Joseph   Bellinger


Phone: 410.209.6415
Fax: 410.209.6435
Mailing: 300 E. Lombard Street ,
Suite 2010 , Baltimore , MD   21202
Linkedin: Joseph Bellinger


Joseph Bellinger is a bankruptcy attorney and principal at Offit Kurman, where he serves as Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group. With over 25 years of experience as a bankruptcy lawyer, his practice encompasses a broad range of litigation in bankruptcy cases and insolvency matters. The clients he serves cover a broad range of groups, and include asset-based lenders, factors, equity funds, financial institutions holding secured and unsecured claims, indenture trustees, equipment lessors, landlords, manufacturers, taxing authorities, Chapter 7 and 11 trustees, state court receivers, turnaround professionals, and purchasers of distressed loans or assets. Mr. Bellinger has also served on the panel of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees for the District of Maryland since 1997. In addition to creditor representation, he has represented borrowers and guarantors in bankruptcy proceedings, bankruptcy restructuring and litigation matters.

Mr. Bellinger has extensive experience in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including numerous appointments to serve as Chapter 11 Trustee. His bankruptcy litigation experience includes fraudulent conveyance claims, preference actions, contested plan confirmations, and all forms of contested matters in bankruptcy cases. Joseph's practice also includes complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts.

Points of Distinction

Mr. Bellinger has practiced as a bankruptcy lawyer in the Baltimore area for his entire career. He has also appeared in federal bankruptcy courts in several other states.

Mr. Bellinger was selected as a Maryland Super Lawyer from 2007-2017. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Additionally, he has received the highest professional (AV) rating from his peers, as reported by Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to becoming a bankruptcy attorney, Mr. Bellinger was a high school teacher at a public school in Maryland, where he taught United States History and English, and coached football and track & field.

Mr. Bellinger is also a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver (40 meters/130 feet).


Mr. Bellinger is a frequent lecturer on the Bankruptcy Code and Procedures, and has published several articles in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, the Secured Lender, and other national publications.

Panelist on “Involuntary Bankruptcies” for the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association at 2016 Annual Spring Break Conference. Other notable panelists: the Honorable Nancy V. Alquist and Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maryland.

Education & Admissions

  • J.D. (magna cum laude), University of Baltimore, 1990 (class rank 8th of 261)
  • B.S., Western Michigan University, 1980
  • Maryland
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit


  • Board of Directors for the Chesapeake Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association
  • Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
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