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Joseph C. Kovars

  • Shareholder
  • Baker Donelson
  • 100 Light Street
  • Baltimore, Maryland 21202
  • Email:
  • Phone: (410)862-1143
  • Cell: (410) 303-1350
  • Company Phone: (855)342-3222
  • Fax: (443) 263-7543


  • Undergraduate: B.A. Boston University 1975
  • Law School: J.D. George Washington University, National Law Center 1978

Honors and Activities

Listed in Chambers USA since 2021 as a leading attorney in Maryland for Construction Law

Listed since 2003 in Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Construction; named Best Lawyers’ Baltimore Litigation- Construction “Lawyer of the Year” (2015)

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Listed since 2007 in Maryland Super Lawyers , Construction Litigation

Life Fellow– American Bar Foundation


Career History

Co-Chair, Construction Practice Group, Baker Donelson, 2017–2021

Co-Chair, Construction Practice Group, Ober Kaler, 1997–2016

Partner, Blum Yumkas Mailman Gutmna & Denick, 1988–1997

Partner/Associate, Braude, Margulies, Sacks & Rephan, 1979–1987

Judicial Clerk, U.S. Court of Claims, trial division, 1978–1979

Professional Activities

American College of Construction Lawyers, Board of Governors, 2022-__; Chair, Public Contracts Committee, 2020-2022

ABA Forum  Construction Law, Finance Chair, 2014-2018; Governing Committee, 2013-2016; Former Chair, Division 9, Specialty Trade Contractors and Suppliers

ABA Section of Public Contract Law

American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association’s Large Complex Case Panel

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

Co-Editor, Hahn, Kovars, MacVey, The 2017 A201 Deskbook (ABA 2017)

Co-Editor and Author, Silberman, Kovars, Steedman, Construction Subcontracting, A Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide)(ABA 2014)

Co-Editor and Author, Kovars and Schollaert, Maryland Construction Law Deskbook, Third Edition (MSBA 2023)

Court Admissions

District of Columbia

State of Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia




Community Activities

Member, Board of Directors, Baltimore Museum of Industry, 2022-___

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