Gerard P. Sunderland


Gerard P. Sunderland


Phone 410-659-1365

Fax 410-659-1350

Email gsunderland@wcslaw.com

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Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Surety & Fidelity


Avvo Rated 8.8

AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, for Insurance Law, 2013-2016

Maryland’s Super Lawyers®, 2007, 2010-2015

Martindale-Hubbell's 2014 Washington D.C. & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyer


University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. 1973, with honors, Order of the Coif, Margaret E. Coonan Memorial Prize, American Jurisprudence Award

Tulane University, B.A. 1968

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Jerry Sunderland has developed a national reputation as one of the leading surety and construction attorneys in the industry over the course of a career that spans more than 40 years.

Mr. Sunderland shares an understanding of the issues faced by his clients’ in-house counsel because of more than a decade’s worth of experience as both in-house counsel for and as an Assistant Attorney General in Maryland. Mr. Sunderland served as principal counsel to a large Maryland State Agency which received no state funding. This experience coupled with his private practice experience gave him a unique perspective on his clients’ problems.

Mr. Sunderland has been recognized by a variety of professional groups and publications for his work. He holds an AV Peer Review from Martindale-Hubbell, was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law, and was named to Maryland’s list of Super Lawyers for Construction Law. He takes pride in the amount of large developments that he was able to contribute to throughout his legal career. Many of which, like the Fort McHenry tunnel, Marylanders still drive past today.

He spends the majority of his spare time with his wife, children and grandchildren.


Fidelity and Surety Companies

Construction Companies

Served as an expert witness for the United States on Construction and Surety Issues.


2009 – Current – Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP

1981-2009 – Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP

1979-1981 – Assistant Attorney General and Principal Counsel, Maryland Transportation Authority

1977- 1979 – Assistant Manger and Attorney, Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland

1970 – 1977 – Aetna Casualty and Surety Company

1968 – 1970 – Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Infantry


Member: District of Columbia Bar Association

Member: Maryland State Bar Association

Member: American Bar Association

Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, American Bar Association

Forum on the Construction Industry, American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Surety Claims Institute

  • Board of Directors, 2012 – Current
  • Secretary, 2013 – Present

National Bond Claims Association

Active in Associated Builders & Contractors, Baltimore Metro Area


Surety Today™ 30-minute tele-briefings on narrowly-focused topics for surety company attorneys and surety claims professionals.

Co-Author, Overview and Introduction to the 1986 Form 24 Financial Institution Bond, Tort and Insurance Practice Section; American Bar Association (1986)

Co-Author, Pursuit of the Surety Right’s Against a Principal and Indemnitors when the Surety Settles Claims Requiring Future Performance, Surety Claims Institute (1996)

Co-Author, The Surety and the Federal Government: to Finance, to Takeover, or to Do Nothing, that is the Question, Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference (1999)

Is there Really Noncumulation of Limits and Liability, Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference (2001)

The Surety and the Federal Government: Negotiating a Minefield, Surety Claims Institute (2005)

Federal Government Contract Issues, Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference (2011)

How to Successfully Prosecute a Government Claim, Surety and Fidelity Claims Institute (2012)

Co-Author, Yes, Virginia, a Surety does have Rights, Surety Claims Institute (2014)