John Dougherty John Dougherty

John F. Dougherty



Government Contracts. John has represented numerous government contractors in proposal preparation, contract negotiations, bid protests, and contract claims at all levels of government, and has extensive experience practicing before the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals. His familiarity with procurement law, combined with a broad knowledge of construction and other industries, gives him the ability to quickly understand and formulate solutions to the complex legal problems that confront government contractors. Representative matters include:

  • Investigation and defense of suits under the Maryland False Health Claims Act;

  • Representation of contractors providing services to the State of Maryland in connection with Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, in initial procurement, negotiation of modifications, contract claims, and third-party litigation; and

  • Pursuit of successful contract claims on behalf of the joint venture that built the final section of the Inter County Connector (MD200), securing additional compensation for differing site conditions and design changes caused by other government agencies, and defending against a State claim for liquidated damages.

In 2017, John gave a presentation on the Maryland False Claims Act to the Maryland Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is a co-author of the article "Brief Guide to Maryland Procurement Law," Maryland Litigator (Feb. 2012).

Construction Litigation. John represents owners and contractors in contract negotiations and disputes, as well as construction defect claims. Representative contract disputes have included Miller Act claims, mechanic's lien actions, and delay claims. Representative defect claims have included high-rise fires, structural collapses, geotechnical failures, roof and building envelope issues, and condominium defect claims.

Environmental Litigation and Permitting. John’s environmental practice consists of representing regulated entities and interested parties in permitting, criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement actions, involving coal mining, the Endangered Species Act, wetlands, riparian rights, oil pollution, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, hazardous waste, CERCLA, agricultural runoff (CAFOs), and air pollution matters, among others. He regularly advises real estate buyers and sellers regarding Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments and related matters.

General Litigation. John also handles general litigation matters, with a concentration on real property rights, including eminent domain, title and boundary disputes, real estate transactions, and commercial landlord-tenant matters. John authored an amicus brief on behalf of the Maryland Building Industry Association in Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. v. Saddlebrook West Utility Company, LLC, 455 Md. 313 (2017), in which the Maryland Court of Appeals affirmed the enforceability of deferred utility charges.


Maryland State Bar Association

Bar Association of Baltimore City

Anne Arundel County Bar Association

American Bar Association

MSBA Committee on Law Reform

MSBA Section on Environmental Law

ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources


Presenter, "The Maryland False Claims Act Today," Baltimore Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, 2017


Co-author, "Brief Guide to Maryland Procurement Law," The Maryland Litigator, Maryland State Bar Association, 2012