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Joseph P. Ward

Joseph P. Ward

Joseph P. Ward represents businesses and equity investors in a variety of corporate and securities matters. His corporate practice includes domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, leveraged buy-outs, spin-offs, joint ventures, and the drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements. Joe also represents both companies and investors in connection with private capital markets transactions, such as venture capital and other private debt and equity investments, private offerings of securities, and the formation of private investment funds.  In addition, Joe provides general corporate advice to both private and public companies regarding corporate governance, securities compliance, Maryland corporate law, and other general business matters.

Joe founded the Business Law Society at the University of Maryland School of Law, was on the School’s National Trial Team, and was the Managing Editor of The Business Lawyer.  Joe now also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law working with the Transactional Law Team.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section

  • Association for Corporate Growth, Maryland Chapter: Board Member (2010-present)

  • Charles Street Development Corporation: Board Member (2013)

  • Maryland State Bar Association: Section of Business Law

  • The Arc of Baltimore: Board Member (2008-present); Secretary (2013)


  • Law School Awards: Order of the Barristers; William P. Cunningham Award; James F. Rosner Award for Advocacy

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed

  • Maryland Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition: Selected for inclusion in the area of Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance (2009-2012); Business/Corporate (2013-2015); Mergers & Acquisitions (2016-2018)

  • SmartCEO’s Centers of Influence Award (2016)

  • SmartCEO Magazine: Selected as one of Maryland's Legal Elite (2009)


Case Examples

Acquisition of Assets

We represented a local private equity firm, through one of its portfolio companies, in the acquisition of assets of Blue Rave...

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