George F. Ritchie, Member

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  • I am committed to solving client problems efficiently, aggressively and by all ethical means.

    George was named to Best Lawyers 2020 for Real Estate Litigation.

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George is Chair of the Firm's Litigation Practice.

He is a trial lawyer and adviser with more than 25 years of experience handling high-stakes litigation matters and other strategic challenges facing private and public companies. His practice focuses on intellectual property, environmental, employment and related corporate matters.

He also counsels clients on risk avoidance, crisis management and company-sensitive issues across a broad spectrum of industries.

He represents domestic and international clients in state and federal courts across the country and in various arbitral forums.

In addition to his courtroom work, George has substantial experience representing companies and individuals involved in government investigations, including matters relating to securities and accounting fraud, alleged mislabeling of food products under U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations, and consumer protection violations. George regularly provides pre-litigation analysis and advice to clients, and has lectured extensively on the importance of pre-litigation planning and expert witness development.

Representative Matters

Represented a biotechnology start-up in bet-the-company litigation against its former CEO and a competitor for misappropriation of novel genomic-based assays for development of late stage cancer treatment.

Successfully tried to verdict novel Clean Water Act case brought by national public interest environmental organization.

Ongoing representation of commercial shipyard against owners of contaminated industrial property under CERCLA and related state law tort claims for benzene discharges.

Represented manufacturer of alternative health care products in matter involving patent, trade secret and professional malpractice claims. Case settled successfully after two weeks of trial in federal court.

Investigation and successful resolution of a multi-million dollar dispute between a major U.S. food producer and a Southeast Asian manufacturer involving intellectual property, product liability and U.C.C. issues.

Defeated Motion for Temporary Restraining Order filed against a regional distributor of food products by a local distributor in Maryland state court after a three day hearing. Case involved claims for trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and tortious interference with an employment agreement.

Represented owners of commercial real estate in state law nuisance claims against gasoline station for benzene contamination.

Successful representation of U.S. company in parallel proceedings in U.S. federal court and courts in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait in breach of contract matter.

Obtained dismissal of a $300 million breach of contract action against a national retailer of home improvement products and services. Client has used the decision in successful defense of similar lawsuits across the country.


Named to Best Lawyers in America® for Litigation - Real Estate since 2017


Professional and Civic Involvement

Member, Baltimore City Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Maryland State Bar Association

Member, Defense Research Institute

President, St. Paul's School for Boys Alumni Association, 2015-2016

Publications and Lectures

  • Co-author of "How Much Is It Worth? A Look at Trade Secret Damages" on Dec. 6, 2019, for the American Bar Assocation's Business Torts & Unfair Competition's publication, Winter 2020, Vol. 27, Issue 1.

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Energy & Environmental
Real Estate
Technology & Intellectual Property


J.D., University of Notre Dame, 1992
B.A., cum laude, Middlebury College, 1988

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 1993