John   Raftery
Practice Management Principal


Phone: 240.507.1702
Fax: 240.507.1735
Mailing: 4800 Montgomery Lane ,
9th Floor , Bethesda , MD   20814


Super Lawyer


Mr. Raftery serves as the leader of the Business Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the firm's Management Committee. His practice focuses on real-estate litigation, contractual disputes, and representation of managers and owners of residential and commercial real estate. He negotiates and drafts management and vendor agreements, leases, tenant-workout agreements, and policies and procedures for residential fair-housing compliance. Mr. Raftery handles all types of real-estate disputes and litigation in venues ranging from small-claims courts to appellate courts — including federal courts — in all three jurisdictions. He also manages commercial and construction litigation, mold and pest-infestation claims, business torts, and defense of discrimination (Fair Housing Act and employment related) claims. Mr. Raftery frequently lectures to local and national industry associations, such as the Property Management Association, Apartment and Office Building Association, Institute of Real Estate Management, and the Mid-Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association.

Points of Distinction

  • Former Special Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice, Tax Division.
  • Selected to the 2012 Maryland Super Lawyers list


Throughout his career, Mr. Raftery has participated in a variety of writing and speaking engagements, including:

  • Frequently lectures for the Property Management Association (PMA), Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) and the Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM) on fair housing and landlord/tenant related matters.


Education & Admissions

  • LL.M. Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 1991
  • J.D., Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, 1983
  • B.A., Long Island University, 1980
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia