James W. Constable


James W. Constable


Phone (410) 659-1315 (direct dial)
Fax (410) 659-1350 (fax)
Email jconstable@wcslaw.com
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Areas of Practice

  • Corporate & Business
  • Employment/Labor
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Litigation
  • Maritime & Transportation
  • Mediation/Arbitration
  • Nonprofits
  • Real Estate


Avvo Rated 9.2

AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, 2010

Maryland Super Lawyers®,  2009-2015

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

The Daily Record's Leadership in Law 2014


University of Maryland, School of Law, J.D. 1968

University of Virginia, B.A. 1965

Gilman School, 1960

Bar Admissions

Maryland, United States District Court for the District of Maryland

United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit United States Supreme Court

James Constable is the fifth generation of Constables to practice law in Maryland. While his family name has been a known commodity in the legal community for almost a century, it is Mr. Constable’s individual accomplishments that have led him to become a distinguished attorney and arbitrator.

While Mr. Constable has represented Fortune 500 companies, he is known for his work providing guidance to small and mid-size companies through the challenges of growth. His experience in the world of commerce and commercial and business litigation has given rise to a substantial practice as an arbitrator for both domestic and international complex commercial cases.

A generalist in business law, Mr. Constable regularly practices in areas such as setup and structure, taxes, succession planning, real estate, governance, employment, regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial litigation.

Outside of the firm, he is a major contributor to the local community. Mr. Constable has a long history of civic involvement and service on a variety of boards. He incorporates this valuable experience into his non-profit law practice.


Corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, tax exempt organizations, railroads, gas and electric companies, schools and land owners.


Clerkship—Frederick J. Singley Jr., Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1968-1969

Maryland Legislative Reference, 1970-1971


Bar Association of Baltimore City

Maryland State Bar Association (Past Chairman of International Commercial Law Section)

American Bar Association (Section on Banking and Business Law; Section on Public Utilities Law and International Land)

American Arbitration Association (Commercial Panel; Large Complex Commercial Case Panel)

International Center for Dispute Resolution, Panel of Neutrals

International Chamber of Commerce, International Court of Arbitration

National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit Judicial Conference.

United States Supreme Court


Trustee, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Trustee and secretary, Maryland Historical Society

Chair, Maryland Environmental Trust (2014)

Vice-Chairman, Maryland Environmental Trust (2010, 2011 and 2012); Trustee 2008-Present

President and Chairman, The Manor Conservancy, Inc. (1993 – Present)

Former Chairman, Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Committee

Former Trustee: Preservation Maryland

Baltimore County Task Forces Investigating Land Use Planning (ongoing)

Maryland Task Force Investigating Exports (1980s)

Baltimore County Task Force Investigating Cable Television (1980s)


Author, “Maryland Benefit Corporations” (February 2014)

Author, “International Commercial Arbitration”, published in the Maryland Bar Journal, Volume XLIII, Number 4, July/August, 2010.

“International Commercial Transactions, MICPEL (2005) (Author of chapter on Arbitration of International Disputes)

Author, “Tax Credits for Heritage Property Renovations”, Baltimore Smart CEO Magazine (March 2002)

Co-Author, “Conservation Easements and Estate Planning” 12th Annual Estate Planning Institute, MICPEL (1999)

Author, “Charitable Contributions of Conservation Easements”, MICPEL (1997)

Editor, “International Commercial Transactions”, MICPEL, (1989) (Author of Chapter on Arbitration of International Disputes)


Numerous seminars and presentations on land use planning, succession planning, sale and donation of development rights, international dispute resolution, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions.