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John B. Frisch

John B. Frisch

John B. Frisch is chairman emeritus of the firm, serving as firm Chairman & Chief Executive Officer from 2003-2018. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities and other corporate transactional matters.  John also regularly counsels a variety of companies on general business matters.

John has represented clients in a wide variety of acquisitions and dispositions of businesses by public and private enterprises. In this capacity, he has been responsible for handling the acquisition of businesses throughout the United States and the disposition of a variety of international businesses on behalf of major public corporations in the region.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association

  • B&O Railroad Museum: Director (2003-2008)

  • Dickinson College: Member, Board of Trustees (2018)

  • Downtown Partnership of Baltimore: Chairman (2008-2013); Director (2003-2018); Vice Chairman (2005-2008)

  • Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore: Vice Chair (2008-2011); Director (2004-2012)

  • Greater Baltimore Committee: Director (2005-2018)

  • Leadership Maryland: Class of 2002

  • Maryland State Bar Association

  • Steering Committee, Leadership, Ethics and Democracy Building ("LEAD") Project, University of Maryland Law School

  • The Center Club:  Board of Governors (2011-present)

  • The LEADERship: A Program of the Greater Baltimore Committee: Class of 1997; Director (2016-present)

  • The James Ridgely Foundation:  Chairman (2010-present); Director (2006-present)

  • University of Maryland School of Law: Member, Board of Visitors (2012-present)

  • Visit Baltimore: Chairman (2014-present)

  • Well For The Journey:  Director (2012-2014)


  • Associated Black Charities: Diversity Award (2018)

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Named "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions Law - Baltimore (2013)

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Corporate Law (2006-2012 and 2015-2019); Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2006-2019)

  • Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Listed in the area of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (2003-2007 and 2013-2017)

  • Greater Baltimore Urban League: Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award (2018)

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

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®:  Selected for inclusion in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate (2007-2012); Mergers & Acquisitions (2013-2019)

  • Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition: Listed in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions (January 2009)

  • The Baltimore Orioles: Birdland Heroes Award (2018)

  • The Daily Record: Influential Marylander (2016)

  • The Daily Record: Named Among "Most Admired CEOs" (2015)

  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law: 2018 Distinguished Graduate Award


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