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 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (30%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (20%),
  • Intellectual Property (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
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 book, 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.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (30%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Intellectual Property Litigation (30%)

Bankruptcy (20%): Bankruptcy Law

Intellectual Property (10%): Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

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About Jan Berlage

Admitted: 2002, Maryland

Professional Webpage: http://www.ghsllp.com/jan-berlage.php


  • 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
  • The National Academy for Bankruptcy Attorneys is an organization devoted to recognizing the top bankruptcy attorneys in the nation. With over a million attorneys in the United States, choosing the best lawyer is difficult. However, through a stringent selection process, the NAFBA awards the best bankruptcy attorneys in each state with our most prestigious honor of being named "TOP 10". The very few attorneys (less than 1%) that are good enough to make our list have demonstrated an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of bankruptcy., America's Top 10, National Academy for Bankruptcy Attorneys, 2014
  • 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
  • Maryland Military Department; Maryland Defense Force Achievement Award, Maryland Defense Force Achievement Ribbon, Maryland Military Department, 2012
  • Elected to the American Bar Foundation as a Fellow, 2007
  • Elected as a Life Member to the Maryland Bar Foundation, 2006
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University, 1992
  • Elected into the Jeferson Literary and Debate Society 1992
  • Who's Who in American Law 1998 to present

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

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:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Law School, 2005
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby, Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, 1995

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
Office Location for Jan I. Berlage

201 North Charles Street
Suite 2101
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: 410-752-9300

Fax: 410-752-2519

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Last Updated: 7/31/2018

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