John R. Orrick, Jr.

Top rated Business & Corporate attorney in Bethesda, Maryland

Offit Kurman
John R. Orrick, Jr.
Offit Kurman

Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance, Nonprofit Organizations view more

Licensed in Maryland since: 1982

Education: The George Washington University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024
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7501 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 1000W
Bethesda, MD 20814 Phone: 240-507-1785 Email: John R. Orrick, Jr. Visit website


John (Jack) R. Orrick, Jr. is a member of the Business Transactions Group at Offit Kurman. Mr. Orrick concentrates in general corporate law, with emphasis on business formations, acquisitions and sales, business financings, joint ventures, opportunity zone funds and other business transactions.  He has represented numerous clients in public and private securities offerings and has extensive experience representing a wide variety of corporate and individual clients, including financial institutions, in diverse commercial transactions.  Mr. Orrick's practice at the firm centers on general corporate matters, business and tax planning and the representation of clients in securitized equity and debt financings.  Jack also has represented clients in municipal bond offerings for special taxing districts and tax increment financing districts, PILOT Agreements and other business incentive and tax credit programs, and other complex real estate financing transactions.

Clients turn to Jack because of his business sense and collaborative philosophy, which he uses to negotiate transactions strategically and close deals. His diverse and extensive transactions experience gives him a broad view of overall business operations, allowing him to advise clients in a variety of industries, including, but not limited to, real estate.

As a respected leader in the business transactions field, Jack serves on the boards of trade associations of building industry members and has held various leadership positions in the Maryland State Bar Association. He has published numerous articles and lectured on topics related to deal-structuring and financing issues.

Practice areas

Business/Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance, Nonprofit Organizations, Real Estate: Business, Tax: Business

First Admitted: 1980, Washington DC

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Educational Background:
  • BA (Economics), Trinity College, Hartford, CT., 1976
  • Masters of Law in Taxation, Georgetown University Law School, 2005
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Masters of Laws (Taxation) - Georgetown University Law School, 1985
  • Seller's counsel - $100,000,000 acquisition of government contracting firm, 2006
  • Counsel to developers in over $500 million of special taxing district, tax increment and Section 501(c)(3) municipal bond financings
  • Continuing advice regarding formation and legal structuring of nonprofit corporations.
  • Counsel to numerous issuers of private placements of securities in technology, real estate, professional services, manufacturing and other industries.
  • Continuing advise to clients on structuring real estate and business ventures ranging from $500,000 - $100,000,000.
  • Counsel to developer management partner in numerous joint venture transactions with pension fund investor throughout Washington DC metropolitan region.
  • Counsel to investment partner in numerous joint ventures involving the purchase and refinancing of over $600 million of commercial and mixed use projects throughout Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Advising buyers and sellers of businesses in corporate, securities and tax matters
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the homeless population in the Greater Washington DC metropolitan area; 2002- 2004; 2012- 2014, 2014
  • President and Board Member, Carderock Springs Citizens Association (ongoing), 2021
  • Mentor, Venture Mentoring Services, Tech Council of Maryland 2016-2018
  • Ex Officio Board Member - Home Builders Association of Maryland, a Section 501(c)(6) trade association serving the home building industry in Baltimore City and six surrounding counties, 2006 - 2014
  • Past President and Board Member, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the homeless and disadvantaged population in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, 2014 - 2016
  • Secretary and Board Member, Home Builders Care Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing building and construction services for shelter related projects - 2006 - 2014
  • Advisory Council Member and pro bono legal counsel - Housing Unlimited, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing housing to persons living with mental disabilities in Montgomery County, MD - 1996  - present
  • Ex Officio member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Maryland Building Industry Association, a Section 501(c)(6) trade association serving the home building industry in the State of Maryland 2014 - present
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Named to 2017 Best Lawyers Business Edition, 2017
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter on tax and non-tax aspects of business enterprises, Presenter, Choice of Entity Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Maryland State Bar Association Legal Summit and Annual Meeting, 2019
  • Presenter at convention of municipal officials,, Use of Special Taxing Districts in Maryland, Maryland Municipal League Annual Convention, 2010
  • Presenter on tax and non-tax issues with choice of entity, Choice of Entity under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Maryland State Bar Advanced Business Law Institute, 2019
  • Presented continuing legal education seminar, Securing Your Transaction - A Guide to Protecting your Client's Deal, Montgomery County Bar Association CLE, 2008
  • Author of article, Tax Increment Financing Districts and Special Taxing Districts: Tools for Infrastructure Finance,, The Real Estate Finance Journal, 2006
  • Presented continuing education program,, Purchase and Sale of a Closely-Held Business in Maryland, Montgomery County Bar Association CLE, 1996
  • Presented continuing legal education program, Fundamentals of Acquisition Transactions in Maryland, Lorman Seminars, 2005
  • Presented seminar with Reznick Group, Business Succession Planning, 2004
  • Presented continuing legal education seminar, Public-Private Partnerships in Maryland, Lorman Seminars, 2004
  • Author of article, Tax Increment Financing and Special Taxing Districts in Maryland, Municipal Maryland, 2003
  • Author of article, Special Taxing Districts - Public/Private Development Tool in the New Millenium, Business Gazette, 2002
  • Co-Author of article,, Special District Financing for Infrastructure - Sharing the Credit with Local Government, Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, 2008
  • Program Committee, MICPEL 5th Business Law Institute, 2009
  • Chair, Program Committee, MSBA 6th Business Law Institute, 2010
  • Author, Tax Increment Financing - Recent Developments in Maryland Law, Municipal Maryland, 2010
  • Chair, Program Committee, MSBA 7th Annual Business Law Institute, 2011
  • Presenter on panel discussion for business attorneys, What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Buying and Selling a Business under Maryland Law, Maryland State Bar Association - Business Law Section Annual Meeting, 2017
  • Provided CLE presentation at Annual Law Day - Private Placements in Maryland, Montgomery County Bar Association, 2011
  • Guest lecturer - Course on Real Estate Portfolio Management - Legal ownership structures, University of Maryland School of Architecture - Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development and the Graduate Programs in Real Estate Development , 2011
  • "Special  Taxing Districts and Tax Increment Financing Districts", Contributing Author, Appendix - Handling the Land Use Case, West Publishing, 2006
  • Guest lecturer, Johns Hopkins University - Real Estate Regulation - "Infrastructure Finance Techniques.", 2007
  • Presenter, Maryland Securities Law Exemptions from Registration, Montgomery County Bar Association Section of Business Law roundtable, 2008
  • Presenter at 2012 Business Law Institute, Rights of Assignees and Charging Order Remedies under Maryland Limited Liability Company Act, 2012
  • Presenter - Webinar - MSBA Section on Unincorporated Business Associations, Understanding Charging Order Protection, 2011
  • Author of article, Top Ten Things a Business Executive Needs to Know about LLCs, Montgomery Business Gazette, 2013
  • Speaker - Bar Association of Baltimore City Milton Talkin Lecture Series - Charging Order Provisions Under Maryland and Delaware Law, 2013
  • NAIOP Legislative Conference - Presentation on New Exemption under Maryland Recordation and Transfer Tax Statute for Transfers to Affiliated Entities, 2013
  • 2013 Maryland Legislation: Recordation and Transfer Tax Exemptions Expanded for IDOTs and Affiliated Entity Transfers - Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Weekly State Tax Report, Co-Author of Article, 2013
  • Presented discussion on municipal bond financing for public/private partnerships, special tax districts and tax increment financing districts in Maryland, Lorman Education Seminar, Financing Considerations for P3 Projects in Maryland, 2014
  • Strafford Webinar "Mixed-Use and Economic Development Financing Structures and Options - Leveraging Construction and Mezzanine Loans, Preferred Equity, Tax Increment and EB-5 Financing, Tax Credit Funds.", Presenter,, 2014
  • Author of Article in ABA Probate & Property magazine - November/December 2015, Financing Commercial Real Estate Projects, 2015
  • Presenter at Maryland State Bar Assn Advanced Business Law Institute, The Maryland LLC Act, a 25 Year Retrospective – Why Did it Succeed: What Works; Where Has it Stumbled; What Still Needs Work, 2017
  • Awarded for outstanding lifetime contribution to the practice of business law, Awarded James J. Hanks Outstanding Achievement Award, Maryland State Bar Association Business Law Section, 2021
  • Magazine listed top attorneys in 25 practice areas nominated by their peers., Naned a Top Attorney - Business Law, Bethesda Magazine, 2019
  • "AV" peer-rated Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 1994 - present, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • Awarded for meaningful participation, contribution and service not only to the MBIA and the building industry at large, but to society at large, Milton E. Kettler Award for Lifetime Achievement, Maryland Building Industry Association, 2019
  • Life Fellow - Maryland Bar Foundation - awarded after nomination by current fellow and affirmed by Board of Directors of Maryland Bar Foundation; limited to not more than 2.5% of MSBA membership., Maryland Bar Foundation, 2010
  • Superb Rating (10 of 10), AVVO Attorney rating, 2010
  • Maryland Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation --Membership is by invitation of the Board of the American Bar Foundation and is limited to one third of one percent of the lawyers in America. , 2019
  • Selected by his peers to Best Lawyers in America, Maryland, Washington DC  2017 - 2020, Best Lawyers, 2021
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law Section Committee on Drafting Revisions to Maryland Limited Liability Company Act , 2021
  • At-large Member, Maryland State Bar Business Section Council
  • Member of Board of Governors, Maryland State Bar Association 2010 - 2012
  • Chair, Section of Business Law, Maryland State Bar Association, 2009
  • Member. MSBA Budget and Finance Committee; CLE Committee 2017 - 2021, 2021
  • Member - Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Business Law
  • Committee Member - Special Joint Committee on Lawyer's Opinions in Business Transactions of the Section of Business Law and the Section of Real Property, Planning and Zoning of the Maryland State Bar Association, INc., 2007
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Maryland State Bar Association, 2017 - present; Member 2012- present
  • Member of Board of Governors, Maryland State Bar Association 2014 - 2016
  • Vice Chair - Section of Business Law, Maryland State Bar Association, 2008
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association, Section of Corporation, Finance and Securities 1980 - present
  • Secretary - Section of Business Law - Maryland State Bar Association, 2007
  • Member, Montgomery County Bar Association, Section on Business Law 1993- present
  • Member - American Bar Association, Sections on Business Law, Taxation, and Real Property. Trusts and Estate Law 1980 - present
Industry Groups:
  • Emerging Business
  • Financial Institutions
  • Nonprofits
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate

Office location for John R. Orrick, Jr.

7501 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 1000W
Bethesda, MD 20814


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