John A. Wolf

John Wolf is a principal at Ober|Kaler, where he practices in construction contract negotiation, litigation and Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) matters. John's practice involves power, industrial, public works and commercial projects in many jurisdictions, domestically and internationally. He is former Chair of the firm's Litigation and Construction practice.

John is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has tried major construction cases in numerous jurisdictions. He represents owners/developers, lenders and other funding agencies, design-builders, engineers, construction managers, contractors and equipment manufacturers.

John also arbitrates as an advocate before panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Center for Public Resources (CPR) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and represents clients in mediations, mini-trials and dispute review board matters. John also serves as a neutral in ADR matters, as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations and as a mediator.

John serves as a member of the Washington & Lee University Board of Trustees. He has served as the chair of the University's national annual fund, on the University's Athletic Council, past President of the Law School Alumni Association, and is a recipient of the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award.


The Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore Board of Trustees, Past Member

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Board of Directors

Marshall Foundation Board of Trustees

Maryland Mentoring Partnership Board of Directors

Union Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

Washington & Lee University

Board of Trustees

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Law School Alumni Association, Past President

National Annual Fund, Past Chair


American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers for Construction Surety, 2007

Listed since 2003 in The Best Lawyers in America, Construction, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Commercial Litigation categories (Woodward/White, Inc.)

Listed since 2005 in The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers


Co-author with Kelly M. Preteroti, "Written Witness Statements — A Practical Bridge of the Cultural Divide," Dispute Resolution Journal, 2007


Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1972

Washington & Lee University, B.A., 1969


Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia

Court of Appeals of Maryland

United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits

Supreme Court of the United States


American Bar Association Forum Committee on Construction Section of Litigation Public Contracting Section International Law Section

Maryland State Bar Association Section on Litigation, Past Council Member Construction Cases Committee, Past Chair


Ober Kaler Grimes & Shriver
100 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1674

Phone: 410-347-7346
Fax: 410-230–7272

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