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Jan I. Berlage

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Baltimore, MD

Gohn Hankey & Berlage LLP
201 North Charles Street, Suite 2101
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-752-9300
Fax: 410-752-2519
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Maryland Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Bankruptcy: Business, Appellate, Intellectual Property
Attorney Profile

Jan Berlage’s practice focuses on general business litigation, ranging from commercial litigation to bankruptcy to intellectual property. Jan has extensive experience in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings, including arguments before the Maryland Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has secured major jury verdicts and large settlements for both businesses and individuals, including $1.6 million and $900K compensatory damages jury verdicts for two of his copyright clients and a nearly $1 million settlement for a surviving heir in a wrongful death lawsuit. He has also successfully defended against multimillion dollar claims in both state and federal court.

Prior to private practice, Jan served as law clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. He has taught pretrial litigation practice at the University of Maryland School of Law, served on the Board of Governors for the Maryland State Bar Association and the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Maryland State Action Committee, and is a co-author of the books, Judgment Avoidance: Exemptions and Lien Stripping, and Maryland Equine Law: A Legal Guide to Horse Ownership and Activities. He is a fellow of both the American and the Maryland State Bar Foundations, presents regularly at CLE courses, and has chaired numerous committees at both the national and state level. Based on his experience and client reviews, AVVO ranks Jan as “superb” with a perfect 10 rating, is a 2014 recipient of the National Academy for Bankruptcy Attorneys Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award, and raised to Litigation Counsel of America. Jan along with his partners were the 2013 and 2014 Editor’s Choice recipients of Corporate INTL’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year Award in Maryland and have been selected as a Fortune 500 Go-To Law Firm for more than five years.  Jan also received The Bar Association of Baltimore City Senior Legal Services Volunteer of the Year Award for 2019.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 30%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 20%Bankruptcy: Business
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Intellectual Property
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Bankruptcy Law, Appeals, Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022

About Jan I. Berlage

First Admitted: 1995, Connecticut

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, New York Bar Association Commercial Law and Federal Litigation Section's Intellectual Property Subcommittee 1998-2001
  • Co-chair, Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section's Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy Committee 1997-2000
  • Secretary, Maryland State Bar Association, Agriculture Law Section, 2015
  • District of Columbia Bar, 2002
  • Chair, Maryland State Bar Association Agriculture Section, 2017
  • Board of Governors, Maryland State Bar Association 2005-2007
  • Chair, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Section's Individual Rights and Responsibility Committee 2001-2002
  • Member, United Oxford/Cambridge University Club
  • Secretary, Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, 2015
  • New York Bar, 1996
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2016
  • Chair, Maryland State Bar Association's Animal Law Section , 2010
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2007
  • Chair, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Section's Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee 2005-2006
  • Lifetime Member, University of Oxford Legal Society
  • Secretary, Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, 2014
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1995
  • Pennsylvania Bar, 2016
  • Maryland Bar, 2002
  • Life Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2006
  • Chair, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Section's Bankruptcy Committee 2003-2005

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Lt. Colonel, Maryland Defense Force
  • Board member/advisory board member to the Graham Equestrian Center
  • Member, North American Securities Administration Association Task Force 1994
  • Author and speaker for MVLS
  • General Counsel, Secretary, Board Member to Heroes-Helping Heroes 2004 to present
  • Judge, Avon (CT) Zoning Board of Appeals 1999-2001
  • Deacon, Avon Congregational Church, 1998
  • Deacon, Avon (CT) Congregational Church 1998 to 2001
  • Member, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Maryland State Advisory Committee 2011 to 2012
  • Advisory Counsel, AIMS -- American Initiatives for Military Support, 2014

Educational Background

  • Executive Editor, Journal of Law & Politics, University of Virginia School of Law, 1994
  • Wesleyan University, Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992
  • St. Catherine's College, Oxford University, 1992


  • Elected to the American Bar Foundation as a Fellow, 2007
  • Elected into the Jeferson Literary and Debate Society 1992
  • Maryland Military Department; Maryland Defense Force Achievement Award, Maryland Defense Force Achievement Ribbon, Maryland Military Department, 2012
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University, 1992
  • The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. , Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2018
  • Elected as a Life Member to the Maryland Bar Foundation, 2006
  • Who's Who in American Law 1998 to present
  • The State of Maryland State Service Medal (formerly the Maryland National Guard State Service Medal) is an award bestowed on those who have served five years continuously in any branch of the Maryland Military Department., Maryland State Service Award, Maryland Military Department, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings


  • UNDER A FOOT PLANT CO. v. EXTERIOR DESIGN, Inc., $900K actual damages and $300K statutory damages jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff, 2017
  • ANDREW PAUL LEONARD v. STEMTECH HEALTH SCIENCES, INC. Outcome: $1.6 Million jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff Andrew Leonard, 2013

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • The Bar Association of Baltimore City Senior Legal Services Volunteer of the Year Award, 2019
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby, Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, 1995
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Law School, 2005
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Office Location for Jan I. Berlage

201 North Charles Street
Suite 2101
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: 410-752-9300

Fax: 410-752-2519

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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