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J Dirk Schwenk

Real estate Attorney at Annapolis, MD

4.8   6 reviews

also known as Dirk Schwenk

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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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About J

Learn J’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    I try boundary disputes, adverse possession, easements, partition, disputes between property owners and homeowners associations. Waterfront and riparian rights cases especially.

    24 years

  2. Admiralty and maritime
    I do boat purchase, sale and tax for yachts, ships and megayachts around the world

    27 years

  3. Land use and zoning
    I consult with landowners on permitting, variance issues, subdivisions, special exceptions, riparian rights, riparian zones and assist environmental groups and neighbors with enforcement of environmental laws and zoning restrictions.

    24 years

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    All Maryland Courts, especially Circuit Court, where real estate matters are heard. Zoning and permit hearings and appeals.

    27 years

Mr. Schwenk graduated with Honors (cum laude) from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1997 and was the recipient of the William P. Cunningham Award as the student who demonstrated exceptional service and achievement while at the law school.  He has been in private practice focused on maritime and waterfront property issues since in Annapolis since 2000, and founded Baylaw, LLC in 2010. Mr. Schwenk is a member of the Maryland Bar and bar of the Federal Court for the District of Maryland.  He is the author/editor of Preparation and of Tort Claims, Chapter 11 of the book Practice Manual for the Maryland Lawyer as well as many articles on real estate, riparian rights, vessel excise tax and other issues in admiralty and waterfront law.  He presented on Marina Liability at the International Marina Conference, 2005, and was the Outstanding Service Award winner from the Marine Trades Association of Maryland the same year.  He presented on the interplay between marina contracts and traditional tort theories for the Mid Atlantic Mariners Club in 2007.  He has presented for the Yacht Brokers Association of America in 2010 (sales and use tax), 2014 (buyers brokers), 2015 (licensure  across state lines), and presented for the Marine Trades Association of Maryland on employee retention policies in 2015.  His current cases include waterfront property disputes and development, real estate litigation including boundaries and adverse possession, contracts of purchase and sale for superyachts and marinas, critical areas law, partition in real estate and admiralty, insurance coverage, vessel excise tax, and general litigation in Maryland.  He is currently a member of the Anne Arundel County Maritime Industry Advisory Board, Board of Directors of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, the James C. Cawood Inn of Court, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Annapolis Maritime Society.  He previously served on the Building Board of Appeals for the City of Annapolis, and presently serves on the Boat Dealer Advisory Committee for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Mr. Schwenk is a member of the Severn Sailing Association, a past President of the Jet 14 Class Association, and the 6 time Chesapeake High Point champion in that class.  In his remaining free time he is the father of two sons, husband to a fantastic wife, plays basketball and moonlights as a singer-songwriter.





Baylaw, LLC
769 Rolling View Dr
Annapolis, MD, 21409


4.8 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Susan | August 24, 2009
A Lawyer You Can Trust!
Dirk Schwenk is an extremely professional and trustworthy attorney. His ability to get to the crux of the matter and handle it with utmost skill is phenomenal. We were always kept up to date and well informed of all aspects as our case moved along. His court demeanor is outstanding (in fact, he was complimented by the judge in our case for his thoroughness and high standards). He was always very well prepared for each trial date, and there were many in our case. Dirk has a terrific sense of humour and uses it appropriately. We have and will continue to recommend him to others!
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Posted by Chuck | April 27, 2015
Dirk Schwenk has served us wells
For many years we have used Dirk for corporate matters. Both our own corporate structuring and relations with local, state, and federal agencies. Importantly, when it comes to admiralty law, I have referred several of my yacht customers to Dirk to arrange their own corporate structures, deal with tax issues, and consider partnerships.
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Posted by Vladimir | April 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding performance
I used Dirk Schwenk office two times. Dirk is professional, knowledgeable, and accurate. His fees are reasonable.
Posted by BRUCE | November 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Good service and results
Dirk has carried out all the legal work I have requested in a timely and efficient manner.
Posted by Matt | November 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and compassionate
Mr. Schwenk is not only knowledgeable and skilled as an attorney, but he is attentative and conscious of the human side of the law. I've had attorneys in the past who've made me feel as though they had better things to do, or weren't empathetic to my personal situation. Mr. Schwenk brings all of this to his practice, and for those reasons I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Bob | May 20, 2016
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Forthright and focused
Dirk was great to work with. From the moment we met him, he was able to understand the situation and offered up several possible solutions. Throughout the process he was able to 'keep his eye on the prize' and not get bogged down by irrelevant details. In the courtroom he allayed our fears as it was our first trip. Ultimately, his negotiation skills secured a favorable outcome.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-500 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Baylaw, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Member
  • Lochner and Schwenk, LLC
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Ward, Kershaw and Minton
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Teacher
  • Summit School
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Teacher
  • Echo Hill Outdoor School
  • 1991 - 1992
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  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD, cum laude
  • 1997
  • Rollins College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • RCIA v Riverbea
  • Successful motion declaring property subject to easement in favor of members of community.
  • Delvecchio v. Harrison Yacht Sales
  • Significant jury verdict in favor of my client. Verdict survived post judgment motions and an appeal to the Court of Special Appeals.
  • White v American Global Yacht Group
  • Judgment obtained.
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  • Anne Arundel County Maritime Industry Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Annapolis Maritime Society, Inc.
  • Director/Legal Counsel
  • 2013 - Present
  • Yacht Brokers Association of America
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Licensed Maryland Yacht Brokers
  • Yacht Broker
  • 2010 - Present
  • Boat Dealer Act Advisory Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Mid Atlantic Mariners Club
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Marine Trades Association of Maryland
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2000 - Present
  • City of Annapolis Building Board of Appeals
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Marine Trades Association of Maryland
  • 2005
  • Ward Kershaw and Minton Clinical Advocacy Prize
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 1997


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Speaking Engagements

  • Fall Training Conference
  • Employee Retention Policies
  • 2015
  • Essentials of Maryland Practice
  • Preparation and Trial of Tort Claims
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
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Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked in Dirk's office for several years, and I found him to be very knowledgeable and friendly. I endorse this lawyer and recommend him for anyone looking for a great boating law, business, or land-use attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dirk is well known, well liked, and well respected in the legal community. He works hard for his clients and gets results."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Schwenk is a highly qualified attorney with a sharp legal mind. He is a person of integrity and I recommend him unequivocally."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dirk is an excellent lawyer with great comprehension of the law. Any client I refer to him is very pleased with the final outcome. I am happy to endorse this gentleman."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Dirk is a smart, professional attorney. I would recommend him to anybody looking for assistance with any real property or maritime issues."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the pleasure to work with and for Dirk. He is very knowledgeable in maritime law, waterfront law and an assortment of other legal fields . He is wonderful to work for and with, as he has always proven to have an effective and practical approach to his practice."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently had an issue with a client that may involve maritime law, and called Dirk to discuss the matter. I found his insights and knowledge in the area impressive and helpful, and he was courteous and a real pleasure to talk to. I have also reviewed his materials on AVVO and found them to be excellent."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"A tremendous and experienced attorney in the fields of riparian rights, waterfront property, boat tax and maritime and admiralty law."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Dirk's work. He is a consumate professional in the courtroom and a pleasure to work with."
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