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 more than 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, working with land trusts, and the Maryland Historical Society. He incorporates this valuable experience into his non-profit law practice. He also spends a lot of time chasing down grandchildren and tending to his farm where he also keeps bees.
Corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, tax exempt organizations, railroads, gas and electric companies, schools and land owners.
- 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.
- National Association of College & Universities Attorneys (NACUA)
- Clerkship—Frederick J. Singley Jr., Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1968-1969
- Maryland Legislative Reference, 1970-1971
- Maryland Benefit Corporations – (February 2014)
- 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)
Trademark and the Metaverse: The Hermes Birkin Handbag – Weekly Wright Report
- Numerous seminars and presentations on land use planning, succession planning, sale and donation of development rights, international dispute resolution, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions.
- Trustee, Maryland Historical Society (2010 – present)
- Chair, Maryland Environmental Trust (2014 to 2018)
- Vice-Chairman, Maryland Environmental Trust (2010 to 2014); Trustee (2008-2018)
- President and Chairman, Manor Area Association (1972– 1993)
- Ex officio Trustee, Notre Dame of Maryland University (1990 – Present)
- Trustee, The Manor Conservancy (1993 – present; President and Chairman, 1993 to 2016)
- Former Chairman, Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Committee
- Former Trustee: Preservation Maryland
- Former Trustee: The Preservation Society
- Member Maryland Department of Natural Resources Rural Legacy Advisory Committee (2014-2018)