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1997 cum laude graduate of U. Md School of Law and founder of Baylaw, LLC.  Practicing in real estate, litigation and disputes, and maritime since 2000.  He is the author/editor of Preparation and Trial of Tort Claims, Chapter 11 of the book Practice Manual for the Maryland Lawyer as well as many articles on riparian rights, vessel excise tax and other issues in admiralty and waterfront law. He presented broker liability for the Yacht Brokers Association of America in 2012 and 2014 and on Marina Liability at the International Marina Conference, 2005.  He was the 2005 Outstanding Service Award winner from the Marine Trades Association of Maryland. His current cases include riparian rights and waterfront property disputes, boundary disputes and adverse possession, admiralty and maritime law, and purchase, sale, insurance and tax of vessels and yachts of yachts and boats. He has been a Certified Marine Investigator through the International Association of Marine Investigators, a member of the the Mid-Atlantic Mariners Club, and Marine Trades Association of Maryland, and a licensed Maryland Yacht Broker in order to better assist with the purchase and sale of larger boats and yachts.  


Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 25%
    19 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    19 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 25%
    16 years
  4. Real Estate: 25%
    16 years



Hourly ($250-450/hour), contingent (25-50%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Jeffrey Christopher Toppe

    Dirk is a smart, professional attorney. I would recommend him to anybody looking for assistance with any real property or maritime issues.


    Jeffrey Toppe Real estate Attorney
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    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.


    Raleigh Watson Admiralty and maritime Attorney
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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Outstanding Service AwardMarine Trades Association of Maryland2005
Ward Kershaw and Minton Clinical Advocacy PrizeUniversity of Maryland School of Law1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberBaylaw, LLC2009 - Present
MemberLochner and Schwenk, LLC2001 - 2009
AssociateWard, Kershaw and Minton1997 - 2000
TeacherSummit School1992 - 1994
TeacherEcho Hill Outdoor School1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Annapolis Maritime Society, Inc.Director/Legal Counsel2013 - Present
Yacht Brokers Association of AmericaMember2012 - Present
Licensed Maryland Yacht BrokersYacht Broker2010 - Present
Boat Dealer Act Advisory CommitteeCommittee Member2007 - Present
Mid Atlantic Mariners ClubMember2006 - Present
Marine Trades Association of MarylandMember2001 - Present
Anne Arundel County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inn of CourtBarrister2000 - Present
City of Annapolis Building Board of AppealsBoard Member2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Young, et al v. YoungCase stayed on Bankruptcy
Kushell v Department of Natural ResourcesUnanimous win in the Court of Appeals
White v. Pines Community AssociationReversal and remand on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
YBAA Newsletter October 2013Latent Defects in Marine Insurance2013
YBAA Newsletter Sept. 2013The Importance of Surveys2013
Mid Atlantic Mariners NewsletterBack to Basics: Contracts 1012010
Mariner's GuideAvoid Boat Tax Legally2010
SpinsheetLittle Island, Big Mess2008
Practice Manual for the Maryland LawyerPreparation and Trial of Tort Claims2008
Essentials of Maryland PracticePreparation and Trial of Tort Claims2006
Essentials of Maryland PracticePreparation and Trial of Tort Claims2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Rollins CollegePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
YBAA University - AnnapolisBuyers Broker Agreements2014
YBAA Mid Atlantic SeminarDisclosure and Risk Management2012
International Conference of Professional Yacht BrokersBoat Tax and Foreign Flagging2010
Essentials of Maryland PracticePreparation and Trial of Tort Claims2009
Essentials of Maryland PracticePreparation and Trial of Tort Claims2008
Essentials of Maryland PracticePreparation and Trial of Tort Claims2006
International Marina ConferenceMarina Liability and Best Practices2005