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Jan Ingham Berlage

Practice areas:

Lawsuits & Disputes, Bankruptcy & Debt, Intellectual Property, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Copyright Infringement, Trademark Infringement, Litigation, Appeals

About Me

Jan Berlage’s practice focuses on general business litigation, ranging from commercial disputes to bankruptcy (www.MarylandBankruptcyCounsel.com) to intellectual property (www.MarylandIPCounsel.com). 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 most recently a $1.6 million compensatory damages award for one 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 (www.marylandhorselaw.com). 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, and is a business litigation Super Lawyer.  


 


Mr. Berlage along with his partners were the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Editor’s Choice recipients of Corporate INTL’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year Award in Maryland, and its IP Law Firm of the Year and Bankruptcy Law Firm of the Year for 2014 and 2015. 


 


Some of Jan’s representative matters are


 



  • Secured a $1.6 million compensatory federal jury verdict for a copyright client before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware

  • Obtained a nearly $1 million settlement for a surviving heir in a wrongful death lawsuit

  • Successfully represented both the inventors of the AK-47 and M-16 in intellectual property cases

  • Obtained a plaintiff’s verdict for family in week long civil rights jury trial before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

  • Represented inventor in week long trade secret trial before the Delaware Court of Chancery

  • One of four attorneys involved in Comcast’s purchase of assets in Adelphia Communications bankruptcy case

  • Achieved summary judgment award for defendant in billion dollar insurance coverage lawsuit

  • Represented creditors’ committee in multimillion dollar bankruptcy before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio

  • Successfully represented electrical cooperative in multimillion dollar litigation before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas

  • Represented a debtor horse racing track before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

  • Handled multimillion dollar bankruptcy sale of medical device company to a French based multi-national corporation

  • Represented indenture trustee in bankruptcy matter involving $100 million+ bond issuances

  • Successfully litigated on behalf of indenture trustee matter involving a waste-to-energy facility in Florida before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York

  • Obtained numerous bankruptcy discharges for individuals

  • Successfully represented numerous defendants in copyright infringement cases

  • Obtained $1 million+ judgment for major corporation in corporate theft case

  • Achieved numerous trademarks and copyright for businesses and individuals in a wide array of industries


Some of Jan’s representative speaking engagements are:



  • MARYLAND FORECLOSURES AND WORKOUTS: Workouts – The Various Tools in the Tool for Working Out Troubled Real Estate Loans, NBI 2014

  • REAL ESTATE FORECLOSURE: A STEP-BY-STEP WORKSHOP – How Bankruptcy Changes the Landscape, NBI 2013

  • CHAPTER 7 AND 13 BANKRUPTCY: LINE-BY-LINE Workshop – Consumer Bankruptcy Fundamentals, NBI 2013

  • CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service 2013

  • NUTS AND BOLTS OF COLLECTION LAW – How to Find Debtors and Their Assets, NBI 2012

  • ADVANCED COLLECTION STRATEGIES – Pre-Suit Collection Strategies, NBI 2012

  • BANKRUPTCY SEMINAR, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service 2012

  • CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY: THE BASICS OF CHAPTER 7 AND 13, NBI 2011

  • BUSINESS CONTRACTS A TO Z – Preparing Contracts with an Eye Towards Litigation, NBI 2011

  • BANKRUPTCY LITIGATION, NBI 2011

  • CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY, NBI 2010

  • COLLECTION LAW FROM START TO FINISH, NBI 2010

  • CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY IN MARYLAND, NBI 2010

  • CHAPTER 7, NBI 2009

  • ADVANCE COLLECTION STRATEGIES, NBI 2009

  • CONTRACT PRACTICE FOR MARYLAND PARALEGALS, Halfmoon Seminars 2007

  • UNDERSTANDING FEDERAL COURTS AND PROCEDURE, Halfmoon Seminars 2006

  • MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL PRACTICE: WHAT EVERY ATTORNEY NEEDS TO KNOW, American Bar Association 2006

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 20%
    20 years, 100 cases
  3. Intellectual Property: 14%
    20 years, 100 cases
  4. Litigation: 10%
    20 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 31%
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Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • William S. Heyman

    Jan is an extremely competent and fair attorney who puts his clients first -- I have not hesitated to send clients to Jan and know they will be in good hands with him.

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    William Heyman Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Dilip Barrid Paliath

    I endorse this lawyer. Bankruptcy is such a specialized area that there are few attorneys that I would trust like I trust Jan. Jan knows the intricacies of the law like no one else, and I have no hesitancy in referring clients to him. He does an excellent job and is the consummate professional.

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    Dilip Paliath Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

201 North Charles Street
Suite 2101
Baltimore, MD, 21201

111 Cathedral Street
Suite 301
Annapolis, MD, 21401

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 200205/24/2015
MDActive200206/08/2015
NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 199603/13/2015
CTActive199506/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Business Litigation Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Top Ten Bankruptcy Attorneys in MarylandNational Academy For Bankruptcy Attorneys2014
RecipientWho's Who in America2013
RecipientWho's Who In American Law2013
RecipientWho's Who in the World2013
Maryland State Service AwardState of Maryland, MDDF2012
The Maryland Defense Force Achievement RibbonState of Maryland, MDDF2012
Committee Chair of the YearMaryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Co-ownerMaryland Equine Law, LLC2011 - Present
PartnerGohn, Hankey & Stichel, LLP2006 - 2014
PartnerGohn Hankey Stichel & Berlage LLP2006 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionSecretary2014 - Present
AIMS -- American Initiatives for Military SupportAdvisory Council2014 - Present
Green Spring Internal MedicineBoard of Advisors2012 - Present
United States Commission on Civil RightsMember, Maryland State Advisory Committee2011 - 2013
Maryland State Bar Association, Animal Law SectionChair2010 - 2011
Graham Equestrian CenterAdvisory Board2007 - Present
American Bar FoundationFellow2007 - Present
Maryland Bar FoundationLife Fellow2006 - Present
Maryland Defense ForceLt. Colonel2006 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2005 - 2007
Heroes Helping HeroesGeneral Counsel, Secretary, Board member2004 - Present
Avon Zoning Board of AppealsJudge1998 - 2001
Avon Congregational ChurchDeacon1998 - 2001

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Comptroller of the Treasury v. BlantonAppeal Granted
ANDREW PAUL LEONARD v. STEMTECH HEALTH SCIENCES, INC.$1.6 Million awarded to the Plaintiff
Zorzit v. 915 W. 36th StreetRemanded

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Wesleyan UniversityGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
St. Catherine's College, Oxford UniversityPhilosophyPost-graduate studies1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the "Rambo" LitigatorDirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the "Rambo" Litigator2015
Bankruptcy Bar Association: Spring BreakIndividual Chapter 11 Plan Confirmations2015
Third Annual Maryland Horse ForumMaryland Equine Law and Access to Public Lands and Riding2014
S.I.G.M.A. Exchange, Finance, Credit and Collection Share Group MeetingWhat Every Businessperson should Know About Bankruptcy2014
Maryland Foreclosures and WorkoutsWorkouts - The Various Tools in the Toolbox for Working Out Troubled Real Estate Loans2014
2014 Guide to Collection LawSuccessfully Locating Assets2014
2014 Guide to Collection LawStaying in Compliance With the FDCPA and Avoiding Pitfalls2014
2014 Animal Law SymposiumKeeping Your Farm Safe: How Contract Law, Tort Liability and Financial Restructuring Impact the Horse Industry and Animal Law In General2014
Real Estate Foreclosure: A Step-by-Step WorkshopHow Bankruptcy Changes the Landscape2013
Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy: Line-by-Line WorkshopConsumer Bankruptcy Fundamentals2013
Nuts and Bolts of Collection LawHow to Find Debtors and Their Assets2012
Advanced Collection StrategiesPre-Suit Collection Strategies2012
Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy LawNuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law2011
Maryland Million Day at the Laurel Race Track, Laurel, MDMaryland Horse Law2011
Day of the HorseMaryland Horse Law2011
Consumer Bankruptcy: Chapters 7 and 13Consumer Bankruptcy2011
Central Maryland Saddle Club July Membership MeetingMaryland Horse Law2011
Business Contracts A to ZPreparing Contracts with an Eye Towards Litigation2011
Bankruptcy Litigation 101Bankruptcy Litigation2011
Consumer Bankruptcy: The Basics of Chapters 7 and 13Consumer Bankruptcy: The Basics of Chapters 7 and 132010
Consumer BankruptcyConsumer Bankruptcy2010
Collection Law from Start to FinishCreditor Rights2010
Consumer Bankruptcy in MarylandChapter 72009
Advanced Collection StrategiesFDCPA2009
Contract Practice for Maryland ParalegalsDrafting Contracts with an Eye Towards Litigation2007
Understanding Federal Courts and ProceduresFederal Civil Procedure2006
Multi-jurisdiction Practice: What Every Lawyer Needs to KnowMulti-jurisdiction Practice2006
Taking the High Ground: Ethical Traps for Young Lawyers and How to Avoid ThemProfessional Ethics2005
Bankruptcy in MarylandPreferences and fraudulent conveyances2004