Firm History – The Constables

Maryland Lawyers: Wright Constable & Skeen- Constable

 The Constable family brought to the firm a long tradition of devotion to the law and public affairs.

In the mid-1850s Albert Constable I was judge of the Circuit Court, which then included Cecil, Baltimore and Harford Counties. He was also a member of Congress. Albert Constable II was judge of the upper Eastern Shore Circuitwhile Albert Constable III served as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Numerous other Constable relatives were attorneys and judges, including James Black Groome who was Governor of Maryland and a U.S. Senator.

In the early 1900s William Pepper Constable, the son of Albert Constable II, came to Baltimore from his native Cecil County and founded the firm of Constable & Alexander. Noted for his enthusiasm for the law and trial skills,, he built a practice that became well known throughout Baltimore City and County. . In due course, his son George joined the firm, as did his grandson James, who is a current partner. Constable & Alexander participated in major litigation of national importance for clients, such as:

  • Pennsylvania Railroad, later Penn-Central
  • Conrail and Norfolk Southern
  • Philadelphia Electric
  • Conowingo Power Co. and Exelon
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • A number of institutions, including Notre Dame of Maryland University and St. Mary’s Seminary & University, which the firm helped through periods of growth and change.