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Irwin R Kramer

Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney at Reisterstown, MD

5.0   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 35 years
    Maryland - MD 36 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1989
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Irwin

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Practice areas
  1. Ethics and professional responsibility
    Defending attorneys in disciplinary proceedings before the Attorney Grievance Commission and in professional liability (i.e., legal malpractice) actions, as well as representing bar applicants in connection with character and fitness issues.

  2. Litigation
    Highly regarded for his preparation and persistence, Irwin Kramer has served as lead counsel on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, insurance carriers, and businesses throughout the world in complex civil lawsuits, commercial and real estate cases, intellectual property and media law, class action lawsuits, serious personal injury, professional liability and business disputes.

  3. Wrongful death
    Having handled both sides of these tragic cases, Mr. Kramer understands the defense perspective and provides surviving family members with the benefit of these strategic considerations.

  4. Personal injury
    Serious Personal Injury Cases: Wrongful Death; Products Liability; Auto Accidents; Premises Liability; and Medical Malpractice. Personal injury and wrongful death cases require prompt guidance from veteran trial lawyers with a track record of outstanding results. Because we focus our resources on clients with serious injury and wrongful death claims, we carefully screen all cases before assuming representation. Go to:

Highly regarded for his preparation and persistence, Irwin Kramer has served as lead counsel on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, insurance carriers, and businesses throughout the world in complex civil lawsuits, commercial and real estate cases, intellectual property and media law, class action lawsuits, serious personal injury, professional liability and business disputes. Representing Maryland legislators challenging the constitutionality of the largest tax increase in state history, Mr. Kramer made headlines when his investigation revealed a conspiracy to forge and to falsify legislative records during the Special Session of 2007.  

Profiled in Who's Who in American Law and in A.M. Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, this former law professor has taught at some of the most prestigious law schools in the nation, and continues to publish and to lecture nationally on trial advocacy and legal ethics. Dedicated to making the law "user-friendly" for those who must live by it, Mr. Kramer founded The Legal Television Network, where he produces features designed to enhance public access to legal information. Nationally, Mr. Kramer has also hosted legal programs on C-SPAN, and appears regularly as legal analyst for Sinclair Broadcast Group and its Baltimore flagship stations. In 2016, the Governor appointed him to serve on the Public Broadcasting Commission which oversees the operations of Maryland Public Television.  

After graduating summa cum laude from Towson University, Mr. Kramer earned his Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he won the school's moot court championship and was inducted into the Order of the Coif for his high academic standing.  He received a Master of Laws degree from Columbia University School of Law and served as a Vice President of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.  Mr. Kramer is a member of the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and several federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.  For more information, visit .

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Kramer & Connolly
465 Main Street
Reisterstown, MD, 21136


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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Experienced Professional
When I received a letter from the Attorney Grievance Commission, I immediately called Irwin, a referral to me from several sources. Irwin got to work immediately and set an appointment so we could go over the details of the baseless complaint against me. After our meeting and providing more information and documentation to him, Irwin assisted me in drafting my response to the complaint for submission. Several weeks after submitting the response, I received notice that the inquiry was concluded. I can't thank Irwin enough for his help through this. He knew exactly what to do and how to do it, and I never could have done it myself.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Every Lawyer Should Aspire to Practice Law Like Irwin Kramer
I reached out to Irwin for an initial consultation regarding an attorney grievance matter and ended up retaining him for the remainder of the attorney grievance process. Irwin is an excellent attorney because he is not only capable of providing thorough, high-quality, and nuanced legal advice--he is also capable of recognizing the tremendous burden in the form of personal guilt, shame, and embarrassment that accompanies clients undergoing the lengthy and unpredictable grievance process. The attorney grievance process is very overwhelming for perfectionist lawyers like myself who have a hard time moving on from past mistakes, even though mistakes can teach us very valuable and important life lessons that would otherwise escape us. In fact, the first time we met, he told me that I needed to disclose the matter to at least a few of my close friends/family members because they would provide critical and necessary emotional support during this difficult time in my life. I had been torturing myself for over 6 months with overwhelming feelings of guilt and regret because I thought I deserved to suffer indefinitely but Irwin told me that it was okay to forgive myself for making a terrible mistake. When I was ready to give up the practice of law, he told me that I needed to keep going because it wasn't over yet. When I thought about giving up my license instead of waiting for the AGC to come down on me with severe sanctions, he told me that I shouldn't put the cart before the horse. When I began to feel as though every penny I had invested in my legal career was a total waste and I would end up homeless without a job, he told me to focus on existing client matters for the time being rather than future scenarios that may or may not happen in real life. Irwin also provided me with necessary “reality checks” due to his extensive experience in the area of legal ethics violations, including the need to prioritize my mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing for purposes of survival. Many attorneys are all "Doom and Gloom" but Irwin is unique in that he recognizes the importance of demonstrating empathy, compassion, and support for his clients during very difficult times. Irwin did not judge or shame me for what happened, and he fought for me even when I began to doubt whether I was truly "worthy" of practicing law. All this to say, he is truly one of the most outstanding and inspirational attorneys I have ever met, and I would highly recommend him to any attorney undergoing the attorney grievance process.
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Professional Advice
I sought advice from Mr. Kramer regarding a professional issue. He was extremely generous with his time and asked all of the relevant questions needed to assess my situation. He provided excellent advice and I am very glad that I consulted with him.
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2011
Irwin Kramer
Irwin is always thorough, listens to my concerns and advises appropriate courses of action. In court he is well prepared, on point and tenacious in pursuit of his points - and his client's goals.
Posted by Bob | November 26, 2011
Man of his word
Irwin,a man of his word. Very trustworthy and works very hard. Gets involved and wants to know everything to be sure that he understands all what is needed for the case that he is working on. Did a great job for us,and let the other side know that this was not a game. I would recommed him on any case that requires someone that believes in what he does.
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Posted by Michael | December 10, 2010
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Mr. Kramer assisted my company with a legal business matter. He acted aggressively, confidently, and knowledgeably. As a result, the situation resolved itself almost immediately -- and we avoided a potentially difficult, emotional, and costly confrontation with the other party. I might add, I appreciated that during our consultations and phone conversations, Mr Kramer was easy to talk to, receptive, and understanding towards me. If you want a good, aggressive lawyer -- I recommend Mr. Irwin Kramer.
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Posted by Aaron | October 14, 2010
Very good work.
Mr. Kramer represented me before the Maryland Court of Appeals regarding a high profile constitutional law issue. He was brilliantly well prepared and made amazing and convincing arguments. Highly recommend.
Posted by David | January 3, 2010
Irwin R Kramer
Irwin handled a copyright and trademark infringement case where I, an individual, was up against a large corporation. Thanks to his expertise and tenacity, we received a large settlement.
Posted by Hal | December 30, 2009
We depend on Irwin Kramer and his firm.
I am the COO of an auto/motorcycle liability insurance company, and Irwin Kramer and his firm are our principal counsel in Maryland and DC. They are excellent trial attorneys. They have handled a variety of cases on our behalf including but not limited to insurance defense, administrative law matters, and proving insurance fraud. They are knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic.
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Posted by Regis | November 12, 2009
An exceptional lawyer with a deep understanding of the law coupled with intelligence, tenacity and integrity.
This review is in support of Irwin Kramer who has done an exceptional job as my lawyer and advocate in a protracted dispute I am currently experiencing with my housing association. This dispute has extended over three years. Irwin has a deep knowledge of the law which he is able to explain in clear and simple English so that a client who is not a legal scholar knows exactly the options open before him. This enables the client to make an informed decision on how best to proceed. In addition he is extremely tenacious and he will spare no effort to ensure the best result for his client. In my case, Irwin was able to orchestrate the local news channel to sympathetically broadcast our story on air so that the whole population of Baltimore and its environs were made aware of this dispute. This was to the considerable embarrassment of my housing association. He is also a skilled litigator with many years experience in securing successful results for his clients. If you have a significant legal challenge which you need to surmount, I cannot recommend Irwin Kramer highly enough. His deep knowledge and experience coupled with his exceptional energy, integrity and intelligence will ensure that you as a client will get the best result possible.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • George Mason University School Of Law
  • 2024 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • American University Washington College Of Law
  • 2024 - Present
  • Commissioner
  • Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission
  • 2016 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Kramer & Connolly
  • 1993 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Baltimore School Of Law
  • 2023 - 2023
  • Executive Producer
  • LTVN | The Legal Television Network
  • 2005 - 2016
  • Legal Analyst
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • 1996 - 2009
  • Lecturer
  • University Of Maryland School Of Law
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Scholar-in-Residence
  • American University's Washington College of Law
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Detroit College of Law, Michigan State University
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow & Lecturer in Law
  • The University of Chicago School of Law
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Litigation Associate
  • Weinberg and Green n/k/a Saul Ewing
  • 1987 - 1990
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  • Columbia University School of Law
  • Master of Laws
  • 1989
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Towson University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child Molester Found Liable to Victims
  • $7.66 Million Verdict
  • Roofer Exonerated in Construction Defect Trial
  • Defense Verdict for Roofing Client
  • Challenging Slot Machine Ballot
  • Ballot Language Modified
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  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Chair
  • 2023 - Present
  • Supreme Court Standing Committee on Rules of Practice & Procedure
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Ethics Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Columbia University Law School Alumni Association
  • Life Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce
  • Director
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Reisterstown Improvement Association
  • Director, and Chairman of Design Committee
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Columbia University Law School Alumni Association
  • Vice President
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Etz Chaim of Owings Mills
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Baltimore Zionist District
  • Director
  • 1994 - 2002
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Chair, Sole Practitioner Committee, Young Lawyer's Division
  • 1994 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • The David Hjortsberg Award for Professionalism & Civility
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2019
  • Leadership in Law
  • The Daily Record
  • 2018
  • Legal Excellence Award: Advancing Public Understanding of Law
  • Maryland Bar Foundation
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Innovator of the Year
  • The Daily Record
  • 2014
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2011
  • Recommended for Excellence in Insurance Litigation
  • A.M. Best Company
  • 2009
  • Official Citation for Public Service to the Citizens of Maryland
  • General Assembly of Maryland
  • 2008
  • Scholar of the Year Award
  • Etz Chaim Torah Learning Center
  • 2007
  • Honorary Membership
  • The Maryland Press Club
  • 1997
  • AV-Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • NALS Award Plaque
  • National Association of Legal Secretaries
  • 1990
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 1987
  • Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Domestic Relations
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 1986
  • Best Brief, Maryland Moot Court Competition
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 1986
  • Best Oralist, Maryland Moot Court Competition
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 1986
  • Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 1985
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  • CLM Magazine
  • Settling Into Defeat: Is an Unhealthy Aversion to Risk Keeping Insurers from Punching Back in Court?
  • 2017
  • Litigation Management Magazine
  • Managing to Win: Collaborating on Litigation Objectives
  • 2016
  • Litigation Management Magazine
  • Making Arrangements: Finding the Best Way to Pay
  • 2014
  • Catholic University Law Review
  • The Birth of Privacy Law: A Century Since Warren and Brandeis
  • 1990
  • John Marshall Law Review
  • Life and Death Decisions: A Reply to Judge Peccarelli
  • 1990
  • Suffolk University Law Review
  • The Qualified Immunity Vaccine: Preventing and Fighting Section 1983 Suits Against Public Officials
  • 1990
  • UMKC Law Review
  • The Impoundment Control Act of 1974: An Unconstitutional Solution to a Constitutional Problem
  • 1990
  • Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal
  • The Full-Court Press: Sacrificing Vital Privacy Interests on the Altar of First Amendment Rhetoric
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Professional Ethics Committee Panel Program
  • The Ethics of Interactions between Attorneys and Judges Socially, on Social Media, and in the Courtroom
  • 2017
  • Attorney Training
  • Ethics of Electronic Evidence
  • 2016
  • American Ass'n for Justice Webinar
  • Your Career on Contingency: How to Avoid Grievances in a Plaintiffs Practice
  • 2016
  • Legal Aid Bureau Attorney Training Seminar
  • How to Handle Expert Witnesses
  • 2011
  • MSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • How to Best Meet the Press: Media Relations for Lawyers
  • 2005
  • National Convention of the National Association of Legal Secretaries
  • Fundamental Rights: The First Word on the First Amendment
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
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Insurance Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Irwin for over three years prosecuting an intense insurance dispute case. Even after our case ended, I continue to develop an admiration of his skills. Irwin is a zealous defender of his clients' interests. His knowledge of the litigation process, responsiveness and creative insight led to a favorable outcome in our case. As Irwin has tremendous experience doing both plaintiff's and defense work, he knows how to use that knowledge to win. I also found him to have the utmost integrity and would certainly recommend him to others."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Having served as a judicial law clerk in one of Maryland's trial courts, I had the opportunity to observe hundreds of courtroom lawyers ply their trade. At the conclusion of my clerkship, I believed that I had seen the full gamut of litigation styles and skills. This was before meeting Irwin Kramer. When Mr. Kramer enters a courtroom, he comes equipped with a highly incisive grasp of the law and the facts of the case. Through tireless and smart preparation, he readies himself for the tactics and arguments of his opponents. Once the curtain rises, Mr. Kramer aggressively and intelligently advocates on behalf of his clients to great effect. From opening statement to closing argument, this attorney spares no effort or action to achieve the results his clients desire. His courtroom acumen is in a class of its own."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known him for 10 years and he is a very bright, honest and excellent attorney. I fully reccomend him."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Irwin and I worked on several very complicated and challenging litigated cases. My sincere impression is that Irwin is not only an intelligent, personable and competent attorney, he diligently investigates, analyzes and understands each case to the minutest detail before proceeding to litigation. Once the case is in litigation, Irwin is thoroughly prepared and his competence has resulted in favorable results in all matters in which we were involved. Irwin is a "lawyer's lawyer"."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first knew him as "Professor Kramer" and later as a respected colleague. Mr. Krameralways impresses me with his vast knowledge of the law and unique sensitivity to the individual situation of every person. I highly recommend his services."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Excellent practical and cost effective handling of litigated matters."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A smart and tenacious trial lawyer who advocates tirelessly for his clients, Irwin is the lawyer you want when you face a tough legal challenge. I give him my highest recommendatin and endorse him without reservation."
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