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Honored as the firm's Trial Associate of the Year in 2009, Mr. Cleaver has established himself as a  key member of Kramer & Connolly's litigation team.  His practice involves the prosecution and defense of personal injury claims, defending professionals who are sued for negligence and other types of non-medical malpractice, insurance coverage disputes, and real estate litigation.


A cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Mr. Cleaver served for two years as the judicial law clerk for The Honorable Donald E. Beachley of the Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland. Prior to law school, Mr. Cleaver earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University.


As a trial associate at Kramer & Connolly, Mr. Cleaver has briefed and argued motions and tried cases throughout Maryland, establishing a winning track record with careful preparation, research and aggressive advocacy. He is a member of the Maryland Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the Maryland State Bar Association.


Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 45%
    9 years, 50 cases
  2. Car Accidents: 25%
    9 years
  3. Insurance: 25%
    9 years
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 5%
    9 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • James Michael Connolly

    In cases ranging from complex real estate transactions involving serious allegations of fraud to wrongful death actions seeking millions of dollars in damages, Joe has provided the legal analysis and advocacy resulting in winning verdicts and favorable settlements to numerous mutual clients. I have been most fortunate to work with him and endorse him without reservation.


    James Connolly Lawsuits & Disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S Myers

    I've known Joe since we started law school together. I have always been impressed with his legal acumen and dedication to furthering his craft. He has astounding talent to a argue any legal issue and is credit to the legal community and to his clients. I continue to confer with Joe on business as well as personal matters, and I am grateful to have him as a friend and colleague.


    Michael Myers Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Kramer & Connolly

465 Main Street
Reisterstown, MD, 21136


DCInactive 201005/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recommended for Excellence in Insurance LitigationA.M. Best Company2009
Trial Associate of the YearKramer & Connolly2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Litigation AssociateKramer & Connolly2008 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkCircuit Court of Maryland for Washington County2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Roofer Exonerated in Construction Defect TrialDefense Verdict for Roofing Client
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
New York UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2000