J. Snowden Stanley, Jr.

Mr. Stanley joined the firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in 1971 after service in the United States Navy.  Throughout his career, Mr. Stanley has represented diverse clients regarding disputes arising under a wide variety of commercial and insurance contracts.  His particular focus has been on advising clients in connection with claims involving construction and procurement projects and in defending life, health and disability insurers in the state and federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia and before arbitration panels.  His service to construction industry clients has included advice concerning the drafting, negotiation and administration of construction contracts in an effort to avoid disputes.  He has been a frequent speaker to various professional and industry groups on these topics.

Mr. Stanley is a trained mediator and arbitrator.  For the last 18 years, he has frequently served as an arbitrator or mediator of disputes under construction, commercial and insurance contracts.  He is a member of the American Arbitration Association National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, a member of its Mediation Panel and has been approved as a mediator by the Circuit Courts for Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.  He has been certified as a mediator for the Business and Technology Case Management Program in the Circuit Courts of Maryland.  He is also a member of the FINRA Board of Arbitrators.

Mr. Stanley has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Maryland Super Lawyers and is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.  He has achieved an A/V rating from Martindale Hubbell.


American Bar Association

Committees on Life Insurance Law (former Chair), Health & Disability

Insurance and Fidelity and Surety Law of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section

Forum Committee on Construction Industry

Section of Dispute Resolution

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Committee on Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Law

Committee on Construction Litigation

Maryland State Bar Association

Construction Law Section Council, 2010-2013


Faculty Member, MSBA Mediator Training Program, “Effective Mediation of Commercial, Insurance and Other Multi-Issue Disputes, “ March 8, 2013, Columbia, Maryland-.

Speaker, “Dispute Resolution Provisions in Contracts, Maryland State Bar Association Business Law Institute, April 7, 2011, Columbia, Maryland

Speaker: “Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution in Complex Construction Disputes,” Maryland State Bar Association, Construction Litigation Section, January 13, 2011, Baltimore, Maryland.

Speaker: “The Construction Contracts Program: Understanding and Negotiating the Clauses in the New Industry Form Documents,” Regional Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, November 6, 2008, Philadelphia PA.

“Challenges to Life Insurers: Fraudulent Foreign Death Claims,: 49 For the Defense p.45 January 2007.

“Effective Use of Mediation, Arbitration and Other Dispute Resolution Procedures in Commercial and Construction Disputes,” Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, May 3, 2006 and June 16, 2009 Columbia, MD.

Speaker: “Advanced Construction Law in Maryland,” presented by National Business Institute, Inc., November 28, 2001, November 7, 2002 and April 20, 2005 Baltimore, Maryland.


Georgetown University(J.D., 1967)

Trinity College (B.A., 1964)


Supreme Court of the United States (1983)

United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1982)

District of Columbia Court of Appeals (1982)

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1981)

United States District Court for the District of Maryland (1971)

Maryland Court of Appeals (1967)


Maryland State Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar

American Bar Association


Semmes, Bowen & Semmes
14th Floor
25 South Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

E-mail: jstanley@semmes.com
Phone: 410-576-4811
Fax: 410-539-5223
Website: www.semmes.com

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