valuable insights, practical tips, and guidance for all types and phases of ADR
Kramon & Graham principals John Bourgeois and Ezra Gollogly presented “The Yates Memo: What Corporate Counsel Needs to Know,” at the January 2016 ACC-Baltimore Chapter luncheon at Roy's Restaurant.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, has earned top marks in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a leading legal guide that provides an in-depth analysis of commercial litigators in the United States.
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, 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.
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, 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, 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.
John A. Bourgeois was elected to the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (“DV LEAP”)
Kramon & Graham congratulates eighteen lawyers named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2014
Kramon & Graham is recognized in the top band of Maryland law firms for Commercial Litigation, according to Chambers USA.
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.