Joseph   Bellinger
Principal and Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice


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


Joseph Bellinger has over 25 years of experience as a bankruptcy attorney and has represented virtually every party in interest in Chapter 11 business bankruptcy cases, including Debtors, CEO’s or other members the Debtor’s management, secured lenders, Committees of Unsecured Creditors, and purchasers of the Debtor’s business. Mr. Bellinger brings to each case his breadth of experience in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts as an aggressive litigator and an effective negotiator.

Mr. Bellinger has extensive experience representing Chapter 11 trustees and has been appointed to serve as a Chapter 11 trustee in numerous cases. Mr. Bellinger has served on the panel of Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for the District of Maryland since 1996. In that capacity, he has conducted liquidations of companies in virtually every industry sector, including heavy and light manufacturing, commercial and residential real estate, multi-unit housing, custom home builders, construction, custom home and office furnishings, restaurants, bars, retail, insurance, and intellectual property.

Points of Distinction

Mr. Bellinger has practiced law almost exclusively in the field of bankruptcy in Baltimore City for his entire career. While most of his cases are in bankruptcy courts in the Mid-Atlantic region, he has represented clients in bankruptcy courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Bellinger has received the highest professional (AV-Preeminent) rating from his peers, as reported by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he has been selected as a Maryland Super Lawyer every year since its inception, from 2007 through 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.

Mr. Bellinger moved from Northern Michigan to Maryland to teach United States History and English at a High School in Charles County, Maryland. He was the head coach of the junior varsity football team and an assistant coach of the varsity football team that, during his six year tenure, won two State Championships after undefeated seasons. Although Mr. Bellinger had never stepped on a track other than to walk onto a football field, he also coached the men’s track and field team and, after the third season, he was voted “Coach of the Year” by the other coaches in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference.

Mr. Bellinger is a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver (40 meters/130 feet) and he enjoys diving excursions, particularly the reefs and wrecks in the Exuma Cays of the Central Caribbean.


Mr. Bellinger is a frequent lecturer on Bankruptcy Code and Procedure. In 2016, he served on the “Involuntary Bankruptcies” panel at the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association’s Annual Spring Break Conference, which was moderated by the Honorable Nancy V. Alquist, Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the District of Maryland.


Have Your Debtor’s Mortgage Liens Been Released Under the National Mortgage Settlement?” Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Spring 2015 Volume 31.

Civil and Criminal Enforcement Matters for Chapter 7 Trustees,”
Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Spring 2014 Volume 30.

Co-author, “What’s Left of Sovereign Immunity After Katz?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 1, 2006.

Co-author, “Diligent Searches: Finding Misfiled IRS Liens” The Secured Lender, November/December 2006.

Education & Admissions

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


  • Member of the Chesapeake Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (past President and former member of Board of Directors)
  • Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member of the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees