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J.W. Thompson Webb

J.W. Thompson Webb

Topper Webb represents a variety of business entities, financial institutions and individuals in a general business and transactional practice. Topper represents numerous publicly held real estate investment trusts and Maryland corporations with respect to Maryland's corporate laws. He and a team of lawyers in Miles & Stockbridge's corporate group have assisted those clients, as well as Maryland corporations that are registered investment companies, accomplish complex corporate and financial transactions and business combinations. Topper frequently advises boards of directors and committees of boards regarding corporate governance issues, implementing takeover defenses, compliance with Maryland corporate laws and the duties of directors. He has advised special committees of boards created for the purpose of evaluating possible business combinations. He also advises not-for-profit entities on corporate governance and general business matters.

Topper serves as outside general counsel to a number of middle market businesses, including many that are owned by private equity funds. He has represented large and small business entities in a variety of industries in connection with mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and joint ventures.

Topper is recognized as one of Maryland's leading corporate/mergers and acquisition lawyers by Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers and is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America guide.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association

  • American Bar Foundation

  • Center Stage: Board of Trustees (1996-2017)

  • Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership: Class of 1999

  • Maryland Bar Foundation

  • Maryland Economic Development Commission (2004-2008)

  • Maryland Judicial Commission on Pro Bono (1999-2001)

  • Maryland State Bar Association: Section Council of the Business Section (and past Chair); Corporation Laws Committee of the Business Section (and past Chair)

  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts

  • The Family Tree (formerly Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland): Strategic Planning Committee Member; Board of Directors Past President


  • Best Lawyers in America®: "Lawyer of the Year," Corporate Law, Baltimore (2016); Mergers and Acquisitions, Baltimore (2018)

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law (2006-2019)

  • Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine: 'Legal Elite' (2010)

  • Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Listed in the area of Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions (2003-2019) (achieving the highest "first band" ranking); Nationwide REITs: Maryland Counsel (2016-2019)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent® Rated

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions (2008-2012); Business/Corporate (2013-2019); Named among the Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers (2012-2014)

  • Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition: Listed in the areas of Business/Corporate Law (January 2009)


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