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As the founder of Garson Claxton LLC, Jack Garson leads the firm’s business and real estate practice groups. Jack serves as a legal advisor for numerous local, regional and national companies, focusing on business transactions, commercial real estate and construction law. In addition to providing legal counsel, Jack serves as a strategic advisor and negotiator for many clients, providing guidance on issues such as the growth and sale of businesses, liability and risk reduction, the hiring and retention of key personnel, and protecting and enhancing profitability, as well as negotiating the resolution of complex commercial disputes. Jack Garson has been selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, has repeatedly received Super Lawyer designation, has been recognized as a DC region Legal Elite, and has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of "AV" since 1995, representing the highest possible ratings for legal ability and ethical standards. 

Jack has successfully negotiated commercial transactions, ranging from the purchase and sale of multi-million dollar businesses, to the structuring of eight-figure construction contracts, to the sale and leasing of commercial properties throughout the United States. Jack is a frequent author of articles within his fields of expertise.

In addition to the private practice of law, Jack has long been active in public affairs. Jack is a former director of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, initially appointed to the position by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. The Board oversees the operation of Ronald Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. Jack has also served on the Comptroller’s Business Council at the request of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and was a member of the Montgomery County Economic Council, appointed by Montgomery County, Maryland Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett.

Jack is the author of How to Build a Business and Sell it for Millions (from St. Martin's Press). Jack also writes The Legal Edge, a monthly law column for SmartCEO, a leading business magazine in the Washington DC region. In addition, he has authored numerous business and legal columns for a wide variety of other major publications. Jack’s published insights have led to interviews and profiles in such respected media outlets as the The New York Times, The Washington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek. You can read more about his book and articles, watch Jack's videos and follow his blog at

Jack graduated with honors from both the George Washington University National Law Center and the University of Maryland.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 34%
  2. Business: 33%
  3. Construction / Development: 33%

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  • David Warren Lease

    I've known Jack for nearly 20 years and have been on the same and opposite sides in various matters. I have always found him to be smart, prepared, courteous and effective for his clients. I strongly endorse Jack Garson.


    David Lease Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

7910 Woodmont Ave.
Suite 650
Bethesda, MD, 20814-7066


DCActive 198705/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Best Lawyer- Real Estate LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Real Estate Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Legal Elite Top AttorneySmart CEO Magazine2011
Real Estate Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Real Estate Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2010
Real Estate Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Real Estate Super LawyersMaryland Super Lawyers2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
Real Estate Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2007
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
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AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderGarson | Claxton LLC1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The Huffington PostRiches to Rags: The Bungee-Jumping Entrepreneur2013
The Huffington PostFive Hidden Company Killers2013
The Huffington PostYou're Building a Business -- But Can You Sell It?2013
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeBattling Behemoths2013
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeWhen to Put a Bullet in a Business2013
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeRead the Contract2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeI Got You Covered2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeAre You Pregnant2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeDesperate Measures2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeHow to Get Out of a Bad Lease2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeOn The Edge2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeJumpstarting Growth2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeProtect Your Bargains2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeFantasy Law2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeThink Before You Type2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeSub or Scrub?2012
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeContractor vs. Employee2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeAssets in a Headlock2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeContracting Gone Wild2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeBrave New Whorl2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeNew Media, New Rules2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgePick Your Partners2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeShow Me the Money2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeWar on the Internet2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeTo Court, or Not to Court2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeMy Lawyer, My Friend2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeHit by the Bus2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeHandcuffs or Rocket-Booster2011
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeDriven to Distraction2010
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeBeware The Claw-backs2010
Entrepreneur MagazinePlan Your Exit Strategy2010
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeData Duties2010
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeFranchise Club2010
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeBall and Chain2010
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeAccidental Crook2010
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeWhen 401(k)s Attack2010
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeTo Buy or Not to Buy2010
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeBig Brother2010
SmartCEO Magazine- The Legal EdgeArbitration Alternative2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of MarylandEnglish and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A